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December 1, 2015


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Four decades ago

Some things never change - other things improve with age. We'd like to think this photo represents both those options.

This is Bluffton's Main Street looking south at the north edge of the Presbyterian Church. The year is 1974.

We'll let Icon viewers walk down Main Street and see what's new and what's changed. Dick Boehr took this photo.

A Blaze first - Ottoville man "re-proposes" to his wife on their 17th wedding anniversary

Earlier this year, Blaze of Lights parade director Junior Weihrauch invited the Ottoville Fire Department to have a unit in the Blaze parade.

In Weihrauch’s conversation with Matt Schnipke of the department, Schnipke asked what he thought was a crazy question.

“On Nov. 28 my wife, Jennifer, and I will celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary,” said Schnipke. “This might sound crazy, but would you mind if I propose again to my wife, in front of the review stand, during the parade? I'd like to surprise her.”


A view of the Blaze after the parade - enjoy our photos

The Blaze of Lights is more than just one evening. It's an entire month of lights in Bluffton.


The Icon shares some of the photos taken after the Blaze parade. Views includes some of the Dancers' Elite dance troupe, the horse and wagon ride, watching children talk with Santa and Mrs. Claus (from outside the senior center), and Jim Boedicker performing on stage.

Santa in Pandora Dec. 5

Santa will be in Riley Creek Pharmacy, 112 E. Main St., Pandora, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Photos will be taken with Santa and those photos will be emailed to recipients.

After visiting Santa, go next door to First National Bank. Santa's Workshop will be open for fun and crafts for youth.

Phone 419-384-3303 for more details.



Chiles-Laman hold Tree of Remembrance service Dec. 6

The holidays can be a particularly difficult time to cope with the loss of a loved one. The Tree of Remembrance memorial service provides a forum where families can come together to express their grief, but also find peace. 

On Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Centre at Bluffton, 601 N. Main St., Bluffton, Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services will hold a Tree of Remembrance memorial service for those who have lost a loved one this year or in years past. 

Funeral arrangements incomplete for Edith Murray

Edith Murray, 97 of Bluffton died Dec. 1, 2015 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Lots of "bargains of the month" at Family True Value Hardware in December

Jeff Kantner of True Value Family Hardware announced the December bargains of the month. They include:

• Your choice - 18-gallon or 60-quart storage tote, $4.97
• 18-inch by 30-inch gray mat, $5.99
• 10W LED indoor flood light, $7.99
• Your choice - 16-pack AA or AAA copper top alkaline batteries,
   or 12-pack AA or AAA quantum alkaline batteries, $9.99
• 2-pack 90W halogen floodlights, $13.99
• 43-piece socket set, $29.99



Pandora UM's Christmas cantata Dec. 13

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will present their Christmas cantata, “Were You There on That Christmas Night?” by Lloyd Larson on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m. during the worship service.

The church service, followed by refreshments in the fellowship hall,  are open to the public. The choir is directed by Pat Basinger and accompanied by Kira Davis. The church is located on State Route 12 at 108 E. Washington Street in Pandora. Rev. Duane Kemerley is the pastor.


Trinity Lutheran holds Christmas for Kids

Christmas For Kids will be held at Trinity Lutheran School, 105 Allen Street, Jenera, on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The afternoon will provide children in preschool through fourth grade an opportunity to hear the message of Christmas, along with Christmas crafts, music, refreshments and fun. For more information, please call 419-326-4402.


Frances Buroker 1919 to 2015

L. Frances (Fran) Buroker, 96, formerly of Mount Victory, Ohio, died at 12:49 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.  24, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.

Fran was born May 25, 1919, in Hardin County, Ohio, to William and Maedene (Carr) Dyer. On June 15, 1940, she married Erven W. Buroker, who preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1998. They were married for 58 years.