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Three children of Johannes and Magdalena Amstutz Sommer

Our Swiss connection - part 25 (2nd in a 2 part series featuring these three children)

This is the 25th installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.

This is the second part of a two-part series on the three children of Johannes and Magdalena Amstutz Sommer family who came to America.

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COVID 19: safety in numbers

As vaccination rates are increasing, the number of cases in Ohio is decreasing for a second straight week

By Karen Kier,
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team
As vaccination rates are increasing, the number of cases in Ohio is decreasing for a second straight week.

Ohio reports that 32.8% of the population is vaccinated, which is slightly higher than the overall country at 31.5%. These numbers are far below the estimated herd immunity requirement to successfully reduce COVID-19 infections and exposures.

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Forgotten Bluffton: What's the story of the Bluffton hospital?

Its founding goes back more than 110 years

Today, we take for granted that Bluffton has a hospital. Not every rural community, however, has one. What is the story behind how the hospital came into existence?

That story follows:

In February 1908 a stock company, incorporated for $20,000, was organized in Bluffton for the purpose of established a local sanitarium.

The home of Dr. J.J. Sutter, remodeled the previous year, was chosen for the sanitarium.

It was located on the northeastern corner of East College Avenue and Main Street, today the site of the Bluffton Public Library.

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Three children of Johannes and Magdalena Amstutz Sommer

Our Swiss connection - part 24 (1st in a 2-part series on the children in this famiy)

This is the 24th installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.

Note: This column is in two parts. It follows three children whose parents were Johannes and Magdalena Amstutz Sommer. These three children came to America.

This column’s focus is Johannes and Magdalena’s son, Abraham and his wife, Anna Gerber Sommer.

A second column's focus on Jacob and Marianna Amstutz, and Jacob’s second wife, Lydia Amstutz.

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Icon music review: Five songs sort of about desserts

Do you have a favorite song featuring sweets? Let the Icon know in the comments!

Reviewed/written by Craig Hoffman 
I am not a big dessert guy. My wife makes super dinners. She does usually put some fruit into a little bowl for our after-dinner treat. It’s the opposite of eating chocolate cheesecake in America. And it does keep me passing health checks, so there is that. 

Here are some fun songs about dessert (and other things)! Do you have a favorite song featuring sweets? Let the Icon know in the comments!

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Forgotten Bluffton: The origin of the BHS school crest

It was created 55 school years ago

You’ve viewed at the Bluffton High School crest, but did you ever wonder how it came into existence?

Here’s the answer.

In the 1964-65 school year Beaverdam’s school district was annexed into the Bluffton school district.

School crests became popular in the mid-1960s, and the development of a Bluffton High School crest made sense, especially as a way to integrate the two school systems.

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