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Robin Williams-Romick

July 27, 2017


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Tropical Ada

FROM ADA ICON - Gardens at Liberty National Bank, Ada,  have gone tropical this year. Here, a braided hibiscus blooms in several colors because it is four separate plants, each a different color, that makes the display look like a multicolored hibiscus, which really doesn't exist in nature. (Monty Siekerman photo)

East College before and after

Yes, there's something odd about this photo.

But check out the two photos below and see the point of this photo exercise.

It's a before and after or, better still a during and after of East College Avenue. The before/during photo was taken Monday. The after was taken Wednesday.


Bluffton food pantry low on supplies

Here's a list of needed items; take donations to St. John's UCC

The Bluffton Area Food Pantry has distributed food and other essential supplies to approximately 50 area families this summer.

The panty’s supplies are running a bit low and could use some reinforcements, according to Ed Yeager, board president of the Bluffton Community Assistance Program.

Item may be delivered to St. John’s United Church of Christ.


Five star-rating for Mennonite Memorial Home

By Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, has been awarded an overall 5-Star Quality Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), according to Laura Voth, CEO of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio.

The Five-Star Quality Rating System helps consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and help identify topics of questions to ask during the selection process.

CMS provides quality ratings to each of the nation's Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified nursing homes.

Letter: Follow-up on suggestion on Bluffton's drug problems

Icon viewers:
Mayor Judy, thank you for sharing my concerns with the Chief. Chief Ryan came to my home this afternoon. We had a very open, honest and  enlightening discussion. 

I have a better understanding of the problems and what the Bluffton Police force is doing. I believe the Chief is on top of the situation and is doing all he and his force can do. I encourage the council to continue its full support of the Police Department, and suggest that (as much as possible) the community be kept inform and encouraged to support the efforts being made. 


Bluffton Auto Repair Center customer appreciation day Aug. 11

Larson Barbecue, 50-50 raffles, prize drawings; proceeds support food pantry

Bluffton Auto Repair Center, 302 N. Main St., will hold a customer appreciation day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11.

The event includes Larson Barbecue. There will be a 50-50 raffle and prize drawings. Proceeds from the raffles will go to the Bluffton Food Pantry.

Drawing 1- Stratton Auto Apparel
• Stratton Auto t-shirt
• Stratton Auto hat
• Stratton Auto coffee tumbler
• Oil change from Bluffton Auto Repair Center


Friesens observe 50th wedding anniversary

Ivan and Rachel Friesen of Bluffton will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 6, with an open house reception, from 2 to 4 p.m. The location is Grace Mennonite Church, 502 E. Main St., Pandora. There will be a short program at 3 p.m. The couple requests no gifts, please.

Ivan Friesen and Rachel Hilty were married on Aug. 27, 1967, at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton.


Want to change your car's oil, but don't know where to start?

Public library offers Basic Car Care 101 on Thursday at Leiber's Garage

Ever wonder what exactly you should check on your vehicle between visits to a mechanic? Or, how about before a long road trip?

Bluffton Public Library offers Adulting 101 - recommended for teens and adults - in basic car care at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 27, at Leiber's Garage, 130 Vance St., Bluffton.

Scott Deitsch, head mechanic at the garage, will lead the car care talk. The program includes demonstrations on:
• checking fluids
• checking oil 
• checking tires.

A bridge for the next generation

Actually, two bridges are in renovation stage on Bentley Road

When will the Bentley Road overpass be opened again?

Everyone in Bluffton asks that question. Here's some photos to show the stage of the project at the moment. In a few weeks cement will be poured, and that will take place at night.


Technically there are two bridges on Bentley Road (one over Interstate 75 and one over the railroad). The bridge replacement started in early June and the bridge will be closed until sometime in September. 

Both the southbound entrance and exit ramps at Bentley Road are also closed.

Riley Creek Arbor sponsors free swim day on Aug. 11

For first 200 swimmers at the Bluffton pool

Riley Creek Arbor is sponsoring free pool admission for the first 200 swimmers at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool from noon – 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11.
"Space is limited, so get there early," said Gary Reese of the Arbor.
Riley Creek Arbor of Gleaner Life Insurance Society regularly supports the local community through monetary and volunteer efforts.  The Arbor consists of members from Bluffton, Lima and surrounding communities.