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Memorial service for Phillip Kingsley June 27

A memorial service for Phillip Kingsley will be held on Saturday, June 27 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio at 11:00 a.m.  The family will be at the church for visiting from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and pre-service music will begin at 10:40.

All guests are invited to a luncheon after the service, followed by a time of sharing memories and further visiting with the family.


Bluffton: Bicycle Capital of Ohio on June 21 thanks to GOBA's visit

Bluffton was be a one-day biker's paradise on Sunday (June 21).


Visitors to town were the 2,000+ participants in the 27th Annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA).

Bikers started the tour in Van Wert on Sunday and made a 50-mile trip to Bluffton arriving between 9:30 a.m. 2 p.m. Earlier in the week chances of thundershowers were 60 percent,  which sent local planners to prepare an indoors "Plan B" for the guests.

The rains never came and Sunday was an enjoyable sunny day.

Single-event tickets for university Artist Series available July 10

Single-event tickets for the 2015-16 Bluffton University Artist Series go on sale Friday, July 10. This year’s series features:

• Apollo’s Fire, a baroque chamber ensemble 
• Heinavanker, an Estonian vocal ensemble 
• pianist Anne-Marie McDermott 
• the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players 
• and the Columbus-based Raise gospel choir

Pleasant View and Mount Cory UMs hold vacation Bible school

Pleasant View and Mount Cory United Methodist Churches will co-host vacation Bible school August 3-7 from 6-8 p.m. at Mt. Cory UMC, 300 N. Main. Pre-registration will be August 2 @ BFLC from 6-8 p.m. The week will conclude with a joint service on Sunday, August 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Cory followed by a community cook-out at the BFLC.  Service will include the children singing songs they learned during VBS.


Here's what's cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen June 23-26

Jeanne and her staff are taking a mini vacation this week.

We will not serve breakfast or lunch June 23-26, but we will have dinner this Friday!

All-you-can-eat pasta and Jeanne's homemade meat balls, Italian tossed salad and homemade Italian dessert.

Dinner hours are 5-7:30 p.m. A reservation would be appreciated. Please call Jeanne at 419-234-8650 to reserve your table.

We are available to cater your event with our delicious homemade food. Call Jeanne with any questions. See you Friday night!

Watch those skies today - damaging winds anticipated tonight

AEP provided The Icon with the following weather alert for today and Tuesday (June 22-23).

Two rounds of severe thunderstorms are expected to impact northwestern Ohio  
this afternoon and tonight. Both rounds have the potential to cause widespread wind damage.

Round 1 This afternoon-early evening: At 9 a.m. radar shows a complex of severe thunderstorms racing across eastern Minnesota/eastern Iowa. This will reach northern Indiana as a squall line (gusts up to 80 mph) early this afternoon.

Bluffton: The bicycle capital of Ohio on Father's Day!

There will be more fathers in Bluffton this Father's Day than ever before.

Most of the fathers will arrive on bicycles.

GOBA - the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure - arrives in Bluffton on Sunday, June 21 (Father's Day). Over 2,000 bikers will tool through town from Van Wert via Columbus Grove Road to Grove Street, then Jackson, then College Avenue...on to the GOBAville campgrounds on the Bluffton University practice fields at Rosenberger and Elm.

GOBA's visit a good time for July 11 Ride to Remember reminder

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) is not the only bike event in Bluffton this summer.

On Saturday, July 11, Bluffton is host to the inaugural Ride to Remember. The bike ride offers routes of several distances and provides options for family rides all the way to a 100-mile ride.

For all the details on the Ride open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Sunday afternoon is your chance to hear about John Dillinger's visit to Bluffton in 1933

You probably never met John Dillinger, but the next best thing – or worst thing – to Public Enemy number 1 will visit Bluffton on Sunday.

John Carnes of Lima, a Dillinger expert, will give several short descriptive talks about the John Dillinger bank robbery that took place on Main Street Bluffton in August of 1933.

Carnes will provide the talks during the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) visit to Bluffton on Sunday. His talks will start at 2 p.m. – he will repeat these a couple times during the afternoon.


Coyote spotted in Ada - no fooling

By Monty Siekerman, from the Ada Icon

I saw a coyote in Ada.

The critter was across the street from where I live on State Route 81. He was near a large walnut tree, just yards from the Baptist Church.

At first glance, he looked like a stray dog, which is not an unusual sight in this area of town where dogs escape their confines or are dropped off by bad owners and left to fend for themselves.

The animal and I made eye contact. Thinking it was a stray dog, I tried to coax it to me with a sack of cat food that I happened to have in my hand.