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Those first moments of the first day of school - 14 photos tell the story

One of Bluffton’s rites of passage is entrance to first grade. In many ways it is a complete circle of the community.

There’s clothing to select, supplies to purchase, photos to take, classmates to meet, jitters (for students and parents) and the excitement of something new.

The Icon went to school with two cameras, plus a cell phone, to record the event.
Our photos below show several aspects of the first moments of the first day.

Craig von Stein named VP/business banking officer at CNB

Citizens National Bank has named Craig von Stein as VP/business banking officer for its Bluffton office. 

In this position he is responsible for establishing new commercial and agricultural banking relationships for CNB, as well as analyzing current customer portfolios on a regular basis.

von Stein attended Cory-Rawson High School and is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Agri-Business and Applied Economics. He spent several years in sales at a farm equipment dealership in Ottawa and Bowling Green.


Registration for library fall Storytime starts Sept. 1

Registration for Fall Storytime opens on Sept. 1 at the Bluffton Public Library.

Visit the library or call 419-358-5016 to register your 3-5 year old child. After registration, sessions begin on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. (starting Sept. 12) or Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (starting Sept. 13).

For more information visit our website or email ysc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org. Please note that space are limited for this program.

Pandora High School 1910

It was 1910.

William Howard Taft from Ohio was the U.S. president. Women did not yet have the right to vote. The Philadelphia A's defeated the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. Thomas Edison introduced his kinetosphone, which made talkies a reality. Halley's comet is observed photographically for the first time.

Here is a photograph taken by R.E. Basinger of the Pandora High School that year. Sorry to say we have no IDs of students, but if your family has a 100-plus year history in Pandora and if you examine this photo closely you may recognize a great-great grandparent.

Here's September's MMH worship leaders

September worship services are set at Mennonite Memorial Home. Here's the schedule:
Sundays - 9:30 a.m.
4th - Chaplain Bill Herr
11th - Rev. Don Clinger
18th - Rev. Mioke Downey
25th - Chaplain Bill Herr

Tuesdays - 6:30 p.m.
6th - Rev. Jack Duffy, First Baptist, Ada
13th - To be announced
20th - Rev. David Good, Bluffton Presbyterian
27th - Rev. Lynn Thompson, St. John Mennonite

Apollo school board meets Aug. 29

Apollo school board will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, in the Apollo board room, 3325 Shawnee Road, Lima. The board agenda is an attachment to this story.

School starts on Monday - watch for kids crossing the street - especially at Main and College

The Bluffton school year starts on Monday. It's an important time to remind drivers of pedestrian safety at Main Street and College Avenue.

Ohio law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

"I'll be there with my best sign-spinning moves to encourage drivers to share the road," Paula Scott told the Icon.

Initial gallery show of 2016-17 features two women artists

“Structural Evidence,” an exhibition of work from Valerie Escobedo and Laura Barnhardt-Corle, will kick off the 2016-17 schedule in Bluffton University’s Grace Albrecht Gallery, located in the Sauder Visual Arts Center. 

Opening Aug. 29, the exhibit is free and open to the public through Sept. 22. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A reception for the artists will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

Multi-vehicle accident near Mt. Cory closes north and south I-75

Bluffton rescue crews are on the scene of a traffic-stopping accident on Interstate 75. Bluffton sirens were heard around 1:30 p.m. (Friday, Aug. 26)

Both northbound and southbound I-75 was at a standstil at 2:15 p.m. Southbound was also backup up several miles north of Mt. Cory. Northbound was backed up to Beaverdam.

It appears that two semi trucks and at least one car are involved, however more vehicles could also be part of the accident. One semi is off the interstate in a field. Another is off the interstate.


Watch the sky on Saturday - it's a Venus and Jupiter show

The Ohio Northern University Observatory, Ada, will host the first public event of the season from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.

A highlight will be the opportunity to view a conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, in which they pass as close as 4/60th of a degree from one another. The event is free and open to the public.

The observatory is located on the western part of campus near Wander Field.