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Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, adds Tuesday service

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, has added an additional service for the summer. 

The Tuesday evening service, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will be a casual, abbreviated copy of the previous Sunday service. 

The Tuesday evening services will be held through Sept. 6.  Everyone is welcome, especially if you are gone over the weekend for work or travel.


Blanchard Valley Hospital ranked among 100 great community hospitals

Blanchard Valley Hospital is proud to announce that it has been named one of Becker's Hospital Review's "100 Great Community Hospitals" in the United States for the second consecutive year. 

This award comes on the heels of BVH being named among the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for the fourth time by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

Icon's rhubarb pie aged 1 year in the freezer

Try cleaning out your freezer. You never know what you’ll find. I did. I found a bag of rhubarb cut from last summer (2015 vintage).

It was encased in a global-formed block of ice and looked pretty shameful.

But, you know the saying, pour on some sugar – just a little – and suddenly you have the ingredients for a pie.

Recalling that quote, I went to work. This meant halting my cleaning job. Instead I put on my baking cap. Here’s what happened next.


Toledo Zoo comes to Bluffton library on Wednesday

Bluffton Public Library invites youth from Kindergarten through fifth grade to a learning program conducted by the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, at the library.

The program is titled Amazing Adaptations. Registration in advance is required.

Amazing Adaptations takes place in the library's lower level. Children who attaned will meet some of the aniamsl who call the Toledo Zoo their home.


Council hears final reading of water-sewer surchange tonight

On Monday evening, Bluffton council will act on the final reading of an ordinance set a surcharge on water and sewer accounts in the village.

The surcharge is based upon meter size. The range of meters in the village is from 5/8 inches all the way to 6 inches.

The accompanying charge shows the monthly surcharge.

Council will also act on adopting 2016 asphalt sealing project schedule. Street and alley committee has recommended using Nonnemaker, a Columbus Grove firm, for this project, at a cost of $11,870.

Cadets drum and bugle corps performs in Ada tonighty

The Cadets, one of the oldest and most honored continuously operating drum and bugle corps in the country, will perform at Ohio Northern University’s Dial-Roberson Stadium on Monday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The nationally renowned corps will present its 2016 production, “Awakening.” The corps also will perform patriotic selections and classics from past seasons.


Here's what's happening in this Icon "Weekend" edition

It’s an Icon Weekend. And, there’s lots going on.

The Icon’s 11-page weekend feature - CLICK HERE TO OPEN – offers a window to the events and activities in the Bluffton Icon and Ada Icon viewership areas from Saturday, June 18, through Friday, June 24.

"Weekend" is also accessible as an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Bluffton's Riley Creek Arbor service club receives charter

Bluffton has a new service club.

It’s Riley Creek Arbor, formed this spring by Gary Reese of Faith Investment Services of Bluffton.

“This arbor is associated with Gleaner Life Insurance Society based in Adrian, Michigan,” said Reese. “An arbor is a local service club, organized and operated by Gleaner members. Gleaner supports the arbors with matching funds and donations to charities of their choice."

Riley Creek Arbor held a start-up dinner on June 2 at Jeanne’s Kitchen.


High school cross country tournament structure will change

Several changes to the high school cross country postseason will take effect this fall after the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors approved a list of proposals from the OHSAA Cross Country Subcommittee earlier this week. The changes alter how schools are placed into divisions and how qualifying teams and individuals advance to the regional and state tournaments.


Bill Gordon was GOBA director - funeral on Friday

William J. Gordon
The cycling community lost a leader and friend Saturday morning when William J. Gordon passed away suddenly while biking with friends.

A Dublin resident, Bill was born Feb. 22, 1959 in Elyria, Ohio. He graduated from Huron High School in 1977, and from Ohio Northern University in 1981 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.