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May 24, 2019

Strawberry fields forever

In a month or so, these green-leafed and white-flowered plants will include strawberries ready for picking. These plants are at the corner of Bixel and Pandora roads. When the Icon asked Jerry Suter for a specific picking date, his long explanation included several variables plus weather-related scenarios, which boils down to - we think, mid-June.

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138th Bluffton HS commencement on Saturday

Meet the BHS class of 2019

The 138th annual Bluffton High School commencement is Saturday, May 25, in the high school gym. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony takes place at 7 p.m.

This year’s valedictorians are Seth Andreas, Madeline Burghaze, Kennedy Coughlan, Rhett Donaldson, Amelia Mitchell, Katie Prater, Lily Shadle, Amanda Speicher and Hannah Yost. The class salutatorian is Jackson Steinmetz.

Members of the graduating class follow:

Excellent and Superior!

Fifth-sixth grade and junior high string orchstras score high at contest

• Junior high "Superior"
• Fifth-sixth grade "Excellent"
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The Bluffton Junior High string orchestra earned a ‘Superior’ rating and the Bluffton fith-sixth grade string orchestra earned an ‘Excellent’ rating at Ohio Music Education Associate large group adjudicated event held at Parkway HS last week.

The junior high orchestra performed in class “A” with “An English Folksong” arranged by Terry McQuilkin, “Lullaby to the Moon” by Brian Balmages and “The Lumber Camp Song” arranged by Carrie Lane Gruselle.

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Latest Pirate sports stories

By Cort Reynolds
DELPHOS - Bluffton had two baseball players earn All-Northwest Conference notice in voting conducted by the league coaches Monday night at Delphos.

Lady Pirates ousted at districts by Carey    
By Cort Reynolds
FINDLAY - Bluffton had its 19-game win streak ended by Carey 8-3 in Div. IV district semifinal softball action at Findlay's Marathon Diamonds Wednesday evening.

Bluffton High School girls' softball team is ranked 5th in Division IV of the Ohio High School Softball Fastpick Coaches Association state poll for week 5. The top 10 teams in the division are listed here.

 

By Cort Reynolds
LIMA - The Bluffton boys tennis team competed in the Div. II sectionals at UNOH Thursday.

Bluffton junior Drew Wilson posted a first round win over Bath's Derek Inskeep. He then lost to Ada junior Isaac Spar in the second round.

Bluffton High School boys' track team finished second in the Northwest Conference meet over the weekend. It was the second consecutive year that the boys were runners-up. The girls' team finished fourth.

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Here is the weather report covering May 14 to 20.

Manchester University conferred undergraduate, professional and graduate degrees to 331 student on Saturday, May 18.

Mariah Fleming, of Bluffton, received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology. 

 

Trinity Lutheran School’s graduation will be held Sunday, May 26, in the 10:30 a.m. service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church,  Jenera. 

Jacob Miles is the class speaker.  The class members are: Zander Steven Mays, Jacob William Miles and Brandon Pierce Stuckey.  

Yesterday's Top Story

Bluffton youth launches toy drive for a good cause

Braylon Simon's own experience at Nationwide Children's Hospital is the reason for the toy project

Eight-year-old Braylon Simon’s own experience at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, made him want to do something for other children who are patients there.

In April, 2018, Braylon, son of Jonathan and Kayla Simon of Bluffton, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Nodular Lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

After four rounds of aggressive chemo, he is in his ninth month of remission.

To celebrate his first year of being cancer free – in August – he wants to have a toy drive for the Hematology and Oncology floors at Nationwide hospital, where he was treated.

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The Icon spotted IMSRH in the Bluffton Hospital parking lot on a red Cadillic SRX 4.