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July 28, 2014


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University offers five online graduate-level courses leading to Ohio reading endorsement

Teachers can now take Bluffton University’s five online graduate-level courses that lead to an Ohio reading endorsement, offered for the price of four.

Over the next three years, Bluffton is offering the final three-credit-hour course for free to 30 teachers—10 per year—of kindergarten through 12th grade. Funding will be from an Ohio Educator Preparation Program Performance Grant awarded to the university this spring.

"Weird Animals, where Jesus' love is one of a kind" - this year's Community VBS focus

There's still time to register for Community Vacation Bible School.

This year's VBS's host congregation is St. Mary's Catholic Church, 160 N. Spring St. VBS dates are Sunday evening, July 20, through Thursday, July 24. Each evening's sessions are from 6 to 8 p.m.

Youth ages 4 to those who have completed fifth grade are invited to partcipate.


On a summer day 69 years ago in Bluffton


Just when we think we've seen every classic old photo of Bluffton, a new one like this appears.

It's from the July 1945 Triplett Electrical Instrument newsletter. The identification of the Triplett employees is on the photo. Sorry, the youth in the picture are not identified, but our guess is that they would be in the late 70s or early 80s today.

Rachel Shaw was a former employee of Triplett Corp.

Rachel Shaw, 80, died on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 4:20 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima.

She was born on November 28, 1933 in Silver Creek, Ohio to Raymond and Zelma (Case) Vermillion and they preceded her in death. On November 15, 1953 she married Robert Shaw and he survives in Ada.


Wildlife author visits Bluffton Public Library July 24

At 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, author Dr. John Becker will visit the Bluffton Public Library.


Meet lifeguard Noelle Heinze

Noelle Heinze 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.


Volleyball camp is just a game of "Pip, Squeak and Wilbur" (not really)

Since when was volleyball camp supposed to be fun? We thought it was lots of bumps, bruises and knee scrapes.

To find out what volleyball camp is all about, the Icon attended part of the July 10-11 Bluffton volleyball camp for fourth through eighth graders. It took place in the BHS gym. Thirty-two students participated.


Kevin King, BHS volleyball coach, along with varsity volleyball players instructed the future Pirate volleyball players.


Up to their ears in it: Suter's sweet corn, that is - come and get it

Do you like your sweet corn on or off the cob?

No matter. You may have it both ways if necessary because it is officially in season. Those familiar red barn markets are open for business and that means Suter’s Produce of Pandora is up to their ears in it.

Jerry Suter told the Icon that “we are now picking sweet corn and it is excellent.” He added that other items available in the red barn markets are tomatoes, peaches, green beans and an assortment of garden veggies.


The major weather number: 85

The magic number: 85. For the past three days, 85 was the high temperature reading in the area, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Here are the daily weather summaries for the past seven days.

Jeanne's Kitchen Specials, July 15-18


Read on for Jeanne’s lunch and dinner specials and the latest news on the Italian Festival:


Roasted tomato basil soup
Mediterranean chicken over rice
Open-faced roast beef with red skin mashed potatoes

Summer minestrone soup
Hawaiian pulled pork with grilled pineapple mango salsa
Pita sandwich
Shrimp and avocado salad