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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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Community Hootenanny

Join us for a morning of music at the Community Hootenanny on June 24 at 10 a.m. outside of the Bluffton Public Library! Bring a lawn chair, an instrument, and your voice. Come to play, sing, and/or listen! All are welcome to participate or simply enjoy. In case of rain, we will  move inside.

T-Shirts and Totes (for Teens and Adults)

T-Shirts and Totes (for Teens and Adults) is on June 23 at 1 p.m.

Upcycle a t-shirt into a unique tote! Bring your own shirt and we will supply all the extras. Registration is required.

Bluffton hosts Central District Conference annual meeting

Delegates from across the Midwest will attend June 22-24

Delegates across the Midwest from congregations in the Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA will be in Bluffton Thursday through Saturday, June 22-24 for the conference's annual meeting.

Drew G. I. Hart, professor, author, activist, and former pastor, who is author of "The Trouble I’ve seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism," is a guest speaker.

Doug Luginbill of Bluffton is the conference minister of CDC. Three area CDC churches are First Mennonite, Bluffton; Grace Mennonite, Pandora; and First Mennonite, Lima.


Prayer conditioned

The church marquee at St. John's United Church of Christ continues to offer words of encouragement.

Here's the latest.


Art camp for elementary youth at BFR

Two-day camp Aug. 1-2, registration underway

Bluffton Family Recreation is taking registrations for an elementary-age art camp in August.

The two-day camp is open to youth who have completed first through fourth grades.

The camp takes place from 3 to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 1-2, at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.

Art supplies and snacks are provided. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. To register contact BFR at 419-358-4150.

Meet and greet candidate for 4th U.S. Congressional District

Tuesday evening in Lima Public Library

A meet the candidate event for Andrew Mackey takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, in the Lima Public Library, 650 W. Market St., Lima.

Mackey will run against Jim Jordan, U.S. Congressman, in Ohio's Fourth District. The event is sponsored by AHEAD: Allen and Hardin for Election Action and Democracy.


Emmanuel UCC ice cream social Aug. 4

Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold an ice cream social from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, at the church.

The menu includes chicken or sloppy joe sandwiches, chicken noodles, baked beans, a variety of salads, pies, pluse ice cream and beverages.

Tickets are $8 adults, $4 children 10 and under.

The church is located at 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton


Watershed partnership can assist Hancock residents with septic systems

Grant money available to replace or repair failing systems

Working with the Hancock Public Health Department and the Hancock County Commissioners, the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is helping to implement a $150,000 grant from the Ohio EPA to repair or replace failing home septic treatment systems (HSTS) in Hancock County.

The second and final year of the grant is 2017, according to Phil Martin of the watershed partnership.

He said, "There is only around $40,000 remaining in the grant. Depending on a family’s income, the family may be eligible for up to 100% coverage to repair or replace your system."

Is there a Swiss ancestor in your family tree?

Historical society celebrates the Swiss on Sunday

Q: What do these names have in common?

Augsburger, Amstutz, Basinger, Bixel, Burkholder, Criblez, Deppler, Diller, Geiger, Gratz, Habegger, Hauenstein, Herr, Hilty, Hostetler, Huber, Kohli, Leiber, Luginbuhl, Luginbill, Lugibihl, Lugibill, Lehman, Matter, Motter, Moser, Neuenschwander, Niswander, Oberly, Probst, Reichenbach, Schmutz, Schumacher, Stauffer, Steiner, Suter, Welty, Zimmerly, Zimmerman, Zuercher.

Did we miss someone?

A: There's a Swiss ancestor in your family tree.

60 years later - meet the BHS class of 1957

Bluffton High School class of 1957 celebrated its 60th reunion on June 17, 2017, in the Bluffton town hall.

Attending, front from left, Ruth Augsburger Koontz, Eva Galloway Pickett, Raeleen Bucher Greenawalt, Marjory Lehman Lyman, Jane Badertscher Walter, Judy Tschantz Koepke and John Murray.

Second row from left, Judy Schiffke Hauenstein, Nan Schmidt Knee, Mary Jo Diller Lehman, Martha Koontz Hindgardner, Margie Gerber Closson, Linda Core Kramer and Dwain Leiber.