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May 30, 2015


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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Phillip Kingsley

Phillip R. Kingsley, 72 of Bluffton died Friday, May 22, 2015 at Willow Ridge - Frieda House, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Letter to the editor: from Senior Citizens board

The Board of Directors and the staff of the Bluffton Senior Center would like to thank Rick and Ruth Grihalva from Forever in Stitches for the very generous donation after they closed the retail side of their business. They gifted the Senior Center with much fabric, kits and sewing notions. The sewers at the Senior Center will be set for quite a while.

Thank You,

Bluffton Senior Citizens board


Ada farmer's market returns on Thursdays

By Monty Siekerman of the Ada Icon
Yes, the Farmers Market will return to Ada this summer, but in a new location.

The market will operate from the Railroad Depot parking lot from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning June 4.

VENDORS: Call ReStore Community Center, 419-558-1015 for vendor details.

There was a question about its operating this year due to new restrictions, regulations and requirements demanded by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which now oversees farmers markets.

Stratton Greenhouses open Memorial Day

Stratton Greenhouses, 9915 Liincoln Highway, Bluffton, is open Memorial Day from noon to 5 p.m., according to Susie and Steve Stratton.

There are several weekend specials including:
• $10 off all $39.89 mixed planters
• $5 off all $19.89 and $16.89 mixed planters

Stratton Greenhouse hours are:
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays in May noon to 5 p.m.


Open tennis court practice begins June 1

Starting Monday, June 1, at 7 p.m. Bluffton boys interested in playing tennis will have an opportunity to learn the sport. Every Monday night we will have free instructions at the Howe Tennis Courts on East College Avenue, according to Mike Hilty, BHS head boys tennis coach.


Pirates boys' and girls' track teams second at NWC meet

Bluffton High Schools' girls' and boys' track teams both finished solid second places in the Northwest Conference track meet, which concluded May 16 at Columbus Grove.

CLICK HERE to view all meet stats.


Swimming pool opening delayed to May 29

“Due to the recent, current and forecasted weather for the next few days, the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool will not be opening for swimming this Memorial Day weekend," Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, told The Icon today.

The pool office will be open on Saturday, May 23, and Monday, May 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. each day for those interested in purchasing season passes.

The pool is scheduled to open for the season on Friday, May 29. The pool will be open Monday through Friday from 1 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Jaime Lugibihl interns this summer at Bluffton Family Recreation

Jaime Lugibihl, 2010 Bluffton High School graduate, is a summer intern at Bluffton Family Recreation, according to Joseph Beagle, director.

Lugibihl is a sports management major at Bowling Green State University where she will graduate in August.

In her internship, Lugibihl will serve as a sports, event and management coordinator.

“My BFR background started with I was 5 or 6. I was in youth basketball, soccer and was a camper in summer day camps,” she said.

BHS Maddie Willis second in NWC softball balloting

In voting by Northwest Conference softball coaches for the 2015 softball season senior Hope Schroeder, a pitcher from Columbus Grove, was named Player of the Year after being runner-up for that honor during the 2014 season.  

Schroeder received first-place votes from 7 of the conference coaches.  Coaches may not vote for players from their own schools. 

Bluffton senior Maddie Willis finished second in the balloting with Allen East sophomore Ariana Schmiedebusch finishing third.


Austin Bricker, Dakota Bricker and James Harrod BHS baseball all-NWC

Bluffton High School baseball players Austin Bricker and Dakota Bricker were named to the second-team all-NWC in baseball. James Harrod was named honorable mention.

In voting by Northwest Conference baseball coaches for the 2015 baseball season. senior Nate Owens, a catcher from Crestview was named Player of the Year.  Owens was a unanimous selection receiving 160 out of a possible 160 points in the balloting.