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"Half the Sky," Jan. 23 Maple Crest book discussion

A discussion of Nicholas Kristof's book "Half the Sky" will take place in the family room of Maple Crest Senior Living Village on Monday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. (note time change, was originally 2:30 p.m.) Maple Crest Senior Living Village is located at 700 Maple Crest Ct., Bluffton.

Copies of the book are available at Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St., Bluffton.

Relay for Life meetings Jan. 5

Bluffton's January Relay for Life meetings are Thursday, Jan. 5, in the Bluffton town hall, according to Adam Blevins.

The Relay committee will meet at 6 p.m., and all teams are encouraged to attend our team meeting / rally at 7 p.m.

"If you haven't signed your team up yet, we'll have access to sign your team up online," said Blevins.


Jazzercise classes start in Bluffton on Jan. 9

Jazzercise classes are starting, Monday, Jan. 9, in Bluffton, according to J'aime Stratton, instructor.

Class times are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. in the basement of English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St.

Contact J'aime Stratton at 419-371-8422, strattonjazzercise@gmail.com, or facebook.com/blufftonjazzercise, or visit jazzercise.com for more information.


One-half millionth click coming in 2012!

Sometime in 2012 an Icon viewer will "click" on The Icon - and it will register as click number one-half million.

That's correct. In 2011 The Bluffton Icon continued to rack up an impressive growth of total views and individual viewers, according to its owners Fred and Mary P. Steiner. During 2012 the Icon's total views will reach one-half million.

As of Dec. 31, The Icon has had 443,197 total views since it was launched in September 2009.


Community meals continue twice monthly in 2012

Twice-monthly community meals continue in 2012, sponsored by the Bluffton Inter Church Board.

The meals are at 6 p.m. each first and third Thursday of the month at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center. The meals are free and open to the public. Persons interested in making a donation may bring non-perishable food items. All donations go to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry.


Lots of adult fitness opportunities start now at BFR

BFR is the place to start for winter exercise.

Adult Fitness class options include aerobics, water exercise, Zumba
dance fitness, YogaFit, senior fitness options and Total Body
Conditioning, according to Carole Enneking, BFR director.

"Try out any BFR class for one time without any fees. Class
fees for non-members are $5 and $3 for BFR members. Purchase an AnyClass Card for additional savings. BFR does not require pre-registration for fitness classes; participants are encouraged to attend a variety of classes," she said.

Marcile Suter 1914-2011

Marcile Suter

Marcile Suter, 97, of Bluffton died at 6:40 a.m. Jan. 1, 2012, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born Sept. 5, 1914, in Bucyrus, to Robert and Ida Auch Rindfuss. On June 30, 1940, she married Winford Suter and he preceded her in death on Feb. 18, 1997.

Marcile and Winford met at Bluffton College. Winford's entire career was with Nationwide Insurance, formerly known as Farm Bureau Insurance and so the family over the years made their home in six or seven different communities such as Brooklyn, Conn., Canfield, Ohio, and finally Dover, Ohio.


3 Bluffton runners in new year's eve race

Three Bluffton runners participated in the 11th annual Midnight Special 5K in Whitehouse. The race started at 11:45 p.m. Jan. 31, 2011, and finished in the new year. The race is on the Cannonball Trail.

There were a total of 329 runners.

Jonathan Nisly was sixth in the 15-19 men's age group, 20th overall. His time was 19:42.

Hannah Chappell-Dick was second in the 15-19 women's age group, 21st overall, third woman overall. Her time was 19:45.


December's average temp. 42; normally it's 29

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

Date High Low Rain Snow

Dec. 25 46 31
Dec. 26 44 32
Dec. 27 36 31 0.42 0.8
Dec. 28 35 25
Dec. 29 46 27
Dec. 30 49 37 0.11
Dec. 31 42 37

After 17 games Mike Burris still bowl contest leader

Mike Burris continues to lead the Icon college bowl contest after 17 games (Jan. 1). Here's the current standings: