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February 27, 2015


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$6,000 in prize money awaits area entrepreneurs; and there's still time to participate

Have an idea for a new business? There's no better time than the present to pursuit it.

A business plan competition awarding $6,000 in cash prizes will be
conducted by the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs, according to
Denise Durenberger, executive director of the business incubator.

Hre are Bluffton church Easter schedules

Scene from last year's procession of the cross

The following congregations have provided Holy Week service information for The Icon. Churches not listed may send their workshop schedule to info@blufftonicon.com.

Bluffton Presbyterian
Friday will include a 7 p.m. service lead by youth of the congregation and Rev. Dr. Matthew Zuehlke, pastor.

Sunday is an Easter breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. An Easter egg hunt is at 9:30 a.m. for children. The Easter worship service is at 10:15 a.m.

Still time to register for craft booth at May 12 arts and crafts show

Bluffton's arts and crafts show is only a few weeks away, but there is still time to register for a craft booth.

This year's show, the 41st annual event, sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce is Saturday, May 12, in downtown Bluffton. The show opens at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.

Last year's show had 60 booths and this year should have that many or more. The show, which is a chamber fundraiser, is held on Main Street from the town hall to the farmers market (Citizens National Bank parking lot).

On the Bluffton Elementary Honor roll

The Bluffton Elementary School recently released its third honor roll of the school year. It follows:


"The Hunger Games" shown at Shannon April 6-12

Peter Suter of Shannon Theatre announced that "The Hunger Games" (PG-13) will be showing at the theatre from April 6-12.

Show times follow:

Each evening at 7 and 9:30 PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 and 4 PM.

The theatre will be CLOSED on Easter afternoon (no matinees), but will re-open Easter evening for the 7:00 & 9:30 PM shows.


Stratton Auto offers April $39.95 special

Stratton Auto Sales & Main Street Rentals, 220 N. Main St., Bluffton offers the following special in April:

For $39.95, receive:

o oil and filter change

o rotate all four tires

o brake inspection

o top off all fluids

To schedule the special offer call 419-358-1900.


Bluffton and Riverdale have junior high exchange concert


You are not in Bluffton anymore. However, that's Dave Sycks, Bluffton band director on the podium.

In late March the Bluffton Junior High Band traveled to Riverdale for an exchange concert.

"The day was spent rehearsing with each other's band director, rehearsing on our own, rehearsing together, playing some 'get to know you' games and performing a joint concert for Riverdale's elementary students," said Sycks.

The Riverdale director is Beth Voll, also from Bluffton.


Bluffton recognized for highest percentage of middle school Superiors at district science fair

Front from left: Katie Frazier, Sara Bertka, Elizabeth Nisly, Brielle Hamilton. Middle from left,  Jared Metzger, Misha Groman, Joel Siefker. Back from left, Sam Crisp, Dave Bracy, science teacher.

Eight Bluffton middle school students participating at the District Science Fair at Ohio Northern University in late March, according to Dave Bracy, science teacher.

Three students received Excellent scores and five received Superior scores and will move on to the State Science Fair competition on May 5.


St. Mary's host to Thursday, April 5, blood drive

Bluffton's next American Red Cross blood drive is from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 5, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, corner of Spring and Elm.

How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana and Ohio), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.


Free health screening April 14 at Greg's Health Mart Pharmacy

Greg's Health Mart Pharmacy, 126 N. Main St., Bluffton, will offer a free health screening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 14, according to Greg Conkling.

Services at the screening are provided by student pharmacists from Ohio Northern Univesity and the National Community Pharmacists Association Student Chapter.

The screening is free and includes:
oBlood pressure checks
oOsteoporosis screening
oLipid and glucose panels