July 23, 2014


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Meet lifeguard Taylor Wenger

Lifeguard Taylor Wenger 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.


Lincoln Highway Assn. meets July 15 in Forest

The Western Ohio Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, at the Forest/Jackson Public Library (the train depot) located at 102 W. Lima St., Forest.

Those attending will have a home-cooked Amish dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. Karen Moore will talk about “The History of Forest, Ohio, on the Lincoln Highway.”

The dinner includes salad, chicken/roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, bread, pie and a drink. The cost is $15 per person. Call 419-203-5779 for a reservation.


United Way feature agency of the week: BFR Sports and Fitness

BFR Sports & Fitness is proud to be a United Way Agency. BFR started as a grass-roots organization striving to keep our community active. Through the support of United Way, individuals and families with limited finances can take part in BFR programs.

Ralph Carmichael served in the British Army in India during WWII

Ralph Carmichael, 90, died on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Shady Lawn Retirement Community in Dalton, Ohio.

Ralph was born in Hull, England, on May 1, 1924, to Gladys and Harry Carmichael. During WWII, he served in the 2nd. Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment of the British Army in India. His regiment fought in the Battle of Imphal in Northern India with the 14th. Army. He also served in Penang, Malaya, before returning to England after the war with the rank of Sergeant.


Christian Band, "Unspoken," performs at Pandora Missionary Sept. 21

One of today’s most well-known Christian bands, Unspoken, performs  in concert at Pandora Missionary Church Sunday, Sept. 21,  at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. VIP passes for a meet and greet with the band, photos, autographs, and refreshments are an additional $5.

With two straight Top-5 singles (“Who You Are” and “Lift My Life Up”) and successful tours with bands like Sanctus Real and Big Daddy Weave, Unspoken is one of the hottest Christian bands on the scene today.


Community worship service July 27

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will hold its community worship service at 9 a.m., Sunday, July 27, in the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn. In the event if rain, the service takes place in the Middle School cafetorium. Persons are invited to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to the service.


Bluffton Sardines finish 4th in tough WOAL championship meet

Don't mess with the Bluffton Sardines swim team. They finished the 2014 swim season with an impressive fourth place in the eight-team Western Ohio Aquatics League meet held in Kenton on Friday and Saturday.

Ahead of Bluffton were three very tough swim teams that have several swimmers competing year around.

Here's how they finished:

1 - Wapakoneta 1,654.5
2 - Westside 1,472
3 - Ada 993
4 - BLUFFTON 454
5 - Shawnee 437
6 - Van Wert 361.5
7 - Kenton 358
8 - Sherwood 247


It's mid-July in Bluffton; that means Marlin Gerber has arrived with this season's blueberries

Maybe Marlin Gerber is the Johnny Appleseed of blueberries. Leduc, Michigan, blueberries to be specific.

Bluffton likes blueberries and Marlin Gerber feeds our appetites for the tiny summer berry.

Who is Marlin anyway and why does he come to Bluffton with blueberries?

Originally from Sugarcreek, he enrolled at Bluffton College in 1953. He took off a couple years to volunteer in PAX. Then he returned to graduate in 1960.


Bluffton pool season passes half-price on July 13

The Bluffton Community Swimming Pool's season is at its mid-way point. That means that season passes are half-price starting Sunday, July 13.

Here are those prices:

Family pass $65
Single pass $40
Senior single $20
Senior couple $37.50
College student $20

Make checks payable to Village of Bluffton.

Angie Palte benefit July 19 at Springfield Fireworks

A benefit for Angie Palte is planned from 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 19, at Springfield Fireworks, 490 State Route 103, Bluffton. Friends and family members plan the benefit.

The event includes live music by:
• 1 p.m. Them Kids with Mama Spaz
• 2 p.m. Philosoraptors
• 5 p.m. Sunday’s Regret
• 8 p.m. Two Dragons