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April 21, 2015


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15 minutes with the guy who lives above Common Grounds

Ryan Radebaugh

15 minutes with Ryan Radebaugh

From what high school and what year did you graduate from high school?
Riverdale High School- 2004

How about college?
Bluffton University

Where do you live now?
I live right above the Common Grounds.

So that means we'll see you outside Common Grounds in the summer?
Definitely. Especially on Saturday mornings!

Bluffton University announces personnel reductions

Bluffton University has announced reductions in employment levels effective July 1.

"These reductions are in response to Bluffton's need to operate on a somewhat smaller scale which is in better alignment with current enrollment," President James M. Harder said. "These are difficult decisions because they affect members of this community whose work has been important to the university and who are our colleagues and friends."

June Maple Crest calendar on The Icon

The June Maple Crest events calendar is now on The Icon for viewers. It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

A postman with a post card collection

Denny with some of his collection

Denny Edinger, Bluffton postal employee, brought in a crowd to the Maple Crest "Men-N-Friends" group as he presented his antique post card collection on May 25.

Edinger and his wife, Jane (resident services coordinator at Maple Crest), who have always enjoyed antiquing at flea markets, found themselves drawn to colorful, quaint post cards, particularly holiday cards.

This plate's from Rockport

The Icon spotted this plate in Rockport. There's another one there that's very similar to this one. You'll see it here next.


Drive Time Driving Instruction adds Ada classroom

Doug and Sara Kisseberth

Driver's education just became a little more convenient for students in the Ada and Allen East area. Drive Time Driving Instruction, LLC, has opened a new classroom in Ada at 4171 State Route 235.

The company is owned by Doug and Sara Kisseberth.

Drive Time Driving Instruction first opened its doors in spring 2010 with classrooms in Findlay and Bluffton. Since that time, comfortable, convenient and quality education has been provided to nearly 700 teens representing 20 area high schools.


Hospice training offered in Bluffton

By Jake Dowling, Icon intern
A weekly class for Bridge Home Health & Hospice training in Bluffton has been under way and going strong since early May.

"We hold classes four times a year," said Julie Tiell, volunteer coordinator for Bridge Hospice. "This is the first year we have held such classes here in Bluffton."

Lois King 1931-2012

Lois I. King, 80, of Bluffton, Ohio, died May 21, 2012, in Ft. Myers, Fla. She was born in Richland Township on July 27, 1931, to Harley and Lavina (Burkholder) Marquart.

She and her husband, Paul, were married on Oct. 11, 1952, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Timothy P. (Dawn) King, Bluffton, and John E. King of Florida. Five grandchildren also survive: Harley King, Zachary King, Cody King, Jennifer King and Justin King.

Preceding her in death was a son, Bruce M. King, and a sister, Phyllis (Donald) Yaussy.


Stratton Auto Sales offers summer air conditioning special

Stratton Auto Sales and Main Street Rentals announces a June summer time cool special, according to Amie Stratton.

For $39.95 Stratton's will evacuate and recharge your air conditioning system (Freon extra).

"Scott in our service department is Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) certified," said Stratton.

Stratton Auto Sales, 220 N. Main St., Bluffton may be contacted at 419-358-1900.


On the Ohio Northern University dean's list

The following area students were named to the Ohio Northern dean's list for the spring semenster.

Britni M. Cheney, daughter of David and Anna Cheney, 207 Township Road 28, Bluffton. She is a sophomore majoring in biology.

Lauren R. Hector, daughter of D. Keith and Rhonda Hector, 111 TR 20, Mount Cory, a freshman majoring in graphic design.

Jessica L. Liska, daughter of David and Susan Liska, 8433 Phillips Rd, Bluffton, a sophomore majoring in middle childhood education.