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September 20, 2017


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Jeanne Hall was a previous activities director at Hilty Home

Jeanne Ann Hall, 82, died Sept. 20, 2017, at her residence. Jeanne was born July 5, 1935, in Columbus Grove to the late M. Paul and Clela (Hilty) Amstutz. On Oct. 25, 1955, she married Delbert Hall who survives. 

Jeanne was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School. She was a homemaker and had worked as an activities director at Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora.  Jeanne was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church, the Good Sam Camping Club and the Columbus Grove VFW Auxiliary. 


2017 Ride to Remember generates $4,272 to pathway program

Plans iunderway for 2018 as the Ride continues to grow

This past summer’s third-ever Ride to Remember bicycle ride, with 215 riders, generated approximately $4,272 for the Bluffton Pedestrian and Bike Pathway project, according to Richard Ramseyer.

With that total, the three-year event has generated almost $8,000 to the pathway project.

Richard Ramseyer of the Bluffton Lions Foundation, sponsor of the event, said that the enthusiasm from riders and the community is growing and that next year’s ride, should be even larger.

A foot in the dentistry door

Bluffton biology major expands dentistry knowledge during summer program

Justin Kauffman, a Bluffton sophomore biology major from Smithville, and recipient of a 2017 Summer Discovery Grant, gained vocational experience in the field of dentistry this summer by volunteering at a free community clinic.

Kauffman has been interested in dentistry since the eighth grade. 

“For my grant, I job shadowed and assisted the dentists at the Viola Startzman Clinic,” said Kauffman. “I mainly focused on learning and grasping basic dentistry concepts as well as helping with tasks such as sterilizing the rooms and equipment.”

Unversity homecoming Oct. 7-8

A full weekend of activities planned

Bluffton University will celebrate Homecoming weekend Oct. 7 and 8.
A free picnic lunch will be available for alumni in an alumni tailgate tent at Emery Sears Athletic Complex from noon until 1:30 p.m., when the Homecoming game against Anderson will begin.

Porch Sing @ the Library!

Let's celebrate the first day of fall with another Porch Sing @ the Library this Saturday, September 23! It will be held near the library entrance starting at 10 a.m., and will last as long as folks want to stick around and sing. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the music!

Dr. John Ogden joins Neurosurgical Associates of Northwest Ohio

John Ogden, MD, a neurosurgeon has joined Neurosurgical Associates of Northwest Ohio, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System. Neurosurgical Associates of Northwest Ohio is located at 1641 North Lake Drive in Findlay.

Dr. Ogden completed medical school at The University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tuscon, Arizona. He fulfilled his internship and neurosurgery residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call his office at 419.420.7304.

Otterbein stays unbeaten with 4-1 win over Women's Soccer

September 19, 2017


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women's soccer team waited out an hour and 10 minute storm delay and then gave undefeated Otterbein University all it could handle for 60 minutes before the Cardinals pulled away on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Bluffton fell to 1-5 on the season while the visitors improved to 6-0-1 overall following the 4-1 victory.

Meet Kaitlyn Burkholder, Icon's BHS artist of the month

Welcome to a new school year and a new monthly feature showcasing Bluffton High School artists. Vickie Garmon, BHS art teacher, selects the featured artists.

This month's artist is Kaitlyn Burkholder, a Bluffton High senior.

She had already taken several art classes including Art one, Photography one, Design/Composition one  and two, Ceramics one and two, and Seminar.

"I hope to persue a career in art education after high school," she says.


New downtown activities expand Fall Festival

Senior Center toy show; BAMA's songfest

Two new activities, both in the downtown area, join this year’s Bluffton Fall Festival.

Senior Citizens Center
The Bluffton Senior Center, 132 N. Main St., will host a toy car show, according to Tonya Meyer, director.

"We are looking for collectors young and old, who collect Matchbox, Hot Wheels or other toy cars to display during the festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m." she said.

The show will be free and open to the public. There is no cost to display the toy cars.

Here's BFR's adult fall fitness class schedule

Bluffton Family Recreation extended its adult fall fitness class schedule this year, according to Amy Byers, sports coordinator.

Classes take place Mondays through Fridays. The new schedule follows.