September 3, 2014


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Council candidates submit interest to village by Sept. 10

Bluffton council will have a vacancy in September.

Interested Bluffton citizens, who have been residents for at least one year, may submit their letter of interest to Council President David Steiner by email

Or they may be mailed to:
Village of Bluffton
Attn: Dave Steiner
PO Box 63
Bluffton, OH 45817

Letters of interest are due by Sept.10.

Funeral service Aug. 26 for retired Bluffton business woman JoAnn Bender

JoAnn Bender, 84, of Bluffton died Aug. 22, 2014, at 7:55 p.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born Sept. 8, 1929, in Fostoria to Clarence and Mildred Seitz Brunn. On Aug. 4, 1948 she married Robert F. Bender and he preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 2011.

Mrs. Bender was the owner of JoAnn's Beauty Shop, Bluffton for over 15 years. She then joined her husband as owners of  A-Z Portion Control Meats, Bluffton. She was an active music booster supporter. She was a graduate of Lima Senior High School. 


Letter: AEP Ohio warns of phone shutoff scam

Icon viewers:

We are warning all of our customers of a payment scam being conducted via phone in various areas of our service territory. We continue to hear reports that customers are receiving calls threatening to shut off their power if they don't make an immediate payment over the phone with a money card. This is a scam and people are using our name illegally. The people making these calls are not from AEP Ohio.


Support for Shannon Cemetery project moving along

The Shannon Cemetery Project has quietly built up some steam this summer, Dick Boehr told The Icon this week.

"We are starting to receive some significant donations to assist in our overall renovation plan," he said.

Boehr, local promoter of several community projects, has taken on Bluffton’s pioneer cemetery on Jefferson Street and wants to turn into a source of community pride. Joining Boehr.

“This continuing conversation from cemetery to park-cemetery is a combination of the Bluffton council and interested community people working together,” Boehr said.

New first-year students and transfer students return to campus Friday

About 250 new first-year and transfer students will lead an annual migration to Bluffton University this weekend.

New student move-in, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, will open a weekend on which other undergraduates will come back to Bluffton for the start of classes Monday, Aug. 25.

Mustard Seed Cafe dinner features

In addition to the Mustard Seed’s regular menu on Friday and Saturday nights, the following Summer Celebration features will be available this weekend:

Dinner Features:

Dry-rub baby back ribs with a honey white wine glaze served with an IPA slaw and corn muffin.

Bluffton chamber announces ambitious fall schedule; invites individuals to become members

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce has ambitious plans as it launches its 2014-15 year. In addition to annoucing these plans, the chamber extends an invitation to individuals to become a chamber member for $50 per year. Here is an overview of projects in the works this fall.

• Fall chamber events calendar
• List of chamber benefits and member application form
• List of  NOACC member benefits

Meet lifeguard Amber Henry

Amber Henry 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.


BHS girls soccer: This win looks like a football score

What a way to start the season.

Bluffton High School girls' soccer team flattened Marion Hardin 12-0 on Aug 16 in Marion.

Here are the game stats:

Halftime: B, 8-0 
Shots on Goal: B, 19-2. Corner Kicks: B, 6-0,Saves: B,None; H,NA




They're the "Best Health Care Communications Team" in nation

Blanchard Valley Health System's Corporate PR & Marketing Department has been named the “Best Health Care Communications Team” in the nation through the prestigious 2014 Ragan Health Care PR & Marketing Awards.
The department was announced as one of two finalists for the award in July, and was announced as the competition’s winner in a special edition of Health Care Communication News released August 13.