November 26, 2014


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Holiday Shop Around Saturday with Larry’s Cakes, Avon and Thirty-One - at St. John's UCC

Kick-off your holiday shopping on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 2-4 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave., in Bluffton. Stop in anytime for cash and carry items, free samples and refreshments.

Making his debut will be Larry Battle, with Larry’s Cakes. These delicious pound cakes will be available for sampling. Orders for the holidays can be placed. Cakes come in all sizes to feed the smallest or largest family gathering.


First National Bank offers zero closing costs on car loans for limited time

First National Bank is currently offering customers zero closing costs ($195 value) on car loans.

Rates are as low as 2.99 annual percentage rate up to 66 months. Loan applications must be completed between Nov. 24 and Nov. 29.

For complete details open the attachment at the bottom of this story or contact the bank.


Lions Club announces winners of peace poster contest

Winners of the Bluffton Lions Club has announced the winners of its peace poster contest: first place, Danielle Novak; second place, Kylee Staley; and third place, Bailey Edwards.


BHS Latin and art departments plan trip to Italy, Greece; adults invited to join group

The Bluffton High School Latin and art departments are planning a trip to Italy and Greece in June of 2016, and have opened the trip to adults in the Bluffton community. Interested persons are invited to attend an information meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. 

The meeting will take place in the Latin room - room 303 in the high school Those unable to attend but interested in learning more may e-mail Vickie Garmon at Garmonv@blufftonschools.org or Brigitte Hoff and Hoffb@blufftonschools.

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificate to the rescue

Having problems with gift selections this holiday season? The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce has the solution.

You may purchase a chamber gift certificate to give as a gift. The certificates are available from any teller at Citizens National Bank. You may purchase certificates in any monetary amount.

Each certificate is good for 12 months after the date of purchase. Certificates may be used in any Bluffton business.

Open houses for two businesses now located in former Movie Gallery building: Panache and RealLiving CCR Realtors

Two Bluffton businesses that recently opened in the former Movie Gallery building at 142 E. Jefferson St., will have open houses this weekend.

RealLiving CCR Realtors

Bluffton’s newest business, RealLiving CCR Realtors, 142 E. Jefferson St., Suite B, will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Dino Guagenti of Lima is the broker involved with the firm. Realtors are Steve Shulaw, Kate Shulaw, Elaine Wehri, Lisa Wenger and Maria Sanko.

Bluffton Lions Club newsletter posted on the Icon

The Bluffton Lions' November newsletter is now available on the Icon. Open the attachment at the bottom of this story to view the newsletter.


Relay for Life quarter auction/bingo Dec. 5

Bluffton Relay For Life will hold a quarter auction/bingo from 6:30-9:30 on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium. Those attending will play bingo and bid on gift baskets donated by Origami Owl, Thirty One, Jamberry Nails, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, and  It Works.

Food will be available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Lynda Best at 419-296-2790 or 419-358-7593.


Weekly weather summary: Baby, it's cold outside

It's only mid-November and suddenly someone turned down the thermostat.

The lowest minimum daily temperature since Nov. 12 was 13 and the highest was 37 degrees.

Here's the November daily weather summary to day from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

University chapel topic: The Sermon on the Mount and ‘The Hunger Games’

While “The Hunger Games” tells a grisly tale of oppression and violent revolution, pastor Chet Miller-Eshleman believes that it’s also a tale of fulfillment of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

For Miller-Eshleman, pastor at LifeBridge Community Church in Dover, Ohio, the popular fiction series doesn’t glorify violence, but instead calls for the blessing of the weak and the poor as commanded by Jesus.