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October 14, 2015


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Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education opens it doors

The Sommer Center had its first official walk through on Oct. 13 during Bluffton University homecoming. Several documents with information about the building, photos and videos of the event at available at the bottom of this story.

More photos and video on the way.

Click for dedication video part 1

Click for dedication video part 2

Jailed for being beardless in 1961


It was a crime to be "beardless" in Bluffton during the one-week August centennial in 1961. The only way men could stay out of jail was to purchase a pin  giving them permission to shave.

Bill Hart was caught by the Keystone Kops of Findlay and was jailed because he lacked a beard and a permit to share. He was housed in a make-shift jail on Main Street until someone bailed him out.

Leland Gerber photo

Chuck wagon or Chuck's wagon?

The Icon spotted this Hancock County plate recently. We figure it either means chuck wagon and is owned by someone who is in the food service industry, or by a guy named Charles and it's his vehicle.


Beatrice "Bee" Lansing retired from Triplett Corp. in 1970

Beatrice A. "Bee" Lansing, 92, died at 8:20 a.m. Oct. 10, 2012, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born Sept. 8, 1920, in Newark to Lorenzo Dell and Lorah Alice Dunn Glover, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 21, 1940, she married Floyd Franklin Lansing, who died Dec. 24, 1992.

Mrs. Lansing retired in 1970 as a supervisor from Triplett Electric Corp. after 17 years. She was a member of Ada Full Gospel Church. She lived most of her life in Ada. She was a member of Hix'n Chix Square Dance Club, Maysville. She had been owner of Northland Mobile Home Court, Ada.


Emmanuel UCC Pastor Eric Rummel accepts Sugarcreek pastorate

Rev. Eric Rummel, pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ since January 2007, has accepted a new pastorate in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

His final sermon at Emmanuel was Oct. 7 and he starts his new pastorate, at First United Church of Christ, Sugarcreek, on Oct. 15. Rummel accepted the Emmanuel pastorate while still a student at United Theological Seminary, Dayton. In 2009 he graduated with a master’s of divinity. On Pentecost Sunday, 2010, he was ordained at Emmanuel.


Richard Boehr recipient of Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce's first-ever Life Membership Award

Richard Boehr, lifelong Bluffton businessman and community supporter, is recipient of the first-ever Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce Life Membership Award, according to Fred Steiner, Chamber CEO. The presentation was made during the Oct. 12 chamber breakfast, which was attended by approximately 70 persons.

This summer the chamber board agreed to create the Life Member designation to be presented to persons who have a long tradition of support to the chamber and the community. One additional Life Membership will be presented later this year.


Joe Mathias bowls a 299 at Southgate Lanes

Amerigas Belles & Beaux League
Scores bowled on: Oct.7
Men’s High Game
Derek Dukes                                268
John Dailey                                253
John Dailey                                247
Dan May                                    236


Multiple sclerosis care to be addressed Oct. 19


Dr. Jennifer Hughes, an associate professor of social work at Bluffton University, will discuss the caregiving experience in cases of multiple sclerosis during a campus colloquium at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

The presentation, “Driving Myself to the Hospital to Give Birth and Other Stories of Multiple Sclerosis Care,” is free and open to the public in Stutzman Lecture Hall in Centennial Hall.

Trinity Lutheran School host to Oct. 27 blood drive

Trinity Lutheran School, Jenera, will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.

Blood Donors Must:
  • Be healthy
  • Be at least 17 years old in most states, or 16 years old with parental consent if allowed by state law 
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors.


Purves, Triplett, Heath, Brown honored by university alumni association

Bluffton University will honor three alumni and a former faculty and staff member at its annual alumni awards banquet on Homecoming weekend. The Commons, in Marbeck Center, will be the site at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

The late Jean (Hoover ’47) Triplett is this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Service Award, presented to alumni who have dedicated their lives to heartfelt service to people, community or church.