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Pig barn - with up to 2,500 pigs - going up in Orange Township

Story and photo by Amy Eddings
From the Ada Icon

The stereotype of country living is that everyone knows everyone else’s business. That didn’t hold true for neighbors of a new pig barn being built in Hancock County, less than a quarter mile from Hardin County resident Liz Vogt.

“I walk their creek,” she said of the Daft family farm. “I saw that [crews] were digging. I thought I’d go up and see what they were doing. I thought, wouldn’t it be nice if they were building a new barn."

Richland Manor car show June 26

Wheels will be turning as vintage and classic cars cruise to Richland Manor's Car Show Friday, June 26, from 4-7 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to the top five cars/truck and best motorcycle.

We invite the community to view the cars and enjoy some food. Please bring a canned food item to be donated to the local food pantry. For more information, contact Richland Manor, 7400 Swaney Road, 419-643-3161.


McComb Region Heart and Soul project kicks off July 4

Two-Year Project Aims to Get Community Input on McComb’s Future

On July 4, McComb Region Heart & Soul  formally kicks off a project that aims to involve the community in planning for McComb’s future, Project Coordinator Joe Wasson announced.

Wow! I didn't know all these events are planned at BFR

Several programs take place in July at Bluffton Family Recreation, according to Joseph Beagle, director. Registration and more information is available at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, 419-358-4150 or on the web at www.bfronline.com.

3-on-3 basketball
A 3-on-3 basketball tournament is open to high school students and adults. All games are played at BFR on starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 9, with one team emerging as the tournament winner. Cost is $75 per team.

Bluffton's senior artists prove their talents with awards at LeadingAge show

Icon viewers know that art abounds in Bluffton.

Several artist elders at Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio proved that fact through their winning efforts in the LeadingAge 2015 Northwest District Art and Writing Show held June 18 at Mennonite Memorial Home.

The following residents were winners in this year’s show:
Fine Arts 1
First place – Della Salter, MSC Cedric

Fine Arts 2
Second place – Harold Storrer, Keep ‘em Flying

John Estell recognized at American Society of Engineering Education conference

Bluffton resident, Dr. John K. Estell, Ohio Northern University professor of computer engineering and computer science, and ONU student David Reeping, a senior in engineering education from Richfield, Ohio, were recipients of the Best Paper Award, Third Place, from the First-Year Programs Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) during the 122nd ASEE Annual Conference held June 14-17 in Seattle, Wash.


Healthways SilverSneakers for seniors returns to BFR

Bluffton Family Recreation is now offering weekly classes through the Healthway SilverSneakers Fitness Program, according to Joseph Beagle, director.

“The program is for older adults and involves regular physical activity,” said Beagle. “Each class session lasts between 45 and 60 minutes held on Fridays at 9:45 a.m. at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.”

Althaus twins on their 1914-era Harley

Older Bluffton residents knew the Althaus twins - Levi and Willie. Here they are on a 1914-era Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Jesse Steiner took this photo. He was a teacher at the Hilty school (corner of State Route 696 and Columbus Grove Road). 

The Althaus brothers attended the school. This photo is from the collection of  Alan Eaton, whose grandfather was Jesse Steiner.

Now for some details about the motorcycle, thanks to the Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisc.:

Memorial service for Phillip Kingsley June 27

A memorial service for Phillip Kingsley will be held on Saturday, June 27 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio at 11:00 a.m.  The family will be at the church for visiting from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and pre-service music will begin at 10:40.

All guests are invited to a luncheon after the service, followed by a time of sharing memories and further visiting with the family.


Bluffton: Bicycle Capital of Ohio on June 21 thanks to GOBA's visit

Bluffton was be a one-day biker's paradise on Sunday (June 21).


Visitors to town were the 2,000+ participants in the 27th Annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA).

Bikers started the tour in Van Wert on Sunday and made a 50-mile trip to Bluffton arriving between 9:30 a.m. 2 p.m. Earlier in the week chances of thundershowers were 60 percent,  which sent local planners to prepare an indoors "Plan B" for the guests.

The rains never came and Sunday was an enjoyable sunny day.