July 22, 2014


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Meet lifeguard Misha Groman

Misha Groman 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.


Next time you see Gary Kirtland, ask him about the 1954 Ford he bought from Conner Stewart

Gary Kirtland says he bought his first car at age 15. Conner Stewart sold him the car. At the time Stewart owned a Sohio gas station at the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets (now owned by Kirtland).

“I told my dad that I wanted this car – a 1954 Ford – and I bought it,” said Gary. Stewart let Gary park the car on his Sohio lot.

Since he wasn’t old enough to drive, after school he’d go start it, rev up the engine and mess around with it. He eventually blew the engine simply by revving it up too much.


Golf scramble raises nearly $10,000 for Beaver athletics

Bluffton University’s 17th annual Alumni and Friends Golf Scramble raised roughly $9,400 for university athletics through TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) Bluffton.

Harrod’s Colonial Golfers Club hosted the July 19 event, which drew 108 golfers from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona, Florida and South Carolina.

The winners of the scramble received monetary prizes. The three-man team of alumni Gary Jones ’72 of Columbus Grove, Tom Baratko ’72 of Springboro and Denny Lane ’70 of Bellefontaine took first place.

Kirtland's Auto prepares for final oil change and all vehicle repair; will focus entirely on car sales

Area vehicle owners take note: Effective July 31 Kirtland’s Auto Repair, 302 N. Main St., will no longer repair vehicles.

Kirtland’s Auto Sales, in the same location, will continue to sell automobiles. Gary Kirtland has owned the business since 1985.

In other words: Kirtland’s is out of the repair business – but remains in the car sales business.

Up to now 10 percent of the business has been car sales and 90 percent repair. “We want to see it at 100 percent car sales,” said Kirtland.


School board acts on $14,058,262 appropriations for 2014-15

Bluffton school board will act on approval of $14,058,262 appropriations for 2014-15 at Monday night's July school board session. 

In addition, as the new school year gets closer, the board will finalize several last-minute items. Among those are:

Town hall, Sunset Drive updates provided at Monday's council meeting

Bluffton council will hear several updates on village projects from Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, during Monday’s council meeting. A summary of those updates follow. The complete council agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

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According to the village insurance adjustor, he will submit the file to the insurance carrier this week. Supposedly, we should have a response in seven to 10 days.

Jeanne’s Kitchen, July 22-25

Open at 8:00 a.m. We serve fresh homemade pastry and coffee Tuesday-Friday mornings until 10:30 a.m. Carry out or eat in.

LUNCH SPECIALS for July 22-25

Garden vegetable soup
Open-face Vietnamese sandwich
Hummus and tabouleh pita

Chicken spinach cannelloni soup
Caprese sandwich
Buffalo chicken burger with sweet potato fries

Tuscan bean soup
Deconstructed eggplant parm
Waldorf tuna salad

United Way feature agency of the week: Bluffton Community Preschool


This is part of a series of stories featuring local organizations that received Bluffton, Beaverdam, United Way funding.

Where would Bluffton Community Preschool be without the United Way?

Meet lifeguard Mitchell Ault

Mitchell Ault 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.


Photos: A different kind of parachute


Kinzi Koogler, 2, runs under the uplifted parachute during an exercise class at Mennonite Memorial Home. In the other photos are her brothers, Titus, 4, and Gunner. They are the children of Emily and Aaron Koogler. 

Watch the video.