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July 25, 2016


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It was a real zoo at Tommy Tire Sales on Friday

Tommy Tires dished gallons and gallons of homemade ice cream on Friday. The North Main Street company held a customer appreciation day as it has in previoius summers.

New to this year's event were a zoo of yak, camel, tortoise, kangroos and alpacas from Jungle Island Zoo of Delphos.

• Ice cream - Ellie Hoffman and Brenna Kindle
• Elizabeth Dotson (in pink)
• Alexis Dotson (in blue)


Blanchard Water Partnership continues montoring water quality in Big and Little Riley

The Blanchard River Water Partnership continued its water quality monitoring this summer, according to Phil Martin, coordinator.

He told The Icon, "We monitored 21 sites on the Blanchard River, Lye Creek, Riley Creek and Little Riley Creek. The spring monitoring was completed on July 5. The fall monitoring will done in late September and early October.

"Results can be found on our web site by August. Special thanks to Sarah Betts from the Hancock Park District and her intern, Ashton Stevens,for their help."

65 years later...here's the BHS class of 1951

They graduated from Bluffton High Schol 65 years ago. They are members of the Bluffton HS class of 1951, the smallest class in modern history to graduate. According to the 1951 Buccaneer 26 members were in the graduating class.

The reunion was July 23 at Maple Crest.

Front from left, Ruth Ann (Lee) Bixel, Louise (Reichenbach) Schwieterman, Carol (Sechler) Vermillion.

Standing from left, Margaret (Stratton) Mueller, John Triplehorn, Richard Jordan, Eileen (Mathewson) Hubbard, Genevieve (Burkholder) Schroeder.


It's Community Vacation Bible School at Emmanuel UCC - starts Sunday night

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, is the host congregation to this summer's community Vacation Bible School.

VBS is from Sunday, July 24 through Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening.

It has classes for preschool through fifth grade. This year's theme is "Deep Sea Discovery - where kids will know that God is always with them!" 

Contact Emmanuel UCC or other participating churches for registration forms. Also, persons may contact Kim Worcester 567-227-0193, Kathy Moser 419-296-6243, or Erin Stark 419-643-9558.


Beaverdam summerfest Aug. 13 - lots of raffle prizes

Beaverdam-Richland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department hosts its annual summerfest Saturday, Aug. 13.

Events begin at 4 p.m. and go into the evening. Summerfest had homemade food and ice cream, kids bouncy rides plus a game trailer.

The band, Exploit, performs at 7 p.m.

At 9 p.m. will be drawings for several prizes


Lions Way-Augsburger Road pedestrian and bike path construction begins soon

Dick Ramseyer, president the Bluffton Lions Foundation and chair of Bluffton Pathway Board presented a $16,370 check to the village at its July 18 council meeting.

The foundation is actively involved in securing financial resources to construct Pathway system identified in the Comprehensive Bike and Pedestrian Pathway Master Plan. The Bluffton Pathway Board established by Bluffton council is responsible for implementation of the master plan.

15 with Joel Ritter…on learning from children, living in Granada, and the most beautiful things in the world

Interviewed by Sophia Marcum

A graduate of Bluffton High School’s Class of 2014, Joel Ritter has been doing some incredible things in pursuit of his aspirations. After spending this Spring semester studying abroad in Nicaragua, he took some time to share what’s been on his plate lately.

Where are you attending school and what are you studying?
I'm attending Miami University and am majoring in Spanish Education and Spanish.

Weekend edition now on the Icon

The Icon Weekend edition is now posted. Open the attachment at the bottom of this story for information about events taking place in the Icon viewership area next week.


Here's August Pirate scrimmage schedules

Fall 2016 high school athletic contests get underway in August. Here are Bluffton High School scrimmage dates and locations.

Friday, Aug. 12 – Arlington and Marion Local at Marion Local, 5 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 19 – Pandora-Gilboa, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 9 – at Wapakoneta, quad scrimmage
Thursday, Aug. 11 – at Crestview
Thursday, Aug. 16 – at Ottoville


Emmanuel UCC ice cream social July 22

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton, will hold an ice cream social Friday, July 22, at the church from 4 to 7 p.m.

The menu includes chicken or sloppy joes sandwiches, chicken noodles, baked beans, a variety of salads, pies, and cakes, plus ice cream and beverages. Tickets are $8 for adults and children 10 and under $4.