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Karen Mitterholzer wins April cash mob shopping spree

Karen Mitterholzer of Bluffton is the April Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce cash mob shopping spree winner. Her entry was drawn from persons who attended the cash mob at Town and Country Flowers on April 30.

She wins a $25 shopping spree at Town and Country Flowers, compliments of the chamber, plus a flower bouquet from Town and Country.

Bluffton's next cash mob is Wednesday, May 28, at Timeless Treasures Christian Books, 124 N. Main St. Watch the Icon for more details about May's cash mob.


Let's see what's on the public library calendar in May

Bluffton Public Library is a busy place in May. Here is a list of some of this month's activities:

• Wednesday, May 7, marks the first day of the annual Friends of the Bluffton Public Library Book Sale.  This event will continue until Saturday, May 10.  See hours on our website.  Lower Level Meeting Room.


• World Fair-Trade Day is May 10 and to celebrate, our display case will exhibit fair trade items for the month of May!

Lima mayor to Bluffton grads: Your education’s just beginning

For many college students, graduation means that life in the “real world” is beginning and “studying is over,” the mayor of Lima said at Bluffton University’s commencement ceremony May 4.

“I understand this perspective because I lived it,” added David Berger, noting that he skipped two graduation ceremonies—at the undergraduate and graduate levels—because they weren’t important and he didn’t have time for them. “I was done studying,” he recalled. “I needed to make money, to begin to pay my school debt.”

Ever wonder how the Et Cetera Shop started? Here's the answer

Former Bluffton resident Lois Kreider spoke during the Et Cetera Shop's 40th anniversary volunteer banquet in late April. Here are her remarks, which include the retelling of how the Et Cetera Shop in downtown Bluffton came to be. 

By Lois Kreider

Can it be—40 years? 

But to recall how it all began, we need to go back even farther than 40 years.

In 1961 our family spent a year in Akron, Pa . Robert was on sabbatical and traveling to set up the Teachers Abroad Program (TAP). I was there with five children—age six months to 4th grade.


Phil Yost was a 1968 Bluffton High School graduate

Phil Yost, 63, Bluffton native and Bluffton High School graduate, died at his California home on April 18, 2014. He was a former San Jose Mercury News editorial writer.

The following obituary was posted on the Mercury News.


Phil Yost was a gentle and decent man, a writer with an ethical compass that belied the stereotype of the cynical journalist. He was known for an unerring sense of fairness, a willingness to consider an argument from another side.


40 seasons ago - Bluffton HS Varsity B


Forty sports season ago here were members of the Bluffton High School "might varsity B." 

Front row from left, Rob Ernsberger, Tony Gratz, Dave Simons, Tim King, Jeff Boehr, Mike Kleman, George Brooks, Jeff Hauenstein, Roger Watkins, Phil McCafferty.

Row two, from left, Max McCafferty, Bruce Frick, Fred Wiess, Dave Stratton, Joel Dunifon, Brett Stratton, Delmer Nuzum, Tim Falk, Charles Sehlhorst.

It must be May

Temperatures in the 60s as highs and 40s as daily lows. It must be May. Here's the weather summary for the first five days of May from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

New programs, research highlighted at Bluffton University

Bluffton University faculty members outlined new opportunities for a cross-cultural experience and a master of business administration degree program at a May 3 “faculty showcase,” as part of May Day activities on campus.

Dr. Paul Neufeld Weaver, an associate professor of education at Bluffton, discussed a new cross-cultural option for students in Guatemala, while Dr. George Lehman, the Howard Raid professor of business, addressed the development of The Collaborative MBA program.

Bluffton post office wants to "stamp out" hunger on May 10

On Saturday, May 10, letter carriers in Bluffton and Beaverdam will participate in the Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The nationwide food drive is the largest one day food collection in the country, filling food pantries and food banks.

It is easy to help and participate. Just collect and bag non-perishable food items or paper products and or toiletries and place by your mailbox (early Saturday morning) or bring
them to the Bluffton Post Office.

Legion invites bikers to decorate bikes for Memorial Day parade

Bluffton American Legion Post 382 is encouraging interested persons to decorate their
bicycles with red, white and blue for the Bluffton Memorial Day parade on Monday, May

Families are encouraged to participate. All decorated bicycles and their riders will be a part of the parade. Participants are asked to be in front of the town hall by 9 a.m., before the start of the parade at 9:30 a.m.