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Do I smell pancakes? Get them while they're hot at the Senior Citizens Center Saturday

Do I smell pancakes on the griddle?

Yes, and the aroma is coming from the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center. The Bluffton Lion's Club Foundation-Senior Citizens pancake and sausage benefit is today (Saturday, March 17).

The 30th annual benefit is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, 132 N. Main St. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and youth through age 5 are free when accompanied by an adult.

The benefit offers all the pancakes you can eat, whole hog sausage, coffee, tea, milk and applesauce. Tickets are available at the door.


20 years and 700+ trees later, Bluffton still a Tree City USA

Because of the importance given to trees in the village, the Arbor Day Foundation this week designated Bluffton as a Tree City USA. This is the 20th year the village received the designation, according to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator.

One of the significant players behind the scenes in the Tree City designation is the Bluffton Tree Commission.

Bluffton 1942 Boy Scout troop


Here's the Bluffton's Boy Scout Troop 56, taken in 1942.

Front from left, Malcolm Basinger, Gene Patterson, Ron Diller, Ted Kohli and Bob Ramseyer.

Second row from left, Paul Wingate, assistant scoutmaster, Bob Oberly, John Schmidt, Otto Klassen, Bill Amstutz, Karl Gable, scoutmaster.

Top row from left, Dean Niswander, Charles Triplehorn, Bob Fisher, Morris Kohli, Gordon Bixel, Don Augsburger and Bob Stratton. Absent when photo was taken was Bill Mericle.

70 YZ - but it's not what you think

We've posted hundreds of license plates on The Icon, but this one is in a class by itself.

Study it for a moment. What do you see? You see a traditional Bluffton "YZ" but the plate is not Ohio. The plate is Arizona.

What's going on here? The answer is that "70 YZ" once upon a time belonged to James F. West of Sunset Drive. His son, John, moved to Arizona and took a little of Bluffton with him. John obtained the vanity plate for his dad's old Ohio plate.


Bagpipe performer provides special music Sunday at Bluffton Presbyterian

David Yarnall

David Yarnall will play the Great Highland Bagpipe at Bluffton Presbyterian Church Sunday, March 18, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. He will play during the 10:15 a.m. service.

He will play Highland Cathedral, Amazing Grace, Londonderry Air and Ode to Joy. Yarnall, who lives in Springfield, has played bagpipes for over 35 years. He's also an accomplished artist.


Light supper prior to Trinity Lutheran March 21 Lenten service

A special Lenten service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 21.

Vicar Michael Schneider from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Findlay, will deliver the sermon on "Shed No Tears for Jesus." The students of Trinity's third and fourth grades will sing "What Grace is This!" with violin and keyboard accompaniment.


Afghan woman braves risks to aid children

Suraya Sadeed

Suraya Sadeed does not take no for an answer and will not let anyone stand in her way while bringing aid and education to one of the most violent places in the world: her native Afghanistan.

Psst...want to help Bluffton Elementary win $15,000 in new computers? All you do is vote

Cast your vote at: www.SaveVoteWin.com

If you could help the Bluffton elementary school get a chance to win $15,000 toward the purchase of new computers, would you chip in and help? Certainly you would.

The way to participate is pretty simple. Here's how it works:

To help improve school technology funding in Allen and surrounding counties, Cartridge World is giving local schools the chance to win $15,000 to be used toward the purchase of new school computers.

Dick Cookson joins an elite club: 60-year member of the Bluffton American Legion

The accolades for Dick Cookson never seem to stop.

Recently the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association honored Dick and his wife, Betty, for their efforts in helping to launch the Bluffton Senior Citizens-Lions Club pancake and sausage breakfast. The Cooksons were involved in the "ground floor" of the event...and that was 30 years ago.

Earlier this year, the Icon posted a photo from the Bluffton centennial pageant from 1961. The photo showed a re-enactment of the John Dillinger robbery. Dick was part of the re-enactment.