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November 17, 2017

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Leggings, wreaths, Tupperware and scents out of this world

By Monty Siekerman, Ada Icon
Whether it was colorful leggings, homemade wreaths, Tupperware, or scents that are out of this world, the Ladies Luncheon at Ohio Northern had all of that and more.

Nine ladies, who are consultants or independent distributors, sold their wares at ONU Affinity Village on Saturday. They try to get together for a group show every other month in Bluffton, Ada, or a nearby town for the convenience of the shopper. And, they bring food for lunch which in itself is a treat.


Bluffton honor code in the world

The code now in existence for the 100th school year

At Bluffton University, students are held to a distinct system of accountability, one that permeates not only academic integrity, but all aspects of community life.

Bluffton is one of just 100 or so colleges and universities in the United States with an honor code.

Still time to nominate who you believe is Bluffton's George (or Georgina) Bailey

Bluffton Icon sponsors two free showings of "It's A Wonderful Life" Nov. 24 at Shannon Theatre

If “It’s A Wonderful Life” is one of your all-time favorite Christmas movies, you are in luck.

Bluffton Icon will sponsor two free showings of the 1946 classic featuring the all-star cast of James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore on Friday, Nov. 24, at the Shannon Theatre.

The free showings are at 1:30 and 4 p.m. and are a kickoff to the Blaze of Lights event that takes place the next day. The showings are also part of the Shannon Theatre's Customer Appreciation Weekend. Watch the Icon for more details on that event.


Over $129,000 spent on sidewalk improvements since 2015

Council committee lists 2018 street maintenance schedule

Since 2015 the village of Bluffton and property owners have spent over $129,000 toward improving “walkabity” in town.

That statement, from the Bluffton council streets, alleys, lights and sidewalks committee, shows the efforts made here in improving sidewalks.

The committee met Nov. 13 and provided a report during the Nov. 15 council meeting. 

Gallery 323 will be open during Blaze of Lights

More than a dozen local artists' work available

Gallery 323 on Bluffton's North Main Street will be open during the Blaze of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 25, according to Kat Luginbuhl, gallery manager.

Blaze hours are 4 to 8 p.m. The Gallery, located at 323 N. Main St., features more than a dozen local artists with works in:
• Painting
• Ceramics
• Fiber art
• Jewelry
• Glass
• Photography
• Handmade cards


Skyler Noble, BHS grad, now a deputy sheriff

Photos by Jamie Nygaard
Skyler Noble, a 2015 Bluffton High School graduate, was one of four new deputies sworn in as members of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. The event was Nov. 15.

In addition to Noble, other deputies sworn in were Ryan Bullinger, Alan Ogle and Evan Thomas. Matt Treglia, Allen County sheriff, sworn in the four.

Sheriff Treglia says that the hiring process for sheriff deputies is different from the past. It now includes psychological tests, polygraph tests and a physical fitness evaluation.


Purse Bingo night - were you there?

Photos by Jamie Nygaard
Designer purse raffle.

Those three words filed the middle school cafetorium earlier this month as the Bluffton High School post-prom committee put on the event as a fund-raiser.

The evening included games, gift baskets, a 50/50 drawing and other prizes. For a list of event sponsors click here.

Jamie Nygaard attended and shares these photos with the Icon.


Dr. Andre Gilbert receives juris doctor degree

Andre Gilbert, MD, at Blanchard Valley Urology Associates received his Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from the University of Toledo in August of 2017.

Dr. Gilbert shared, “I began law school in an effort to challenge myself while learning about a new profession, but I am committed to my first calling and will continue to provide exceptional care to patients requiring urological services.”

Special council meeting Nov. 22 to address fiscal year 2018 budget

The Wednesday, Nov. 22, special Bluffton council meeting regarding the proposed establishment of an Energy Special Improvement District (ESID) by the Toledo/ Lucas County Port Authority has been cancelled, according to Jack Huber, village administrator.

It will be rescheduled for some time in early December.

A second special council meeting previously scheduled for 8 p.m. on Nov. 22 is now pushed back to 7 p.m.. That special council meeting is for the fiscal year 2018 budget.


You've never heard these bedtime stories

• Lots of photos
• Cast and stage staff list

Saturday and Sunday on the middle school stage.

It’s bedtime stories you’ve never heard performed by the BHS Drama Club.

The play's actual title is "Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Dad) (Who Messed them Up). Performances are 7:30 p.m., (doors open 6:30 p.m.), Saturday, Nov. 18, and 2 p.m. (doors open 1 p.m.), Sunday, Nov., 19, in the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium.

General admission tickets are available at the door, $4 for adults and $1 for students.