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January 25, 2020

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It's so new it still has a brace to keep it in place. This week a new sign was put in place at a familiar Bluffton address, 410 W. Elm St. The Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio sign identifies the Mennonite Home, at the curve on Elm.

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It's the Bluffton Middle School honor roll

Here's the Bluffton Middle School honor roll for the second quarter of 2019-20 school year.

All “A” Honor Roll

6th Grade:  Isaiah Ansley, Keith Burkholder, Oliver Combs, Grady Coonfare, Javen Crawfis, Calvin Derstine, Kynzie Ewing, Emily Granger, Hudson Phillips, Micah Ream, Macy Schaadt, Ava Smallcombe, Elizabeth Suter, Blair Utendorf

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7th consecutive deficiency-free survey

State Dept. of Public Health's annual survey of Maple Crest Assisted Living

Maple Crest Assisted Living, Bluffton, is deficiency-free as a result of its 2020 annual State Department of Public Health survey, which took place on Jan. 16.

It's among of the highest confirmations of quality service for an assisted living community. 

This is an especially outstanding accomplishment because this was Maple Crest’s 7th consecutive deficiency-free survey.

Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest, said, “This achievement was made possible by the daily commitment and continued dedication of a caring team.”  

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Bluffton and Ada Icon viewers are invited to enter the Icon Super Bowl Contest.

The contest will be posted on both Icons on Monday morning. The deadline to enter is Super Bowl Sunday.

The contest will have several questions and tie-breaking questions including:

The Bluffton Soccer Club is taking registrations for the 2020 spring soccer season, according to Dan Lee.

By Cort Reynolds
PANDORA - Visiting Bluffton whipped local rival Pandora-Gilboa 57-34 in non-conference girls basketball play Saturday afternoon.

By Cort Reynolds
MIDDLE POINT - Visiting Bluffton was ambushed by a big Lincolnview second half in a 61-45 Lancer upset in Northwest Conference boys basketball play Friday evening.

By Cort Reynolds
MIDDLE POINT - Host Bluffton whipped winless Lincolnview 55-38 in Northwest Conference girls basketball action Thursday night.

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This 2003 Bluffton Middle School quiz bowl team was tournament champions for the Lima North tournament held that year,...

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Bluffton and Ada Icon viewers are invited to enter the Icon Super Bowl Contest.

The contest will be posted on both Icons on Monday morning. The deadline to enter is Super Bowl Sunday.

The contest will have several questions and tie-breaking questions including:

Auglaize and Hardin Counties Extension offices announced a two-day farm transition/succession workshop on Monday, Feb. 3, and Tuesday, Feb. 25. 

Dr. Melissa Friesen, art, communication and theatre department chair, and Dr. Walt Paquin, director of social work program, will share “Arts-based Civic Practice and Learning in Community,” during a Colloquium presentation at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb.

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We're all going fishing for "K-9" – think "Ron Schmutz"

76th annual trout derby May 3 • Sportsmen's Club annual meeting Saturday

We're all going fishing for “K-9” (think Ron Schmutz) this year. 

The Bluffton Sportmen's Club will recognize Schmutz, a member of the club since childhood, as the number one tagged trout for the 2020 trout derby set for Sunday, May 3, at Buckeye park. This year is the 76th annual trout derby started by the club in 1944.

In 1986, following the death of Ken Moser “Lil’ Moe,” Schmutz’s father-in-law, Ron took over the treasurer duties for the club and has held them since then.

Poetic License

ST. NIK (Richard Gainey) lived in Ada, and retired to Florida. Lots of Bluffton youth met ihim at the public library and around town for several holiday seasons. His bumper sticker reads: "My other car is a sleigh."