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Paul Cramer was a former Bluffton schools superintendent

Paul H. Cramer, Jr., 82, died on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 3:15 a.m. at Blanchard Place in Kenton, Ohio.

He was born on Oct. 19, 1923, in Lima, Ohio, to Rev. Paul H. and Mildred (Hullinger) Cramer who preceded him in death. His stepmother was Edna Christmer Cramer who also preceded him in death. He married Patsy Cox Cramer on Dec. 7, 1956, and she died on March 22, 1988.


Latest Judy Clemens book launches at Book ReViews on July 9

Local author Judy Clemens launches her most recent book “Tag, You’re Dead,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 9, at Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., Bluffton.

The book will be available for sale and for autograph signing at the party.

Clemens is best known for her Stella Crown series, the Grim Reaper mysteries, and the stand-alone, “Lost Sons.” Her new book goes in another direction from previous books.


Register for Ride to Remember before June 30 and get in on the early-bird discount

Bluffton’s 2nd annual Ride to Remember bike ride on Saturday, July 16, offers several new features, according to the planning committee.

This year’s ride begins and ends at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool at Main and Snider Road, Bluffton.

Registrations are being accepted at www.ridetoremember.net. A ride flyer in an attachement at the bottom of this story.

The bike event offers several routes, including those for families wanting a biking experience together all the way to serious bikers wanting a 100-mile route.


Six area high school grads receive Lions scholarships

Bluffton Lions Club presented six scholarships to 2016 area high school graduates earlier this month.

Scholarship winners (not in photographed order):
• Bluffton High School: Saraelizabeth Bertka, Maggie Fett and Misha Groman
• Cory-Rawson: Rebecca Schutz
• Pandora-Gilboa: Cole Alexander & Karissa Dorn.

Members of the scholarship committee in the photo are John Rich, Barbara Plaugher, Ron Lora and Colleen Lazar. Other scholarship committee members Jo Croft, Jesse Blackburn and Kyle Leatherman.


Apollo board has contract night June 27

The Apollo Career Center board, meeting June 27, will act on several contracts for the 2016-17 school year.

The agenda is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

It's an Icon "Weekend," with 13 pages of Bluffton-Ada events and photos

It’s an Icon Weekend. And, there’s lots going on.

The Icon’s 13-page weekend feature - CLICK HERE TO OPEN – offers a window to the events and activities in the Bluffton Icon and Ada Icon viewership areas from Saturday, June 25, through July 1.

Here's next week's Bluffton Public Library schedule

This week at the Bluffton Public Library

Saturday, June 25
Storytime at Bluffton Farmers’ Market
ACT: Raising Safe Kids, 10-11:30 a.m.

Monday, June 27
Jammin’ at the library, 5:30 p.m.
Gluten free/food allergy group, 6 p.m.
Storytime, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28
Storytime, 10 a.m.
Dulcimers at the library, 1:30 p.m.
Loving Your Legacy and How to Protect it, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29
Japanese games with Ayuane Hida, 10 a.m.

Cars and coffee Saturday morning at Heated Vehicle Storage

The second Bluffton cars and coffee event of the season is from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 25, according to Tim Boutwell of Heated Vehicle Storage, 906 N. Main St.

“Cars and coffee is a gathers of auto enthusiasts where drivers congregation to enjoy a cup of coffee and kick tires,” said Boutwell. “There is something for everyone including classics, exotics, sports cars, luxury cars, imports and domestics.”

The event is open to the public. Coffee and pastries are provided by Common Grounds.

Door prizes are awarded every 15 minutes.


Julie Schmidt was a BHS grad; worked at DTR Industries for 18 years

Julie Ann Schmidt, 56, of Pandora died June 24, 2016, at 9:17 a.m. at the Meadows of Ottawa. Julie was born Oct. 27, 1959, in Bluffton to Don and Pat (Joseph) Schmidt who survive in Pandora.

Julie worked at DTR Industries in Bluffton for 18 years.  She graduated from Bluffton High School and obtained her associate's degree from Lima Technical College.


University board recognizes trustees, appoints new member, approves new scholarships

The Bluffton University Board of Trustees appointed one new board member and thanked two outgoing board members for their years of dedicated service during the trustees’ spring meeting.

Tom Reichenbach ’58 was thanked for 11 years of service as a trustee and as a member of the Advancement Committee, Martha Augsburger Showalter ’72 was recognized for 12 years of service as a trustee and as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and Charles Stapleton ’78 was appointed to the board beginning in July.