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May 29, 2016


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Richard Goodenbour 1960-2013

Richard Nicholas Goodenbour, 53 of Bluffton died at 12:10 pm May 7, 2013 at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. He was born March 19, 1960 in Benson, Minnesota, to the late Robert E. and Rosella E. (Nelson) Goodenbour. On May 29, 1999, he married Rachel Clemens and she survives.

Richard was a self-employed accountant.

Survivors also include a brother Brad (Renee) Goodenbour of Benson, Minnesota; and four nephews Joel, Bryce, Brent and Brandon Goodenbour.


April 2013 was wetter than average Aprils

This past April saw 5.11 inches of rain when the normal is 3.29 inches, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Temperatures ranged from a low of 20 degrees (F) to a high of 82 degrees (F).  The average temperature for April was 49 degrees.

The most rainfall was measured on April 10 with 1.35 inches recorded.


Pandora free community meal planned for May

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Wednesday, May 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora.
The meal this month is provided by the Mission Committee and will be sub sandwiches, potato salad, chips, dessert and beverage.


Bluffton school levy, Apollo levy, Johnny Appleseed levy passes

Unofficial May 7, 2013 election results


Bluffton school renewal levy
YES     862
NO      246
77 percent of voters approved

Apollo school levy
YES     5,894
NO       4,130
58 percent of voters approved

Johnny Appleseed Park levy
YES     9,215
NO       3,554
72 percent of voters approved

Ethiopians visit Bluffton

Kiros Teka Haddis (right), president of Ethiopia’s Meserete Kristos College (MKC), chats with Dr. Susan Carpenter, an associate professor of English at Bluffton University, during a visit to the university May 6.

Joining the president were Kelbessa Muleta Demena (left), assistant to the executive secretary of MKC and chair of its board of trustees, and Carl Hansen, the Harrisonburg, Va.-based director of college advancement for MKC.

The visitors spent time at The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center on campus and later at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton.

DTR Industries focus of Friday chamber breakfast; health care workshop follows the meeting

DTR Industries, celebrating a quarter century in Bluffton in 2013, the , is the focus of the Friday morning, May 10, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

The breakfast program will be presented by DTR and it will focus on several of its accomplishments over the past 25 years. Jason Brandt and Emily Peck, DTR associates, will make the presentation.

Bluffton school newsletter now on the Icon

The spring 2013 Bluffton school newsletter is now on The Icon for viewers.

It includes reports from building principals and the 2013-14 school calendar, in addition to several other bits of information about the school district.

Richland Manor pie baking contest is "easy as pie"

It’s difficult to know which the residents and contestants at Richland Manor’s pie baking contest enjoyed more – making their pies, or tasting them, as bakers and tasters alike lined up to sample the entries at the campus’ Pie Baking Contest recently.

Prior to the contest, Richland Manor residents Ruth Wildermuth and Michele Cardone made a homemade crust for the Caramel Chocolate Apple Crunch Pie they were entering in the contest on behalf of the residents Cooking Club.


Mustard Seed Cafe' offers Mother's Day special May 12

Mustard Seed Cafe, 562 N. Main St., Bluffton, has a Mother's Day special on Sunday, May 12. All mothers will receive a packet of mustard seeds to plant. The cafe will also offer its regular menu between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

In addition, a special holiday dinner is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests may eat indoors or out (weather permitting), and reservations are suggested all day.


Stratton Greenhouses has special offers for Mother's Day

Stratton Greenhouses, 9915 Lincoln Highway, Bluffton, has several Mother's Day special offers. These include:
• 20 percent off garden accents and gifts
• 10 percent off flowering trees and shrubs
• $1 off all hanging baskets
• $5 off specialty hanging baskets

Hours are:
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays in May Noon to 5 p.m.