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March 18, 2019

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The Icon spotted R FARM last week in Ada during the farm conservation conference. It's on a red Chevy truck.


Volleyball, coed soccer, walk to run

Spring activities for adults at BFR

Sign-up for several spring adult activities is underway at Bluffton Family Recreation this month, according to Daniel Tinch, BFR executive director.

Spring Adult Volleyball
Competition includes five weeks of league play, from Thursday, April 4, to Thursday, May 9, followed by a tournament. Each team must have three female players on the court at a time. Registration fee is $150 per team with a $50 deposit to reserve a spot.

They planned to be teachers - 55 years ago

Here are Bluffton High School Future Teachers of America (FTA) members during the 1963-64 school year.

Front row from left, Joseph Cremean, advisor; Larry Grant, Jim Emmert, Linda Reichenbach, Janette Benroth, Rex Reichenbach.

Second row from left, Sally Emmert, Jim Augsburger.

Third row from left, Linds Crawfis, Kay Motter, Katie Meyers, Miriam Augsburger, Anita Augsburger.

Top row from left, Kathy Osborne, Margo Reichenbach, Jean Purves, Ruth Henry, Diane Conrad.

Calling all farmers' market vendors

Tuesday evening session lays out the 2019 market arrangements

New and returning vendors are invited to a meeting with Bluffton Farmers Market manager Greg Probst at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12.

The meeting will take place on the third floor of Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. That evening, vendors will learn about promotional opportunities and may reserve full-year spaces at a discounted price.

Located in the Citizens National Bank parking lot in downtown Bluffton, the Bluffton Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. - noon, May through October.​

Christopher Wren 1960 - 2019

Christopher A. "Chris" Wren, 58, died at 8:03 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at his residence. 

Chris was born April 24, 1960, in Lima, to Gary and Trudy (Sellers) Wren. On Sept. 21, 2013 he married Carla Sue (Tibbs) Wren who survives in Bluffton, Ohio. 

Chris was a 1978 graduate of Bath High School. He retired from Time Warner Cable after 30 years of service.


Bluffton's memorable Richard "Dick" Jordan

But the best part of Dick – the part we will miss the most, is his explanation of obscure, yet significant Bluffton footnotes

When I think of Dick Jordan, several things come to mind.

• His license plate: 528 YZ. That was the family address on South Main Street.
• The Masonic Lodge. “A society of secrets, not a secret society,” or so he claimed.
• His Jordan triplet two brothers and one sister. My brother, Rudi, their contemporary, often said that Mrs. Jordan (their mother) should have been given sainthood. “She had Jordans three at one time.”
• His chuckle, reminiscent of the late Arden Baker’s.