August 23, 2014


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Letter: Social Work Club exceeds goal of collecting 500 canned goods

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Bluffton University's Social Work Club would like to extend a gracious thank you for all who were involved in our Trick-or-Canning event.

This was an extremely successful event and we were able to exceed our goal of 500 items for the West Ohio Food Bank. We even received more nonperishable goods after our deadline!


Local dancers prepare for December holiday show

Several Bluffton dancers plus area students will perform during the Saturday, Dec. 3, Rhythm In Motion Dance Centre, Ada, dance recital at Lima Senior High School.

According to Darcey Schneider, owner of the studio, the holiday recital tradition has over 30 numbers. It features all of the students at the studio and includes holiday favorites including Jingle Bell Rock, Up on The House Top, and a visit from Santa.


Ten Thousand Villages one day only bag sale - take 20 % off everything you fit in the bag!

There are sale and then there are Ten Thousand Village bag sales.

Aphaphanh Nussbaum, manager of Ten Thousand Villages, 115 S. Main St., Bluffton, announced that the Main Street shop will have a One Day Only Bag Sale.

"Take 20% off everything you fit in the shopping bag this Saturday, Nov. 12," Nussbaum told The Icon.

Regular store hours are:

Monday-Wednesday 9 to 5
Thursday 1 to 5
Friday-Saturday 9 to 5

Call Ten Thousand Villages at (419) 358-7233 for more information.


Village Cut & Curl selling TV raffle tickets

Village Cut & Curl, 212 Cherry St., Bluffton, and friends, are selling raffle tickets for a 42-inch visio TV.

All proceeds go to Bluffton Relay for Life. Tickets are available at Village Cut & Curl, 419-358-7593, Polished 419-358-0001, or from Jeanie Ream 419-358-7613 . Tickets are $3 each or two for $5.


Village Cut & Curl Dec. 10 Cut-a-thon supports Relay

Village Cut & Curl, 212 Cherry St., Bluffton, is planning a a Cut-a-thon on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help raise money for Bluffton Relay for Life.

Lynda Best said, "If you bring in a canned good (for the Bluffton food pantry) you will get a discount. We also will be having a discount on feather extensions that day also."

Call for a appointment or walk in's welcome first-come first-serve.


The Dough Hook ready for third annual food drive - Nov. 15-19

The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, is planning its third annual "Cans for Cookies Drive," according to owners John and Sharon Calvelage.

Here's how it works: During the week of Tuesday, Nov. 15, to Saturday, Nov. 19, customers who bring in canned items get a cookie for each item donated.

"Bring in 12 items and get a dozen free cookies," says Sharon.

All donated food will be given to the Bluffton Food Pantry. The Dough Hook's hours are Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. It's phone number is 419-369-4264.


Weather: not bad for November, we'll take it

Not bad for November. We'll take it and more. Here are the high and low temperatures for the first week of November from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Date High Low Prec

Nov. 1 62 34 trace
Nov. 2 65 46
Nov. 3 58 46 0.01
Nov. 4 53 31
Nov. 5 57 28
Nov. 6 62 34
Nov. 7. 60 51 0.01

BB investments and Beyond Budgeting: Economic Briefing 2011 set Nov. 15 in town hall

BB Investments and Beyond Budgeting will hold an Economic Briefing 2011 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall, according to Beth A. Boehr.

Robert Ostrander, president, Centerpoint Life Planning and Savings Without Sacrifice, is the presenter.

Following the briefing, for those interested in attending, there will be a reception with refreshments at Beyond Budgeting/BB Investments, 119 Vine St., Bluffton. That will include a question-answer session with Ostrander.


Nov. 18 Bluffton University dinner to benefit CUP

The Bluffton University Nutrition Association's annual spaghetti dinner to benefit the Lima-based Churches United Food Pantry (CUP) will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at First Mennonite Church, 101 Jackson St., Bluffton.

In addition to spaghetti, the menu includes salad, baguette, dessert and refreshments. For more information, email Kyli McCullough at mcckaa@bluffton.edu.

Bluffton Area Ministerial Association community Thanksgiving service Nov. 20

Rev. Dr. Matthew Zuehlke

Bluffton's community Thanksgiving service, planned by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association, will be at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Zuehlke, pastor of Bluffton Presbyterian Church, is the preacher.

An offering taken will assist the Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry. In addition, non-perishable food items will be accepted.