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August 29, 2015


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Did you know Leland Garmatter was the reason Elbert Dubenion came to Bluffton?

Did you ever wonder how Elbert Dubenion was recruited to play football at Bluffton College? Would you believe Leland Garmatter,  whose funeral was Aug. 24, was the reason?

For newcomers to the Icon, Dubenion was Bluffton College's greatest football player. After college he played for the Buffalo Bills.


Legion distributes money to 12 organizations

Bluffton Legion Post 382 passed out donations to 12 local organizations on Aug. 17 from the money that was made from its 6th annual golf outing.

From left are Darrell Groman, Brad Dailey and Shawn Rayle, Sam Reineke and Fred Arnold co-chairman for the golf outing, Ed Yeager, Bill McClain, William Van Dyke, Gary Crawfis, Jim McClain, Marjorie Bryan, Betty Warton and Kay Sellers.
(Dennis Morrison photo)


55 years later - here's the BHS class of 1960

On July 25 Bluffton High School Class of 1960 held its 55th reunion at the town hall in Bluffton. Seventeen class members were present.

Row I: Sandra (Diller) Rinnert, Karen (Anderson) Garmatter, Karen (Gerber) McKanna, Nancy (Patterson) Tripp, Connie (Patterson) Kear, Lucille (Amstutz) Fawley

Row II: Betty (Stratton) Ziessler, Marylin (Dillman) Basinger, Emily (Hochstettler) Crawfis, Terri (Preto) Wilch, Dave Bash, Vera Basinger, Terry Marshall

Row III: Doug Reichenbach, Jan Emmert, Jim Luginbihl, Larry Core


Benroth Bridge gets an fix up thanks to Misha Groman's Eagle Scout project

Bluffton Eagle Scout candidate Misha Groman is currently leading his Eagle Scout project at the Benroth Bridge located over Marsh Run near the Buckeye.

He has already had a few work sessions, including one eariler this week when he re-stained and sealed the bridge.

His next work session will be on Saturday. So far, much of the bridge has been power-washed. Graffiti has already been removed. 

In addition, the weeds have been pulled from the stones in the waterway between the Benroth Bridge and the red bridge north to the north.


Popular farmers' market vendor started making goat's milk soaps and lotions while in high school

Ashley Siferd launched her business career when she was a sophomore at Cory-Rawson High School as a way to help pay for college.

She excelled in her business and while in high school in 2011 was one of 10 (the only girl) agri-entrepreneur award winners at the National FFA convention.


Now entering her final year at University of Northwestern Ohio, she continues her business “Old Homestead Soaps and Lotions.” And, for her eighth season, she sells her homemade products each Saturday at Bluffton’s Farmers’ Market.


Cores celebrate 50th Aug. 8

Larry and Ellen Core will be celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on
Saturday, August 8. A small family gathering is planned for the evening of
August 8th. They also took a family vacation to Northern California in early July.

Larry and Ellen were married August 8, 1965 at St. John's United Church of
Christ, Bluffton, by Rev. Ralph Quellhorst.

They have two daughters, Karen Core of San Mateo, CA and Kathy (Tim) Soper of
Bluffton. They also have three grandchildren, Madison, Mason and Carson Soper.


M and M Veggies: Brother and sister farmers' market team

It started out as a way to supplement the cost of college tuition. It did that and is now a successful and popular Bluffton Farmers’ Market vendor.

M and M Veggies, a Saturday morning farmers’ market fixture, is owned by brother and sister-team Mark and Meredith Bixel of rural Bluffton.


This is their ninth year in the Bluffton market for Meredith and the fifth year for Mark.


71 years after graduating from BHS, the class of 1944 still gets together

They graduated from Bluffton High School 71 years ago.

• In 1944 the average cost of new house was $3,450.
• The average wages per year were $2,400.
• The cost of a gallon of gas was 15 cents.
• The average cost to rent a house was  $50 per month.
• The cost of a loaf of bread 10 cents.
• D-Day took place a few weeks after they graduated.
• The number one pop tune was "Swinging On A Star," by Bing Crosby


Everett Collier brings the Ride Across America to Bluffton for a day

7 p.m. program at First Mennonite Church, open to the public, enables bikers to share their stories.

Bluffton is Wednesday’s stop on the 2015 cross-country Fuller Center Bike Adventure: Ride Across America.

Nearly 50 bicyclists will pedal into town mid-morning from Winchester, Indiana, where they spent yesterday. The trip covers about 90 miles. They will be in Bluffton overnight.

Their Bluffton visit is thanks to Everett Collier, who rode the 2014 adventure from coast to coast.


American Legion installs new officers on July 6

The Bluffton American Legion Post 382 held a banquet for members and their spouses July 6.


Following the dinner James W. Campbell, Department Commander of the American Legion of Ohio, swore in officers of the Post for 2015-2016.

Members sworn in are from left, Fred Rodabaugh, Thom Craig, Mike Zimmerman, Bob Amstutz, Department Commander James W. Campbell, Ed Amstutz, Sam Reineke, Donald Rock, Morris Groman, Tom Benroth and Dennis Morrison.