December 20, 2014


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BHS peer facilitation class collecting pop tabs

The Bluffton High School peer facilitation class is collecting pop tabs to send to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which raises money by recycling the tabs.

The BHS students hope to involve the entire community. To donate your pop tabs, contact the class at 16whitd@blufftonschools.org.

Jayne Caskie, Ryn Farmer, Kathy Dickson first winners in Downtown Merchants' 3/50 drawing

Jayne Caskie, Ryn Farmer and Kathy Dickson are the October drawing winners in Bluffton's downtown merchants' 3/50 Project. They each received a bag full of downtown Bluffton gift certificates and products.

According to their entry forms, the three winners shopped at Spectrum Salon, The Dough Hook, The Black Lab, Ten Thousand Villages, Luke’s Bar and Grill, Greg’s Pharmacy and The Food Store.

Santa visits Town & Country Flowers Saturday 10 a.m. to noon

You'd better watch out.

Santa Claus is coming to town, thanks to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

He'll be here four Saturdays in a row, so your chances to talk with him are excellent. (Mrs. Claus comes with him on Saturday, Nov. 29).

Dec. 11 next Bluffton blood drive

Bluffton's next American Red Cross blood drive is from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, in First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St.

Walk-ins are accepted.

To schedule an appointment go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code "fmenncbl"

Bluffton man flown to Ohio State Medical Center as a result of burns received in Riley Street house fire

Bluffton fire department responded to reported house fire at 8:13 p.m. on Nov. 18, in the 100 block of West Riley Street. 

According to Rick Skillier, Bluffton police chief, "Fire crews arrived six minutes later to find fire in the front bedroom of the single family dwelling. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to the room of origin. The fire was extinguished within minutes of the fire department arrival on scene."

"Koi Pool: A Community Success" ceramic wall sculpture gift from Bluffton chamber to DTR Industries

An impressive ceramic wall sculpture created by Gregg Luginbuhl, Bluffton artist, now adorns the entrance of DTR Industries.


The sculpture was a commission Luginbuhl accepted last year from the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce as a gift from the community to DTR on its 25th anniversary.

Fred Steiner, chamber director, said that the chamber’s gift is a modest “thank you” to DTR Industries for many contributions it has made to Bluffton over the past quarter century.

Local United Way campaign at 23.4 percent of goal

The United Way of Bluffton, Beaverdam, and Richland Township current 2014-2015 campaign has raised $5,852 out of the campaign goal of $25,000, according to Neil Reichenbach, treasurer.

The percentage amount raised is 23.41%. 

"If you have not contributed please send your donation to Citizens National Bank Bluffton," said Reichenbach.

The United Way is currently selling raffle tickets for a a 50/50 raffle. The drawing will take place at the Blaze of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 29. 

40 years later Bluffton peanut brittle just as popular as ever

A 40-year Bluffton tradition continues this month at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.

That tradition is "making peanut brittle."

Here's some information that Toyna Meyers, center director, shared with the Icon about the process: 

NPR Morning Edition host at Jeanne's Kitchen Nov. 26 for book signing and presentation

David Greene, host of the National Public Radio program Morning Edition, will be at Jeanne's Kitchen for a book signing and presentation from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26.

Greene will speak about his train journey into the heart of Russia and his book Midnight In Siberia, which is currently on the New York Times best seller list. Copies of the book will be for sale.

Jeanne's Kitchen is located at 112 Vine Street, Bluffton, Ohio. Call Jeanne Previte at 419-234-8650 if you have questions.

Roy & Marcia Armes announced as benefactors of new cancer care center

Roy and Marcia Armes have been announced as lead donors of the new Blanchard Valley Health System Cancer Care Center, which will be named the Armes Family Cancer Care Center in their honor. The announcement of the gift, a donation of $1 million, was made at the Cancer Care Center groundbreaking held Friday, November 14 on the site of the new center, 15990 Medical Drive South, Findlay.