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Nick Recker

April 26, 2017


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BACH 3 - Does this mean that somewhere in Ohio is a BACH 1 and a BACH 2? The Icon spotted this plate in Ada.

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Bluffton stories from an earlier era: Harness shop was an important local business

Started by 19-year-old Simon Herr who later became a bank president

Simon Herr Harness Shop
1870 – 1903

At the age of 19, Simon Herr began the harness-making trade in Bluffton. The shop was first located where the Stager Grocery store stands. (In 2017 this is the site of the Bluffton Laundromat on Main and Jefferson).

A photo of Mr. Herr is at the bottom of this story.

He later moved his business to the Western Auto Supply building. (In 2017 this is the location of Diller Flooring and Interior, 119 N. Main St.)


Jan. 21 is National Popcorn Day and Shirley's is all set

Saturday, Jan. 21, is National Popcorn Day and Shirley'ls Gourmet Popcorn Co., is all set for the event, according to Pete Suter.

Here's the message Suter sent to his customers about the event:

We'll be celebrating at our stores in Bluffton and Lima with free fresh-popped theatre style popcorn for everyone. Plus, all bags of every flavor are buy-one-get-one-free (equal or lesser value, limit 2).




$60 off set of 4 new tires at Stratton Auto Group

Stratton Auto Group, 220 N. Main St., Bluffton, has a tire special underway this winter, according to Amie Stratton.

When purchasing four new tires, mention that you saw this offer on the Bluffton Icon. When you mention the ad you'll receive $60 off the set of four.

Stratton Auto Group
220 N. Main St.

• Main Street Rentals - 419-358-1110
• Stratton Auto Sales - 419-358-1900
• Repair Center - 419-358-0303


Seven Jazzercise classes offered in Bluffton each week

Contact Chase Eikenbary for class details

Chase Eikenbary of Jazzercise Bluffton invites Icon viewers to stop in for a Jazzercise class this week.

Classes are held at Bluffton University’s Sommer Center.

“Jazzercise is a pulse-pound, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results,” she said. “It’s a calorie-torching, hip swiveling dance party with a hot playlist to distract you from the burn.”


The Dough Hook has a meat package for you

Seven different combinations available

The Dough Hook offers customers seven different meat packages this winter, according to Marlena Ballinger of the meat market-deli-bakery at 117 N. Main St., Bluffton.

The packages include:

Economy Package #1
2 lbs. rump roast
2 lbs. ground sirloin
1 chicken breast
6 pork chops
2 lbs. bulk sausage
1 lb. bacon


TrueValue Bargains of the Month

Assortment of batteries, bird seed, tank-top heater

Jeff  Kantner of Family TrueValue Hardware, 109 N. Main St., announced his January Bargains of the Month.

They follow:
• Duracel batteries, 16-pack of AA or AAA, $9.99
• Duracel batteries, 8-pack of C, D or 9V, $10.99
• 40-pound wild birdseed or black oil sunflower bird seed, $9.99
• 32,000 BTU LP tank top heater, $49.99
• 4-pack 6W or 9W LED bulbs, $7.99

Family TrueValue Hardware
109 N. Main St., Bluffton

Mondays to Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Jazzercise in 2017 has an offer you can't refuse

Start for $0

Chase Eikenbary invites Icon viewers to join Jazzercise in 2017. Start at $0.

For details and class schedule contact Eikenbary at:
419-722-4427 (call or text)
or email: chasefrancis@hotmail.com
Facebook: Jazzercise Bluffton


The Dough Hook ready to simplify your holiday dinner and baking plans

Order Christmas dinner, cookie-making kits, frozen shrimp or fresh oysters

Just in time for the holidays.

The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, has several holiday-related offers that will make this year’s Christmas and New Year’s extra special, according to Marlena Ballinger.

(Complete details in attachments at bottom)

• Christmas dinner – for 8 to 10 people
Dough Hook is taking orders for Christmas dinners. Designed for eight to 10 persons, the dinner menu includes your choice of ham or rump roast, vegetables, noodles, salad, dinner rolls and fruit pie. $75.


Dana Mathewson operated a welding shop on Spring Street

Took over business from his father in 1940

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.

Mathewson Welding Shop
Taken over in 1940 by Dana Mathewson

As a boy, Dana Mathewson watched his father do a lot of welding and as he grew older he became interested in the business.


Emily Kurland, nurse practitioner, joins Northwest Ohio OB/GYN staff

She is accepting new patients

Northwest Ohio OB/GYN announces Emily Kurland has joined its staff, according to Dr. Desrene Brown. She is accepting new patients.

Kurland is a certified as a women’s health care nurse practitioner. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she was a registered nurse as a labor and delivery nurse. She also has experience in high-risk antepartum unit, postpartum unit and newborn nursery.