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October 13, 2015


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Fresh catch for breakfast

Look closely at the bird. This guy is having breakfast.

The Icon watched Bluffton's great blue heron snatch a fish from the retention pond at The Centre late last week.

We witnessed the "catch," but missed the photo op by about 10 seconds. At least we snapped the fish going down the throat.

The great blue is pretty reliable on his schedule.

You'll find him around 10:15 a.m. every morning at the corner of Main and Snider - feet in pond, posing as a statue.

Community Health Professionals awarded accreditation

Community Health Accreditation Partner, Inc., (CHAP) has awarded accreditation under its standards of excellence to Community Health Professionals, Inc. for home health, hospice and private duty services.

By achieving CHAP Accreditation, Community Health Professionals has also been deemed to meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and is certified as a Medicare provider. CHAP Accreditation demonstrates that the local nonprofit agency meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards.


Football: Goecke, Spencerville send Pirates packing

By Sam Brauen

Week seven of the 2015 Bluffton football schedule saw The Big Red take the field for the second straight week against a run-heavy, state-ranked opponent.  Spencerville, fourth in the latest poll, dispatched the Pirates 41-7 behind 296 yards and six touchdowns from senior running back Zach Goecke. 

Like Delphos Jefferson the week before, the Bearcats racked up over 400 rushing yards on their way to the victory. Goecke wasn’t the only weapon out of the SHS backfield.


Registrations open for BFR winter men’s basketball league

Bluffton Family Recreation is accepting registrations for a winter adult men’s basketball league, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

The league will start play on Tuesday, Nov. 3. All games start at 6:30 p.m. and are played at BFR, Bluffton.

Registration, including payment and team roster, is due by Friday, Oct. 23. Team members must be 18 or older by Nov. 3. The price per team is $225.

Girls' soccer: Bluffton blanks Crestview with a "football score"

It looks like a football score, but it's girls' soccer.

Bluffton defeated Crestview on the road on Oct. 12 16-0.

Bluffton goals by:  Sierra Ribley (2), Katie Burkholder (2), Abbie Parkins (4), Brooke Koontz (1), Anna Fredritz (1), Hannah Conley (1), Ashley Augsburger (1), Averey Rumer (3), Sarah Cartwright (1)

Bluffton assists by:  Hanna Conley (2), Katie Burkholder (1), Kelli Leugers (1), Averey Rumer (3), Abbie Parkins (1), Brooke Koontz (1)



Iconic Bakery: Easy Italian pork chop dinner

Easy Italian Pork Chop Dinner
Recipe from Linda Ferguson in the Ada sesquicentennial cookbook, 2002

4 large pork loin chops
1/4 c. Italian salad dressing, plus 2 T.
2 T. cooking oil
4 medium potatoes - peeled and thinly sliced
1 small onion - sliced

Marinate pork chops in 1/4 c. Italian dressing for 3 hours, turning occasionally. Remove the marinade and brown both sides in oil.

Season with salt and pepper. Place in baking dish.


Several Bluffton connections in Oct. 18 Maple Crest piano-violin recital

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Bluffton, will host a piano-violin recital, open to the public, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, in its patio room.

The program will include a range of music from classical to arrangement of hymns and other well-known works.

Performing on piano is George Bixler of Orrville. He is a Bluffton College graduate and former student of Jean Szabo, Maple Crest resident, and the late James Bixel. He sister, Phyllis Bixler, is a Maple Crest resident.

1890s photo of Bluffton women

This is the earliest photo of a group of Bluffton women we've ever viewed. The best part is that every woman is listed - however - the listing is by their married name. (Except for two single women).

And, while we have all their names, we aren't certain of who is who, because the names are not row by row.

The names suggest these are wives of businessmen in Bluffton.

Here's the list, as it is hand written on the back of the photo, from top to bottom. Perhaps they are listed in order, but we don't know if the order starts on the front row or the back row.

15 with Emily Swisher on her passion for nursing, campus involvement and more

By Sophia Marcum

Our previoius interview was with a BGSU freshman from Bluffton High School, so we decided to keep the ball rolling. Emily Swisher has dived into her major and tells us all about how she’s pursuing her passions in her first semester on campus. 

Where are you attending school and what are you studying?
I am currently majoring in Pre-Nursing at Bowling Green State University.

Parmenter named HCAC Hitter of the Week

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University’s Kendra Parmenter (Grove City) led the Beavers to convincing wins over Defiance and Transylvania during the week and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week on offense. It marks the fourth straight week that a Beaver has been honored. Sophomore Sydney Mohler (Lima/Central Catholic) took home Defensive Player of the Week last week following back-to-back weeks of Jenny Brown (St. Marys/Memorial) claiming Offensive Player of the Week recognition!