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Venus puts on a show - and here's proof

On Tuesday skywatchers witnessed a rare planetary spectacle, as the planet Venus appeared to cross the face of the sun. If you missed it, you're out of luck. This once-in-a-lifetime event won't happen again until 2117.


Business plan competition winners announced at chamber breakfast

The winners of this spring's Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur business plan competition will be announced during the Friday morning, June 8, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

The breakfast meeting is the in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall and is open to the public.

This month's breakfast is provided by Luke's of Bluffton with coffee from Common Grounds.

Mennofolk comes to Bluffton for a long weekend of music in July

By Jake Dowling, Icon intern
Mennofolk is returning to Bluffton after several years of absence. It will include three stages of acoustic music over a span of two days according to Wendy Chappell-Dick, director of the event.

"It is definitely an awesome festival," she said. "These bands are really good and I don't know any other venue in northwest Ohio that can pull in bands like this."


30% off lift chairs at Diller Medical now through June 22

Diller Medical, 902 N. Main St., Bluffton has a Fathers' Day special sale on lift chairs, according to Jim Diller.

Between now and Friday, June 22, all lift chairs are 30 percent off. Diller's has chairs in price ranges from $595 to $1,495. The sale price is 30 percent off those prices.

There is a choice of sizes and colors and Diller's has Medicare billing available.

Diller Medical phone number is 419-358-2761.


University students awarded Summer Discovery Grants

Two Bluffton University students are exploring possible future careers this summer with the help of $1,500 Discovery Grants awarded through the university.

Nnenna Onwukeme, a Bluffton junior majoring in business, is volunteering as a business and teacher's assistant at the new De Padua Learning Center in her home city of Jos, Nigeria. She is looking to learn the ins and outs of running a business, including start-up and daily management.


This is a test. Do you recall the letters on the license plate posted prior to this one?

Answer: BUXTONS.

This one is the second variation. You'll find both plates in Rockport.


Vera Burkholder Richland Manor's resident of the month

Vera Burkholder

Lifelong Bluffton resident Vera Burkholder is the June resident of the month at Richland Manor.

She graduated from Bluffton High School and studied to be a teacher at Bluffton College. After graduating she taught 19 years as a first grade teacher at Allen East. She is a lifelong member of the Bluffton Missionary Church.


June worship service schedule at Mennonite Home

June worship service leaders at Mennonite Memorial Home were recently announced. Here's the schedule of services:

Sunday, June 3 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Sunday, June 10 - Renee Caskie
Sunday, June 17 - Elizabeth McDowell
Sunday, June 24 - Chaplain Bill Herr

Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 5 - Carol Clements, St. John's UCC
Tuesday, June 12 - Matthew Zuehlke, Bluffton Presbyterian
Tuesday, June 19 - Steve Yoder, First Mennonite
Tuesday, June 26 - Sister Carol Inkrott, St. Mary's Catholic

St. John's UCC goes to summer hours; June newsletter available to Icon viewers

St. John's United Church of Christ announces its summer Sunday hours, according to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor.

Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and worship is at 10 a.m.

The church June newsletter is available to Icon viewers as an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Bluffton Lions Wheels Festival Friday, June 15

Bluffton Lions present the 45th Bluffton Festival of Wheels Cruise-In, Friday, June 15.

The event takes place in downtown Bluffton from 2 to 8 p.m. Jeff Houston, 1950s DJ will play music from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Flag City Cloggers will perform from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and the Night Jazz Swing Band will perform on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn from 6 to 8 p.m.

Several Bluffton downtown businesses will hold sidewalk sales all afternoon.

A registration form for car owners is an attachment to this story.