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November 30, 2015

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Emily Ulrey shares her chat with Mary Schecter

Story and photograph by Emily Ulrey

A chat with Mary…
The air outside today was sharp and cold, but inside the Betty House of Willow Ridge I found plenty of warmth. It immediately felt like home. 


The Blaze can't go on without the team of John and Junior

Saturday is "Junior Weihrauch Day in Bluffton." The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce announced the designation at its Nov. 13 breakfast meeting

Watch for these two guy in Bluffton on Saturday.

On the left is John George. On the right is Junior Weihrauch. The Bluffton Blaze of Lights could not happen with them.

John George, as the town crier, has served as Blaze master of ceremonies each year since 1995. You'll find him on the review stand announcing the parade units.


Nan Rooney and Della Salter receive lifetime memberships to Senior Center

Nan Rooney and Della Salter, both turning 90 in December, will receive Lifetime memberships into the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association during the Monday, Dec. 14, month center meeting, according to Tonya Meyer, director.

That announcement was in the December center newsletter. Several addition center items were listed. Those include:

Center will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24, Friday, Dec. 25 and on Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1.

During November and December the center extends its hours to 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday mornings.


Bluffton HS scholastic bowl team second in NWC meet

Bluffton High School's scholastic bowl team finsihed in second place in the Northwest Conference Scholastic Bowl competition held eariler this month.

Bluffton finished 5-3 overall. Paulding was this year's winner with a 7-1 record. The attachment at the bottom of this story shows how each team placed.

John George is the team coach. Team members are:


Emily Ulrey has a chat with Ruth Anna Bixel

Story and photo by Emily Ulrey

It’s funny how life puts you in the paths of others.

I never knew her, but grew up knowing some of her grandchildren. Ruth Anna Bixel’s name was suggested to me as someone who I might want to interview, so I had contacted her and she cheerfully agreed. As I knocked on her door, I felt nervous, unsure of how she might receive me.


Randy Cox named administrator of Vancrest of Ada nursing home, under construction

FROM ADA ICON - Randy Cox of Bluffton has been named administrator of Vancrest of Ada nursing home, which is now under construction across from the Ada school and slated to open in February.

Cox has a long history in the nursing home business starting at an early age when his parents owned a nursing home in Ottawa.

He has worked in nursing homes in Virginia, Lima and a Vancrest facility in Holgate.

The 56,000-square-foot Ada facility, located on 18 acres, will have 50 beds for skilled nursing care and 32 assisted living units.


Joanne Niswander signs her newest book Saturday at Book ReViews

Bluffton author, Joanne Niswander, will hold a book signing for her recently released book “Reflections from Maple Crest Pond,” on Saturday.

The book signing is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., Bluffton, according to Dr. Christina Walton, store manager.

Niswander shares personal reflections and insights in her newest book, in which she challenged herself “to write one purposely-concise thought piece daily” for an entire year.


Bob Neff celebrates heart transplant 30th anniversary on Nov. 7

On Nov. 7 life-long Bluffton resident Bob Neff passed a milestone achieved by only a handful of world residents.

He celebrated the 30th anniversary of having a heart transplant. His transplant occurred in 1985, one day after his 33rd birthday.

“I think about it every day,” Bob told the Icon in an interview last week. “I’m blessed with a gift and I don’t take it lightly. The Lord has me here for a purpose.”

Neff’s heart problems date back to the age of 13, when several bouts of pneumonia prompted his doctor to send him to Columbus Children’s Hospital.


Dr. Christine Denecker plays significant roll in "Humans of Findlay" book released on Nov. 17

They are kids, community leaders, artists, musicians, single moms, teachers and local “characters.” They all come together to present a cross-section of a community that’s uniquely. . . Findlay.

When “Humans of Findlay” goes on sale this month, area residents will have a chance to own a moment in time; a collection of stories that are, at once, nostalgic and offbeat. A collaboration between The University of Findlay and the Hancock Historical Museum, “Humans of Findlay” features approximately 180 profiles of local individuals drawn from a popular Facebook page.


Hey, Mom, Dad, I'm on the elementary honor roll!

Here's the first honor roll of the 2015-16 school year for Bluffton elementary students.

All A Honor Roll

Fifth Grade