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Mark Delisle

June 25, 2017


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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Edna Emans was retired from Lima Memorial Hospital; also worked at Bluffton Hospital

Edna L. Emans, rural Lafayette, died at 8:56 p.m. July 17, 2014, at the age of 101 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, where she had been for the last four weeks.  She was born June 16, 1913, in Gilboa to Henry and Uzela Ramsey Fairchild. On Oct. 5, 1931, she married Glen Emans in Covington, Ky., and he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1999.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, VBS July 27-31

Vacation Bible School will be held from Sunday, July 27, to Thursday, July 31, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran School, 105 Allen Street, Jenera.

“Raindrops to Rainbows” is the theme of the program. Children will learn about Jesus as they take a weather related look at God’s promises. Along with Bible lessons, there will be crafts, music and games.


No rain in sight and then suddenly...

No rain in sight and suddenly that changed last night. Here's the July daily weather summary from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

5th-6th grade two-day volleyball camp at BFR

BFR Sports and Fitness will hold a two-day girls' volleyball camp for girls entering grades 5 and 6.

Campers will meet on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 4-5 from 1-4 p.m. for a variety of skills, drills and modified match play. 


Meet lifeguard Maddison Wilson

Maddison Wilson 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.


The '45 Triplett boys of summer


Earlier this month we posted a photo of the famous 1944 Triplett men's softball team. We've now uncovered the 1945 team, with many of the same players. After seven games this team was undefeated, according to the report in the Triplett employee newsletter.

By clicking on this photo you'll see the names of the players (Lynn Carmack is the team mascot in the very front). 

Open the attachment below to read additional information about the team.

National Night Out comes to Bluffton Aug. 5 - and it looks like lots of fun

National Night Out is coming to Bluffton.

Icon viewers are invited to join forces with communities nationwide for the 31st annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. Bluffton observes the event on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Sergeant Matt Oglesbee of the Bluffton Police Department is the local coordinator.

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.