• Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor." 

January 30, 2015

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McDonald’s invites community to participate in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Social media’s latest social and philanthropic phenomenon has made its way to Bluffton, right into the doors of the Bluffton McDonald’s.

What has started as a simple challenge to the Lewis family has turned into a company- and community-wide event. Participants of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge include McDonald’s owner/operator, Jerry Lewis, director of operations, Scott Shaw, general manager, Luke Franz, company supervisors, managers, and crew, and members of the Bluffton community.


Roast beef, gourmet turkey and cheese on sale at The Dough Hook

Here's the new deli special at The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., according to Marlena Ballinger, owner.

• Roast beef, $8.29 a pound
• Gourmet turkey, $4.89 a pound
• Green onion cheese, $4.49 a pound
• Sliced American cheese, $3.99 a pound


Dancers' Elite dance studio open house Sept. 3

Dancers' Elite, dance studio, will hold its season open house from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the studio located at 9364 Dixie Highway, Bluffton, according to Debbie Garlock, studio owner.

This is Garlock's 35th year in business. Parents and caregivers wanting more information about the open house and classes may contact Garlock at 419-358-0900 or 419-235-0811.




They're the "Best Health Care Communications Team" in nation

Blanchard Valley Health System's Corporate PR & Marketing Department has been named the “Best Health Care Communications Team” in the nation through the prestigious 2014 Ragan Health Care PR & Marketing Awards.
The department was announced as one of two finalists for the award in July, and was announced as the competition’s winner in a special edition of Health Care Communication News released August 13.


Free cookout Aug. 22 at Verizon store

Icon viewers are invited to a cookout at Cellular Central (Verizon), 142 W. Jefferson St., Bluffton. According to Maegan Roof, store manager, the cookout is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, at the store.

"We will have exclusive discounts and free food for everyone who attends," she said.  





Gem of a sale continues at Ten Thousand Villages

Now 60 percent off!

Ten Thousand Villages, S. Main St., Bluffton, is offering customers a "gem of a jewelry sale," according to Aphaphanh Nussbaum, store manager.

She says that the shop now offers up to 60 percent off selected jewelry and accessories in this sale. Previously selected items were up to 40 percent off.


Smith's Realty Professionals new listing on Crystal Place

Smith's Realty Professionals announce a new listing, according to Larry Smith. The listing is a residence at 45 Crystal Place, Bluffton. The residence has a listing price of $159,000. For complete details open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


First National Bank offering special 32-month CD

First National Bank is offering a 32-month CD special now through Aug. 31.The limited-time offer includes  an annual percentage yield (APY) of 1.25 percent.



Shirley's will soon be selling popcorn in Maumee's The Shops at Fallen Timbers

Bluffton's Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co., is completing construction on a new store in Maumee’s The Shops at Fallen Timbers, and plans to begin serving its popcorn snacks and gift tins in September.

“Our business was born in northwest Ohio, and The Shops at Fallen Timbers are the perfect family environment for our next step,” said Pete Suter, co-founder and CEO of Shirley’s. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with folks in the Toledo area to create happiness through fundraisers, gifts and anytime snacks.”


Bluffton photographer, Nicole Quick, has an artistic touch

Nicole Quick of Quick Photography, Bluffton, a new Icon advertiser, provided a selection of her photographs to share with Icon viewers.

Here's what she says about her work: "I feel that I give my all at every one of my photography sessions and I am very hard on myself when it comes to the end results of your portraits." 


Here focus includes senior high school portraits, families, children, newborn, maternity, couples, engagements and weddings.