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Need yarn or Christmas fabric? The Senior Center has lots of it

The Bluffton Senior Center has received large donations of yarn and Christmas fabric which are now on sale.

The fabric is $2 a yard and the yarn is $2 and under per skein. The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays until Christmas 9 a.m. to noon. The center is closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25.


Jon Kinn named manager of Chiles-Laman, Bluffton

Gordon Diller will continue to assist in a reduced schedule

Jon B. Kinn has been named manager of Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services in Bluffton according to an announcement by Bob Laman,
president, and Gordon Diller, secretary-treasurer.

Kinn is a 1993 graduate of Bluffton High School and 1997 graduate of Bluffton College. He has literally grown up with the company, having started by mowing lawns and washing cars in the summer of 1991.    


Pop-up boutique at Sports Warehouse on Blaze afternoon

The Sports Warehouse, 111 N. Main St., Bluffton, will host a "pop-up boutique," during the afternoon of the Blaze of Lights, according to Natalie Mueller, owner.

The LuLaRoe event takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 126. Persons wanting more information may call 419-236-7165.


Natural Healing Massage and Reiki Center now in Tommy Tire Plaza

Owner Dyanne Gregg is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master teacher

Dyanne Gregg had always worked in the medical field in some capacity and thought, “there had to be a better way to relieve pain, than handing out a pill.”

Then she discovered massage therapy. Dyanne obtained a massage therapy license in 2009, affirming it offers persons a “transition…the ability to transform body aches and pain to mobility.”

“Massage therapy is not a fix. Rather a way to retrain your body,” she said.


B&B Handyman For Hire scheduling indoor remodeling projects

Gutter cleaning still available, too

Rod Badertscher of B&B Handyman for Hire is now scheduling indoor remodel projects. In addition, the company continues to schedule gutter cleaning.

Contact Badertscher at 419-302-2836.


Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn holds customer appreciation weekend

Story time at 10 a.m. Saturday

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Co., 117 S. Main St., Bluffton, holds its customer appreciation weekend Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, according to Pete Suter.

The events and giveaways include:
• Free $5 gift cardn with purchase of $10 or more (limit one per customer)
• Free Shirley's water bottles & grocery totes
 • Free premium refrigerator clips and buttons (while supplies last)
• Plus, in celebration of Shirley's legacy of reading and literacy, a free story time for youth takes place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Shannon Theatre.


Greg's Pharmacy staff reminds you to vote on Nov. 8

...and also to stop by and get your flu shot

Greg's Pharmacy staff says: "Spread democracy, not the flu."

The staff reminds Icon viewers to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and stop by Greg's Health Mart Pharmcy between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to get your flu shot.

No appointment is necessary.

Greg's Pharmacy
126 N. Main St.


First National Bank offers Social Security workshop

Nov. 16 in Tiffin Avenue office, Findlay

Do you go into a frenzy when you think about retirement? Do I have enough money to retire? Will Social Security be available? When should I collect Social Security? First National Bank and First National Financial Services are pleased to announce a Social Security Workshop Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 5:30  to 7:30 p.m. FNB’s office, 1630 Tiffin Ave., Findlay.

The workshop will provide general education about Social Security benefits, strategies on how to receive Social Security benefits and will walk through individual options.


Lots of November bargains of the month at Family True Value Hardware

Christmas lights on the list

Jeff Kantner of Family True Value Hardware, 109 N. Main St., Bluffton, announces its November Bargains of the Month.

These include:
• 200-count mini-led lights (on reels) cool white, warm white or multi-color, $14.99
• Wild bird seed, two options, $9.99
• Gallon bar and chain oil, $4.99
• 6-foot folding table, $34.99
• Folding chair, $9.99
• 3-foot Fiberglass stepladder, $49.99
• Seasonal door mat, $9.99


Bluffton stories from an earlier era

Did you ever hear of the Amstutz fork and rake company?

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 location.

Fork factory
1887 – 1924
Peter B. Amstutz, owner