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Absolute Body Therapy of Massage will close on June 29

Vicki Oates

Vicki Oates, licensed massage therapist, and owner of Absolute Body Therapy of Massage, 105 Vine Street, Bluffton, will close her shop at the end of the business day on June 29.

"I will be relocating to Columbus to work at another clinic," she told The Icon.

She added that if anyone with gift certificates should call and set up an appointment to redeem them. Her phone is 419-957-7732.


Apollo board considering administrative salaries on Monday

The Apollo board of education will meet on Monday, June 25. One of the points of action is to consider administrative salaries.

To read the entire board agenda, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Blue Moon Blueberry Farm now has u-pick blueberries

Life many be a bowl of cherries but this month life is a bowl of blueberries.

The blue summer berry is now being picked at Blue Moon Blueberries, 14848 Road 3 (between State Route 12 and Gilboa) in rural Pandora. The berries are on the Jeff and Chrissy Lugibihl farm.

U-pick is available Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 a.m. Berries are also available for sale. Call 419-384-7338 to place and order or for u-pick updates.

Final week of spring is a hot one

Here's the seven-day report for June from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Date High Low Rain
June 12 82 62
June 13 74 55
June 14 82 50
June 15 88 55
June 16 89 69
June 17 84 68 0.22
June 18 90 67

Citizens National Bank named top performer for 3rd year in a row

ICBA Independent Banker, the magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), recognized Citizens National Bank, Bluffton, as an outstanding "ICBA 400" community bank performer in its June issue.

The ranking is based on Citizens National Bank's 2011 year-end earnings and operational efficiencies.


15 minutes with Dylan Whitlow

15 minutes with Dylan Whitlow
How old are you, Dylan?

I guess that means you are going to be a freshman next year at BHS.

What year will you graduate?

What are your favorite subjects in school?
(Long pause) Lunch. (Longer pause) In eighth grade I liked math.

Do you have any favorite styles of music you like?
I really can't stand Country.


Explore your Swiss heritage during Sunday's Swiss Day events

All are welcome to the annual Swiss Day potluck and open house, Sunday, June 24.

The potluck, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Grove Road, at 12:30-3 p.m., features a musical program by Wilmer Sprunger and friends of Berne Ind., with an opening by the Bluffton-Pandora Swiss Chorus.

Bring a dish, already hot or cold and ready to serve, and your own table service (plates and silverware). Drinks will be provided.

Next Senior Center Western Square Dance June 25

Western Square Dancing is coming to the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center in June, July and August, according to Tonya Myers, Center director.

The dances are:

Monday, June 25
Monday, July 26
Monday, Aug. 27

A beginner's lesson is at 6:30 p.m. followed by dancing for everyone from 7 to 9 p.m. A professional caller will be at each dance. The cost is $2 for members and $3 for non-members.


Rev. James Kuhn, 1933-2012

Rev. James Kuhn

Rev. James "Jim" D. Kuhn, 79 of Lima, Ohio, died on Monday, June 18, 2012, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, Ohio at 5 a.m. He was a former pastor of the Bluffton First United Methodist Church.

Born Wednesday, May 31, 1933, in Burton, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Homer Kuhn and the late Phoebe (Ashcraft) Kuhn. He married Nancy Shuster Kuhn, June 29, 1957. She survives in Lima.


Grove-Kibler neighborhood from the air (1940s)


We continue our flight around Bluffton in the late 1940s. Here is the Grove Street-Kibler Street neighborbood. It shows just the edge of Motter Metro Park. If you examine back yards closely you will notice several clothes lines with clothes drying