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September 27, 2016


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Here's True Value's Bargains of the Month

Jeff Kantner of Family True Value Hardware announces his June bargains of the month.

They are: 

• Feit Electric 4-foot LED shop and utility light fixture, $29.99
• Deluxe aluminum frame backpack chair/cooler, $29.99
• Green Thumb 75-foot garden hose, $19.99
• Roundup gallon, weed and grass killer, $19.99
• Roundup 40-ounce concentrate weed and grass killer, $19.99
• Orbitrim gas trimmer head, $19.99


The Dough Hook now offers fresh meals for a family of four

The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, has a new feature that offers fresh meals for a family of four on a weekly basis, according to Marlena Ballinger.

The program includes three meals per week for $49, which comes to $4.08 per person per meal.

Ballinger said that the meal boxes work like this:
After reviewing the menu a week ahead of time, customers may place orders and choose what day the boxes will be picked up.


Open house for Ada residence on Sunday

RealLiving CCR Realtors will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 22, at 935 Christopher Circle, Ada, according to Lisa Wenger, realtor.

The residence includes 3,114 square-feet of living space, four bedrooms and a two-car garage. The list price is $230,000.

For more information contact Wenger at 419-231-1823.


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