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May 26, 2016


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BVS honored with Gold Achievement of Excellence Award

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) was recently recognized at the Gold Level by The Partnership for Excellence (TPE), Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana’s Performance Excellence Program.

Dean Dearth was retired from Anderson Tractor

Dean D. Dearth, age 83, died on May 13, 2016 at 11:50 PM at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima. 

He was born on May 17, 1932, in Orange Township, Hancock County, Ohio, the house he lived in, to J. Kenneth and Mabel L. (Montgomery) Dearth who preceded him in death.   On Aug. 26, 1950, he married Sarah B. Willeke and she survives in Ada. 


Softball: Bluffton stops Patrick Henry, advances to district action

Bluffton HS girls’ softball team won its Division III sectional title beating Patrick Henry 2-1.

The Pirates now 12-6 advance to district action next week.  PH ends its season at 13-8. Sami Fruchey (9-5) was the winning pitcher.

Bluffton scored two runs in the second inning, while PH scored one in the third. It was scoreless after that. Bluffton’s runs were scored by Jazmynn Wilson and Aimee Ritter.

Ritter and Mara Minnig had runs batted in for the Pirates. Five BHS batters had one hit each. They were Wilson, Ritter, Minnig, Fruchey and Taylor Monday.


Iconoclast View: Was Mr. Kooker your teacher?

Was "Mr. Kooker" your teacher?

He taught public school for 46 years - mostly in Bluffton, except for a brief span in Hawaii - so chances are good that if you attended Bluffton you probably came in contact he him.

Several years ago the Icon interviewed “Mr. Kooker” about his early years teaching in Bluffton elementary. This is a brief section of the interview. The entire interview will be published in a book about Bluffton in the 1950s to be released later.


Clarence Kooker was a public school teacher for 46 years

Clarence Martin Kooker, 87, died May 11, 2016, at 5:55 p.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. 

Clarence was born Nov. 14, 1928 in Quakertown, Pa., to Clarence S. and Florence (Bleam) Kooker.  After the death of his birth mother, his father remarried and Clarence was raised by Helen (Ahlum) Kooker.  On June 30, 1951, Clarence married Mary Nunemaker Kooker who survives.

Clarence graduated from Quakertown High School in Quakertown.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Bluffton College and his Master's degree from Bowling Green State University. 


NWC track meet finals on Saturday in Ada

Story and photos by Monty Siekerman
Ada hosts the Northwest Conference track and field events.

Prelims were held on Thursday. The finals are set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, continuing until about 2 p.m.

Thursday saw many competitors from the 10 schools, as well as many spectators. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Looking for conference championships are athletes from Ada, Allen East, Bluffton, Columbus Grove, Crestview, Delphos Jefferson, Lincolnview, Paulding, and Spencerville.


Meanwhile...Bluffton is host to a huge soccer weekend

You may find it difficult to find a parking spot in Bluffton this weekend. The arts and crafts show on Saturday downtown draws lots of people.

In addition, the Bluffton Soccer Club two-day tournaments on Bluffton University playing fields will attract a couple thousand people to Bluffton.

According to Jamie Mehaffie of the club, 38 teams are registered. Those teams are made up of U 12 and U 15 boys and girls teams.

Teams competing are from Bluffton, Ada, Van Buren, Findlay, Cory-Rawson, Celina and Liberty Benton. 

Saturday - a great day to come downtown and enjoy the arts and crafts show

The stage is set for Saturday.

Bluffton's 45th annual arts and crafts festival moves into Main Street with countless craft booths, business exhibits and lots more.

Set up starts as early at 6 a.m. The show offically starts at 9 a.m. and continues to 3 p.m. Jerry Burkholder, for the 15th year, is the craft show director.

In between there's an opportunity for the entire family to have a great time in downtown Bluffton. Here's what else is on the schedule:

• Hard Rock Llama Co., will show a variety of young and adult llamas. You'll find them on Vine and Main.

Gain Awareness. Support Your Community. Sponsor the Library's Summer Program.

Thanks for your interest in Bluffton Public Library's 2016 Summer Programming and Reading Challenge!  


Every summer, our library’s goal is to encourage people of all ages to read and continue learning throughout every stage of their lives.  Our theme this summer has an emphasis on supporting a healthy body, mind and spirit, and we’ve titled this theme: “Our Library, Our Community: Healthy Together.”

Letter: Loved the article "How to succeed in Bluffton"


LOVED the ideas in your "How to Succeed in Bluffton..." speech/article. I've always considered Bluffton "the little town that could."

If your article this doesn't make a change-encourage involvement in how
Bluffton is promoted, then I'm not sure what will. I love my hometown!

Cindy Luginbuhl