• Relay for Hope at BFR Friday-Saturday - June 23-24

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June 23, 2017


Poetic License

052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Linda Wynkoop 1948 - 2017

Linda J. Wynkoop, 69, died June 21, 2017, at 8:40 p.m. at her residence. Linda was born Feb. 5, 1948 in Bluffton, Ohio, to Paul and Helen (Hartman) Rankin who preceded her in death. On Jan. 14, 1966, she married Dennis Wynkoop who survives.

Linda was a homemaker and enjoyed art and painting. 

Survivors also include a son, Lewis (Jesse Johnson) Wynkoop of Findlay; three grandchildren; and a sister, Rita (Bill) McVetta of Mt. Cory. 

There will be no service or visitation per Linda's wishes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Hospice.


Yep! The library's still open!

Don't worry-- the library's still open! There may be construction right by our entrance on College Avenue, but you can still get to the library parking lot from the alleyway exit in the back. Please call the library at 419-358-5016 should you need any assistance. 

And don't forget that you can still sign up for the library's Summer Reading Challenge. For more information, email psc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org, and for a listing of our events, click here.


Colten Abbey was a freshman at Allen East

Colten Lee Abbey, 15, died on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 4:24 a.m. at his residence.

He was born on Feb. 11, 2002, in Lima, Ohio to Mike and Jessy (Reffitt) Abbey and they survive in Harrod.

Colten was a freshman at Allen East High School, where he was a member of the football team, track team, wrestling team and a member of the student council. He was a member of the Harrod Christian Church. Colten was a member of the Harrod Christian Youth Group. He was a member of the Auglaize Ag 4-H Club.


Deserved to be on a calendar

John Flickinger stopped in Bluffton over the weekend and photographed the Bluffton town hall against an impressive summer sky drop back. He shared the photo with The Icon and we couldn't keep this art work to ourselves.




You never know when or where J Denny Beaver will show up

You never know when or where J Denny Beaver will show up next. He was spotted today at the Bluffton University youth volleyball camp. The Icon took this photo from Bluffton Athletics Twitter.


A weekend Relay for a great cause

Starts Friday evening at Bluffton Family Recreation - Bluffton Relay for Hope

It’s Bluffton Relay for Hope weekend Friday and Saturday, June 23-24.

You’ve already figured that out by seeing the hanging items from Main Street Bluffton store awnings.

All events take place at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road with events beginning at 2 p.m. Friday and concluding at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Visit the Relay's Facebook at BlufftonOhioRelayForHope, or CLICK HERE. The Facbook has more event details and several registration forms for those interested.


Two discovered dead south of Bluffton on Monday evening

In residence on Township Road 56, Ada

Two deaths, discovered at about 9 p.m. south of Bluffton on Monday, June 19, are under investigation by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

One woman and one man were found dead at a 23287 Township Road 56, Ada, residence, just north of U.S. Route 30 between Bluffton and Ada.

Marie R. Beach, 18, formerly of Lima, was identified as the woman. The man has not yet been identified.

Both bodies were taken to Lucas County for autopsies, according to the sheriff’s department, and the deaths are not currently under investigation.


Like daughter - like mother

Mother of Bluffton University graduate becomes a Bluffton grad

Two years after her oldest daughter, Zoey Miller ’14, walked across the stage of Bluffton University’s Sommer Center to receive her bachelor’s degree, Robin Pohl followed in her daughter’s footsteps.

Pohl, a 2016 degree-completion graduate, came to Bluffton to earn her bachelor’s in organizational management as a working adult. 

“I promised myself once Zoey and her sister, Quincy, were established and were certain to be college graduates, then it could be my turn,” said Pohl, an executive assistant at The Ohio State University Lima.

Ride to Remember keeps bikers chuckling

Burma-Shave style signs pop up along the routes

This year’s third annual Ride to Remember takes place on Saturday, July 8. Registration is at Bluffton Family Recreation and bikers may opt for several routes covering 2 miles all the way to 112 miles.

There’s never a dull moment for Ride to Remember bikers.

With the help of some clever statements – remember Burma-Shave signs? – bike riders will find many chuckles along bike routes.

“Boomer” bikers will understand; younger bikers will catch on quickly.

"Chalk & Talk" with author Jennifer Trafton

Create sidewalk chalk art and meet Jennifer Trafton, the author of Henry and the Chalk Dragon, through Skype at “Chalk and Talk.” Join us on June 29 at 10:30 a.m on the lower level of the library.

Advanced registration is required. What stories will you create this summer?