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February 6, 2016

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BRWP sponsors rain barrel decorating contest

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is sponsoring a Rain Barrel Decorating Contest at the Greater Findlay Home Show Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, at the Findlay Village Mall.

Thirty-three Rain Barrels have been entered in this year’s contest.  All Rain Barrels will be on display at the Home Show on March 5-6.  Plan to stop at the Findlay Mall and vote for your favorite Rain Barrel.

The three categories this year are:
1). Agricultural Theme,
2). Watershed Theme and
3). General Theme. 


Teens for Jeans collections in middle school this month

The Teens for Jeans campaign is happening right now in Bluffton Schools.

Donate your new or gently used jeans to help homeless youth in the area. You can donate every day during school hours, by stopping by the middle school office. You can also donate every morning at 7:30 a.m. in the MS lobby. 

The drive started Feb. 1 and continues until Feb. 26.


What's coming up in your yard?

Spring is certainly just around the corner.

Many Icon viewers report green buds appearing in their yards and gardens. Here's an example of the early risers. Dennis Morrison took this photo on Feb. 3 from his rural homestead.



Bluffton residents Scott - Banman's Talk in a Box game at Book Reviews' Saturday event

Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., celebrates Valentine’s Day all month with two special events plus a book discount, according to Dr. Christina Walton, store manager.

•  The creators of the game, “Talk in a Box,” Saturday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
• Jenny Frankart of Rustic Bendz, Saturday, Feb. 13,  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Feb. 6 event
Stan Scott and his wife, Nancy Banman of Bluffton, created a game that involves “more than small talk…talk that matters.” 


Awareness event Feb. 10 for basketball player diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma

The Bluffton University men’s basketball team will raise funds and awareness for cancer during an event in honor of a fellow teammate.
“’Hop’ on board to fight lymphoma,” will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, during the men’s and women’s basketball double-header against rival Defiance. 

The women’s home game begins at 6 p.m. with the men’s game to follow at 8 p.m.

Funeral service Monday for Etta Jo Huber

Etta Jo Huber, 86, died Feb. 5, 2016, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Rockport United Methodist Church, Rockport.  Pastor Rich Rakay officiating. 

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 – 8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Police looking for man wearing hoodie with red bag

Bluffton police sent the following Nixle alert this morning at 10:39 a.m.:

Police are looking for a male wearing black hoodie and jeans. Possibily has a red bag. Last seen in Jefferson Street and Main Street area. 

Persons with information may contact the police at 419-358-2961.


'Hop' on board to fight lymphoma

February 5, 2016

BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University men’s basketball team will raise funds and awareness for cancer during an event in honor of a fellow teammate.

Emily Ulrey has a chat with a pastor's kid and missionary's kid: Debbie Mohr

Story and photos by Emily Ulrey
There are some people who have a life in them, an energy that is overflowing and abundant.  This energy is demonstrated not only in the way they walk, or talk, but in their spirit and the way they share it with others. Debbie Mohr is a one-of-a-kind, loving individual whose energetic spirit is evident in everything that she does.

I first met Debbie Mohr in 1999 when her family moved to Bluffton. That was the year my father left his position, and Debbie’s husband took over as the pastor of English Lutheran Church.  


Girls' bball: Bluffton pulls away from Ada in second half

Bluffton girls' basketball team stopped Ada 48 to 35 at home tonight. The Pirates are 14-5 (6-1). Ada moves to 12-7 (4-3).

Box score in the attachment.