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June 22, 2018

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Advice from Helen Hilty, celebrating birthday number 105

Helen Hilty blows out 105 candles on her birthday cake today at Maple Crest.

Mrs. Hilty born was in 1913. That was just a few months after Woodrow Wilson became president, and seven years before enactment of the 19th amendment to the constitution allowing women the right to vote.

Attending a one-room school on Route 12 between Columbus Grove and Pandora, she graduated from Pandora High School.

She was the sixth of nine children born to Emma and Elmer Campbell. She married Dr. Donald Hilty, a Columbus Grove dentist, and lived most of her life in Columbus Grove.

County Line Church of the Brethren car show July 7

Chicken barbecue also that afternoon

The 12th annual County Line Church of the Brethren car show and chicken barbecue is from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 7, at the church, 4227 N. Hardin Rd, Harrod.

The schedule follow:

- Registration 11a.m. - noon
- $10 per entry
- Awards presented at 3 p.m.
- Top 10 awards
- Door prizes for car owners
- Open to all vehicles
- Children's activities

Chicken barbecue
- 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- $8 per ticket
- Order tickets in advance
- Call 419-649-5364 to reserve your ticket


Celebrating Heritage - how is Bluffton doing?

Taking a closer look at our community resources

Note: America in Bloom judges will visit Bluffton July 19-20. To help viewers understand the Bloom judging process, each week on the Icon the Bluffton in Bloom committee will describe one of the "Bloom" categories. Questions can be emailed to BlufftonInBloom@gmail.com.

Two judges from America in Bloom will visit Bluffton on July 19-20 to evaluate our town. They will judge Bluffton on several categories.

Ruth Unrau was an author; started Book ReViews

Memorial service June 26 at Mennonite Home

Ruth Katherine Unrau, 96, died June 20, 2018, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Ruth was born Feb. 28, 1922, in Kouts, Indiana, to the late Alpha and Martha (Zook) Baughman. On Aug. 1, 1953, she married Walter D. Unrau and he preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 2005.  On Feb. 26, 2012, she married Bob Flick and he survives in Bluffton. 

Ruth was a well-known and published writer and poet who thoroughly enjoyed writing and reading.  She started Book Reviews in Bluffton and was a member of First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. 


Lions getting ready for Ride to Remember July 14

The next meeting of the Bluffton Lions Club is a picnic at 6 p.m., Sunday, July 10, at Twin Lakes Campgrounds. Following that the Lions will host the Bluffton Ride to  Remember on Saturday, July 14.

More details of these events plus other Lions activities are part of the club's June newsletter, attached to this story.


BFR T-ball registration remains open

But not for long, games start in early July

There's still time to sign-up youth for Bluffton Family Recreation summer T-Ball, according to Daniel Tinch, BFR executive director.

T-ball is open to youth ages 5, 6 and 7. Games are played at 6 and 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Bluffton village park from July 10 to Aug. 9. The cost per player is $30 for BFR members and $60 for non-members. The registration includes a t-shirt.

You may register online at www.bfronline.com or call BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, at 419-358-4150 to register or for more details.