September 22, 2014


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What’s cooking at Jeanne’s Kitchen, Sept. 23-26

JEANNE’S OPENS at 8:00 a.m.
We serve breakfast Tuesday-Friday, starting at 8:00 a.m. We have delicious pastries, bagels and muffins to enhance your breakfast. And the breakfast menu is available all day!

LUNCH SPECIALS for Sept. 23-26

Creamy potato soup
Corned beef and egg sandwich
Quiche with side salad
Apple pecan salad

Ham and potato soup
Perch platter
French dip sandwich
Poached pear salad

Here's the fall festival schedule at Swiss Homestead on Saturday

The annual Swiss Community Historical Society Fall Festival at the Homestead will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8350 Bixel Road.  

The restored Schumacher House, 1840’s garden, barn, workshop, and summer kitchen will all be open for self-guided tours. Demonstrations of 19th-century handcrafts, horse plowing, hand milking, and other activities will be offered all day. Musical groups will perform and soup, bread, cheese, cider and popcorn will be available for a donation.


Bluffton Child Development Center open house Sept. 23

Bluffton Child Development Center will hold an open house from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Center on County Line  Road.  The open house enables parents and care givers to meet teachers at BCDC.

Also on Sept. 23 is picture day for all classrooms except kindergarten and school age students.

The drawing for a theme basket raffle is now underway. The winners will be drawn on Thursday, Sept. 25. Tickets are available at the center at one for $1 or six for $5.

The fall mixed bag fundraiser begins on Monday, Sept. 29. 

Kim Badertscher wins Icon football contest for week 4


The winner of Week 4 of the Icon Football Contest is Kim Badertscher.   Sixcontestants correctly picked all 10 games. Five of those had the correct tie-breaker #1.  But, Kim was the only one to correctly pick tie-breaker #2.  

Weekly winners:
Week 1 - Todd Fleharty
Week 2 - Travis Swank
Week 3 - Dale Badertscher
Week 4 - Kim Badertscher


Support group forms for those facing life challenges

Facilitated by pastors Mark and DJ Fuerstenau, Strength in Christ is an informal group for individuals facing challenges such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, a failing relationship, a financial struggle, or someone who just doesn't know which way to turn. 


Library seeks donations for holiday silent auction

The Bluffton Public Library is seeking donations for its Holiday Gift Silent Auction. Bidding on auction items will begin the evening of Monday, November 3 and will continue through Saturday, November 22.  All packages will include a minimum bid and feature a special “buy now” price.

Suggestions for donations include themed gift baskets or individual items such as: gift cards, children’s items, (new books, toys, games or craft items), admission tickets (valid in 2015), merchandise for all ages, free services, lessons, and lodging. Cash donations are also welcome. 

$310,206 price tag for fire truck under council's consideration

Bluffton council will act on the purchase of a new fire truck and new turn out gear later this month. The vehicle under consideration would replace the 1984 Ford that is in the department.

Council heard a presentation on Sept. 15 from a village safety services meeting held earlier. Details of the turn out gear and fire truck are in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Council is considering the purchase of a 2015 Rosenbauer smart cab firefighter at a purchase price of $310,206. If purchased the vehicle will be delivered next fall.

Eight persons indicate interest in Bluffton's vacant council seat

Bluffton council will hold two special sessions in the next two weeks to interview potential candidates for the open council seat created when Mitch Kingsley resigned from council.

According to Judy Augsburger, Bluffton mayor, eight persons have expressed an interest in the seat. Council set special meetings for Thursday, Sept. 18, and Thursday, Sept. 25. Both sessions start at 6:30 p.m.

Both sessions will be in executive session with four interviews scheduled each evening.

Sidewalk repair deadline moved to July 15, 2015

On Monday, Sept. 15, the Bluffton council Street, Alleys, Light and Sidewalk Committee recommended to the full council to amend Ordinance No. 07-13 to extend the deadline for sidewalk repairs until July 15, 2015, for properties on the east side of Main Street.  

Jesse Blackburn of the village, told The Icon, "The committee was pleased with the current 42% response rate from residents regarding sidewalk repairs."

Ruth Hartzler funeral arrangements incomplete

Ruth E. Hartzler, 92, of Pandora, died at 2:28 p.m. Sept. 19, 2014, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.