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Lavina Creeger's 100th birthday celebration Dec. 5

Lavina Creeger will celebrate her 100th birthday with an open house on Sunday, Dec. 5. The party is from 3 to 5 p.m., at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton.

Click here to view a video interview with Lavina.

Chamber gift certificate great Christmas present idea

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificates are available for persons interested in promoting gift-giving in Bluffton.

The certificates are available in any amount. They may be obtained at no charge from Citizens National Bank, or by contacting [email protected].

Each certificate may be used in any Bluffton business, or may be redeemed for cash at Citizens National Bank. The certificates are good for 12 months after their purchase.

November: warmer than normal; wetter than normal

November 2010: Warmer than normal; wetter than normal. That's the report from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer. The average November 2010 daily temperature was 42 degrees. That compares to the normal November average temperature of 40.4 degrees.

The total amount of precipitation for November 2010 was 4.28 inches. The normal November prec. is 2.83 inches.

The high temperature for November was 72 degrees on Nov. 11 and Nov. 13. The low as 21 degrees on Nov. 3 and Nov. 28.

Jingle Jog 5K in Pandora Dec. 18

The eighth annual Jingle Jog will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, at Pandora Missionary Church, 300 Rocket Ridge, Pandora. The event includes a one-mile walk and 5K (3.1 miles) run. The one-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m., and the 5k at 9:30 a.m.

Entry fees are as follows: Pre-registration by Dec. 4, $15 plus shirt; race day, $15 registration and $15 for a shirt. A registration form is attached at the bottom of this story.

Swiss Historical Society membership drive underway

The Swiss Community Historical Society invites Icon viewers to become members of the society, as a new membership drive is currently underway. A membership form is found in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Annual memberships are $20 per household; $50 sustaining and $500 for a life member.

Memberships may be mailed to:
Swiss Community Historical Society
PO Box 5
Bluffton, OH 45817

The society's mission statement follows:

Icon seeks your favorite holiday recipes

With the holidays upon us, The Bluffton Icon is requesting that readers submit favorite Christmas recipes - cookies, candy, breads, etc. We'd like to publish one Christmas recipe each day - sort of a virtual holiday cookbook.

So when you pull out your cookbooks and recipe files this season, think of us and send us any recipes you're willing to share. Please include the history behind the recipe - a family favorite handed down through the generations; a new, lighter version of an old cookie recipe; or something completely new to your family.