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June 23, 2017


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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Wie gehts!

Swiss Day brings out the best in local heritage

Wie gehts! or Vie gehts, or "how goes it?"

The Swiss Community Historical Society’s annual Swiss Day is Sunday, June 25, according to Gary Wetherill, president of the society.

This year’s event includes:
• 12:30 p.m. potluck at Ebenezer Mennonite Church
• 2:30 p.m. program – “Letters from the Swiss Settlement 1840-1860.”
• Following the program – Schumacher homestead open house

Daryl Bridenbaugh finalist in John Deere "Small Machines, Big Impact"

His project will benefit Putnam County Habitat for Humanity - and you can vote to support it

 Daryl Bridenbach, Pandora farmer, is a national finalist in a John Deere contest that may result in benefiting Putnam County Habitat for Humanity.

To win Bridenbaugh must receive the most votes for his project in an online
contest. Area residents may go to www.deere.com/impact to vote. You can vote
for Bridenbaugh’s project daily through July 5.

Bridenbaugh is one of three finalists for John Deere’s ‘Small Machines, Big Impact’ contest. 


Willis Sommer funeral arrangements incomplete

Willis J. Sommer, 71, died June 23, 2017, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services in Bluffton.


Here's ODOT construction projects in Allen County

Here's Allen County's ODOT repair schedule:

Pavement repairs
U.S. 30 westbound, just east of state Route 309, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge deck repair one day of the week, likely Monday, June 26, weather permitting. Work is being performed by ODOT roadway services.

Pavement repairs will reduce traffic to one lane through the work zone at the following locations. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage:

Marlin Gerber says it's time to order blueberries

Mr. Blueberry - Marlin Gerber - is now taking orders for blueberries. Here's the details:

Email your order to Marling7133@sbcglobal.net  with "BLUFFTON BLUEBERRIES" in the subject line.

The price is $25 or $26 per box per 10# box, cash preferred. Gerber's phone is 269-375-5215.
Pick up orders behind the Houshower House on the Spring Street green, off College Avenue, Bluffton between 12:45 and 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 6. Rain date is July 7.


Dari Freeze offers free delivery due to Bentley Road overpass closure

Due to the Bentley Road I-75 overpass bridge being closed at Exit 140, the Bluffton Dari Freeze will now offer free delivery between the hours of noon and 7 p.m., according to Bill Marchal.

Bluffton Dari Freeze
595 S. Main St., Bluffton



Council utility committee meets June 27

Bluffton council's utility committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, in the town hall, according to Judy Augsburger, mayor.

Summer strings somehow mix with breakfast

Racheal Lewis has an interesting way to get students to play scales

Bluffton schools strings teacher Rachael Lewis’s enthusiasm for music – well, it’s nearly impossible to describe.


That enthusiasm carries over to her creative musical teaching method. Imagine getting students excited about playing scales - especially in the summer.

During this photo shoot of a summer strings class with fourth-graders-going-into-fifth-grade, Lewis asked each student: “Hailey, what did you have for breakfast?”

(What does that have to do with playing a string instrument?)


State Medical Board suspends license of Bluffton rheumatology physician

Dr. James Alan Gideon, M.D, Bluffton rheumatology and internal medicine physician, whose office is at 132 Garau St., has been suspended from medical practice and surgery after he admitted to sexual misconduct with patients.

The State Medical Board of Ohio has banned him from medical and surgery practice until it holds a hearing on his case. No hearing date has been set.

The suspension follows a June 14 board meeting where members determined that Dr. Gideon had violated a section of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Hancock sheriff: Two deaths are drug related

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said the deaths of a male and female in a rural Ada house Monday night appear be drug related. The bodies have been sent to Lucas County for autopsy.

CLICK HERE for initial story.

The deaths were not the result of violent crime, the sheriff’s office said.