April 17, 2014

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Elvira Tatarkov receives summer research grant

ONU chemistry major and Bluffton High School graduate Elvira Tatarkov has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Mindlin Foundation’s Undergraduate Mentored Research Program in support of a summer research project.


Kerry Bush wants to promote Bluffton's Fair Trade status with a "buyers' guide"

By Caitlin Nearhood, university intern
Kerry Bush, a Bluffton University senior graphic design major, wants to promote Fair Trade businesses in Bluffton. She hopes to create a Fair Trade Buyers Guide for shoppers to look through and use as a reference for Fair Trade products and businesses in Bluffton.
The project is a requirement for her independent study class for her major.

What is "Fair Trade?" Read explanation at bottom of story.


Eilene Mericle 90th birthday reception April 13

Bluffton resident Eilene Mericle will celebrate her 90th birthday with an reception at the First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, next week.

The reception is Sunday, April 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Her family invites persons to join her for cake and punch. She request no gifts.


Naomi Basinger will celebrate 95th birthday next week

Naomi Basinger will be celebrating her 95th birthday. She was born on April 16, 1919 in Lafayette, Ohio. She married Orville Basinger. They had two children: Lynn (Betty) Basinger, Bluffton and Jane (Mark) Kinsinger, Pandora. She has 5 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 4 step-great-grandchildren, and 4 step-great-great-grandchildren.

A family celebration will be held on April 13. Birthday wishes may be sent to 438 S. Main St., Apt.1, Bluffton, Ohio 45817.


Bertie Swank will blow out 99 candles on April 13

Bertie Shrider Swank will celebrate her 99th birthday on April 10.  She was born in Allen County near Lafayette, in 1915, and has lived her entire life in the Bluffton area.

She married Fred Swank and they had three children: Nancy (and Ed) Yeager, Linda (and Tom) Benroth, and Bill (and Joan) Swank. The family, including nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, will honor her birthday on April 13. 

Anyone interested in sending birthday wishes to Bertie may do so at 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, Ohio  45817.


ONU to name stage in honor of former Bluffton residents Nils and Susan Riess

Ohio Northern University will dedicate the Freed Center for the Performing Arts’ stage in honor of former Bluffton residents Nils and Susan Riess on Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. prior to the ONU production of “Footloose.”


Everett Collier's summer plans includes 3,600 mile bike trip for a good cause

Bluffton cyclist Everett Collier takes lots of bike rides around the block, and this summer that block extends for 3,600 miles.

Collier will participate in the 7th annual Fuller Center Bike Adventure. It’s a bike ride from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Astoria, Oregon. The ride starts June 5 and finishes on Aug. 10 – with several stops along the way where bikers will assist in building projects with Fuller Center covenant partners.

As of the of March Collier had raised over $6,000 for his efforts in the trip.


Here's who's on the Bluffton High School honor roll

The following Bluffton High School third quarter honor roll for 2013-14 was recently released.

9th Grade – all A:
Isaac Andreas, Haley Baker, Jadyn Barhorst, Katie Burkholder, Kayleigh Coughlan, Nathan Heinze, Julianna Hotmire, Brice Metzger, Emily Metzger, Levi Mikesell, Zane Myers, Douglas Nester, Marley Runk, Jayme Siefer, Megan Sycks, Phillip Tatarkov, Sarah Theisen, Noah Woodruff, Kristen Yost


Lions April newsletter on the Icon

The Bluffton Lions have a busy month planned in April. One of the events is a banquet honoring Richard Ramseyer as Lions Citizen of the Year. The banquet is April 15 at First Mennonite Church.

All Lions Club events are posted in the April newsletter attached at the bottom of this story.


And, look who's on the Bluffton elementary honor roll

Here's the third quarter Bluffton elementary honor roll for 2013-14, provided to the Icon by the elementary school.

 All A Honor Roll