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Bluffton Hospital cardiopulmonary receives additional 3 year accreditation

From Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

Bluffton Hospital cardiopulmonary department has received an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic.

This accreditation demonstrates the hospital’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.

Echocardiography, or echo, is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions. 

Sit back and watch the 139th Bluffton High School commencement

Video shows that "in distance we unite"

It carries all the pomp and circumstance of any graduation ceremony, but it is one of a kind in the 139-year history of Bluffton High School commencements.

The Bluffton High School commencement tradition is the longest-standing annual event in our community. It didn’t take place this year, or did it? The answer is both yes and no. 

The live, audience commencement was tabled. However, the school put together a video of what it would have  looked like, had it actually taken place.


Non-contact thermometers

What You Need to Know

This article provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

As businesses and individuals have begun taking extra precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic, non-contact thermometers have become more common. Here's what you need to know about these devices.

Because the coronavirus can be spread through contact with others, many health care facilities and businesses have begun screening for symptoms using methods that cause as little contact as possible.


Robert Bowersox was a former mayor of Mt. Cory

He was active in many community organizations including Bluffton Senior Citizens

Robert D. (Bob) Bowersox, 93, of Bluffton, formerly of Mt. Cory, died Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Mennonite Home in Bluffton. 

He was born on March 14, 1927, in Mt. Cory, to the late John and Anna (Gorby) Bowersox.  On June 11, 1948, he married Thelma M. Welty at St. John Mennonite Church,  Pandora. Thelma preceded Bob in death on Nov. 23, 2010. 


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Bluffton Family Recreation opens its doors - here's what you need to know

Fitness schedule at bottom of story -

Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, has reopened its doors to members. Daniel Tinch, BFR executive director provided the Icon with the following guidesllines and summer scheduling:

This summer we are offering a more limited group exercise schedule. TRX and Weight Lifting 101 are limited to five participants per class in order to maintain social distancing and the safety protocols put in place for gyms. Register on the BFR website or call BFR at 419-358-4150.

Do you hear a loud cheer?

Et Cetera Shop reopens with limited hours and customer guidelines

One of Bluffton's favorite Main Street shops – Et Cetera, 327 N. Main St. – has reopened, according to Chrissy Lugibihl, manager.

The store is limiting donations hours through the end of June, to evaluate its inventory. Current donation times are Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New hours through the end of June:
Mondays 1-5 p.m.
Wednesdays 1-5 p.m.
Fridays 1-5 p.m.