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December 9, 2016


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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Richland Manor December calendar on The Icon

Richland Manor is a busy place in December. To view the December daily activities, click here.


Bluffton Public Library December calendar on The Icon

The December calendar for the Bluffton Public Library is now posted on The Icon. To view a printer-friendly copy of the calendar, click here.

Buttermilk pie - goes great after Thanksgiving

Buttermilk Pie
From Joyce Cook, Ada - Liberty National Bank Cookcook

1/2 cup soft butter
3 Tbsp. flour
1 cup buttermilk*
2 cups sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream the butter and sugar. Add flour and eggs. Beat well. Add buttermilk and vanilla. Pour into 9-inch uncooked pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.

*Icon suggested substitute: If you don't have buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup of milk.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Esther Luginbuhl

Esther P. Luginbuhl, 92, of Bluffton died at 8:10 a.m. Nov. 28, 2013, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Downtown businesses have their own holiday decorating contest

We like to think that Bluffton’s many shops create the best Christmas decorated downtown of any small town in Ohio.

In addition to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce’s residential lighting contest, a separate contest takes place for 41 downtown businesses.

The downtown contest operates differently from the residential contest. Competition downtown involves any business that has Christmas garland purchased two years ago through the chamber garland project.

"Small is Beautiful" - this year's residential lighting contest offers a prize for "minimal use of lights"


It's not necessarily the number of lights on your lawn - it's the holiday feeling your display evokes.

This year's Bluffton residential lighting contest offers several new judging catetories and "Small is Beautiful" is one of those categories.

Thanks to a $450 donation from First National Bank, Bluffton’s residential holiday lighting contest prize money totals $800 this year. First National’s donation is assisted courtesy of Kasasa, its rewards checking account partner.

Santa is coming to town - Saturday

Santa Claus - and Mrs. Claus - are coming to town. The North Pole couple will be in the Saturday Blaze parade.

Following the parade they will meet with youngsters of all ages at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center. Here's a view from a previous visit.


Lions chicken barbecue on Blaze Saturday

Bluffton Lions will hold a chicken barbecue on Blaze of Lights Saturday. Tickets are $8 and are available from any club member. Dinners will be available while they last from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bluffton Middle School. dinner may be picked up in a drive-through set up in front of the middle school.


First Mennonite hosts Dec. 5 blood drive

Bluffton's next American Red Cross blood drive is Thursday, Dec. 5, at First Mennonite Church,.

The drive takes place from noon to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment in advance call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.


Holiday Night at Allen County Museum Dec. 12


The Council for the Arts of Greater Lima will host its third annual Holiday Night at the Museum on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Allen County Museum.

This year’s event will be hosted by Don and Sherri Fischer and include and evening of fine wine and drinks; a dinner prepared by chef Brian Keegan and Barb Cooley; live holiday music by The Ohio State University’s choral ensemble, Carmony; and an auction of local art and gifts, all to benefit the educational programming of the Council for the Arts of Greater Lima.