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April 25, 2019

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A chat with Tom Doty

You always learn something you never knew about Bluffton

You learn something you didn't know about Bluffton every time you talk with Tom Doty.

The most recent confab took place in his repair shop while talking with Tom and his son, Mike. The topic under discussion was the last half century of the Bluffton auto repair business. It covers lots of miles.

Click here to read the announcement of Mike Doty taking over ownership of Doty's Auto Repair and Wheel Alignment.


Pirate softball team now 14-1 after blowout at Spencerville

Prater scored two runs, singled and stole three bases; Libby Schaadt struck out 11 and allowed no Bearcat to reach base

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Lady Pirate junior Libby Schaadt fired a five-inning perfect game to lead host Bluffton to a 10-0 shellacking of Spencerville in a Northwest Conference softball mismatch Thursday evening.

Schaadt struck out 11 and allowed no Bearcat to reach base in her perfectoe. Her record is now 12-1.

The Lady Pirates extended their win streak to 13 games and improved their season record to 14-1 with the lopsided win.

Bluffton also improved to 5-0 in league action to stay in first place, a game ahead of Crestview.


Mike Doty taking over family auto repair and wheel alignment business

Second-generation owner; shop started by his dad, Tom, in 1983

Bluffton has a new second-generation business.

Doty’s Auto Repair and Alignment, open in 1983 by Tom Doty, will become Doty’s Auto Repair and Wheel Alignment, LLC, owned and operated by Tom’s son, Mike on May 1.

Click here to read our column about Tom Doty.

“The business will continue offering all the repair and wheel alignment services and great customer service we’ve always offered,” said Mike. “The only thing that’s changing is that Dad is stepping away from the business.”


25th annual Ohio Lincoln Highway League state meeting in Van Wert

The Van Wert Historical Society hosts the 25th annual Ohio Lincoln Highway League (OLHL) state meeting Saturday, April 27. 

A welcome and introduction will begin at 10:15 a.m. by Larry Webb of the Van Wert Historical Society. 

Marty Thomas, president of the Western Ohio Chapter and of the Welsh Society of Northwest Ohio will give an update on the retrieval and restoration of a 1936 aircraft that accompanied Admiral Richard Byrd to the Antarctic in 1941. 


Three Johnny Appleseed program set in May

Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park Distict announces three programs in May of interest to Icon viewers:

  • Area Horses & Harness 19th Annual Spring Plow Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allen County Farm Park. Horses and antique tractors will be preparing the ground for spring planting.

  • Wildflower Walkabout at Kendrick Woods on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the fleeting beauty of spring wildflowers, with a naturalist. This is an easy hike, but please wear appropriate footwear.


Baseball: Beavers stop rival ONU 10-7

Less than a week after the Bluffton University baseball team gift wrapped Ohio Northern a 10-7 victory thanks to five errors and eight unearned runs, the Polar Bears returned the favor with two innings of miscues on Wednesday, April 17. Bluffton improved to 16-15 with the 7-4 victory, while ONU slipped to 15-14 on the season.