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To Robin: "We'll miss you, Hon"

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

Stepping inside Groves’ Quality Antiques and Collectibles in downtown Bluffton, there was the unmistakable smell of old furniture mixed with the distinct scent of whatever pet bunny or cat was living in the store’s animal shelter. And always — from somewhere in the store — came a cheery, “Hi Hon!” that had long been Robin Wilch’s signature greeting to her regular customers. Who knows? Maybe she called everyone that. No matter. It made each person feel special, and that was Robin’s intent.


From vintage Adidas Dragon to 2012′s Brooks GTS12: a retrospective

My Mary Pannabecker Steiner

Here’s the thing about running shoes. Just when you find the pair you really really like, the company’s “experts” decide it’s time for a change. Ask any long time runner — change is not always a good thing.

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Blanchard Valley Hospital pain management addresses community concerns regarding meningitis

Blanchard Valley Hospital Pain Management has received numerous telephone calls from patients who are concerned about a rare form of fungal meningitis (swelling in the brain with symptoms such as headache, nausea, dizziness, and fever) that has been documented across the US in people after having injections in the back. 

The FDA identified the maker of the steroid involved in many of the cases as a specialty compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.


Dave Moser wins week 7 football contest; David Glick and Duane Bollenbacher tied as contest leaders

The winner of Week 7 of The Icon Football Contest is Dave Moser, who correctly picked 12 games this week.  

Other contestants:


BHS Football Moms invite groups to join homecoming parade Oct. 19

The Bluffton High School Football Moms invite local businesses, churches and organization to participate in the Friday, Oct. 19, BHS homecoming football parade.

Parade line up starts at 5 p.m. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Line up is at The Centre and Bluffton Community Swimming Pool parking lot.

Groups may offer give-a-ways to persons watching the parade but these items must be handed out by walker and not thrown from participating floats or vehiciles.

For more information contact the Football Moms at 419-516-3260.


Photo essay of a master craftsman at work

Let's place this photo essay in the spirit of Charles Hilty. He had a knack for taking photos of what he called town characters but printed them in the local paper under the theme "Faces you know," or similar polite headlines.

So, along comes Denny Morrison with a camera. Let me tell you, Denny is a master craftsman himself. He tools by Larry Core, who is working outside in his yard on who-know's-what. Denny stops, talks with Larry, snaps some photos and goes on his way.


Randy Stewart declared winner of week 5 football contest; Bollenbacher and Fleharty still leaders

Ten contestants correctly picked 14 games this week. Five of those were eliminated in the first tie-breaker.

The remaining five each picked the same two correct tie-breakers. To break the tie, we declared that the the contestant who was the earliest to enter this week's contest (of the five who tied), would be declared the winner.

Randy Stewart, who submitted his enter on Sept. 17 at 4:07 p.m., is therefore declared the winner.

This week's results:


Becky Warren wins this week's football contest; Duane Bollenbacher, Todd Fleharty contest leaders

The winner of Week 4 of the Icon Football Contest is Becky Warren who correctly picked 13 games this week. 

Other contestants:


Full Sound performace At Maple Crest "highest caliber"

Full Sound performance at Maple Crest

Maple Crest and Bluffton community residents were treated to a professional classical concert of the highest caliber by a chamber group known as "Full Sound" on Sept. 2.
It was a bit like having the "Von Trapp Family" performing as four of the five members of the group belong to one family of Austrian background (the Loritsch family).
The four Loritsch boys range in age from 16 to 22 years old, but play their instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano) like masters, and arrange much of the music themselves.


Hey, slow down and check out these flowers

If the amen of nature is always a flower, then this garden is an amen with an explanation point.

It's one of those flower beds you wish you could transplant in your own yard. Linda Suter, 122 Grove St., says it's all Bob's. "He did it," she said. 

The short version is that Bob went to Stratton's Greenhouse, came home with annuals recommended by Susie Stratton, dug a trench, put it good soil (no clay soil here), and the rest is history.