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July 24, 2016


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What I learned from my mama

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner
So...Sunday was Mother's Day. I don't remember much about Mother's Day when I was little. I don't think we ever fixed her breakfast in bed or took her out for dinner. The truth is, she probably cooked for us on those days, but I could be wrong. You'd have to ask her.

In fact, I'm pretty sure that most of us don't come to really appreciate our moms until later in life when we finally realize what all they taught us.


Monday is Yoga night for kids at the library

Editor's note: Rachel Stutzman Heiks is offering yoga classes for 4- to 6-year-olds at the Bluffton Public Library. The second night of classes will be held at 6:30 and 7 p.m. on Monday, May 14.


Matthew Bowden, Bluffton 7th grader, pitches no-hitter against Grove

Matthew Bowden

Better order your World Series tickets for 2024 now. Matthew Bowden might be on the mound.

Matthew pitched a no-hitter against Columbus Grove on May 5. The young pitcher is on the 7th grade Bluffton Diamond Sports team.

He faced 15 hitters and struck out 11 of them. Matthew is the son of Dan and Melinda Bowden.

(Robin Ault photo)


Bike "group rides" planned next week

Hey bicycle riders. Interested in a "group ride"? According to Raymond and Liz Harner of CG Pro Bikes, Columbus Grove, two group rides are planned next week.

Here's the plan:

Monday, May 14, at 6 p.m. the group ride departs from the CG Pro Bikes parking lot, and all are welcome. All ages and skill levels. These are 'No Drop' rides, meaning no one gets left behind. The group generally stays in a pack.

And on Thursday, May 17, at 6 p.m. the group ride from the bike shop will be a "ladies only" ride.


It's official: Banana pecan pie takes the cake

Katie Hohenbrink with her winning pie

When you see Katie Hohenbrink ask her for a piece of her banana pecan pie. It took the cake, so to speak, the April 30 Richland Manor pie baking contest, according to Barry Schneck.

"Nearly 20 pies were entered, said Schneck. "We are very thankful for all those that entered and made the pies as it was great fun and fellowship with the community staff and residents."

Judges were Mary Hackworth from Ada, Michael Richards, superintendent of Allen East schools and Tracey Jordan, Richland Manor staff member.


Somewhere there's a Nickel Plate Road locomotive at large on the NS system

You don't have to be a railroad fan to appreciate this, but it helps. Norfolk Southern Railway - the line that goes through Bluffton - is creating a fleet of 18 heritage units.

The locomotives will carry the historic paint schemes of predecessor railroads in the N&S system. That means that hauling freight somewhere within the large Norfolk Southern lines will be a locomotive that oddly resembles a former Nickel Plate Road diesel.


Think you bake a pretty good pie? Now's your chance to prove it

So you think you bake a pretty good pie? What's your secret? Is it the crust, or something else? Now's your chance to prove your baking skills.

Richland Manor, 7400Swaney Road, will hold its annual pie contest. The event is Monday, April 30. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and judging at 2 p.m.

Yes, it's worth entering. Over $200 in cash prizes will be awarded. Have questions: call Richland Manor at 419-643-3161.


A variant vacation and her perfect destination

By Natalie Nikitas

One and one-half million in population, 30.2 percent residents below the poverty line, and 17 percent positive for AIDS: perhaps not the dream vacation for most people yet for senior Allie Radomski it was her perfect destination.


Bluffton shock jocks create buzz

By Natalie Nikitas
What happens when two college sport fanatics get together with access to a sound board and division three athletes? The Beaver Buzz is born.

Those sport crazy college fans are sophomore Evan Skilliter (BHS grad) and freshman Mitch Gatzke, both of whom are involved in the communication major at Bluffton University.


Richland Manor resident proves that spirit of serving others doesn't diminish with age

Barry Schneck of Richland Manor, related the following interesting story to The Icon:

"Our commitment and dedication to providing exceptional customer service that exceeds our customers' expectations are the cornerstones of our campus culture.

"Our great services are delivered by a compassionate and professional team of caregivers, resulting in a senior living experience that allows our residents to live truly meaningful lives," says Jackie Short, Executive Director at Richland Manor.