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Mark Delisle

June 25, 2017


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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Apollo's Academy of Medical Careers open house July 21

Apollo’s Academy of Medical Careers will hold an open house on Monday, July 21 from 2-6 p.m. in its new downtown location. For the next two years, The Enterprise Building at 201 W. Market Street, Lima, will be home to Apollo’s adult medical programs while the school’s main campus is under construction.

The medical community, area businesses, city, county and economic development officials, along with the community, are invited to tour the facility.


Meet lifeguard Sieara Osborne

Lifeguard Sieara Osborne is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.


Here's updated final WOAL meet results

The Icon was in error in our reporting of the team scores in the Western Ohio Aquatic League championship results.

The initial report provide was men's scores. Here are the actual final team scores.

Attached to this story is an updated final individual results.

1. Wapakoneta Waves 3236
2. Westside Swim And Racket Club 2980
3. Ada 1614.5
4. Shawnee Country Club 1387
5. Kenton Area Swim Team 962
6. VanWert YMCA Marlins 779
7. Bluffton Sardines 751.5
8. Sherwood 696


Pedestrian and bike path groundbreaking launches $123,000 project from CL Road to Comfort Inn

Once upon a time, a railroad hauled passengers and freight just north of the National Quarry.

The railroad, now abandoned, has a second life – this time as a walking path and bike path.


Groundbreaking occurred July 14, for the .6-mile, 8-foot wide asphalt pathway along the abandoned Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad, that will link the heart of the village to the high-traffic business district near the I-75 interchange.

Some openings remain for Bluffton Community Preschool

Bluffton Community Preschool is accepting enrollment for the 2014-15 program year, according to Shelly Matijevich, director. Classes are for preschool youth ages 3 to 5. Classes are held in First United Methodist Church, 116 Church St., Bluffton.

Matijevich said that the first day of school for children are different, depending upon what day they attend school.

Monday and Wednesday students will start on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Friday students start Friday, Aug. 29. Tuesday and Thursday students start Sept. 9.

Table linen sale at Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is holding a table linen sale now to Monday, July 28, according to Aphaphanh Nussbaum, manager.

"Buy one tablecloth and get one 50 percent off," she said. "Also, buy three napkins, napkin rings or placements and get the fourth free."

Ten Thousand Villages
115 S. Main St.


Meet lifeguard Taylor Wenger

Lifeguard Taylor Wenger is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.


Lincoln Highway Assn. meets July 15 in Forest

The Western Ohio Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, at the Forest/Jackson Public Library (the train depot) located at 102 W. Lima St., Forest.

Those attending will have a home-cooked Amish dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. Karen Moore will talk about “The History of Forest, Ohio, on the Lincoln Highway.”

The dinner includes salad, chicken/roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, bread, pie and a drink. The cost is $15 per person. Call 419-203-5779 for a reservation.


United Way feature agency of the week: BFR Sports and Fitness

BFR Sports & Fitness is proud to be a United Way Agency. BFR started as a grass-roots organization striving to keep our community active. Through the support of United Way, individuals and families with limited finances can take part in BFR programs.

Ralph Carmichael served in the British Army in India during WWII

Ralph Carmichael, 90, died on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Shady Lawn Retirement Community in Dalton, Ohio.

Ralph was born in Hull, England, on May 1, 1924, to Gladys and Harry Carmichael. During WWII, he served in the 2nd. Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment of the British Army in India. His regiment fought in the Battle of Imphal in Northern India with the 14th. Army. He also served in Penang, Malaya, before returning to England after the war with the rank of Sergeant.