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License plate from concert on the lawn

ABSHIER - The Icon spotted this plate in the Mennonite Memorial Home parking lot during the concert on the lawn. The plate is from Hancock County,.


Several last-minute back-to-school items on Monday's school board agenda

Several last-minute back-to-school issues will be addressed at Monday's August Bluffton school board meeting. The session is at 7:30 p.m. in the elementary media center.
The meeting's agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.
The board will act on the resignation of Ann Miller as a bus driver. Action will also take place the hiring of Deann Scott as bus driver. The board will also act on Kayla Cooper as head middle school cheerleading advisor.
Substitute teaching contracts will be acted upon for the following persons:
Danielle Rice

Graveside services planned for Janice Mae' Bulkley

Janice Mae' Bulkley

Janice Mae' Hilty Bulkley was born on May 16, 1941, to Herbert Herman and Mabel Ruth Hilty, at Bluffton Hospital in Bluffton, Ohio. She spent her young life growing up on the family farm in Pandora, Ohio. She had two sisters, Sarah Helen and Karen, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is survived by: Robert Lee Bulkley, husband of almost 48 years (on Aug. 8). Children, Robert Allen (Carrie) Bulkley, of Castle Rock, Colo., and Kim Yvonne (Harald) Bjerga, daughter, and three grandchildren: Sarah Dawn, Hagan Erling and Elizabeth Anne, of Chewsville, Maryland.


"Jo" Burkholder was a graduate of Bluffton High School

Jo Burkholder

Josephine Miriam "Jo" Burkholder died at 2:40 a.m. Aug. 19, 2012 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born Oct. 15, 1932 in Bluffton to Walter and Leona (Burkholder) Augsburger. On Nov. 1, 1952 she married Howard Burkholder and he died Sept. 7, 2007.
She was a homemaker. She attended St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora and was a member of Pandora Missionary Church. She was a graduate of Bluffton High School.


Icon weekly high school-college football contest underway

The Bluffton Icon invites viewers to enter its weekly high school/college football contest. The first week's contest is now posted.
Viewers may enter it by clicking the contest banner located at the bottom of this page, or by clicking here.
The contest will run for 10 weeks. There will be a weekly winner and a regular season winner. The contest judge will keep track of all players and their total wins during the entire contest to determine the regular season winner.


This Huber family has a very long relationship with the Bluffton community

The descendents of Russell and Josephine Huber, lifelong Richland Township residents, met for a family reunion recently. Every family has a story, and this family of Hubers certain has some good ones. 

Rather than putting it all in sentence form, here are some of the interesting bits of information shared with The Icon by the family.


The Huber Family Celebration 2012


Bluffton Food Pantry is serious need of donations

The Bluffton Food Pantry needs some hefty donations soon.
The pantry does not have enough supplies to meet its August needs, according to Paula McKibben, pantry director. "I'm asking all churches in Bluffton to ask parishiioners to bring in items for the food pantry," she said in a recent letter to Bluffton churches.
"The pantry is in need to tuna, salmon, macaroni and cheese, fruit, spaghettis, beefaroni, raviolis, noodles, spaghetti, beef stew, chicken and dumplings soup (except tomato), canned milk, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. No glass items please," she said.


MMH Sunday concert on the lawn features Findlay HS steel-drum band

Findlay High School Pantasia, steel-drum band

Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, invites the public to its annual community "Concert on the Lawn," at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19.
The public is invited to the outdoor concert on the backyard lawn of Mennonite Memorial Home where they will hear the Caribbean music of Pantasia, a steel-drum band from Findlay High School.

Aug. 19 buffet features cube steak, pork tenderloin and more

The next Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is Aug. 19, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.
The menu includes:
o cube steak
o pork tenderloin with apricot glaze
o mashed potatoes with gravy
o green beans
o dinner rolls
o peach pie
o coffee and iced tea.
The buffet is in the Patio Room at Maple Crest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open to all adults 55 and older at a cost of $5 per person.
The next buffet following Sept. 9.

Four Bluffton Eagle Scouts projects presently underway: Nature Preserve, TLU and Schumacher Homestead

Justin Paul and crew at the new steps at the swinging bridge

Bluffton Boy Scout Troop 256 currently has four Eagle Scout projects in progress in the Bluffton area. For a scout to achieve the rank of Eagle, he must lead a project sponsored by an organization that will make an improvement for the betterment of the community.
The Eagle Scout project is the culmination of a Scout's training to demonstrate his leadership capabilities and must be completed prior to the Scout's 18th birthday.
Justin Paul