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April 18, 2015


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A second Bluffton bird's-eye view


Here's a second view of Bluffton from the skys of the late 1940s or early 1950s. This shot is of Main Street (Dixie Highway) taken from Poplar Street looking north.

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School may be out soon - but summer strings is just getting underway

School may be out soon, but summer strings program is almost ready to begin.

According to Rachael Lewis, Bluffton schools string instructor, the summer program begins Tuesday, June 5. Sessions continue June 12, July 3, July 10 and July 17. (No sessions June 19 or June 26).

"The program is for students wishing to play their instrument during the summer," said Lewis. "This program is free and will be held in the strings or middle school band room. The students may come to as many of the classes as their summer schedule permits."

East Elm Street house new listing from Charter Realty

Charter Realty has a new listing by Lisa Wenger. The listing is a residence at 201 E. Elm St., Bluffton. A printer friendly flyer of the listing is available as an attachment to this story.

Wenger is at lwenger@thewavz.com

For more information and photos click here.


Scott Weissling: "I want to give back what I learned" - now he wants to tutor students

Scott Weissling

Photo and story by Jake Dowling, Icon intern
Working with ice cream just does not cut it for some people. Scott Weissling, for example, wanted to take a different direction after scooping ice cream for customers at Dietsch's Ice Cream Parlor in Findlay for over 25 years.

Therefore, Weissling decided to try teaching.

"I just got my intervention specialist license back in December," Weissling said. "Between then and now, I've been subbing for other teachers in Allen and Hancock County."


A cleaner County Road 313

From left: Taylor Steele, son of Lion Tracy Steele, Lions Morris Groman, Lowell Hostetler, Sue Shields, Daryl Shields, Ron Lora, Dan Diller, Jake Szabo, son of Lion Jerry Szabo, Dale Metzger, Mark Alliman, Andy Armstrong, Jan Emmert, Jerry Szabo and Howard Shelly. Absent from the photos are Lions Tom Edwards, Steph Larcom, Gene Long and Fred Rodabaugh.

Sixteen members and two friends of the Bluffton Lions Club collected trash on May 19 along County Road 313 between County Road 15 and State Route 235.


Kyle Niermann and Tyler Stephenson named All-Mideast Region by ABCA


Bluffton University junior Kyle Niermann (Napoleon) and senior Tyler Stephenson (Springfield/Northwestern) were recently named All-Mideast Region by the ABCA for their outstanding work on the diamond this season.

Bluffton's connection to the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics

From left: Durand Dudley, Misha Kustin, Alex Yoder, Alan Yoder

What are the chances of two grandparents from Bluffton both having grandsons in the 2012 Men's USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships in Downtown Cincinnati May 8 to 13?

Well, it happened.

Alex Yoder, grandson of Alan and Diann Yoder of Sunset Drive, Bluffton, and son of Mike and Rebecca Yoder, Indianapolis, competed there. So did Misha Kustin, grandson of Durand Dudley, 807 Red Maple Court, Bluffton. Misha's parents are Jane and Boris Kustin of Bloomfield, N.J.


On a red Mustang

The Icon spotted this in First National Bank's parking lot on a red Mustang. Holy Book?


Three youth soccer camps at Bluffton University this summer

By Jake Dowling
Bluffton University is hosting several youth soccer camps this summer.

The first start Monday, June 4, at the university, according to Rick Nussbaum, soccer coach.

For grades 6 to 8, the camp will begin June 4 through June 8 at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The registration price is $100 and the registration deadline is May 31.


Dumpsters hard at work at Spring Street recycle center

It's spring clean up time in Bluffton. The village has several dumpsters at the Spring Street recycling center available now through May 29, according to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator.

"This will provide residents with 10 days including two weekend to take items to the center," he said.

What not to dump:
Household hazardous waste materials are not permitted to be disposed of during this period.

The village maintenance department has already had to pull more than a dozen tires out of the dumpsters. These are not approved for disposal.