December 22, 2014


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Bluffton churches planning special Christmas Eve services

The Icon is aware of the following Christmas eve church services in the Bluffton area.
Churches not listed are invited to submit Christmas eve service information to: info@blufftonicon.com.


When all else fails, there's Bluffton Gift Certificates for under the tree

Having last-minute holiday shoppin problems?
The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce has the solution.

You may purchase a chamber gift certificate to give as a gift. The certificates are available from any teller at Citizens National Bank. You may purchase certificates in any monetary amount.
Each certificate is good for 12 months after the date of purchase. Certificates may be used in any Bluffton business.

Bluffton English Lutheran Church plans two Christmas Eve services

The community is invited to Christmas Eve services at the Bluffton English Lutheran Church.

A family candlelight service of holy communion will begin at 7 p.m., with the children present helping with an interactive re-telling of the Christmas story.

A festival candlelight service of lessons and carols with holy communion will begin at 11 p.m.

The English Lutheran Church is located at 111 Grove St., Bluffton. For more information, call 419-358-2591 or email: elchurch@wcoil.com.


Bluffton public library board's reorganizational meeting Jan. 6

The Board of Trustees of Bluffton Public Library will hold its annual organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. The purpose of the meeting is to elect officers, set the 2015 meeting schedule and approve temporary authorizations for 2015.

Pirates eighth at Allen County wrestling Invite

Bluffton had several wrestlers perform well at the Allen County invitational Wrestling Tournament held over the weekend at Bluffton.

The tourney's most valuable player was Wes Buettner (195)  of Delphos St. John's. In 2012 he was the MVP at 152. Elida won the event scoring 290 points.


Yes, Jeanne's Kitchen is open this week - special hours

This week Jeanne will be visiting her family, but Karen will keep the kitchen running for breakfast and lunch. This Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To place a carry out order, please call Karen at 419-296-4384.

We will be closed December 25 and 26 for the Christmas
holiday and open for regular hours on December 30 and 31.

We will have our special New Year's Eve Buffet on December 31.

Santa's fire truck and the movie "Elf" on library calendar Monday and Tuesday

Two events are planned at the Bluffton Public Library early this week before the library closes Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for Christmas vacation.

On Monday, Dec. 22, Santa’s fire truck will be at the library at 6 p.m. The event will include a visit from Santa, members of the Bluffton fire department, a big red truck and stories and games.

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 3:30 p.m. the movie “Elf” will be shown. Bring some cookies to share if you wish.

BFR Sports & Fitness introduces SPARK Sports Performance Training Program

The SPARK program is a new training option specifically designed for youth in grades 6-12  offered at BFR Sports and Fitness starting in early January.

Each 30-minute workout will be led by a BFR staff trainer and will include drills to increase speed, change of direction, explosion as well as build muscular strength and increased flexibility. 

Each workout will use a variety of training tools including agility ladders, jump boxes, medicine balls, band work plus body resistance exercises and floor work. 

Iconic Bakery: English Icon muffins - much better than store-bought

Do you love English muffins as much as the Icon loves them?

If so read on and you may never need to have store-bought English muffins on your grocery list.

These muffins are a bit tricky to create, but we are certain that after the first skillet comes off the oven top, you’ll figure out the secret to create a perfect one.

Here’s all you need:
   4 cups of white flour
   1 ½ teaspoon salt
   ½ teaspoon sugar
   1 tablespoon yeast
   1 tablespoon olive oil

We created 16 muffins from this recipe.


Iconic view: A modern Christmas story

In the sixth year in the reign of Obama, legislation passed that all U.S. citizens be counted in the county where their ancestors had settled. This unusual census was when Kasich was governor of Ohio and Jordan was fourth district representative.

Jose from Lebanon, Ohio, with his young housekeeper, Maria, who was nine-month’s pregnant with someone else’s child, and who Jose had intended to marry, drove to Bluffton in Jose’s 1996 Mercury Cougar. This was because Jose was a great-great-great-grandson of Swiss immigrant, Jesse Zurflugh, in Richland Township.