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September 17, 2019

$840,000 grants comes to Bluffton

Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, informed Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce members on Friday that the village is recipient of an $840,000 grant. The grant will provide a pathway along State Route 103 from County Line Road to Wendy's and is slated for completion in 2023.

“God has called me here. I felt it the moment I arrived. This is home.”

Rev. John McLaughlin installation Saturday at St. Mary's

There’s a New York Mets cap in Rev. John McLaughlin’s office at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. There’s also a Notre Dame cap.

Both are naturals for a priest, whose parents were Irish immigrants to Brooklyn. Rev. McLoughlin is the new priest for the St. Mary’s parish. His installation is at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. Bishop Daniel Thomas, will preside.

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Bentley Road path extension dedication Sept. 23

Bluffton's pedestrian pathway grew one-quarter mile this summer

There’s a new pedestrian and bike path extension in Bluffton.

It parallels Bentley Road on the west side for one-quarter mile from Augsburger Road to Riley Creek Village at the intersection of Richland Drive.

Its dedication and ribbon cutting is at 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, according to Richard Ramseyer, board chair of the Bluffton pathway committee. The dedication, open to the public, will take place near the Riley Village entrance of Bentley Road.

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Latest Pirate sports stories

By Cort Reynolds
KENTON - The Bluffton boys soccer team tallied two second half goals to come from behind and defeat Kenton on the road at Chuck Merrill Field Saturday night.

By Cort Reynolds
DEFIANCE - The visiting Bluffton football team scored the final 21 points to break away from a tie and whip Defiance Ayersville 35-14 in their first road game Friday night.

The non-league contest was knotted 14-14 after an eventful first quarter.

By Cort Reynolds
MT. BLANCHARD - The Bluffton boys cross country team finished a solid seventh at the 13-team Riverdale Invitational Thursday evening.

By Cort Reynolds
ADA - Despite playing its fourth match in four nights, the visiting Bluffton volleyball team won a tough four-set match in a very steamy gym at feisty Northwest Conference rival Ada Thursday night.

By Cort Reynolds
SPENCERVILLE - The Bluffton girls soccer team lost a tough Northwest Conference defensive battle at Spencerville Thursday evening, 2-0.

Defending NWC champion Spencerville scored early in the eighth minute and took a 1-0 lead to intermission.

History lesson

This is Stepleton's pool hall, or Sam's Lunch, on North Main Street, Bluffton. On the left is Denver "Demps" Augsburger....

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Alexis Cash (Gaines, Mich.) Bluffton University senior, is the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's cross country player of the week.

Cash lead the Beaversswith a 10th place finish in 24:03.5 fora recent 8-kilometer race.

This is Stepleton's pool hall, or Sam's Lunch, on North Main Street, Bluffton. On the left is Denver "Demps" Augsburger. On the right is Sam Stepleton, proprietor.

JEP - MD is an Ohio State fan. The Icon saw this Hardin County plate on the ONU campus on a white Cadillac.

Yesterday's Top Story

Maple Crest celebrates 20th anniversary

The Maple Crest “idea” was a confluence of dreams and ideas from many community members developed over several years coming together at just the right time.

On Sept. 16, 1999, Carol Diller, Tesla Diller, Harriett McKibben and Marie Augsburger were the first residents to move into Maple Crest Senior Living Village’s main building. 

The rest is history, as they say, as Maple Crest has grown and developed into the vision of being a great living option for independent seniors with an emphasis on wellness and socialization. 

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Poetic License

JEP - MD is an Ohio State fan. The Icon saw this Hardin County plate on the ONU campus on a white Cadillac.