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August 28, 2016


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SilverSneakers now three times weekly at BFR

Bluffton Family Recreation, 2015 Snider Road, Bluffton, now offers classes three a week through the Healthway SilverSneakers Fitness program, according to Joseph Beagle of BFR.

The program is for older adults and involves regular physical activity.

Each class session lasts between 45 and 60 minutes held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:45 a.m. at BFR. The Monday class is a new option in the program.

Lima Area Concert Band performs at MMH Concert on the Lawn Aug. 21

Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, invites the public to its annual “Concert on the Lawn,” Sunday, Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Musical entertainment is by the Lima Area Concert Band. 

Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair and an appetite. There will be free ice cream, popcorn and beverages along with the fellowship of family and friends.

For more information regarding Concert on the Lawn, call Mennonite Memorial Home at 419-358-1015, option 1.


Darrell and Kay Huber celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Darrell and Kay Huber celebrated 50 years of marriage eariler this month with a pool party hosted by their daughter and family.

Darrell and the former Kay Richard were married Aug. 13, 1966, at Pleasant View Church of the Brethren by Rev. Rommie Moore.

They are parents of a daughter Megan (Michael) Coffman of Bluffton. They have two grandchildren, Kaleigh and Ezekiel.

Darrell is retired from Bluffton University and Kay from Wapakoneta City Schools.


Billy Rowe was retired from DTR Industries

Billy G. Rowe, 72, died on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at 5:40 a.m. at his residence in Alger.

He was born on July 20, 1944, in Shelby, Ohio, to Estle and Rosie (Lillo) Rowe who preceded him in death. On Jan. 29, 1964, he married Cheryl D. Weller and she survives in Alger.

Billy previously worked at the Ohio Kentucky Manufacturing Co. in Ada. He then worked for 26 years as a carpenter for Teledyne Ohio Steel in Lima. Billy then retired after working for 13 years for DTR Industries in Bluffton. He was a graduate of Alger High School.


Bethel Church of Christ has back-to-school "Urge" event Aug. 21

A free event, titled Urge 2016, open to youth from junior high through college age takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 21 at Bethel Church of Christ just north of Ada.

The focus  is to encourage students ( to do well in the upcoming school year and to urge them to be who God wants them to be in their schools. 

URGE features Courtnee Morris as the guest speaker along with the Mike Lee Band (Worship) from Fort Wayne, SafeKept (Christian Rock) from Columbus and B List Boys (Christian Hip Hop) from Bluffton.


Emmanuel UCC invites community to worship in the park Aug. 21

Friends and neighbors are invited to Worship in the Park at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, with Emmanuel United Church of Christ. The service and family activities will be held in the Bluffton village park under the pavilion by the baseball field.


63 years later - here's a bird's-eye view of neighboring Ada

We asked the Icon photographer for a bird's-eye view of Bluffton and he apparently flew over the wrong community.

Here's how neighboring Ada appeared from a bird's-eye view 63 years ago. The photo was published in Ada's 1953 centennial booklet.

There are 15 buildings identified in the legend at the bottom of the photo.


Bluffton University receives $25,000 grant to support vocational exploration

Bluffton University’s mission is to “prepare students of all backgrounds for life as well as vocation.”

During the 2016-17 academic year, the university will boost its efforts toward vocational exploration through The Venture Project, a program made possible through the generous support of the Council of Independent Colleges and the Lilly Foundation Inc. The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVue) grant is worth $25,000.

Fall youth program registration underway at BFR

Bluffton Family Recreation is taking registrations for its two six-week fall program sessions for youngsters.

Session I begins the third week of September and continues until Friday, Oct. 28.
Session 2 begins Sunday, Nov. 6 and continues until Friday, Dec. 16. Parents may register children for either or both sessions now.

Visitation Tuesday for Helen Driver, 99

Helen E. Driver, 99, died at 2:35 a.m., Aug. 14, 2016, at Bluffton Hospital.

Helen was born Sept. 16, 1916, in Allen County to Russell and Edith (Brenneman) Wolfe, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 13, 1940, she married Marion J. Driver who died on Sept. 22, 1997.