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Erin Prater

July 25, 2016


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Ride to Remember growing - here's some photos of the ride


Bluffton's second-ever Ride to Remember bicycle ride held July 16 attracted over 150 riders. Last year's ride brought 101 riders to Bluffton.

The ride is a fund-raiser for the Bluffton Pathway Program. Here are some views of the event.

Burma Shave signs return for Ride to Remember

Anyone 55 and older can appreciate it. Those younger, well, you'd have had to be there to understand what happens next.

Part of the fun of the Ride to Remember held Saturday involving over 150 bikers was the "Burma Shave" style signage.

These signs were dropped in several of the routes to keep the riders guessing.

We offer you two examples. Start with the top sign reading: "A Bad Attitude is Like..." 

The signs continue below.




Timothy Fisher 1955 - 2016

Timothy A. Fisher, 60, died on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 9:28 p.m. at his residence.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1955 in Lima, Ohio, to Charles and Dorothy (Rush) Fisher and they are both deceased.

Timothy attended Bluffton High School.

Surviving are: a daughter, Lori Clay of Ada; 2 brothers: Kevin Fisher of Harrod and Chuck (Sharon) Fisher of LaFayette; 1 sister: Sandra Ulrey of Lima; and 3 granddaughters; and sister-in-law: Linda Fisher of Jackson Center.

Timothy was predeceased by a brother: Mike Fisher and a baby brother, Mark Fisher.


Elizabeth Cogley teaching resignation on Monday's school board agenda

Bluffton school board will act on a host of contracts at its July meeting on Monday.

In addition one teacher resignation will be acted up on.

Elizabeth Cogley, high school teacher and senior class advisor, has announced her resignation.

One certified employee contract will be acted upon for Emily Kriegel. Her’s will be a one-year contract and if hired she will enter the system as a master’s step 2 and will be offered a salary of $39,966.

Bluffton's north water tower renovation project starts soon

Interior paint renovation on the north Bluffton water tower (Snider Road) will begin next week.

According to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, the tower whille be out of service for four to five weeks to allow for adequate coating curing time.

The water tower project is one item in the administrator's report to Bluffton council on Monday evening.

During the meeting council will receive an update on a drainage project.

Weldon Geiger was a lifelong farmer

Weldon C. Geiger, 85, died July 16, 2016, at 11:40 a.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Weldon was born March 6, 1931, in Bluffton to the late Pearl and Burdella (Amstutz) Geiger.  On Feb. 24, 1953 he married Marcine Welty Geiger who preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 2015.


Bluffton stories from an eariler era: How the Bluffton slaw cutter came into existence

Note: The Icon acquired a manuscript titled “A Brief History of Bluffton’s Industrial Developments.” This publication was prepared by the classes in Marketing and Small Business Administration from Bluffton College, under the director of Dr. Howard Raid. Publication date is May 1959. We’ve updated some current addresses so viewers may identify location.


Jonah Agner interview - 13,389 Facebook reaches...and counting

The next time you stop in The Cask Room, Main Street, Ada, tell Jonah Agner that the Icon sent you.

The Icon knew that our story on Jonah Agner's vegetarian menu at The Cask Room, Ada, would be a big hit.

We underestimated how big.

Below is a screen shot of the Icon's Facebook announcement of the story. Check the number of people it reached: 18,398. In addition, the story had 72 shares and 31 comments.

And those numbers continues to grow.


"Weekend" shares everything happening in Icon viewership area July 16-22

Your "Weekend" is here and it offers lots of events in the Bluffton and Ada Icon viewership area. A printed copy is also available at the Bluffton Public LIbrary and Common Grounds



Chamber invites donations for Aug. 2 fireworks

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce invites individuals, businesses and organizations to consider being a sponsor of Bluffton's National Night Out fireworks display.

E-mail your pledge to blufftonchamber@gmail.com. Or mail checks to:
Fireworks Fund
Bluffton Chamber
PO Box 142
Bluffton, OH 45817