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February 23, 2019

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Lots going on in July at the public library

A clothes swap, Toledo Zoo visit, watercolor workshop, just for starters

What's happening in July at the Bluffton Public Library? Lots of things, and here's the schedule.

Patrons wishing to participate may still sign up for the Reading Challenge. If you’re already signed up, just keep tracking what you read and attending our many events.

Luther Shelter turns 100 on July 1

Retired mathematics professor at Bluffton University

Numbers carry special meaning to mathematicians.

On July 1, retired Bluffton University math professor, Luther Shetler will have time to ponder the number 100 and all its meanings.

He was born July 1, 1917.

Originally from Indiana where he grew up on a dairy farm, Luther accepted a math teaching position at Bluffton College in 1950. He and his wife, Geneva, brought their family to Bluffton where he taught countless students in his academic discipline for 34 years, retiring in 1984.


Kathleen Mikkelsen turns 100 on July 3

Graduated from Bluffton High School in 1935

Kathleen Mikkelsen has a special birthday next week.

And, her only regret is that her twin sister, Geraldine, who died a few years ago, isn’t here to celebrate it with her.

On July 3, Kathleen, a Mennonite Memorial home resident, turns 100.

She grew up on South Main Street Bluffton and graduated in the BHS class of 1935. The class had 75 members. Although in 1939 she married and moved from Bluffton, she never left home.


The ceramics of T.R. Steiner

Icon's featured artist for July at Gallery 323

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
   - Thomas Merton

Gallery 323 provides local artists in several media an outlet to display and sell their work.

To showcase the wide variety of artistic talent in Bluffton, the Icon introduces this monthly feature. It provides photographs of one of the gallery’s artists. This feature will continue at the first of each month.


Bluffton's Arby's new look

"The Inspire Image" is a complete make over of the SR 103 restaurant

A major renovation of the Bluffton Arby’s restaurant is complete, according to Lisa Brown, store manager.

The Atlanta-based company calls the new look “The Inspire image.” Renovation began in late April at the Bluffton store, located at 505 State Route 103. It was completed on June 28.

Brown said that Bluffton’s first renovation step was an outside new look. A few weeks later the inside was closed for nearly one month as renovations continued there. The restaurant never closed, however, as the drive-through remained open.


Beaverdam Bunch 4-H Club involved in community service projects

By club reporter
The Beaverdam Bunch 4-H Club had a meeting on Monday, June 26.

We did community service before our meeting by pulling weeds around the school buildings. If you weren't able to do this community service you can participate in helping at the Mennonite Home on July 16th from 9-10:30.

We are still collecting pop tabs to give to the Ronald McDonald House at any time. Demonstrations at the meeting were given by Luke Jebsen, Carter Dyar, Hannah Creeger, Daniel Creeger, Caitlyn Couch, and Brooke Camper.