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January 20, 2021

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48 hours late for Presidents' Day

We looked high and low for Old Abe, and finally found him in the Rosenberger parking lot. A bit late for Prez Day, but it was the thought that counts.


More free BFR programs to "keep you active"

The sixth and final week of free wellness programs is underway at BFR Sports and Fitness. Free fitness classes and walking days are offered during the week plus demonstrations about exercise and healthy eating. Free use of the BFR indoor track is available on Sat. Feb. 20, Tues. Feb. 23, Thurs. Feb. 25, and Fr. Feb. 26. The track is open during all regular building hours (Monday through Friday, 5:30AM-9PM, Saturday 8AM-9PM, and Sunday 1-5PM). Track Passes are still available for purchase for unlimited use of the indoor track.


Dorothy Schutz 1927-2010

Dorothy Schultz

Dorothy Mae Schutz, 82, of Pandora, Ohio, died Feb. 16, 2010, at 12:40 a.m. at her residence.

She was born Dec. 20, 1927, in Benton Ridge to Dwight and Rozella Frech Knepper. On March 27, 1948, she married Paul S. Schutz and he survives.

She worked at Suter's Produce, Pandora. She retired from The Findlay Courier, had worked at First National Bank, Pandora, and helped her husband on the farm. She was a member of Pandora United Methodist Church. As a golfer, she had two holes in one. She was a graduate of Liberty Benton High School.


The early birds and finding the corner

By Joanne Niswander

For additional columns by Joanne Niswander click here.

Waking to another snowy morning (I'm writing this Tuesday, Feb. 16), I am reminded of last week's snow - and the signs of spring that came with it. Signs of spring, you say? In the middle of a mini-blizzard?


7 inches of snow here from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15

Not counting snowfall on Feb. 16, the Bluffton area has seen slightly over 7 inches of snow fall since Feb. 9. According to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, 5 inches fell on Feb. 9, 1.5 inches fell Feb. 10 and .7 inch fell Feb. 15.

Meanwhile, high temperatures could not break freezing and the lowest low hit minus 1 on Feb. 15.

In addition, traces of snow were reported on Feb. 11, 12 and 13. High and low temperature readings from Feb. 9 to 15 follow:

Date High Low

Workplay Publishing Co. Icon's newest advertiser

Workplay Publishing is the newest advertiser in The Bluffton Icon. The Bluffton-based book publishing company is owned by Andre Swartley, 137 N. Mound St.

The book publishing company became a reality last summer. Workplay seeks non-fiction and fiction works from authors.

"I hope to help people like myself who have finished manuscripts (publish their works as a book)," he said. "I love to discover new writers with new talents who have the patience to get to a professional level."