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April 27, 2017


Poetic License

BACH 3 - Does this mean that somewhere in Ohio is a BACH 1 and a BACH 2? The Icon spotted this plate in Ada.

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Pit stop in Ada

Pit stop.  Dan Crawfis, Ottawa, of 5 Star Ag, fillers 'er up at a filling station in Ada. He's spraying wheat fields this time of year and getting the weeds out of corn fields prior to planting.

The John Deere sprayer uses diesel fuel, costing close to $400 for a fill up. 5 Star Ag, of Pandora, sprays about 25,000 acres. (Monty Siekerman photo)


Joanna Gratz is a Trades of Hope partner

A fair-trade certified company

Bluffton resident, Joanna Gratz, is now a partner with Trades of Hope, a mission-based company, as a Compassionate Entrepreneur (CE).

Trades of Hope is a fair-trade certified company that empowers women around the world out of abuse, trafficking, and extreme poverty by creating sustainable business opportunities for them.


New Leaf has your lawn and garden needs

New Leaf Landscape and Garden Center, 0395 State Route 235, north of Ada, has all your needs for spring lawns and gardens.

The center has a large selection of nursery stock, flowering plants, trees and shrubs, perennials, vegetable seeds and plants, garden supplies and mulches and soils.

Hour are:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.


Bluffton, Beaverdam, Ada McDonald's has special offer on tax relief day

Lewis Family McDonald’s is giving people a break on tax day. Participating locations will be offering a special promotion for its guests on Tuesday, April 18. Customers who buy a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese can get the second for just 18 cents.
“Our customers look forward to our tax day special every year,” said Jerry Lewis, local McDonald’s owner/operator. “This promotion is just another way we offer great value.”


Bluffton's art place

Part 2 of the series on Gallery 323

This is the second part of a two-part series on the reopening of Gallery 323. Selected photos of current art for sale are at the bottom of this story.

Bluffton’s newest downtown retail store offers items shoppers will discover only in Bluffton – art by local artists.

The store, Gallery 323, originally opened ahead of the Christmas season in 2014. The idea for the business was to highlight area artists by providing them with a location to sell their work.


Home buying and selling workshop April 25

First National Bank partnering with Scott Basinger

Are you considering selling your home and wondering about the best way for you to list it? 

Or, are you interested in buying your first or next home, but want to make sure you have sound advice and know your options?  First National Bank is partnering with Attorney Scott L. Basinger to present a Home Buying and Selling Workshop, Tuesday, April 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bluffton town hall,  154 N. Main St.


Gallery 323 reopens with local art

Third generation artist Kat Luginbuhl adds her own creations to the shop

Photos at the bottom of this story show some of the steps involved in creating butterfly charms. The Bluffton Hospital commissioned Kat to create several dozen  charms for Mother's Day in a special hospital donor's program.

Gallery 323, providing the community with locally created art, has reopened and offers works in several media by area artisans.

The gallery, at 323 N. Main St., Bluffton, is open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursdays and Friday noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and by appointment.


Greg's Pharmacy holds free health fair Saturday

ONU pharmacy students will provide several services

Greg's Pharmacy, 126 N. Main St., Bluffton, will hold a free health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, according to Andrea Williams, manager.

Ohio Northern University pharmacy students from the National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA) will be at Greg's to provide the following free services:
• Cholesterol screening (please fast for 8 hours)
• Bone density screening (osteoporosis)
• Blood glucose tesing (please fast for 8 hours)
• Blood pressure checks


The Dough Hook updates its menu

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The Dough Hook, 117 Main St. deli, has updated its menu, according to Marlena Ballinger.

The menu is an attachment at the bottom of this story. In addition, the menu is always posted with Icon menus - click here or click on "Menus" on the right side of the black scroll bar at the top of the Icon home page. The menu is printer-friendly.

The menu includes:
• Sandwiches
• Soups
• Cookies and chips
• Breakfast and desserts
• Salads
 * Wraps
• Soft drinks


Citizens National Bank offers “Bank from Anywhere” sweepstakes

Bluffton office holds shred documents day on April 14

In honor of Community Banking Month, Citizens National Bank is offering a “Bank from Anywhere” sweepstakes to its customers in April. 

Each person who enrolls in a new online or mobile banking product or downloads CNB CardValet debit card app or completes a mobile deposit will be automatically entered to win one of three grand prize Kindle Fire tablets or one of seven second prize 32-inch rolling duffle bags.