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Maple Crest "performers" share their talents

Richard Bucher performing

Residents and community members packed the house for the Maple Crest Senior Living Community's, talent show on July 12.

An Icon cell phone/e-mail directory now in the works

Here's an idea The Icon is pursuing and it's time is now.
In the past month three persons, separately from each other, approached The Icon with a very interesting idea.
It is: Could The Icon create an online listing (e.i. phone book) for persons who have cell phones? We've actually played around with this idea for the past year. The recent inquiries cause us to give this more serious consideration.
We think the idea is fantastic, and we're looking at some formats. Let's take it one step further. We'd also like to provide e-mail addresses.


Chamber music ensemble performs Aug. 5 at English Lutheran

Beauty in the Blends

Beauty in the Blends, a chamber music ensemble, will present a concert at the English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St., Bluffton, on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m.


Several local artists in next ArtSpace/Lima exhibit

ArtSpace/Lima announces the opening of ArtSpace/Pops: A Fine Craft Invitational in The Ellen Nelson Gallery, Saturday, Aug. 4. The show includes several local artists.
ArtSpace/Pops features all new works by 20 area craftsmen and -women in a joint showing which builds on the success of its predecessor in 2011.


Community VBS starts Sunday evening at St. John's UCC

Bluffton Community Vacation Bible School will be in session this summer from Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. and there's still time to register your children.
St. John's United Church of Christ is the host church this year. Help your child discover the best destination of the summer - SonRise National Park! Come to a land of invigorating power and beauty where there is nothing between you and God's big sky!
VBS is sponsored by Bluffton Area Ministerial Association. Participating churches include
o Bluffton Presbyterian Church,


St. Mary's hosts next Bluffton blood drive on Aug. 2

Bluffton's next American Red Cross blood drive is Thursday, Aug. 2, from noon until 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in the Large Room, located at 160 N. Spring St.
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.


RSVP now for Leaving a Love Legacy Workshop planned July 31

A Leaving a Love Legacy Workshop with Beth A. Boehr, is planned from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, at 119 Vine St., Bluffton.
"Life teaches us to expect the unexpected. Are you prepared to leave Love Legacy for your family if something should happen to you?" asks Boehr.
Persons attending the workshop will learn how to organize important paperwork and documents to they may be easily located in case of an emergency.


July 31 ice cream social at Richland Manor

Richland Manor will hold an ice cream social open to the public at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, according to Barry Schneck. Richland Manor is located at 7400 Swaney Road, Bluffton.


Still time to enter public library's summer photo contest

The deadline for Bluffton Public Library's second annual amateur photo contest is drawing near, but there's still time to enter. Sponsored by Greg's Pharmacy, the contest will award more than $600 in prizes.
This year's special feature is a $50 cash prize awarded for the best night scene in addition to two new youth categories, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for all age categories (adult, high school and youth).

Are you ready for some NFL football? Here's the first of a six part NFL preview

By Jake Dowling, Icon intern
This is a six-part series preview of the upcoming 2012 NFL season. Each part will be broken down by division for each conference, followed by a two-part series on playoff predictions.
Each team is broken down one-by-one under three categories: A team's coach and his staff, a team's quarterback and the weapons around him, and a team's defense. These are the three main ingredients to determining a team's success in the season.