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May 5, 2015


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Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive May 9

On Saturday, May 9, letter carriers in Bluffton and Beaverdam will participate in the Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The nationwide food drive is the largest one-day food collection in the country, filling food pantries and food banks.

To participate, place non-perishable food items or paper products and or toiletries in bags and leave by your mailbox early Saturday morning or drop them off at the Bluffton post office.

Now retired farmers of America

Here's the Bluffton High School Future Farmers of America from the 1956-57 school year. Names of members are on the photo. Wonder what the price of corn was 58 crops ago?


Ray Person talks about cooperative farm on May 5

The Gardeners of America Club meeting is Tuesday May 5, at the Bluffton Public Library at 6:30 p.m. 

Ray Person of the Cooperative Farm in Pandora will present a power point program on gardening and raising livestock.

"Join us to be inspired and educated by his wealth of experience so that our efforts in our gardens might result in better outcomes. Come with questions," said Anita Darnell of the club. 


Phil Kingsley: Communicating with "the blink of an eye"

The current issue of "The Visioneer," a publication of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, is now on The Icon. The lead article follows. To view the entire issue open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Phil Kingsley, author of the following reflection, communicates using smart technology. “My speech generation computer enables me to (communicate) with blinks of my left eye,” he states.

Here's what's cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen April 28-May 1

We are open for breakfast Tuesday-Friday and serve breakfast all day!


Tomato bisque
Potato soup
Lemon chicken over rice

Corn chowder
Fish platter
Chicken potpie

Mediterranean chicken soup
Jeanne's cabbage rolls
Chicken fajita wrap

Stuffed pepper soup
Grilled cheese apple and bacon
Personal pan pizza

Cathy Wilkins worked at Triplett and Stratton Greenhouses

Mary Catherine "Cathy" Wilkins, 74, died April 26, 2015, at her residence. She was born March 23, 1941, in Forest to the late Harold and Louettee (Almey) Fox On Nov. 15, 1969, she married Harvey Wilkins who survives.

She was a homemaker and had worked at Triplett Corporation and Stratton Greenhouse both in Bluffton. She was a member of Bluffton Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoyed embroidery.


Six youth confirmed at Trinity Lutheran May 3

Six youth will be confirmed in the Christian faith on Sunday, May 3, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, in the 10:30 a.m. service.  

The Confirmands are:  Wesley Lane Below, Caden Thomas Gurney, James Steven John Miles, Amelia Grace Mitchell, Korey Lynn Strahm, and Logan Nicholas Stuckey.  

A regular service will be held at 8 a.m.  Beginning at 9:20 a.m., the Confirmands will give a review of Bible teachings in a question and answer format.  


Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary volunteer recognition banquet May 1 at The Centre

The Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary will hold their annual volunteer recognition banquet Friday, May 1, beginning at noon at The Centre of Bluffton, 601 N. Main St., Bluffton. The awards ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.

At the event, auxiliary members will be recognized for their hours of volunteer service to the hospital. Overall, the Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary includes 54 volunteers who gave 9,285 hours to the hospital in 2014.

The theme of this year’s banquet is “All That Jazz.” Entertainment will be provided by the Bluffton High School Jazz Band.

Dave Sycks directs ONU Jazz Band in April 30 concert

The Ohio Northern University Department of Music presents the ONU Jazz Band on Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

The ONU Jazz Band, under the direction of Bluffton High School band director David Sycks, will take a stroll down memory lane as it explores “ONU Jazz Through the Years.”