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Kim Laing

April 26, 2017


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BACH 3 - Does this mean that somewhere in Ohio is a BACH 1 and a BACH 2? The Icon spotted this plate in Ada.

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Earlham wraps up sweep with 9-1 win over baseball

April 25, 2017


RICHMOND, Ind. - The Bluffton University baseball team dropped a 9-1 decision at Earlham College on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Bluffton fell to 13-19 overall and 6-14 in the Heartland Conference, while Earlham improved to 19-11 and 14-6 in the HCAC.

Invitation to star gaze

At The Quarry Farm, rural Pandora, Thursday evening

Have you ever gone star-gazing? Now's your chance.

Bluffton Public Library invites Icon viewers to take a star walk at The Quarry Farm, rural Pandora on Thursday evening.

You must sign-up immediately if you wish to participate. Contact the library at 145 S. Main St., or call 419-358-5016.

Quarry Farm Nature Preserve is located on Township Road 7-L, Pandora. The star walk is from 8 to 9:30 p.m. A "cloud date" is the same time on Saturday, April 29.

Grove and Paulding fall to baseball Pirates

Bluffton High School's baseball team clobbered Columbus Grove 14-1 and Paulding on the road 7-1, lost on the road to Crestview 10-1 and lost a close one to Miller City by a 3-1 score.

Box scores are attached.


BHS softball team beats Paulding, loses squeaker to Crestview

The Bluffton HS girls' softball team went 1-2 in the past three games.

The softball team defeated Paulding on the road 9-1, lost on the road to Crestview 15-12, and lost at home to Columbus Grove 8-4.

Box scores are attached.

PHOTO: Averey Rumer slides safely into second base. (Rae Staton photo)


Planting seeds of peace for 30 years

Bluffton University Lion and Lamb Center celebrates

In 1987, Dr. Libby Hostetler, professor emeritus of education, planted the idea of a more peaceful future at Bluffton and in the world. During a sabbatical year, Hostetler developed The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center which uses the arts and literature to promote the study of peace and justice, cultural understanding and nonviolent responses to conflict with an emphasis on these themes for children. To celebrate 30 years, an open house was held on Thursday, April 20.

Wild in Bluffton

Lauren Canaday took the Icon's wildlife photo of the week.

Here's what she says about the photo:

"I just watched a pheasant run from my backyard through the neighborhood heading towards College Avenue... 

"I got in my car and found it running through the library's back parking lot, and all through those parking lots until it got to behind the town hall and then I gave up. 

She adds: "I've never seen one before, and wow, can they run!"


Woman Wise grant provides free screening mammograms and genetic counseling

Bluffton Hospital is one location for free screenings

Woman Wise Mammography of Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) received a grant from the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, to offer free mammograms and genetic counseling for hereditary breast cancer to qualifying low and middle-income women and men living within Susan G. Komen’s 24-county service area in Northwest Ohio.

Free mammograms will also be available in Bluffton and Ottawa. This one-year grant will take effect on May 1, 2017.

Webb and Elchert top university senior athletes

It started with Bill Lape in 1962 and Anna Simcox in 1977

Bluffton University presented its top athletics awards April 18 to standout athletes in basketball and track and field.

Trey Elchert of Jackson Center, Ohio, accepted the A.C. Burcky Award as senior male athlete of the year, while Terrill Webb of Kenton, Ohio, won the Kathryn E. Little Award as outstanding senior female athlete. Elchert, an early childhood education major, is the son of Scott and Leisha Elchert. Webb is an exercise science major. She is the daughter of Doug and Lynn Webb.

"Kidz Under Construction," musical April 30 at Ebenezer Mennonite

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children’s choir, Disciple Singers, will present a spring musical “Kidz Under Construction” on Sunday, April 30, at 10:15 a.m. in the church Crossroads Ministry Center. 

According to the musical directors: "Join the Kids Crew Cast as they deliver breaking news and behind-the-scenes coverage of the New Site Community Church construction project.

"This construction-based musical is filled with biblical principles that demonstrate the importance of building our lives on the strong foundation of Christ’s truth and love." 


Chad Gundy of Flanagan, Ill.; Rachel Beining of Ottoville, May Day king, queen

Part of university commencement weekend May 6-7

Bluffton University’s annual May Day ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, and will include the traditions of the crowning of a king and queen and the Maypole dance by first-year students.

Filling the roles of king and queen this year are seniors Chad Gundy of Flanagan, Ill., and Rachel Beining of Ottoville, Ohio.