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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.


After Christmas sale at Ideal Images now to Dec. 31

Ideal Images, 121 N. Main St., Bluffton (inside The Black Lab) has an after Christmas sale going on now through Dec. 31, according to Rachel Webster, of the shop. The phone number is 567-226-1096. 



A Bluffton you never knew - stories about our pioneer businesses, part 4

Note: The Icon acquired a manuscript titled “A Brief History of Bluffton’s Industrial Developments.” This publication was prepared by the classes in Marketing and Small Business Administration from Bluffton College, under the director of Dr. Howard Raid. Publication date is May 1959. The Icon will publish one article at a time. We’ve updated some current addresses so viewers may identify locations mentioned. The manuscript was given to the Icon by the Ropp Triplett family.


Jeff Carroll, Angie Stokes, Jane Pahl November 3/50 winners

Jeff Carroll, Angie Stokes and Jane Pahl are the November winners in the Bluffton downtown 3/50 Project drawing.

They win an assortment of prizes from participating businesses as a result of their entry forms being picked in a random drawing.

Bluffton’s 3/50 Project is part of a nationwide effort that carried the tagline: “Save your local economy three stores at a time.”