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Erin Prater

July 24, 2016


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Bluffton Sardines enjoy WOAL meet ever - finish 4th of 8 teams

Bluffton Sardine swim team finished fourth of eight teams in this past weekend’s Western Ohio Aquatic League meet held at Bluffton. In the girls’ standings, Bluffton finished sixth overall. In the boys’ standings Bluffton finished fourth overall.

It was Bluffton’s best-ever finish in a WOAL meet, which is dominated by teams from communities larger than Bluffton.

Three Bluffton seniors swam in their final meet. They are Cobie Mikesell, Misha Groman and Sierra Osborne.


The zoo returns to the library Wednesday with more animals an a lively program

If you thought the armadillo from the Toledo Zoo was pretty neat, then you've love the zoo's next visit to the Bluffton Public Library.

It's at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13. The topic is "animal classification." The free program for Kindergarten through fifth gradeers and prior registration is necessary due to space limitations.

Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult. The program is in the Richland Room on the library's lower level.

Jonah Agner creates vegetarian menu for Ada restaurant

FROM THE ADA ICON - The Cask Room, 127 S. Main St., Ada, now serves lunch and dinner…but it’s not just any old menu. It’s a menu you’d have to drive to Toledo or Columbus to match. And, it has an interesting Bluffton connection.

Bluffton High School grad, Jonah Agner, co-owner and chef, has created a very affordable entirely vegetarian menu. After looking it over, you’d never think to ask, “Where’s the meat?”



Letter: SHANNON Service Club recognizes Main Street flag donors

Icon viewers:


The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton, in conjunction with the Village
of Bluffton, the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Bluffton American
Legion, says thank you to the many businesses and individuals who helped to
sponsor the 2016 Main Street flag project The cooperation among so many
people who helped this project in so many ways is truly inspiring. And the
stories behind the people who are honored and memorialized are heartwarming.


Relay for Hope pie auction raises $1,877 - here's the top three recipes

Three fantastic pie recipes

This year's Bluffton Relay for Hope pie auction set a record with 28 pies sold for a total of $1,877, according to Esther Spaeth.

Kathy Miles’ cherry pie won first place, Jamey Miles (son of Kathy and James) was second with a caramel pie. Brent Warren was third with old-fashioned all American apple pie. All three are from Jenera. 

Judges were Jeff Stratton and Matthew Gillett. The auctioneer was Dave Warren.

First Place Winner
Kathy Miles’ Cherry Pie
Double crust pie dough


Meet Genn Akroyd, the new Bluffton chamber director

Gennifer Akroyd is the new Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce director, according to Phil Zimmerly, president of the chamber board.

Akroyd comes to the chamber with a background in marketing and public relations, particularly with non-profit organizations. That includes with the United Way of Hancock County and as a freelancer.

A 1992 Cory-Rawson graduate, she has previous small business experience as owner-operator of Thin and Healthy with locations in Findlay and Bowling Green.


Marilyn Jean Sumney receives Senior Assn. life membership

Bluffton Senior Citizen Association will honor Marilyn Jean Sumney during its July dinner meeting.

Jean turns 90 this month and will receive a life membership and red rose from the center.

The meeting is at 6 p.m., Monday, July 11, at the center. It is a catered meal by the Masonic Lodge. Tickets are $8.50.


Icon's Weekend edition offers preview of coming events in Bluffton

It's another summer weekend in Bluffton and the Icon Weekend edition provides information on events taking place in the Icon viewership area in a 13-page printer-friendly attachment. A printed version is available at the Bluffton Public Library and Common Grounds.



Do you see what I see? - check our close-up photo

Bluffton's big bird may not have a Bluffton Sportsmen's Club fishing license, but who's going to stop it from fishing?

The Icon spotted the great blue heron again this week, this time on the west side of the Spring Street bridge over the Riley - sort of an idyllic view.

The photo below shows an close up of the same photo.


Check out this library calendar - it's July

And you thought nothing was happening during July in Bluffton.

Think again. Here's the July calendar of events from the Bluffton Public Library. There's something happening nearly every day of the week.