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Research grants funding Bluffton University faculty summer work

Bluffton University Research Center grants are helping four Bluffton faculty members pursue scholarly and creative projects in their respective fields this summer.

Recipients of $3,000 stipends and up to $600 for research expenses are Dr. Rudi Kauffman, an assistant professor of restorative justice; Dr. Jonathan Andreas, an assistant professor of economics; Dr. Martina Cucchiara, an assistant professor of history; and Dr. Stephen Harnish, a professor of mathematics.

Two special evening meals in July at Jeanne's Kitchen

Jeanne's Kitchen, 112 Vine St., Bluffton, has two special evening dinners planned this month, according to Jeanne Previte.

Friday night dinner will be a homemade southern-style meal. We will have appetizers, 7-layer salad, southern potatoes, honey glazed pork chops or fresh fish and homemade dessert. Gluten-free options are available.

Please call 419-234-8650 to make your reservation.


Students present jazz camp concert in Yoder July 25

A two-day jazz camp at Bluffton University will conclude with a concert by participating sixth through eighth graders at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in Yoder Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Directing the camp and the concert are Paul Baransy, an adjunct music instructor at Bluffton, and Charles Doepker. The Ottawa residents have extensive experience as jazz performers and teachers, including, most recently, as directors of the Ohio Music Education Association District 3 Junior High Honors Jazz Ensemble.

Funeral arrangements for Clareballe Wilson incomplete

Clarabelle Wilson, 82, died July 10, 2013, at Richland Manor, Bluffton.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton


Local u-12 fastpitch team heading to Orlando, Florida

A Bluffton-area u-12 fastpitch softball team with members from Bluffton and Ada and several other area communities, has qualified for the USSSA series of softball in Orlando, Fla. The series starts July 20.

The team is ranked second in USSSA power rankings in the Ohio North u12B division. The team has had success in tournaments in Kenton, Van Wert, Toledo Tune up, Beavercreek and the Ohio State Fast Pitch tournament.

For example, the team was runner up in Beavercreek and Kenton, champions in Van Wert, 10th in the Toledo Tune up (22 teams) and fifth at the Ohio State event.


1958 Orange Township fox hunt


There's several things we know about this photo - and several unknowns. The photo was taken as a black and white snapshot in February 1958 in front of the Orange Township garage. It's a group of fox hunters with three foxes.

What we lack is an identification of the hunters. We've enlarged the photo as much as possible without losing a viewable image.

We invite Icon viewers to take a stab at naming these men.

You'll meet famous authors when you join the library's book discussion

You'll meet famous authors - Elizabeth Strout, Rebecca Skloot and Suzanne Joinson, for example, when you join the Bluflfton Public Library's monthly adult book discussions.

Discussions are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the s econd floor board room each first Wednesday of the month.

BFR accepting registrations for Aug. 31 Labor Day Weekend 5K - featuring Pump and Run

BFR Sports and Fitness invites Icon viewers to participate in its Saturday, Aug. 31, Labor Day Weekend 5K or Walk, which featuring a Pump and Run.


• The 5K run/walk (including pump and runners) starts 9:15 a.m.
• The fun run/walk starts at 10 a.m.

• Race day check for the 5K pump and run starts at 7:45 a.m.
• Race day check in for the 5K run and walk sis from 8:30 to 9 a.m.
• Race day check in for fun run starts at 8:30 a.m.


Mustard Seed Cafe back from vacation

Mustard Seed Café is back from vacation Wednesday,July 10, with regular hours 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily (closed Tuesdays). 

As a welcome back, the café is offering its specialty Fruit Spritzers for $1 through Sunday.  These drinks are made on site from a variety of fresh fruits.  Also available on the special $1 offer is the Italian Soda which is the fruit spritzer with heavy cream added.


Marcia Forbes 1936-2013

Marcia J. Forbes, 75, died July 9, 2013, at her residence in Bluffton.  She was born March 4, 1936, in Ashley, Ind., to the late Russell and Kathren (Bartels) Wiler. On Aug. 10, 1957, she married Arthur "A.J." Forbes and he died June 4, 2008.

Mrs. Forbes had been a bookkeeper for Lincoln Life and Klink Trucking.  She was a member of the Ashley-Hudson Church of the Nazarene. She was a 1956 graduate of Ashley High School.