It's where Bluffton gets its news!
November 13, 2018

You are here

All Bluffton Icon News

Jan Goodger was a former teacher at Trinity Lutheran School

Jan Goodger, former part-time teacher at Trinity Lutheran School, Jenera, and wife of Arnold Goodger, teacher of Grades 5 and 6 at Trinity from 1979-1986, was died on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, after a short illness. 

Janice Louise (Breitenfield) Goodger, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was born on Dec. 21, 1950, in Tomah, Wisconsin, to Victor and Lydia Breitenfield.  She graduated from Luther High School in Onalaska, Wisconsin, in 1969, and from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, in 1974. 


MHCO longevity dinner honors employees

22 employees recogized

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) held its annual Longevity Dinner on Nov. 8 at Maple Crest.  Each year, MHCO honors employees who have reached five or more years with the organization (in five-year increments).  Laura Voth, CEO, served as emcee for the evening. 

Associates honored include:

40 Years – Sue Richard

35 Years – Diana Dray

25 Years – Crista Nofziger, Kris Russell

20 Years – Agnes Davis, Peg Sautter

15 Years – Mark Offenbacher

10 Years – Cindy McMaster, De Michel, Brady Pickford, Joy Siders, Caryn Wager

An early Ada baseball team

Ada historian, Lee Crouse, provides the Ada Icon with historical photos. The Ada Icon shares this interesting story with Bluffton viewers.

From the 1920s to the 1940s the ZoRoLo company, located on East Buckeye Avenue, back of the Liberty bank in Ada, made a product to cure arthritis.

The first and second floors of the building were used for and office and as a place to hold vats in which the formula was mixed, placed in gallon containers, and shipped to places in the United States.


Icon viewer Carole Oakley spotted this Allen County plate and sent it to the Icon.


Vicki Watkins was a Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate

Vicki J. Watkins, 64, died Nov. 9, 2018, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.  Vicki was born Dec. 29, 1953, in Bluffton, to Don and Ilo (VanScoder) Martin who survive. On May 14, 1983 she married Mark Watkins who survives.

Vicki worked in the cafeteria at Pandora-Gilboa High School.  She was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church.  Vicki enjoyed cooking, camping and was a graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School. 


Ohio Holiday Light Trail includes “Blaze”

First time listing for Bluffton’s holiday lights

For the first time, the Ohio Holiday Lights Trail will lead travelers to Bluffton’s Blaze of Lights, which includes the Ream folk art display, downtown holiday lights, and residential lights.