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January 22, 2017


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Bluffton offering winter classes to retirees


Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), an educational program for retirees, is offering three classes led by local residents on Wednesdays, Feb. 5-March 5, in the Kreider Room in Marbeck Center.

The winter term costs $60, which allows participants to take as many classes as they wish. The fee is due at the time of registration.

Icon collecting names of businesses and individuals involved in snow removal

In cooperation with the Village of Bluffton and the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, Bluffton Icon is collecting names of businesses and individuals involved in snow removal.

With a list available we want individuals in the community to have a resource when the next heavy snowfall hits the community.

The list will assist individual homeowners who need sidewalks, driveways and other areas removed of snow.

Free community meal Jan. 29 in Pandora

The Pandora United Methodist Church will host a free community meal on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora. The meal this month is provided by 7'oclock Flock. The menu will be tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, relish tray, dessert and beverage.


Renee Smith will head Bluffton school board in 2014

Bluffton school board reorganized for 2014 on Jan. 8.

The following positions were approved:
• Board president, Renee Smith
• Board vice president, Brad Fruchey

• Officlal delegate to 2014 Ohio School Board Conference, Brad Fruchey
• Alternate delegate, Renee Smith

• Legislative liaison to the Ohio School Board Association, Wes Klinger
• Board’s representative on the Athletic Council, Jeremy Scoles

Christmas at the Homestead rescheduled for Saturday

The Swiss Community Historical Society will reschedule “Christmas at the Homestead” on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 1 to 7 p.m. 

The holiday open house event was cancelled in December due to weather. The public is invited to tour the decorated house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season.

Guests can watch bread being baked in the fireplace oven,  hand dip a candle, play a game of checkers, shop in the gift shop and chat with staff about the history of the house and typical life in the 1840’s.


Darrin Conaway was a Sprint car owner

Darrin L. Conaway, 50 died Jan. 8, 2014, in Liberty Township, Hardin County, Ohio. He was born May 23, 1963, in Bluffton to LeRoy "Lee" and Gayla (Wynkoop) Conaway. He had previously been married to Cassandra Snyder. 

He was an Sprint car owner of Conaway Motor Sports in which he had previously won a national championship. 


Red Cross Offer Winter Safety Tips

The American Red Cross is urging area residents to take precautions following the severe winter weather impacting the local area this week. Millions of people from the Midwest to the Northeast are facing extremely cold temperatures, high winds and heavy snow over the next few days. The Red Cross is watching the storm and prepared to respond if necessary.

“People should check in on their neighbors and use caution as record lows hit our area,” said Todd

James, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties.

Changing of the guards for Bluffton's council: Warren, Augsburger, Burrell in - McGarrity, Steiner out

It was the changing of the guards at Monday’s Bluffton council meeting. After a two-day weather delay, council met for the first time in 2014.

Gone are experienced council members Richard McGarrity and Dave Steiner, whose terms expired. Replacing them are newcomers Roger Warren and Judy Augsburger. Warren is the first council member to be elected as a write-in. Augsburger is only the third woman to ever hold a council seat.

Citizens National Bank expanding service area to include Toledo

Citizens National Bank has announced the opening of a loan production office in Toledo, according to J. Michael Romey, CNB president/CEO.

Located at 3454 Oak Alley Ct, Suite 501, the office is headed by Nelson Shaffer, Senior Vice President/Market President. The office will provide commercial business development services to the area, including real estate loans, commercial lines of credit and access to deposits through the bank’s Online for Business and Merchant Capture services.