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You've heard of Pandora melons, but what about Pandora cabbages and peppers

By Jake Dowling Icon intern
Peppers and cabbages are not your typical planted crop, but for Bill Suter, cabbages and peppers are king.

“I wanted to grow cabbages and peppers to somewhat diversify the farm,” he says. “But a small portion of that are vegetables, most of it is corn and beans.”

“You just have to weather the storm,” says Suter, whose farm is on Road Q, between Bluffton and Pandora. Suter grows cabbages and peppers to go along with the other vegetables on 500-acres that he farms.


Over 3 inches of rain in past 7 days

Here's the seven-day report for July from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.
Date High Low Rain
July 17 98 73
July 18 95 67 1.41
July 19 83 70 1.86
July 20 73 63 0.05
July 21 83 56
July 22 89 65
July 23 91 71 0.05

AEP warns of severe thundershower threat

Western Ohio (west areas only)
Multiple Rounds of Strong-Severe Storms
(50-60 mph 9am-3pm)

"Pantasia" Steelband performs Concert on the Lawn Aug. 19 at Mennonite Home

Findlay HS Band "Pantasia"

Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, invites the public to its annual community "Concert on the Lawn," at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19.
The public is invited to the outdoor concert on the backyard lawn of Mennonite Memorial Home where they will hear the Caribbean music of Pantasia, a steel-drum band from Findlay High School.

NFL 2012 preview - A look at NFC East

Here is The Icon's continuing preview of the 2012 NFL season. This story covers the NFC East.
Click here for a preview of AFC North
By Jake Dowling, Icon intern


S&K Mower "Drought Sale" offers up to 35% off mowers

Steve Swank of S&K Mower, 9280 Dixie Highway, Bluffton, is offering a "Drought Sale on Mowers," this month.
During the sale, S&K Mower is offering up to 35 percent off mowers including Snapper and Simplicity.
Store hours are Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.
In addition to his Drought Sale, Swank offers this service tip: "A dull mower blade raises fuel consumption and opens your grass to more diseases. Contact us about sharpening your blades."
S& K Mower's phone number is 419-358-7638.


Late 1940s Presbyterian auction

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Your grandfather or great-grandfather might be in this photo. It shows an auction in the late 1940s put on by members of the Bluffton Presbyterian Church. The man circled in the upper left corner is Ned Schultz.
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"For the Beauty of the Earth" theme of Sunday's community worship service

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association will sponsor its annual summer community worship service on Sunday, July 29. The service begins at 9 a.m. and is held on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.
The theme is "For the Beauty of the Earth" and the service will continue the VBS theme from the previous week.
This year, there will be only one offering taken, and that will be for the community food pantry.


BHS Athletic Booster drive Aug. 7

Bluffton High School Athletic Boosters have two events planned prior to the start of the 2012-13 school year.
The annual booster drive is at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7. Senior athletes will have a group photo taken before the drive begins.
The fall sports photo day is Tuesday, Aug. 14.


Light council agenda on July 23

It was a light council agenda on July 23. The council agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.