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August 27, 2015


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Citizens National Bank customer care center answers One Millionth call

For the millionth time this week, a Customer Care Center representative answered Citizens National Bank’s phone to help a customer. 

The journey began in 2002 when the bank opened its Operations Center and created a new department designed to specifically handle all incoming customer inquiries. There were only three branches at that time; Bluffton, Lima and Elida.


Wednesday afternoon cash mob at Timeless Treasures Christian bookstore

Bluffton’s next cash mob is hosted by Timeless Treasures Christian Books and Gifts, 124 N. Main St., from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 28.

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce event highlights a different chamber member each month in the cash mobs.


Look what's on sale at The Dough Hook

The Dough Hook, 117 S. Main St., Bluffton, has the following special offers now through May 28, according to Marlena Ballinger, owner.

• Virginia Ham, $3.49 per pound
• American Cheese, $3.99 per pound (pre-sliced)
• Colby Cheese, $4.59 per pound
• Tavern Turkey, $4.79 per pound.

Watch for The Dough Hook's Wednesday lunches this summer offering hamburgers, cheeseburgers and brats.



Jeanne's Kitchen menus, May 20-23


Tuscan bean soup
Roast beef BLT
Chicken pesto melt

Broccoli cheddar soup
Fish platter
Kale wrap

Italian chicken vegetable soup
Sausage egg burrito
Crab cakes

Tomato bisque
Tuna salad sandwich
Grilled cheese tomato bacon
Turkey Reuben


Greg's Pharmacy remodels, adds new features including home medical items

Greg’s Pharmacy, 126 N. Main St., Bluffton, has a new look today and it’s more than simply a new coat of paint.

“We’ve remodeled the store, adding several new features while continuing the familiar items customers are accustomed to seeing,” Mark BonDurant, of Clark’s Pharmacy, owner of Greg’s, told the Icon on Saturday.

New to Greg’s includes:
• home medical items
• new customer waiting area for prescriptions
• new drop off point for prescriptions
• new checkout area


BVHS Corporate PR and Marketing earns Aster Awards

The Blanchard Valley Health System Corporate PR & Marketing Department has earned five awards in the 2014 Aster Awards competition. These awards include two gold, two silver and one bronze Aster Award for excellence in medical marketing.


Jeanne's Kitchen Menus, May 13-16


Stuffed pepper soup
Chicken cacciatore with noodles and side salad
Turkey club
Strawberry salad

Tomato bisque
Perch platter
Prime rib sandwich

Vegetable beef soup
Corned beef and egg sandwich
Chicken pesto melt

Potato soup
Philly cheese steak
Grilled cheese tomato bacon


Here's the Mustard Seed Cafe's Mothers' Day menu

Mothers' Day Brunch will be offered at Mustard Seed Café on Sunday from 10-2. There will be no breakfast hours and no regular menu. Reservations are suggested: 567-226-1120.


Karen Mitterholzer wins April cash mob shopping spree

Karen Mitterholzer of Bluffton is the April Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce cash mob shopping spree winner. Her entry was drawn from persons who attended the cash mob at Town and Country Flowers on April 30.

She wins a $25 shopping spree at Town and Country Flowers, compliments of the chamber, plus a flower bouquet from Town and Country.

Bluffton's next cash mob is Wednesday, May 28, at Timeless Treasures Christian Books, 124 N. Main St. Watch the Icon for more details about May's cash mob.


Ever wonder how the Et Cetera Shop started? Here's the answer

Former Bluffton resident Lois Kreider spoke during the Et Cetera Shop's 40th anniversary volunteer banquet in late April. Here are her remarks, which include the retelling of how the Et Cetera Shop in downtown Bluffton came to be. 

By Lois Kreider

Can it be—40 years? 

But to recall how it all began, we need to go back even farther than 40 years.

In 1961 our family spent a year in Akron, Pa . Robert was on sabbatical and traveling to set up the Teachers Abroad Program (TAP). I was there with five children—age six months to 4th grade.