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July 2, 2015

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Mabel L. Tabler was born in Beaverdam

Mabel L. Tabler, 88, died at 1:58 p.m., July 26, 2012, at Putnam Acres Care Center, Ottawa.
She was born Sept. 1, 1923, in Beaverdam to William and Laura Hopkins Bridges. On Oct. 26, 1941, she married Russell Tabler, who died Sept. 15, 1989.
Mrs. Tabler had been a cook at Columbus Grove schools for several years. She attended Columbus Grove Christian Church.
Survivors included two sons: Larry (Marge) Tabler, Columbus Grove, and Jerry (Jo) Tabler, Bluffton, a daughter-in-law Vicky Tabler, Elida, and 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

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Bluffton musical mystery photo

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Here's a mystery photo. The location is not the mystery. The photo was taken in Founders Hall.
The photo is obviously of some kind of musical performance
The photo appears to be taken in the afternoon. Check out the light coming from the upper windows. It's not the Messiah because people aren't dressed for winter.
Icon viewers are invited to provide their thoughts.

August storytime series for babies and toddlers at the library

Bluffton Public Library will be hosting a special storytime series for babies and toddlers on Thursdays in August. All four sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and focus on rhymes, stories and songs for children ages 0-3.
Parents must attend each 25 minute session with their children. Older siblings are also welcome to participate. Parents or caregivers should register their child at the library's front desk to reserve their place in the program.

Community worship service Sunday 9 a.m. on Presbyterian Church lawn

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will sponsor its annual summer community worship service on Sunday, July 29. The service begins at 9 a.m. and is held on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.
The theme is "For the Beauty of the Earth" and the service will continue the VBS theme from the previous week.
This year, there will be only one offering taken, and that will be for the community food pantry.

Arthur Hilty was the fourth generation to live on his family farm

Arthur Hilty

Arthur L. Hilty, 85, of Bluffton died at 3:25 p.m. July 26, 2012, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born May 31, 1927, to Melvin and Helen Basinger Hilty who preceded him in death. In 1946 he graduated from Bluffton High School. On Oct. 26, 1947 he married Jo Ann Basinger who survives in Bluffton.
He was the fourth generation to live on the family farm where he was a dairy farmer. He also worked at Rusco in Pandora. He was a member of the Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

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Aug. 4 back to school clothing sale at Et Cetera

Bluffton's Et Cetera Shop, 111 S. Main St., will hold a "back to school sale," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4. The sale features a "kid's overflowing clothing sale," Chrissy Lugibihl, store manager, told The Icon.
All clothing is $1 each, or $7 for a bag. The sale will be set up in the alley between Et Cetera and Edward Jones.
Et Cetera reminds Icon viewers to check out the children's book sale at Book Reviews, 123 S. Main St., will be be held during the Aug. 4 sale hours.

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59,000 Ohioans without power tonight

A severe weather front has moved through parts of Ohio July 26
causing widespread damage and customer outages.
As of 7:15 p.m., just over 59,000 customers are without power. Most of these customers are located in the New Philadelphia, Columbus, and Newark areas.

Bluffton team champs of Northwest Pony League

Bluffton's Pony League baseball recently won the Northwest Pony League title. With a final record of 8-2, the Bluffton Diamond Sports team played games during the months of June and July.
The Northwest Pony League is made up of teams from Elida, Lima Senior, Ada, Upper Scioto Valley, Waynesfield, Lima Central Catholic, Perry and Bluffton.
Bluffton beat Waynesfield and LCC during tournament play to earn the first seed spot going into the final game. Bluffton came out on top in the championship game with a final score of 16-8.

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The Dough Hook: Everything you expect in a Main Street meat market and more

Story and photos by Donald Ring, Icon intern
Whether it's pork chops for the summer barbecue, meat and cheese trays for that office party or just looking to get a lunch sub on the go, The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St. is the perfect spot for all your meat, bakery and deli needs.

As Sharon and John Calvelage, owners, explain, owning their own store has always been a dream of theirs. 

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A Putnam peace plate

This means there are at least six other "Peace" plates in Ohio. The Icon spotted this one on Main Street earlier this week. It's a Putnam County plate.

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