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July 30, 2014


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BVHS Corporate PR & Marketing finalist for best health care communications team in the nation

Blanchard Valley Health System's Corporate PR & Marketing Department has been announced as one of two finalists for “Best Health Care Communications Team” in the nation through the prestigious 2014 Ragan Health Care PR & Marketing Awards.

The BVHS team was named a finalist for this top award for innovating and executing projects throughout 2013 including the Extraordinary People marketing campaign, Safety Dance internal education video, BVH admission packet revamping, electronic Japanese newsletter, social media advancement and more.


August worship service schedule set at Mennonite Home

The August worship service schedule at Mennonite Memorial Home is announced and follows:

Sunday services, 9:30 a.m.

Aug. 3 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Aug. 10 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Aug. 17 - Wally and Wanda Geiger
Aug. 24 - Elizabeth Kelly
Aug. 31 - Chaplain Bill Herr

Tuesday evening services, 6:30 p.m.

MMH Service Group seeks silent auction items

Handcrafted items are needed for the Mennonite Memorial Home's Service Group silent auction planned Saturday, Sept. 27.

The silent auction is part of this year's Bluffton Fall Festival. Persons interested in donating items to the auction should contact Mary Ann Ring at 419-358-1015. Items should be delivered by Sept. 19. 

All auction items will be on display from Sept. 22 to 27 with bids being collected at that time. The auction ends on Sept. 27.

Mennonite Home concert on the lawn Aug. 17

Mennonite Memorial Home's annual concert on the lawn is at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17. The concert features Bob Ford who will perform familiar folk tunes to classics by Burl Ives, Tommy Maken and the Kingston Trio.

The concert also features ice cream. Icon viewers are invited to bring a comfortable lawn chair and enjoy the event, which is open to the public.

MMH is located at 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton.


August is a busy month at Maple Crest

August is a busy month at Maple Crest Senior Living Village. Attached is the monthly calendar of events.

Northwest Ohio Bullfrogs tryouts Aug. 16 and 23 in Bluffton

The Northwest Ohio Bullfrogs will host tryouts for the 2015 baseball season.

Tryouts will be for the 11U and 12U teams, they will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m.

Tryouts will be held at the village park in Bluffton. Persons with questions  contact Ryan Koenig at 419-420-5450 or e-mail cartskoenig@gmail.com.


Jessica Grandy offered assistant treasurer post

Jessica Grandey was offered a position with the Bluffton schools as assistant treasurer. The Bluffton school board approved offering Grandey the contract during a special meeting on July 26.

The contract is for two years with an annual salary of $39,000 for fiscal year 2015, with an exception for days not worked prior to commencement date of Aug. 6, 2014.


Letter: Condolences to family and friends of Ralf Bronnenmeier

Icon viewers:

On behalf of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, we would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Ralf, the employees and co-workers at Grob, members of the Bluffton community, and to all those impacted by this tragedy. 

We had the opportunity to host Ralf at a recent chamber meeting and he left a lasting impression with all in attendance.  It was obvious he was passionate about Grob and all the exciting projects happening at Grob. 

Ralf: an electrical engineer at heart, a CEO by profession, but his high school wrestler’s boyish grin made him one of us

In May the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce invited Ralf Bronnenmeier as a guest breakfast speaker.

Our experience inviting speakers falls in one of three categories:
1  the invitee needs to think about it and get back to us later,
2  the invitee needs to check his calendar and get back to us later,
  (Categories 1 and 2 require a second phone call to the invitee for a definite yes or no)
3 the invitee asks, “Why do you want me as your speaker?”

We invited Ralf and his response was none of the above. It was immediate.


Meet Lifeguard Levi Mikesell

Lifeguard Levi Mikesell 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.