December 21, 2014


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He's in the nose-bleed section


Look very closely. Our man from the construction crew is in the nose-bleed section of the Bluffton University health and fitness center under construction this winter.


Hello "NANA DEB"

It was a rainy morning last week when the Icon spotted NANA DEB in the Garau Street hospital parking.


Early '60s Boy Scouts


Bluffton Boy Scouts in the early 1960s posed for this photo. Standing from left, Larry Crow, Lee Cookson, Roger Benroth, Lynn Basinger, Steve Sutermeister and Dan Luginbuhl. Front from left, Tom Brauen, Bob Blank, Fred Rodabaugh.

Can anyone tell The Icon what tune they are ready to sing?

Some "R and R" for women on March 24

Women can get tips on work-life balance and self care on Saturday, March 24, when Bluffton University's Women's Council hosts the third annual R&R for Women conference.

Bluffton alumnae, faculty and students will present sessions during the conference, titled "Balancing Your World, Caring for Yourself." Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall-site of the morning sessions-and Marbeck Center, where the afternoon sessions will be held.

Evelyn Krehbiel 1925-2012

Evelyn Krehbiel

Evelyn L. Krehbiel, 86, of Bluffton died at 9:20 p.m. Feb. 22, 2012, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Danvers, Ill., to Harvey Ebersole and Alma Ruth Hostetler Nunemaker. On Aug. 30, 1947, she married Howard E. Krehbiel and he preceded her in death on March 30, 1999.

The daughter of a Mennonite minister, Evelyn attended school in Comins, Mich., and Tiskilwa, Ill., and graduated from high school in Donnellson, Iowa, in 1943.


SHANNON Service Club garage sale and chicken barbecue this weekend

It's another certain sign of spring - the SHANNON Service Club's community garage sale and chicken barbecue take place at the end of this month.

Garage sale Feb. 24-25
The commuity garage sale is Friday, Saturday, Feb 24-25. It's the ninth annual sale. Hour are Friday, Feb. 24, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event is at The Centre, 601 N. Main Street. Parking is free and admission is just $1. Based upon previous events, the sale traditionally attracts from 30 to 35 vendors.


Bluffton visited by President and First Lady on Tuesday - honest!

Bluffton received a presidential visit on Tuesday.

Honest Abe Lincoln visited residents of Maple Crest Senior Living Village earlier this week. With Mrs. Lincoln at his side, President Lincoln told about his early life and years as president.

His visit was one day after Presidents' Day and very close to his own birthday. When not playing the role of President Lincoln and the first lady, the couple is known as Roger and Judy Jenot from Carey.

This is the second visit to Bluffton by the Lincolns. Last year they visited with patrons of the Bluffton Public Library.


Village hopes voters will fix Bluffton's "rust belt" by passing tax levy on March 6

There's a rust belt in Bluffton. It's mostly on streets with water mains that were installed between 1920 (or earlier) and the late 1940s. There are lots of street in the category. They are familiar sounding: Grove, Lawn, Kibler, Jackson, Cherry, Mound and Washington.

In addition, there are some newer lines in need of replacement. Those include Sunset Drive and Garmatter Street.

Bluffton mulch machine doing its magic

Bluffton's mulch of 2012 is on the way. The Spring Street recyling center is living up to its name this month as brush from last year is turning magically into mulch.

Here are some views of the transformation of brush into the stuff that some residents can't seem to get enough of.



First National's West Findlay banking center opens on Monday

Artist rendering of First National Bank's Findlay West banking center

First National Bank opens its Findlay West banking office at 1114 Trenton Ave., Findlay on Monday, Feb. 27.

"We welcome you to come in and meet our Findlay West team and tour the new office next week," said Todd Mason, CEO and bank president.

Lobby hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. tonoon. The drive-thru will be open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, and 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays.

Groundbreaking on the approximately 4,000-square-foot facility took place Aug. 24.