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November 27, 2015

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The Blaze can't go on without the team of John and Junior

Saturday is "Junior Weihrauch Day in Bluffton." The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce announced the designation at its Nov. 13 breakfast meeting

Watch for these two guy in Bluffton on Saturday.

On the left is John George. On the right is Junior Weihrauch. The Bluffton Blaze of Lights could not happen with them.

John George, as the town crier, has served as Blaze master of ceremonies each year since 1995. You'll find him on the review stand announcing the parade units.


All aboard on Saturday

Romick Railway for kids is one of Bluffton's Blaze popular activities. The railway will be in Saturday's parade. Following the parade it will provide rides of youngsters on Main Street in front of the Senior Citizens Center. (Santa and Mrs. Claus are inside the center.)


Free showings of "It's a Wonderful Life" today at 1:30 and 4 p.m.

Stratton Auto Sales and Tommy Tire Sales will sponsor two free showings of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life," on Friday, Nov. 27, at the Shannon Theatre.

Showings are at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift," which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1945.


It all happens Saturday - here's what you need to know about the Blaze of Lights

The stage is set for the 2015 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Blaze of Lights. This year’s event, the 29th annual Blaze, begins Saturday, Nov. 28, in downtown Bluffton.

Here is the up-to-the-minute Blaze information.

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Here's everything you need to know about Bluffton's Blaze of Lights taking place on Saturday, Nov. 28.
The Blaze of Lights is more than just a one-day event. In addition to the events taking place on Nov. 28, it includes these elements that continue nightly through Jan. 1:
• the Ream folk art holiday display
• the Gift of Giving light show extravaganza
• Bluffton Main Street business district Christmas window displays
• a tour of Bluffton’s residential yard lighting

Tammy Persich 1962-2015

Tammy S. Persich, 53, died Nov. 23, 2015, at her Pandora residence.  Tammy was born Jan. 26, 1962 in Steubenville, Ohio, to Lawrence and Barbara (Lathem) Everson who preceded her in death.

Tammy was a homemaker.  


Don Jose Mexican Restaurant menu now on the Icon

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant, 142 N. Main St., Bluffton, is the Icon's newest advertiser.

The restaurant's menu is now posted with all other restaurant advertisers' menus.

A printer-friendly menu may be viewed by clicking here (or opening the "Menu" listing on the black horizontal bar at the top of the home page).

Christine Purves was a teacher in Bluffton and overseas, involved in many Bluffton University programs

Christine H. Purves, 96 of Bluffton died Nov. 25, 2015. at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. 

She was born Sept. 14, 1919, in Berne, Ind., to Carl and Martha (Baumgartner) Habegger. On Aug. 28, 1943, she married John H. Purves (Jack), who preceded her in death. They were married 58 years. Mrs. Purves graduated from Berne High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, an honorary music society.


BFR launches 2016 annual campaign - with $60,000 goal

Bluffton Family Recreation has launched its 2016 annual campaign, according to Joseph Beagle, director.

The campaign’s goal of $60,000 will assist BFR in upgrading its existing programs, fitness center and sports services.

“BFR continues to reinvent itself by adding new and upgrading our existing programs, in addition to providing the community with a fitness center and sports services,” he said.

He noted several programs in 2016 that benefit the community.

Paul Dyck is this year's Blaze "switch-hitter" MHCO representatives serve as parade marshals

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), celebrating its 60th annivesary year, will be recognized during the Saturday, Nov. 28, Blaze of Lights.

Terry Mullenhour, chairperson of the Village Cultural Affairs Committee, who choses the switch hitter and parade marshals said that the committee chose MHCO because of their anniversary year and their long committment of service to the community.

Paul Dyck, retired administrator, is this year's "switch hitter." In addition, several residents and associates serve as parade marshals.