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May 3, 2016


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Ebenezer Mennonite holds National Day of Prayer program May 5

Ebenezer Mennonite Church will hold a National Day of Prayer program at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Crossroads Ministry Center. There will be a color guard, and the pledge of allegiance be be presented by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls. The service will be called to prayer by the playing of a shofar, or ram’s horn.


Gregg Luginbuhl art exhibit reception on Saturday

The Grace Albrecht Gallery in the Sauder Visual Arts Center on the campus of Bluffton University will host an exhibit by Gregg Luginbuhl ’71, Bluffton University emeritus professor of art, titled “Making My Way.”

Luginbuhl has exhibited pottery and ceramic sculpture in more than 200 regional and national exhibitions. He has received numerous awards, and his work is included in five Ohio Museum collections. 

The exhibit is a retrospective featuring work by the artist over a period of 50 years.

Here's this week's specials at Jeanne's Kitchen

Lunch Specials for May 3-6 from Jeanne's Kitchen.

*Italian Wedding Soup

*Lemon Chicken Kabobs over Rice

*Chicken & Bacon Flatbread

*Turkey Bacon Sub

*Spinach Salad with Apple & Bacon

*Vegetable Beef Soup

*Perch Platter

*Pastrami & Egg Croissant

*Mike's Special Burger

*Falafel Salad

~Thursday~ Cinco de Mayo!

*Soup & Salad Bar

*Chicken Quesadilla

*Beef Enchilada

Funeral service Friday for David "Rico" Rodriguez, owner of Owlsburg tavern building

Editor's Note:  David "Rico" Rodriguez  was the owner of Owlsburg tavern, also known earlier as Van's Corner. The tavern was located on the corner of State Route 235 and Old U.S. 30, north of Ada. As announced in the Icon last fall, he had planned to open Cherico's Restaurant in that building.

David S. “Rico” Rodriguez, 47, died on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at his residence in Bluffton. 


Grace Mennonite holds fundraising event for Mennonite Disaster Service Detroit

The Today's Disciples SS class of Grace Mennonite Church will hold a fundraising program about the Mennonite Disaster Service Detroit project Sunday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at Grace. This will be an informational program with pictures, video, and stories.


7th-8th grade boys' summer bball leagues forming at BFR

Bluffton Family Recreation announces registration is open for summer junior high boys’ basketball leagues, according to Joseph Beagle of BFR.

The leagues have separate divisions for 7th grade and for 8th grade. Seventh graders play Tuesday evenings from May 31 to June 28. Eighth graders play Monday evenings from May 30 to June 27. Exact times will be announced.

Teams will play back-to-back double headers each week. The cost per team is $300. All games are at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.

Here's BFR's youth summer classes

Bluffton Family Recreation announces its summer classes for elementary-age youth, which include:
• Adventure Camp
• Fun Fitness
• Parachute Fun
• Olympic Stars

Adventure Camp – ages 3 to 6
Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
June 16 –Space Invasion
July 14 – All About Animals
July 21 – Sports Galore
Aug. 11 – Time Capsule

Fun Fitness – for youth who completed K to 3rd grade
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, June 6-7-8
4 to 5:15 p.m. – snacks included

Singing and drumming at Miss Vicki's

Students in Miss Vicki's Music Studio, Ada, sing and drum to the Canoe Song from Around the World and At the Keyboard.



And the Bluffton Eighth Grade Idol is...

There’s American Idol and then there’s Bluffton Eighth Grade Idol.

And the final round of the Bluffton contest was Friday with a packed house of middle school students cheering on their friends as four final contestants competed.


Courtney McLaughlin came out on top with her performance of “Set Fire to the Rain,” by Adele.

Other finalists were Sean Casemier who performed “See You Tonight,” by Scottie Mccreery.

Damien Amsler performed “Come as You Are,” by Nirvana.


Reese and Gonzalez take top honors at HCAC

April 30, 2016


BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University’s Alumni Field at Salzman Stadium was the scene of the HCAC Outdoor Track & Field Conference Championship Friday and Saturday, April 29-30. Playing host for the first time in over a decade, the Beavers took pride in competing on home turf as they “put the hammer down.”