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July 7, 2015


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Shirley's expanding with fourth store - this one in Findlay

Fresh off its recent announcement of two franchise locations in the Toledo and Columbus areas, Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company announced that its fourth Ohio store will open in Findlay this fall.

Franchisees Jennifer and Jason Swartzlander, of Bluffton, will own and operate a store in the Interstate Plaza, just off of I-75 on Trenton Avenue in Findlay. They say their deep connections to the community, belief in the Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn concept, and an ideal location made them confident in joining the Shirley’s family of franchisees.


Richard "Butch" Gladwell was retired from Mid-Bus

Richard M. "Butch" Gladwell, 75, of Columbus Grove died at He was born May 26, 1940, in Lima to the late Glenn and Margaret Smith Gladwell.  On Aug. 4, 1961 he married Virginia Williams and she survives.

He retired from Mid-Bus formerly of Bluffton.  He was a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton, where he had been Sunday School Superintendent, youth leader and coached the church basketball and baseball teams. 


Carlton McCree Cole, 1922-2015

Carlton McCree Cole, 93, of Alvada passed away at 3:15 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 at Birchaven Village, Findlay. He was born on January 4, 1922, to the late Carl M. and Hazel F. (Peters) Cole in Biglick Twp. Carlton married Esther C. Walter on January 7, 1942, and she survives after sharing 73 1/2 years together.


BFR tennis tourney rescheduled for Aug. 1; check all the other programing planned

The Bluffton Family Recreation tennis tournament rained out on June 27 is rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1.

The tournament includes singles play for high school players and doubles open for all age groups. The tournament includes double-elimination brackets.

Matches are played at the Howe Tennis Courts on East College Avenue and the Bluffton University courts on Rosenberger Drive.

Trophies will be awarded to the top two doubles players and in the top three singles players.

Ebenezer presents mystery dinner theatre August 7-9

Become part of the mystery and solve the crime in "Suspect Hollywood," Ebenezer Mennonite's mystery dinner theatre August 7-9.

"You’ll be part of an open casting call - along with some “famous” (and not so famous) actors and actresses who are auditioning for a new movie entitled Peril of the Prodigal Son," said Kevin Gratz, director. "The director has made unrealistic promises to most of these potential cast members and financiers. But can he keep those promises? How will they react to his betrayal? Will you solve the crime and be deemed 'Expert Sleuth'"? 


Did you ever hear the one about the 5,000 pound roller at the Bluffton Stone Quarry?

Here's a Bluffton story that we bet you've never heard. Tobi Meyer sent it to the Icon.

It involves a 1940 Ford dump truck and Richard Benroth, Charles Hammer and Charles Hankish.

Interested? Read on. Here's what Tobi shared with the Icon. Open the attachment to read the story.

"My mom has a small magazine that belonged to my dad, Charles Hammer, who died in March.


Iconoclast Bakery: Red, white and blueberry pie

Katie Hohenbrink’s Red, White and Blueberry Pie
This pie was second place at the Bluffton Relay for Pie pie-baking contest.

1 prebaked pie crust

Fruit filling:
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups water
¼ cup plus 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
4 Tablespoons plus 1 ½ teaspoons strawberry gelatin
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 pint fresh strawberries


First National Bank to offer Social Security workshop

Do you go into a frenzy when you think about retirement? Do I have enough money to retire? Will Social Security be available? When should I collect Social Security? First National Bank and First National Financial Services will hold a Social Security workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Findlay Inn and Suites at 200 E. Main Cross Street in Findlay.


Bluffton schools holding volleyball camp July 8-9

Bluffton schools are holding a volleyball camp for girls going in to grades 4 through 8. The camp is designed to work on basic volleyball skills and knowledge. It will be held at Bluffton High School gym on Wednesday and Thursday, July 8-9. The schedule is as follows:


Steiner & Granger: Market review for second quarter 2015

Steiner & Granger
141 N. Main St
P.O. Box 28
Bluffton, OH 45817


The Markets

As winter weather finally lost its chokehold on the U.S. economy, investors grew increasingly comfortable with the Federal Reserve's slow-and-steady approach to determine when to raise short-term interest rates.