September 19, 2014


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Here's what's happening this month at the Bluffton Senior Center

Looks like a busy month at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.

The monthly dinner meeting features the brother and sister team of Kate and Ryan Strickler. The piano duo has performed at the center during a mid-week event and according to Tonya Meyer, “We were so impressed that we booked them for our dinner meeting.”

Adult volunteer opportunities to mentor Cory-Rawson elementary students

Icon viewers are invited to "take the chance to explore our world" by volunteering in a school-based mentoring program offered by Children's Mentoring Connection for  Cory-Rawson School or Jacobs Primary School, Findlay.

This after -school program will kick-off in September and the program invites persons to consider becoming a volunteers.

Some of the planned activities include aim for the stars: bottle rockets, mad scientist, international food and culture.

Spectrum Salon host to Wednesday cash mob

Spectrum Salon, 422 N. Main St., is the host business for the Wednesday, July 30, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce cash mob.

Cash mob hours are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. During those hours the following discounts are available, according to Mandy Kinn, owner:

50 percent off any Body Sugaring service (excluding eyebrow and lip sugar) when a future appointment is scheduled during the cash mob hours:

• A variety of specials on hair products.

• A drawing will take place for a $25 shopping spree at Spectrum Salon given by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Grob CEO, Ralf Bronnenmeier, killed in plane crash near Findlay

Ralf Bronnenmeier, chief executive office of Bluffton’s Grob Systems, was killed in a small airplane accident around 1 a.m. on July 27, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash occurred near Findlay on Hancock County Road 18 between Cass Township Road 215 and Hancock County Road 18. This location is about five miles northeast of Findlay. The crash site spread along a one-half mile stretch of Hancock County Road 18.

United Way feature agency of the week: Bluffton Senior Citizens Center

This is part of a series of stories featuring local organizations that received Bluffton, Beaverdam, United Way funding.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 13.7 percent of the U.S. population is 65 or older. That number is expected to grow considerably. By the year 2056 the number of senior citizens will outnumber those younger than 18.

With the help of Allen County tax dollars, fundraisers and donations from individuals and organizations like the United Way, the Bluffton Senior Center is working to meet the needs of this growing population.

Want to take a bike ride? The next "group" ride is Thursday at 6 p.m.

Want to go for a bike ride?

Raymond and Liz Harner of CG Pro Bikes, Bluffton, have started their group bike rides this month.

The next group ride starts at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 24, at CG Pro Bikes, 127 N. Main St., Bluffton.

“We held our first group ride last week and it was something people have been asking for, but we’re still very busy, so we just decided to go for it!” said Liz.

No rain in sight and then suddenly...

No rain in sight and suddenly that changed last night. Here's the July daily weather summary from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

National Night Out comes to Bluffton Aug. 5 - and it looks like lots of fun

National Night Out is coming to Bluffton.

Icon viewers are invited to join forces with communities nationwide for the 31st annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. Bluffton observes the event on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Sergeant Matt Oglesbee of the Bluffton Police Department is the local coordinator.

United Way feature agency of the week: Bluffton Community Preschool


This is part of a series of stories featuring local organizations that received Bluffton, Beaverdam, United Way funding.

Where would Bluffton Community Preschool be without the United Way?

Area wheat harvest: "Good quality wheat and above average yield"

“Good quality wheat and an above average yield.”

That’s one way to describe the 2014 wheat harvest in the Icon viewership area.
Larry Kaiser, manager Ada grain branch of Heritage Cooperative, provide the Icon with some of this year’s harvest figures.

Kaiser reports yields ranging from 65 to 90 bushels per acre, with an average of about 80 bushels per acre. Moisture content average was 15.2 percent mostly (13.5 percent is dry).
The first wheat arrived at the Ada elevator on July 5 and the harvest should be completed by the end of this week.