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Hancock County Firefighters award scholarship

The Hancock County Firefighters' Association is pleased to award the 2015 Potts/Parcher Memorial Scholarship to Brent Warren of Jenera. Warren will be a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University in the Fire Protection - Fire Safety Engineering program. He is a 2014 graduate of Cory-Rawson High School where he was a member of the FFA and achieved his State Degree in 2014.  Brent is currently the Hancock County Junior Fair King and  is a member of the Jenera Volunteer Fire Department.

He is the son of Bob and Becky Warren of Jenera.


Gardeners tour Person Co-op Garden July 7

Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will tour the Ray Person Co-op Garden at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 7.

Details on that tour and other club information is in the July Edelwiss News, the club newsletter. The newsletter is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


You have until the end of this week to order blueberries from Marlin

Marlin Gerber will have 10 pound boxes of Michigan blueberries available in Bluffton on Tuesday, July 7  at 12:30 p.m.

The deadline for orders is Sunday, July 5.

Gerber said that there are about six rounding quarts of berries in 10 pounds and the cost is $25 per box.

E-mail orders at Marling7133@sbcglobal.net with an important  subject line: "Bluffton Blueberries." 

Orders may be picked up in the parking area behind Bluffton University’s Houshower House between 12:30 and 2 p.m. on July 7


John Estell recognized at American Society of Engineering Education conference

Bluffton resident, Dr. John K. Estell, Ohio Northern University professor of computer engineering and computer science, and ONU student David Reeping, a senior in engineering education from Richfield, Ohio, were recipients of the Best Paper Award, Third Place, from the First-Year Programs Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) during the 122nd ASEE Annual Conference held June 14-17 in Seattle, Wash.


Area Big Brothers Big Sisters awarded Quality Agency Award

Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Ohio has received a national Quality Agency Award, recognizing the hard work of agency leadership and staff to provide high-quality programming for area children.

This award, presented annually by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, recognizes BBBS agencies across the country that serve a minimum of 150 children and achieve certain quality markers in the length and strength of Big/Little match relationships.


Northwest Ohio Diabetes Association awards scholarships to area students

Several area students have been awarded scholarships in the amount of $500 each from the Northwest Ohio Diabetes Association. Those earning scholarship awards include:

    Nicholas Bowden – 2013 Findlay High School graduate attending The Ohio State University and majoring in actuarial science.

    Ben Davis – 2012 Tiffin Columbian High School graduate attending The Ohio State University and majoring in business.

    Katelynn Driggers – 2013 Carey High School graduate attending Bluffton University and majoring in education/Spanish.


Here are this year's Bluffton Lions $500 scholarship recipients

The Bluffton Lions Club award six senior graduates $500 scholarships each for this year. 

Proceeds from the “Shopping Spree” and donations provided for these scholarships. 

In the photo members of the scholarship committee and the winners.  From left to right,Lions Barbara Plaugher, Colleen Lazar, John Rich, Ron Lora and Jo Croft.  Lions Jesse Blackburn and Kyle Leatherman also served on the committee. 

Winners are Kendra Tuttle, Cory-Rawson; Mariah Burkholder, Cory-Rawson; Mackenzie Swary,Pandora-Gilboa; and Shea Watkins,Pandora-Gilboa. 


American Legion installs new officers July 6

The American Legion Bluffton Post 382 will host a potluck diner Monday, July 6, at 6 p.m. at the Post. Veterans are welcomed, bring a hot and cold dish to share. After the meal the new Post officers will be installed by the Ohio Department Commander. 

For more information contact Bob Amstutz 419-358-0334.


Gardeners tour of Person cooperative farm July 7

The Gardeners of America Club will meet Tuesday, July 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will be a tour open to the public of the cooperative farm located at 9160 Putnam Road, Pandora.

Ray Person will lead  members through the garden plots, sharing good practices and tips, so members might learn how to improve their own results.

Water and snack provided by club.


Mention herbs and you have Andrew Glover's attention - he's a Bluffton Farmers' Market vendor

Each week this summer the Icon will feature a Bluffton Farmers' Market vendor. This series begins with information about Andrew Glover, from Bradner, who offers herbs at the market.

Here's Glover's explanation of his background and interest in farmers' markets:

I originally came to live in the United States in 2003 from the United Kingdom. I am based on Bradner Road just north of Bradner in east Wood county.