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Cupid's Cupboard & Cafe at St. John's UCC Feb. 11

Cupid's Cupboard and Cafe is coming to St. John's United Church of Christ from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11.

The event includes a bake sale with Valetine treats packaged and wrapped.

The cafe menu includes homemade soups, sandwiches, relishes, pies and beverages. $5 for a meal or $2 for ala cart items.

Proceeds from the event go toward a church kitchen sink and counterfund project. The church is located at the corner of West College Avenue and South Jackson Street.


Gary's Repair offering zero-turn mower specials

Gary's Repair, 2667 Road P, Pandora, is offering specials on zero-turn mowers. Owned by Gary Augsburger, the business phone is 419-384-7303.

Gary's Repair sells two lines of mowers, Bobcat and Big Dog. Both of these lines are highly reconized as high quality mowers. Both are zero-turn mowers that give you the speed and mobility to get the job done quick and easy.

Gary's Repair not only carries mowers, but also chainsaws, weed eaters, leaf blowers, generators, snowblowers and pressure washers.


Barbara Fleming Memorial Nursing Scholarship applications available

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Bluffton, is accepting applications for the Barbara Fleming Memorial Nursing Scholarship.

The scholarship is meant to promote the career of nursing. Therefore the scholarship money may be used toward a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse, a degree as a Registered Nurse, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The scholarship is to be used to pay school related expenses toward any of these degrees.

Onalee Shepler bowls an 864 women's series

Saturday Morning Junior League
Scores bowled on: Jan.7
Boys High Game
Kyle Kirkendall 210
Tyler Snyder 169
Jayden Foltz 155
Brian Deeds 150

Girls High Game
Ashleigh King 105
Molly McCracken 96
Arielle O'Neal 96
Sierrah Foltz 90

Boys High Series (2 Games)
Kyle Kirkendall 357
Tyler Snyder 333
Jayden Foltz 305
Jaret Geiser 285


DePue De Hoyos performs at Freed Center Jan. 26

DePue De Hoyos will perform at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts in Ada, on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and can be ordered by calling the Freed Center Box Office at 419-772-1900 or on the website at www.freedcenter.com.

A chance meeting south of the border in the Baja coastal town of La Mision, melded the talents of these two stellar musicians known for their fiery performances.


Two 300 games in a row, 35 of 36 possible strikes and Onalee Shepler is in a class by herself

Onalee Shepler

Onalee Shepler thought her biggest moment in sports was pitching a high school softball no-hitter against Delphos Jefferson.

Then came Wednesday, Jan. 11. Bowling in a Bluffton Southgate Lanes Queen's League Shepler bowled three games where she registered 35 out of a possible 36 strikes.

That translated to a series score of 864, which set a new women's high series at the Bluffton bowling alley. More importantly it was "that close" (one frame) to a perfect three games of bowling.


Middle school seeks used magazines from residents

Dean Giesige, Bluffton Middle School principal, is on a magazine drive. He's not selling; he's looking for magazine donations.

Giesige told The Icon that the middle school (sixth-seventh-eighth grades) seeks used magazines from residents of the school district.

"We need them to help supplement our reading program," he said. "For example, we'd love to have used Smithsonian, Readers' Digest, National Geographics, even hunting magazines. We're looking for an assortment of subjects."

15 minutes with Joanne Antibus

Joanne and Bob Antibus at Glacier National Park

You were born in Maple Heights, correct? Where exactly is that?

Maple Hts. is a suburb of Cleveland on the SE side. Probably best known for its wrestling state titles under coach Milkovich. However,over the past few years it has become a football success.

When did you move to Bluffton? Were you and your husband, Bob, hired by BHS and BU, respectively, at the same time?


The Icon spotted this plate on Cherry Street in January. The plate is from Cuyahoga County. Maybe the driver stopped in for a cup of coffee at Common Grounds. Any thoughts on the meaning of the plate?


Bluffton's floating quarry pool


Just when you think you know everything there is to know about Bluffton, a photograph like this shows up.

Can you identify what's going on here?

This is a photograph of the "floating" pool that once served swimmers in Bluffton. It was constructed on the east bank of the Buckeye and then was moved to the quarry where it floated and allowed swimming.

Older Icon viewers with splinters in their behinds may be able to put a date on this photo. It's probably the mid-1940s.