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August 27, 2016


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2nd wiper free at Stratton Auto Group

This spring Stratton Auto Group is giving away free wipers.

Here's how it works. When you purchase an oil change and one new wiper you'll receive the second wiper free when you schedule an oil change and purchase one new wiper.

Mention you saw the offer on The Icon. Call 419-358-1900 to schedule your oil change.

Stratton Auto Group
North Main Street


Meet the viola

Students in Miss Vicki's  Music Studio, Ada, were introduced to the viola recently. This viola demonstration was given by a Family Music class parent who also plays professionally.


Manager of Ottawa McDonald's receives global award

Jenny Sumption, Manager of the McDonald’s Restaurant in Ottawa, has won a Ray Kroc Award, an accolade that recognizes the top performing McDonald's restaurant managers globally.

Sumption was one of 340 McDonald’s Managers around the world, representing the top one percent, to receive the honor, which includes a cash prize and a trophy.


Bluffton resident among Lima Electrical Professionals apprentice graduates

Shanon Hauenstein of Bluffton is among 12 graduating apprentices of the Lima Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee honored with a dinner at Casa Lu Al on Saturday, May 7.

The graduates have undergone a five year apprenticeship program consisting of both classroom instruction and on-the-job training to learn the skills required to become master craftsmen.


Singing and drumming at Miss Vicki's

Students in Miss Vicki's Music Studio, Ada, sing and drum to the Canoe Song from Around the World and At the Keyboard.



Ten Thousand Villages collects clothing for homeless women

Bluffton store and University Women’s Circle group help Hope House

Great things can happen when people come together to help people within their own community get back on their feet. During the month of March, Ten Thousand Villages in Bluffton, along with Bluffton University’s Women’s Circle group, collected eight large bags full of professional clothing for Hope House, women’s housing service in Findlay.


A Bluffton you never knew: Why Lawn Avenue was once called Mill Street

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. We’ve updated some current addresses so viewers may identify locations mentioned. The manuscript was given to the Icon by the Ropp Triplett family.

“Uncle Billy” Lewis Brickyard
1840s to 1900


Stratton Greenhouses spring open house this weekend

It's time to get serious about spring flowers and veggies.

Stratton's Greenhouses will hold a spring open house Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, at the greenhouses located at 9915 Lincoln Highway, Bluffton.

According to Susie and Steve Stratton, "We have an entire line of vegetables, proven winner plants, wave petunias, trees and shrubs for all your landscaping needs."

The open house includes drawings, food and special offers.


Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co. expanding to Lima

Bluffton-based Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co. is announcing plans to open a Lima store in the fall of 2016.

The store, co-anchoring a newly-constructed retail plaza at 435 S. Eastown Rd., will be the company’s fifth location overall, and second corporate store alongside the flagship location in downtown Bluffton.

Co-founder and CEO Pete Suter said the newest location is the result of a history of strong ties between the Shirley’s brand and the Lima community.


Shaw features repurposed items at the R Coop

Jane Shaw has opened a new business in a chicken coop behind her home at 2168 Rd R, Bluffton. The R Coop features lawn, garden and floral items for inside and outside. Most are unique items that Shaw has repurposed. 

The seasonal store hours are Thursday 1-7, Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-1.

Shaw and her husband, Steve, owned and operated Deer Creek Antiques, Bluffton.