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September 22, 2018

Checkers, anyone?

This hand-crafted checker board and box is among dozens of items in the Mennonite Memorial Home's silent auction, which concludes at noon on Saturday. Kay Woolley, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio staff member, and her father, Lee Wilkins, created the set, making it a unique father-daughter craft project. Several addition photos of items in the auction follow in the next photos. The auction is part of Saturday's Fall Festival. CLICK HERE for the entire silent auction list.

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Fall Festival weekend!

Events at Maple Crest, MMH, BFR, downtown, Swiss homestead, hospital

The Bluffton community’s 14th annual Fall Festival, with many family-oriented activities, takes place throughout the community on Saturday, Sept. 22, according to Daren Lee of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, who coordinates the festival. 

All activities are free unless otherwise designated. Food and other items are available for purchase at multiple locations. 

Help needed - Bluffton Child Development Center playgound is bare

The equipment was over 26 years old and has been mended many times over the years. It became unrepairable, and had to be removed

Bluffton Child Development Center’s playground is bare, according to Francine Donathan, director.

“Our playground equipment was over 26 years old and has been mended many times over the years,” she told the Icon. “It became unrepairable, and had to be removed."

Because of that the children at BCDC, 325 County Line Road, do not have outdoor climbing equipment. 

“Since we are a tuition-based non-profit organization, we rely on the kindness and support of our community,” she said, adding that the center has tried for many grants and has not succeeded.

Latest Pirate sports stories

By Sam Brauen www.blufftonpirates.com
Freshman Caitlin Dailey finished 29th of 295 runners in the Girls Division II / III race Saturday at the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival.  Dailey completed the 5K course in 23:52. 

By Sam Brauen www.blufftonpirates.com
The Lady Pirate tennis squad nearly swept Western Buckeye League foe Elida Tuesday afternoon.  The Pirates took all but one match on their way to a 4-1 victory. 

The Iconic Photo Gallery

Let's start the bidding at $75
Lots of Rocket cheers
A very special tree
Frozen art
Sesqu day 8
Setting sail
In full bloom
1-10-10 Bluffton icicles
Bluffton HS at state

History lesson

Here are two photos, circa 1912, with Agnes Amstutz standing and Hallie Thut (seated). The second photo is Hazel Boothby...

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Poetic License

Icon viewer Del Gratz saw this plate in Arlington and quickly took a photo with his cell phone. It reads: DUMB. And, no, we don't know what the vehicle owner was thinking when this plate was purchased.

Newest Stories

Q. Harry Burkholder, 89, died Sept. 20, 2018, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Harry was born Dec. 3, 1928, in Bluffton to the late Quinten and Edna (Fryman) Burkholder.  On March 21, 1958, he married B. Elinor Bowersox Burkholder who survives.

Two meetings were schedule by the village on Friday. Both are set prior to Monday's 7 p.m., regularly scheduled council meeting.

By Ailing Chen, MD
Caughman Health Center

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common disease among children, especially for those under 5 years of age.

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Pediatric hospitalist joins Bluffton Hospital staff

“Dr. Hohman’s addition to our staff is huge for Bluffton Hospital,” said Nicki Keuneke, director of operations at the hospital.

Dr. Jennifer Hohman, M.D., pediatric hospitalist, joined the Bluffton Hospital staff this month in a new service offered by the hospital.

She joined the staff on Sept. 4, and is able to admit youth who require hospitalization. Her focus is newborns through 18-year-olds.

In addition, she is in training with Dr. Lorie Thomas to see persons in the Beyond MedSpa at Bluffton. Here, she will handle laser hair removal, laser facials involving removal of age spots and administer Botox injections. Her Beyond MedSpa treatments involve women and men.

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