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July 22, 2018

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Public auction Thursday in Bluffton

A public auction is scheduled for 4 p.m., Thursday, July 19, at 180 E. Jefferson St., Bluffton, according to Nick Moody, auctioneer for ERA Geyer Noakes.

The auction include a sale of household goods plus a wide assortment of additional items. The auction list is posted on the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Backyard Habitats presented by Dan Hodges of Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District at the Library

Backyard Habitats, a presentation by Dan Hodges of Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District will be held on July 17 at 6 p.m.

With less than 10% of land in Allen County in any semblance of natural area, our rich natural history is in danger of becoming just that – history. Join Naturalist Dan Hodges for a sampling of what the natural world in this area has to offer, and learn a little about how you can participate -- even in your own backyard!

Lifeline EMS Gold Recognition Award

St. Rita’s Medical Center is a recipient

St. Rita’s Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Maple Crest monarch mania

The butterflies thrive and you can watch them

The elders at Maple Crest Senior Living Village have been enamored with monarch butterflies since 2007. 

That’s when administrator Lynn Thompson brought in a few caterpillars for observation and residents and staff alike watched in wonder as they became monarch butterflies and were released to begin their 3,000 mile migration route to Mexico.

A chat with Dr. Jane Wood

As she enters her third week at Bluffton University president

As Dr. Jane Wood becomes adjusted to her new surroundings as Bluffton University president The Icon talked with her briefly on Monday about a range of subjects. A portion of that interview follows in a paraphrased fashion.

You are starting your third week at Bluffton. What’s taken place prior to this?
I’ve toured the campus, and gotten settled in my office,  and now I want to dive deeper by meeting faculty and staff, putting names to faces.


Believe it or not - an early Bluffton swimming pool

Just when you think you know everything there is to know about Bluffton, a photograph like this shows up.

Ask your grandparents to explain this.  If they can’t help, keep reading.

It’s a photograph of the "floating" pool that served swimmers in Bluffton as early as the mid-to-late 1920s (based upon the style of swim suit in the photo) to the early 1950s.

It was constructed on the east bank of the Buckeye and then was moved to the quarry where it floated to allow swimming.