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Richland Manor Halloween event on Oct. 31

Richland Manor, 7400 Swaney Road, Bluffton, will hold a community Halloween event.

It includes trick-or-treats plus snacks and refreshments and takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, at Richland Manor.


Seeding of bike path underway

Work is underway to seed the sides of the Lions Way Augsburger Road bike path. The path, leading from Bentley Road to Riverbed and Maple Crest will have a public dedication at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31. The dedication will be across from the university athletic complex. (Dick Ramseyer photo)

Riverdale ends BHS girls' soccer tourney run

Bluffton High School girls' soccer season came to an end in the district semi-final round on Wednesday as the Pirates lost to Riverdale 4-1.

Sarah Theisen scored the lone goal for Bluffton.

Riverdale led 2-1 with 14 minutes to play. The Falcons punched in two back to back goals at 8 minutes and 6 minutes to pull ahead.

Bluffton, the NWC champs, ended season 13-5-1.


Volleyball sweeps MSJ for 8-0 mark in HCAC

October 26, 2016
By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - Wednesday night's Heartland Conference matchup brought Mount St. Joseph to the Sommer Center for a mid-week showdown between the Lions and the Bluffton University volleyball team. The Beavers improved to 21-7 overall and 8-0 in the HCAC after downing the Lions (11-14, 2-7 HCAC) in three quick sets.

Men's Soccer drops 2-0 decision at Manchester

October 26, 2016


NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The Manchester University men's soccer team scored twice in the first half and made it hold up as the Spartans took down Bluffton University 2-0 on a cool and overcast Wednesday, Oct. 26. Bluffton fell to 3-14 overall and 0-8 in the Heartland Conference, while Manchester improved to 8-6-3 on the season and 2-5-1 in the HCAC.

Never turn left when you see this sign - but, where is it?

Okay, you know everything about Bluffton.

Tell the Icon where one might find this sign? (Denny Morrison is not eligible to enter this because we think he know the answer.)

Here are some hints:

• You'll only find this sign turned on two times a day
• When it turns on it doesn't remain on very long
• It's on the east side of Main Street
• It's a very old sign
• It's message is very wise - it would be very risky to turn left this the sign is on

Answer is the in the photo below:



Library offers interesting selection of November programs

Fall craft Fridays, family storytime, open mic...just to name a few

Holiday gift silent auction, dulcimers, book signings, book discussions, yoga, art class, mock election...all on the November calendar of the Bluffton Public Library. Here's the schedule of events.

Call 419-358-5016 or email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org for more information on any of these programs.

The Holiday Gift Silent Auction is Nov. 1through Nov. 23  With over 40 different packages to offer, this is a place to check some gifts off of your holiday list and benefit your library (and your community).

Bluffton Communty Preschool looking for new home

Self-sustaining organization has 72 students

Due to expanded needs of Bluffton Community Preschool and its host, First United Methodist Church, the preschool is searching for a new home, according to Christine Clymer, board president.

“Our enrollment is up and the church is expanding and needs additional space,” she said.  “We are looking for a new home by early spring. We are interested in talking with any Bluffton building owners with available space interested in housing us.”

Election day lunch and dinner at Methodist Church

Eat in or carry-out

First United Methodist Church, corner Church and Jackson, will hold an election day lunch and dinner Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Dinner is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Lunch menu includes: homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, dessert and beverages. Lunch items are priced separately.

Dinner includes baked steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, dessert and beverage. Dinner is $8 for adults, $4 for youth ages 5-10.

Carry-out is available for both meals.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Bluffton food pantry.


The 7 O'clock Icon over-ripe pear-apple pie

A pie can't distinguish between over-ripe fruit and ripe fruit

The Iconoclast baker saw that pears were on sale over the weekend.  The price was right because the pears were pretty darn soft.

However, knowing that a pie can’t distinguish between over-ripe and ripe fruit, four large, over-ripe, red pears went to the Icon kitchen.

To make things interesting we also bought 2 large apples that weren’t too soft or too stiff.

Here’s what happened next.

• Peel four large pears and slice into small chunks
• Peel two large apples and slice into small chunks
Mix the slices

In a separate bowl add: