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January 29, 2015

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Todd Basinger, Tony Anderson both bowl 300 games at Southgate

Saturday Morning Junior League
Scores bowled on: March 10
Boys High Game
Kyle Kirkendall 198
Brady Basinger 193
Jayden Foltz 192
Tyler Snyder 170

Girls High Game
Sierrah Foltz 114
Kennedy Coughlin 102
Molly McCracken 100
Ashleigh King 98

Boys High Series (2 Games)
Brady Basinger 350
Tyler Snyder 329
Kyle Kirkendall 323
Richie Streicher 321


Check out a "Bluffton" quote in the official Michigan Travel Ideas magazine

Icon viewer Dick Jordan pointed out an interesting "it's a small world" connection in the current issue of the Michigan Travel Ideas" official state travel guide.

One page in the guide refers to the Grand Haven area of western Michigan. Jim and Pat King of Bluffton are quoted in that section. Their part in the guide follows: "Jim and Pat King of Bluffton, Ohio, are looking at the paintings, too. Pat says they return to this area every year, this time with their grown kids. "We're in love with the lake - we always have to have something to remember it by."


Rhythm In Motion Dance Centre' students have busy spring performing and competing

Eighteen Rhythm In Motion Dance Centre students performed during a Cleveland Cavs NBA basketball game in February.

The piece the dancers performed titled "Girls" was choreographed by Bluffton's Jocelyn Sherman and directed by RIMDC owner Darcey Schneider.

"Their number is an explosive choreographed piece that features dancers ages 6-17 from the Lima, Ada, Upper Scioto Valley and Bluffton area schools," said Schneider. "The dancers once again dazzled the crowd in their unique, sequin and sparkle costumes that complimented their professional and clean routine."


Janet Matter funeral arrangements incomplete

Janet L. Matter, 89 of Bluffton died at 2:40 p.m.,Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Nadine Stark 1929-2012

Nadine Stark

M. Nadine Stark, 83 died at her residence at 7:35 p.m. March 16, 2012. She was born Jan. 3, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio, to George and Mildred (Fisher) Condon. On Feb. 8, 1944 she married Harold Stark and he died Jan. 30, 2009.

She was a homemaker and had worked at Richland Manor for 12 years. She was a member of the Lafayette United Methodist Church. She graduated from Lafayette High School.


Letter: More on downtown fire hydrants and parking spaces

Note: Kevin Wagner wrote a letter to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, and received a reply from Mehaffie. This is a follow up letter from Mr. Wagner to the village administrator. To read Mr. Wagner's first letter in the Icon - it is posted below this letter.

Dear Mr. Mehaffie:


A musical zoo

Chelsey Parker (left), a first-year Bluffton University student from McComb, shows a Riverdale Elementary School fourth grader how to hold the saxophone during an Instrument "Petting Zoo" at the school March 13.

Members of Bluffton's chapter of the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association took the third annual event on the road for the first time, traveling to Riverdale to help students learn about, and try out, a variety of instruments.

Megan Watkins and Bryan Given marry

Megan and Bryan Given

Megan M. Watkins, daughter of Bill and Louise Watkins of Bluffton, has married Bryan S. Given of Columbus, Ohio.

They wed at Bexley United Methodist Church on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. The couple currently reside in Lewisville, Texas.

Megan is a Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in Mansfield, Texas, and Bryan is a Support and Training Manager at GeoShack in Farmers Branch, Texas.


Easter Cantata at the Pandora United Methodist Church April 1

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will be present the Easter Cantata, "Amazing Grace: Ready to Sing Easter!" written by Sue Smith and Russell Mauldin on Sunday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m. during the worship service.

The church service and refreshments in the fellowship hall afterward are open to the public. The choir is directed by Pat Basinger and accompanied by Chris Meyer.

The church is located on State Route 12 at 108 E. Washington St. in Pandora. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is the pastor.