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Mark Delisle

June 25, 2017


Poetic License

052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Best Friend's Day all month at Polished

It's "Best Friend's Day" all month at Polished Nails and Body Salon, 417 N. Main St., Bluffton.

Joan Frederick says that means there a 10 percent off opportunity for friends. Call or stop in at Polished for details at 419-358-0001.


Citizens National Bank named Bank of the Year by Ohio Statewide Development Corp.

Citizens National Bank was recently named Bank of the Year by the Ohio Statewide Development Corp. (OSDC), according to Michael Romey, CNB president and CEO.


New owners for Fortman Insurance, and company stays in the family

Jonathan Fortman and Zachary Fortman, sons of John and Catherine Fortman, recently purchased the Ottawa and Bluffton businesses of Fortman Insurance Services. 
Company founders, John and Catherine, will continue to stay active in the business. 
John Fortman started Fortman Insurance Services in November 1978, and his wife, Catherine, joined him in 1982.


Local Union 776 assists family of child stricken with cancer

The apprentices of Plumbers, Pipefitters & Service Technicians Local Union 776 along with a number of volunteers in the community are helping to update a Lima area home for the family of a child with cancer.

10-year-old Brandon Schindler was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes or MDS in March 2014. Brandon has undergone a bone marrow transplant and is now receiving treatments to stop his body from rejecting the new cells. Before he can return home from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital later this year, his Shawnee Township home must be germ free.


Shirley's celebrates National Popcorn Day Jan. 23 with several activities

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn is celebrating National Popcorn Day, with several activities on Saturday, Jan. 23, according to Peter Suter.

These include:
• Free theatre-style popcorn for everyone
• All bags of popcorn are Buy-One-Get-One free (equal or lesser value, limit 2)
• Employee popcorn cook-off

"Our associates are teaming in the store up to compete with their own flavor creations and you help determine the winner," said Suter.


Second floor, maybe third

A close-up photo of this scene is on the home page with the question, "where are these men working?" 

With this photo in view, it's now obvious that they are on the construction crew at the addition to Diamond Manufacturing on East Jefferson Street.


January True Value bargains of the month - bird seed, batteries, LED bulbs, gas cans

Jeff Kantner of Family True Value Hardware, 109 N. Main St., Bluffton, announces the store's January bargains of the month.

These include:
• Your choice, either 20-pound black oil sunflower bird seed,
   or 40-pound wild bird food, $9.99

• 2-gallon, 6-ounce, palastic gas can, $7.99

• Your choice, either 16-pack AA or AAA alkaline batteries,
   or 4-pack 9 volt alkaline batteries and 8-pack C or D alkaline batteries, $10.99

• Your choice, either 2-pack, 7.5 watts, or 13 watts LED bulbs, $5.99


The Dough Hook taking Fresh Food Box orders

Marlena Ballinger of The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, is taking orders for fresh food boxes.

"Customers receive a weekly box of fresh fruit and vegetables for only $18 when they place the order," says Ballinger.

When you return your empty box each week for a refill your next order is only $17.

Call The Dough Hook for details at 419-369-4264.


Here's J.J. Touch of Sun January special offer

Start 2016 off with a tan.

Here's J.J.'s Touch of Sun, 324 N. Main St., Bluffton, January special offer:
• Buy any tanning lotion and get unlimited Level I tanning for only $20.16.

J.J.'s Touch of Sun


Cinnamon Buns - January flavor of the month at Shirley's

Get your cinnamon buns at Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Co. in January. 

Cinnamon buns is the flavor of the month, according to Pete Suter of Shirley's.