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Tim Maag

October 23, 2017

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A chat with Bluffton's newest family practitioner

Dr. Leah Eiden, M.D., will see patients in Bluffton this fall

Dr. Leah Eiden, M.D., Bluffton’s newest general practitioner, feels right at home in Bluffton Hospital.

After all, she was born in the hospital. The first person she met in Bluffton was Dr. Howard Shelly, M.D., who delivered her. Dr. Eiden will see patients soon at Bluffton Primary Care, an office currently under renovation.

The Icon sat down with her recently for Q and A. Her youngest son, Jack, sat in on our interview. Here’s what we’d like to share with viewers.

15 minutes with Liana Gott

We discovered she took oboe, clarinet and piano lessons...but she says, "not long enough"

15 minutes with Liana Gott, Bluffton Public Library assistant

How long have you been on the library staff: A few weeks

What is the most frequent question you are asked at the library?
So far, where are the children’s books and where is the bathroom are the only questions I’ve had to answer.

What’s your favorite author, or authors or book genre?
Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, among others.

How many books might you read in a month?
Not enough

15 minutes with Lauren Canaday

During high school she volunteers at Mud Hens concession stand - now she doesn't like hot dogs

Lauren Canaday, Public Services Coordinator, Bluffton Public Library         

How long have you been on the library staff? 
Three years in April!

What is the most frequent question you are asked at the library?
I’m not sure we have just one question that is most frequently asked. Our most frequent requests are probably to renew books, assist someone with the public computers, send faxes, or answer questions about one of our many programs. 

15 minutes with the Bluffton Public Library director

Did you know sometimes she reads five or more books at one time?

The Icon relaunched its 15-minute interviews with staff members of the Bluffton Public Library. Here's part of our chat with Jessica Hermiller. Watch for more interviews along the way.

Jessica Hermiller
Bluffton Public Library

How long have you been on the library staff?
Since January of 2014.

15 minutes with Lucinda Stratton - '68 BHS grad

Living in Switzerland, writing books

Lucinda Stratton, a 1968 Bluffton High School graduate, living in Switzerland, recently finished her fifth book in her Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery series.

The book titled Engadine Aerie, set in the Engadine Valley, Switzerland, will be released in April.

Stratton’s previous works include: Corsican Justice, Abruzzo Intrigue, Dalmatian Traffick, and Black Forest Reckoning.

Here are portions of a very interesting Icon e-mail interview with Stratton:

15 minutes with Meri Skilliter

In advance of her new position as superintedent of Ada Schools in January

The Icon caught up with Meri Skilliter of Bluffton a couple days after she accepted the superintendent position at Ada schools. Here’s a portion of our discussion that is shared from the Ada Icon.

When you were a student, what teacher excited you about making a career in education?

Skilliter: Mrs. Hetrick, my fifth grade at Woodmore elementary, encouraged me to write. She was a fantastic teacher.

Tell us about your teaching career. Where did is start and how did you make your way to Ada?

15 minutes with Mitchell Ault

First-year student and starting quarterback at Walsh


The Icon caught up with Mitchell Ault, freshman at Walsh University, and quarterback on its football team. Mitchell holds Bluffton High School records with most career passing yards (5,645), most career completions (380/674), and most career TD passes (60).

15 with Morgan Schroeder…on her ironic career path, the secrets of American civilization, and Antarctica

Interviewed by Sophia Marcum

I was lucky enough to run into Morgan, who graduated from Bluffton High School in 2014, while she was working at the Bluffton Public Library this summer. Our conversation led to this interview.

Where do you attend school and what are you studying?

I am currently attending Anderson University with a major in Organizational Management and a minor in Sociology.  

What led you to this field of study?

15 with Joel Ritter…on learning from children, living in Granada, and the most beautiful things in the world

Interviewed by Sophia Marcum

A graduate of Bluffton High School’s Class of 2014, Joel Ritter has been doing some incredible things in pursuit of his aspirations. After spending this Spring semester studying abroad in Nicaragua, he took some time to share what’s been on his plate lately.

Where are you attending school and what are you studying?
I'm attending Miami University and am majoring in Spanish Education and Spanish.

15 with Ashton Cluts…on her upcoming journey to South Africa, the power of music, and being a student of the world

Interview by Sophia Marcum

After graduating Bluffton High School in 2011 and completing her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education (minor in Theatre) at Baldwin Wallace University, Ashton Cluts has taken some time to tell us what’s coming up next in her life…

Looking back on your undergrad experience, which opportunities are you most grateful for?