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CNB presents '17 ag outlook free seminar

Byrce Knorr featured speaker

Citizens National Bank and Williamson Insurance Agency will hold a free seminar for farmers and ag businesses at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Delphos.

The program is held at the Delphos Eagles Aerie #471, 1600 E. 5th St.

A continental breakfast will be served prior to a presentation by Williamson Insurance describing an overview of annual crop insurance changes and what farmers can expect in the upcoming year.


There's a new pizza choice in town - in a familiar downtown business

The Dough Hook now offers 'Take 'n Bake' pizzas; On Jan. 28 stop in for free taste tests and drawing for free pizzas

There’s a new pizza shop in town and it’s throwing a free taste party on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Marlena Ballinger of The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., said the downtown shop is now offering pizza.

The pizzas are already available for customers and a launch party to introduce customers new the new item takes place starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28.

“Stop in from 8 to noon for free cooked samples of our Take ‘n Bake Pizzas,” she said. “We will also have plenty of frozen pizzas on hand for customers to purchase during the party.”


Meet Bluffton Auto Repair Center's new shop manager

Christian Gomes, 2016 University of Northwestern Ohio graduate

Christian Gomes bought his first car – a 1985 BMW 318i with 130,000 miles on it – eight months before he was old enough to get his driver’s license.

He’s been in love with cars ever since.

Earlier this month he joined Stratton Auto Group as shop manager of Bluffton Auto Repair Center, 302 N. Main St. He accepted the position upon the retirement of Jim Kinn.

Originally from New York state, Gomes is a December graduate of University of Northwest Ohio, Lima. He holds degrees in applied science plus automotive technology, high performance and commercial driving.


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