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Steve Angel

August 16, 2017

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CNB holds three free health care costs in retirement seminars

Citizens National Bank will hold three free health care costs in retirement seminars in May. RSVPs are required. Seminar details follow:

• Tuesday, May 16, 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 941 Interstate Dr, Findlay
• Wednesday, May 17, 6 p.m., Holiday Inn & Suites, 803 S. Leonard Ave, Lima
• Thursday, May 18, 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Golf Club, 1553 Muirfield, Dr., Bowling Green

Deborah Boisselle, VP Investments of Citizens Wealth Management Group, is the featured speaker.

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Threshing machine gear pullers made in Bluffton

An important product in the 1900s Machine Age

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.

Scott and Ewing Company

The business was started in 1906 in the location of today’s Riley Creek Mercantile on Cherry Street.

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Stratton Greenhouses open house Friday-Saturday-Sunday

Includes drawings, food, special offers

Stratton Greenhouses, 9915 Lincoln Highway, holds a spring open house Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6-7, according to Susie Stratton.

The open house includes drawings, food and special offers.

Stratton's offers an entire line of vegetables, proven winner plants, wave petunias, trees and shrubs.

Greenhouse hours are:
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open Sundays in May, noon to 5 p.m.
419-358-695
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Sheena and Tom Dotson purchase Leiber Garage

“This purchase adds to our total company business making us a one-stop shop.”

Sheena and Tom Dotson of Tommy’s Tires, expanded their businesses recently by purchasing a long-established Bluffton vehicle repair business, Leiber Garage.

“We want Leiber’s to be part of our family of businesses as we continue to invest in the Bluffton community,” said Tom Dotson. “This purchase adds to our total company business making us a one-stop shop.”

CHECK OUT THE NEW LEIBER LOGO AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY!

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Here's Family True Value Hardware's bargains of the month

Jeff Kantner of Family True Value Hardware, 109 N. Main St., announced his May bargains of the month:

• Verona Sling-back stacking chair, $16.99
• Verona round glass-top bistro table, $19.99
• Hardwood lump charcoal, 20 lb., $11.99
• Weed B Gon, rebate, $9.99
• Neverlink heavy-duty garden hose, 50 feet, $14.99
• Scott’s turf builder, rebate, $16.99|• Miracle Gro, flower food or plant food, rebate, $5.99

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R COOP opens this weekend

R COOP opens for the season this weekend, according to Jane Shaw.

The seasonal store, featuring old, new and repurposed decorative items for inside and out, is located two miles north of Bluffton at 2168 Road R, Pandora.

This weekend's hours are Friday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The shop will be open Fridays, 10 to 5 and Saturdays, 10-1 and by appointments.
Check out R Coop on FB for more details.

CLICK HERE to visit its Facebook page.

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Zimmerlys sell Common Grounds

New owners will reopen by May 13

Coffee’s on!

Well, very soon.

Bluffton’s coffee shop at the corner of Main and Cherry has new owners. It is closed during a renovation period, but promises a soft re-opening by Saturday, May 13, or sooner.

The new owners are Samantha “Sam” Erter and Jessi and Luke Davis. The three have known each other since their school days in Kenton.

The three are purchasing the coffee shop and building at 101 S. Main St., from previous owners, Phil and Sharon Zimmerly. The Zimmerly’s owned the coffee shop for the past nine years, purchasing it from Whole Bean S Corp.

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The Sports Warehouse anniversary celebration Friday-Saturday

Lots of door prizes given away; ribbon cutting Friday at 9:30 a.m.

The Sports Warehouse, 111 N. Main St., will hold a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 5, ito celebrate the store's first anniversary under its owner, Natalie Mueller.

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the ribbon cutting.

During the anniversary celebration store hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Everyone who stops in either of these days can enter to win a door prize," said Mueller.

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Pit stop in Ada

Pit stop.  Dan Crawfis, Ottawa, of 5 Star Ag, fillers 'er up at a filling station in Ada. He's spraying wheat fields this time of year and getting the weeds out of corn fields prior to planting.

The John Deere sprayer uses diesel fuel, costing close to $400 for a fill up. 5 Star Ag, of Pandora, sprays about 25,000 acres. (Monty Siekerman photo)

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Joanna Gratz is a Trades of Hope partner

A fair-trade certified company

Bluffton resident, Joanna Gratz, is now a partner with Trades of Hope, a mission-based company, as a Compassionate Entrepreneur (CE).

Trades of Hope is a fair-trade certified company that empowers women around the world out of abuse, trafficking, and extreme poverty by creating sustainable business opportunities for them.

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