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Mark Delisle

June 25, 2017


Poetic License

052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Dr. Robert E. James to relocate chiropractor office

Will open at 546 N. Main St. on March 31

Dr. Robert E. James, Jr., Bluffton chiropractor, will relocate his office to 546 N. Main St., on Friday, March 31.

The new office is across from China Wok Restaurant.

Dr. James, who has offered a full-time practice in Bluffton since 1975, has seen patients at his office on the corner of Main and College at 204 S. Main St. during most of this time in Bluffton.

The practice will keep the same hours:
• Mondays to Fridays (Closed Thursdays) - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
• Saturdays - 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


It's official: Spring is here and Bluffton Dari Freeze opens

Icon carries Dari Freeze menu

Spring officially arrived in Bluffton this week.

The Bluffton Dari Freeze opened for the season.


Spring hours are:
• Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Sunday 3 to 10 p.m.

During the summer, hours extend to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Bill Marchal, owner, reminds patrons to watch the signs for special events and menu specials.

The business, at 595 S. Main St., a Bluffton landmark for over 65 years, accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card.


When you are not feeling well...

No one knows you like your primary care provider

Bluffton Hospital provides this feature on the importance of primary care providers (PCP). If you don't already have a PCP call the Blanchard Valley Medical Provider Physician Referral Line at 419-422.APPT (2778).

When you are not feeling well, it is important to contact your primary care provider (PCP) for guidance first.

This is the best place to receive care for common illnesses, minor injuries or routine wellness checks. Your PCP can be your partner in managing your health over a period of time, making chronic conditions less symptomatic.


The Dough Hook offers its "Uncle Sam Meat Packge Special"

Fill your freezer - details below

The Dough Hook says to use your tax return to feed your family.

Marlene Ballinger says the Main Street deli offers an Uncle Sam’s Meat Package Special. It in you can fill your freezer with a quarter of beef, half of hog and 20 pounds of chicken for $699.

This offer continues through April 30.


Made in Bluffton slaw cutters now on the shelves of Lehman's Hardware, Kidron

(You can also buy them at Family True Value Hardware and The Black Lab)

A Bluffton original is now available in the “best place to visit in Amish country.”

You can now purchase Bluffton Slaw Cutters at Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron, Ohio. The hardware is a popular tourist stop in eastern Ohio. It was voted the best place to visit in Amish Country.

Bill Sehlhorst, owner of the slaw cutter company, said that Lehman’s started carrying the cutters in December. He added that Lehman’s appreciated the packaging of the Bluffton-made product.

Here’s some background on Lehman’s Hardware:


One of Bluffton's earliest businesses was Vance's Asherie

Created lye for soap

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.

Vance’s Asherie
Owners: Thompson and Vance


The Dough Hook's annual spring sausage sale underway

Orders accepted until March 17

The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, is taking orders for its spring sausage sale, according to Marlena Ballinger.

“Our sausage is made on site from family recipes,” she said. “It has no nitrates, additives or preservatives.”

At $2.29 per pound sausage is available in:
• Bulk sausage
• Fresh sausage links
• Bratwurst
• Kielbasa

Orders must be placed by Friday, March 17. Pick up dates are later in March.

To order call 419-369-4264 or visit www.doughook.com


First National Bank recipient of Large Business of the Year award

Given by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce recognized First National Bank as recipient of the Large Business of the Year Award in Feburary, according to Todd Mason, FNB president and chief executive officer.


TrueValue Family Hardware's Bargains of the Month encourages you to work outside

Jeff Kantner of Family TrueValue Hardware, Bluffton, announces the store’s Bargains of the Month for March.

• Turf Builder with Halts crabgrass preventer, 5,000 square feet, $21.99
• 6-cubic-foot True Temper steel wheelbarrow, $49.99
• Roundup gallon extended control weed and grass killer, $19.99
• Wild bird seed – your choice 20-lb wild bird seed or 10-lb sunflower bird seed, $4.99

Family TrueValue Hardware
109 N. Main St.
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


New sign at Natural Healing Massage and Reiki Center - now you can't miss it

There’s a new sign above the entrance to Natural Healing Massage and Reiki Center.

The business, owned by Dyanne Gregg, LMT and Reiki Master Teacher, is located in the Tommy Tire Plaza, Suite D, 142 E. Jefferson St.

Natural Healing Massage and Reiki Center accepts appointments at 419-358-0766.