July 24, 2014


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Bluffton Area Ministerial Association offers free school supplies for qualifying students

Bluffton Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) will offer free school supplies for Free-Reduced Lunch Program Students (Kindergarten to grade 5) for this school year.

The supplies will be available for pick-up at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor of St. John’s UCC.

Children who qualify for the free school supplies must be accompanied by an adult to receive the supplies. BAMA asks that parents and caregivers call the church to reserve your child’s supplies.


Want to take a bike ride? The next "group" ride is Thursday at 6 p.m.

Want to go for a bike ride?

Raymond and Liz Harner of CG Pro Bikes, Bluffton, have started their group bike rides this month.

The next group ride starts at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 24, at CG Pro Bikes, 127 N. Main St., Bluffton.

“We held our first group ride last week and it was something people have been asking for, but we’re still very busy, so we just decided to go for it!” said Liz.

Edna Emans was retired from Lima Memorial Hospital; also worked at Bluffton Hospital

Edna L. Emans, rural Lafayette, died at 8:56 p.m. July 17, 2014, at the age of 101 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, where she had been for the last four weeks.  She was born June 16, 1913, in Gilboa to Henry and Uzela Ramsey Fairchild. On Oct. 5, 1931, she married Glen Emans in Covington, Ky., and he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1999.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, VBS July 27-31

Vacation Bible School will be held from Sunday, July 27, to Thursday, July 31, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran School, 105 Allen Street, Jenera.

“Raindrops to Rainbows” is the theme of the program. Children will learn about Jesus as they take a weather related look at God’s promises. Along with Bible lessons, there will be crafts, music and games.


No rain in sight and then suddenly...

No rain in sight and suddenly that changed last night. Here's the July daily weather summary from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

5th-6th grade two-day volleyball camp at BFR

BFR Sports and Fitness will hold a two-day girls' volleyball camp for girls entering grades 5 and 6.

Campers will meet on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 4-5 from 1-4 p.m. for a variety of skills, drills and modified match play. 


Meet lifeguard Maddison Wilson

Maddison Wilson is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.


The '45 Triplett boys of summer


Earlier this month we posted a photo of the famous 1944 Triplett men's softball team. We've now uncovered the 1945 team, with many of the same players. After seven games this team was undefeated, according to the report in the Triplett employee newsletter.

By clicking on this photo you'll see the names of the players (Lynn Carmack is the team mascot in the very front). 

Open the attachment below to read additional information about the team.

National Night Out comes to Bluffton Aug. 5 - and it looks like lots of fun

National Night Out is coming to Bluffton.

Icon viewers are invited to join forces with communities nationwide for the 31st annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. Bluffton observes the event on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Sergeant Matt Oglesbee of the Bluffton Police Department is the local coordinator.

Meet lifeguard Misha Groman

Misha Groman is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.