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March 3, 2015


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"Think spring": time to schedule your yard maintenance

Here's a welcome thought from an Icon advertiser.

It's time to "think spring." Call Fyrwomyn's Service to schedule your spring and summer yard maintenance. Call 419-560-2348, or fyrwomynservice@gmail.com.

In the meantime, also call Fyrwomyn's Service for snow removal.


February's in the books; let's move on: only 6 days above freezing

February was a month for the weather books. Consider: 10 days with the minimum temperature in the minus column and only six days with the maximum temperature above freezing.

Here’s the summary, according to Pandora weather observer, Guy Verhoff.
• Average temperature = 14.8 degrees
• Normal average temperature = 28.6 degrees
• Precipitation = 17.2 inches snow; 1.48 inches rain
• Normal average precipitation = 2.02 inches
• Maximum temperature = 47 degrees on Feb. 8
• Minimum temperature = -9 on Feb. 27

3.7 inches of snow on March 1

Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, reports 3.7 inches of snow fell on March 1. Add to that .33 inch of precipitation. March 1 high temperature was 26 and the low was 11.

So, March came in like a lion.

Beavers drop twin-bill to John Carroll

March 2, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant

Game 1 Stats  I  Game 2 Stats

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Bluffton baseball team struggled on day two in Florida as they were swept by John Carroll on Monday, Mar. 2. The Beavers lost game one, 11-9, in a seven-inning contest before dropping the nine-inning game, 7-3. Bluffton slipped to 1-2 on the young season while the Blue Streaks improved to 2-2.

BVH named one of Truven Health's 100 top hospitals

Blanchard Valley Hospital was today named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics,TM a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. This is the third time Blanchard Valley Hospital has been recognized with this honor (2005, 2011, 2015).

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary men's choir to perform at Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera, will host the 40-voice men’s choir of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary on Sunday, March 8.  The choir will present both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services.

This free program includes traditional and contemporary rel­igious music. Chorus members accompany the choir on organ, piano, violin, saxophone, guitars, brass, and drums.


Here's what's cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen March 3-6

Here's what's cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen this week:


Stuffed pepper with side salad
Chicken Florentine panini
Berry delightful spinach salad
Tomato bisque

Fish platter
Fresh mozzarella panini
Avocado orange salad
Cream of mushroom soup

Lemon chicken (over rice, quinoa, pecans and cranraisins, topped with Granny Smith salsa)
Mediterranean turkey panini
Crunchy tossed salad
Homemade chili

Bluffton moves to 4-0 as Knippen finished day 5-of-6

March 2, 2015
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant

Kenyon stats  I  York stats

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Bluffton University softball team made it interesting but the Beavers still came away with their third straight win of the season in walkoff fashion against the Ladies of Kenyon College. The victory helped Bluffton stay perfect at 3-0 to start the season while Kenyon (0-1) dropped its season opener.

Child Development Center puppets taking shape - they'll be talking soon

Those puppeteers we visited recently at the Bluffton Child Development Center now have painted faces.


The Icon stopped into visit the morning Kindergarten class at BCDC last week for an artistic update.

We found Daphne Johnston with her sparkly cat, Drew Frideger with his one-eyed creature, Gracie Warren with her cat with no name and Sam Hartzler with Mario.

The Icon promised to keep viewers informed as clothing is added to the puppets. Click here for an earlier view.



Ideal Images moves to North Main Street location - inside The Black Lab

Ideal Images, owned by Rachel and Aaron Webster, have sold their 114 E. College Ave. storefront and have relocated inside The Black Lab Trading Co., 121 N. Main St.

See story above for the new owners of the East College Avenue building.

Ideal Images specializes in corporate wear, school spirit, custom embroidery and silk screening. Those services will continue to be offered in the Main Street location.