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June 24, 2018

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If there's a Swiss gene in you, then...

Sunday's Swiss Day program should be on your "to do" list this weekend

Rich Bucher will lead the interactive
main program on the Swiss language.

It's Swiss Day, Sunday, June 24, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., at the Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road.

And, the Swiss Community Historical Society hosts its annual Swiss Day, a celebration of the culture and history of local Swiss settlers, including food, language, and genealogy.

Look who the Icon ran into on Saturday

Look who the Icon ran into on Saturday at Shirley's birthday party. He even offered us some of his popcorn.

Without providing any names - because that could give it away - we'll hand out a half dozen Shannon Theatre passes to Icon viewers who can ID this guy and give viewers a good sentence or two about him. 

Depending upon the number of respoonses, we may hand out honorable mentions.

Either comment below or comment to: info@blufftonicon.com.


Know anyone in this class photo? It's first graders 1968-69

The teacher is Linda Sommer. The school year is 1968-69 and this is a first grade class, making these students part of the Bluffton High School graduating class of 1980.

Here's Linda's attempt at identification.

Middle row:   ? ,    ? ,  Shawn Smith,   ? ,    Tammy Wideman,  Tom Van Atta,  Peter Yost,  Michelle Smith
Front row:  Janice Sherrick,   ?   ,    Rebecca Searcy,   Letitia Triplett,   ?   ,  Dennis Smith,  ?   ,    ?   ,   ?


OH AZ PA was spotted at the Bluffton shuffleboard court during the first match of the season. It's on a blue Chevy Silverado LTZ. Any doubts that this plate means Ohio, Arizona and Pennsylvania?


1955 Sunbeam Alpine takes best of show trophy

1951 Farmall M named top tractor

A 1955 bright red Sunbeam Alpine took best of show at the 51st annual Bluffton Lions Club Festival Festival on Friday. The vehicle is owned by John Rundfuss of Bucyrus. The Sunbeam was a British manufactured vehicle.

• Other top awards were:
Mayor's choice - 1958 Chevy Impala, owner Tom Reese, Waynesfield
Lions' choice - 1947 MG TC, owner Dave and Kim Smittle, Ada
Sponsor's choice - 1956 VW Beetle, owner Sherri Pitcher, Findlay

First Mennonite sanctuary renovation starts

Congregation's services held in middle school this summer

Following today’s worship service, First Mennonite Church began the first step of  “Flooring to Flourishing,” a renovation of its sanctuary.

Volunteers moved pews from the sanctuary into the fellowship hall and several classrooms. This week, Lima Pipe Organ will remove the organ and pipes for the duration of the work.

When the project is complete near the end of summer, the sanctuary will have been painted, new carpeting and wood floors installed, larger hymnal racks underneath the pews, and a redesign of the steps in the chancel area.