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Ohio's Job and Family Services features topic of Friday chamber breakfast

BCE workshop "Small Business Road Map to Success" follows meeting

Joe Patton from Ohio Means Jobs, will explain services offered by Ohio's Job and Family Services, Lima office, during the Friday, Dec. 9, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast, according to Gen Akroyd, chamber director.

Citizens National Bank will also share the impact of the election and outlook into 2017 in financial markets.

You can view the entire Ream Holiday Folk Art disply from this video

For the first time, the Icon offers viewers a front row seat to view the entire Ream Holiday Folk Art display on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.

It's easy to take this winter display for granted, at least for Bluffton residents who pass by it nearly every day in December.

We encourage residents to take a moment in the evening. Stop, get out of your vehicle and walk around the display. You'll see familiar images and new ones.


Inn at ONU offers holiday assistance

Wrap It-Up Luncheons and Mind-Body-And-Spirit Tea

The Inn at Ohio Northern University offers two wrap it-up luncheons and one mind-body-and-spirit tea this month.

Here are the details:

Wrap It-Up Luncheon
Saturday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 17
11 a.m. to 1 p .m.

Menu includes Christmas casserole with holiday salad and dessert while Santa’s elves wrap up three of your gifts.

Mind-Body-And-Spirit Tea
Sunday, Dec. 18
2 to 4 p.m.


You never need to mow this soccer field

BFR's new indoor 7,200-square-foot turf getting great reviews from athletes

After 19 years and who-knows-how-many soccer matches, Bluffton Family Recreation has a new carpet – more precisely, a new indoor turf on its soccer field.

And, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director, “We are getting great reviews from athletes using it.”

The new turf replaced the original turf.

• Old turf
• BFR floor with no turf
• Installing new turf
• New turf in place

Bluffton Family Recreation, located at 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, and offers year-around sports programming.

Riley Creek Old Time Christmas Tour on Saturday in four locations

Don't forget the Swiss Society's homestead open house also on Saturday

Icon viewers are invited to an old-time Christmas tour in the rural Pandora community on Saturday, Dec. 10, according to Tom McCullough.

The second annual Riley Creek Old Time Christmas Tour takes place in four locations with open houses from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Roberson and Zickafoose All-North Region

December 6, 2016

BLUFFTON, Ohio - For the second straight season, the Bluffton University football team has two all-region selections in junior Micah Roberson (Ada) and sophomore Isaac Zickafoose (Middlebury, Ind./Northridge). Roberson is the second two-time D3football.com All-North Region honoree in the past two seasons following 2015 First Team selection Ryan Aelker. It also marks the third straight year that a Bluffton defensive lineman has been named All-North Region. Roberson was named Second Team All-North Region, while Zickafoose was a Third Team honoree.

Jana Huber was a Bluffton High School graduate

Jana S. Huber, 53, died Dec. 5, 2016, at 10:47 p.m. at Bluffton Hospital. Jana was born March 30, 1963, in Bluffton to the late Lyle and Evelyn (Steinman) Everett.  On Aug. 8, 1981, she married Wayne Huber who survives. 

Jana graduated from Bluffton High School.  She was a homemaker and loved providing child care in her home over the years.  Jana previously worked for Bluffton Preschool.  She attended St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora.


Letter: Thanks to all involved in "Holly Follies"

Icon viewers:

We want to thank everyone involved with the "Holly Follies." We would like to thank the people selling tickets at the door, the people backstage, all of the performers, Greg Denecker, custodians and especially the audience.

Everyone gave up family time to put this show together. It was a great success! Thanks again everyone.

The Holly Follies Committee,
Pat Rodabaugh
Jeanie Ream
Terry Mullenhour


Lima Area Youth Orchestra Christmas concert Dec. 18

Four Bluffton students are orchestra members

Four Bluffton school musicians are part of the Lima Area Youth Orchestra this school year.

The orchestra will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Lima Senior High School Auditorium.

According to Rachael Lewis, Bluffton strings teacher, Bluffton students in the orchestra are:
• Violins: Isaac Andreas, Amanda Speicher, Grace Paquin
• Cello: Alyssa Speicher


Mary Louise Toews was a Bluffton College graduate

Mary Louise (Dean) Toews, 87, died Nov. 30, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center, Redding, Calif.

Mary was born in Youngstown, Ohio, to David and Metta Dean. She graduated from Bluffton College and married Theodore Toews, also a Bluffton College graduate.

Mary was a teacher for over 30 years. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Dean, three children, Aiyana Sequana, David Toews (Becky Thatcher) and Rachel Meyer; and grandchildren Jesse Toews, Kyle, Dylan and Devan Meyer, and Megan Sequana.