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BHS piles up 517 yards rushing; Ault completes 12 of 15 passes as Pirates roll over Hornets

By Sam Brauen
For the fifth straight year, Bluffton opened the season with a win over Cory-Rawson. 


This year, the Pirates put 54 points on the board and the defense limited the Hornets to just 74 total yards and zero points. 

Second year Pirate head coach Kyle Cutnaw was pleased with his squad’s output.  “We came out focused and followed our game plan.  The boys did not let up on the pedal and played well throughout the game.  I’m proud of our guys.”


15 with Ben & Evania Moser…on Indian culture, how Ben proposed, and ruling the world

By Sophia Marcum

Ben and Evania Moser graduated from Bluffton High School together in 2011. I had the chance to catch up with them about their lives together since then!

What did each of you do for school after graduation?
Evania: I went to Rhodes State College to get my Associate Nursing Degree.

Ben: Well I initially went to BGSU for my freshman year of college and majored in Criminal Justice and then transferred to Bluffton for Youth Ministry after my first year of college.

Bluffton chamber invites individuals to join and help promote the community

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce launches its new membership drive for 2015-16 on Sept. 1.

With the drive the chamber also launches into several fall activities.

The first chamber breakfast of the fall is Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 a.m. in the Bluffton town hall third floor. The meeting will include an update on several chamber events that have taken place this summer. In addition, several new members and new Bluffton businesses will be introduced.

Antique farm tools focus of Heirloom Antique Club meeting Sept. 1

The Heirloom Antique Club's next meeting is at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Bluffton town hall.

The speaker is Jim Gatchell. He is a retired teacher who grew up on his family farm working with his father and grandfather. This work started his interest in old farm tools and a love for historical preservation.

He will display items from his collection of old farm tools during his presentation. Persons are invited to bring any old tool to share with the group.



It's Bluffton versus Cory-Rawson


How about placing a Lincoln Highway plate on your car?

Lincoln Highway enthusiasts may have their own Ohio license plate if enough persons pre-order the plates.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles needs 150 plates reserved by Sept. 30 for the plates to be available to all Ohio residents.

Proceeds will help support the preservation and promotion of the highway, which is a few miles south of Bluffton.

An attachment at the bottom of this story is a form for Icon viewers to make a commitment to purchase the plates. Another attachment explains more details about the plate.

Lots of adult class options this fall at Bluffton Family Recreation; newsletter now on Icon

Bluffton Family Recreation isn't just for youth. The fall fitness class schedule for adults is now available, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

Class opportunities range from all-star workouts, water exercise, Aqua Zumba, cardio and strength building, SilverSneakers, yoga, to strength and flexibility.

Classes are offered at various times Mondays through Fridays. 

In addition, the fall BFR newsletter, listing all programming from youth through adults is now on the Icon. It is also an attachment below.

Douglas Steinman was a Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate

Douglas Lee Steinman, 52, of Lima and formerly of Gilboa died Aug. 24, 2015 at his residence.  Douglas was born June 4, 1963, in Bluffton to the late Jerry and Margie Eck Steinman. 

Douglas worked at Dana Corp., Lima.  He was a graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School and Bowling Green State University with a degree in Manufacturing Design and Robotics. 

He was a member of Gilboa United Methodist Church.   


Brauen's Gourds open house Sept. 5-6

Brauen's Gourds, 7140 Tom Fett Road, Bluffton, will hold their annual fall open house in early September.

Hours are:
• Saturday, Sept. 5 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept.6 - 1 to 4 p.m.

The gourds are created by Don and Jodi Brauen.



Elder abuse topic of Sept. 17 "lunch and learn" in Ada

Community Health Professionals, Ada, and Liberty National Bank, Ada, will hold a free "lunch and learn" program from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, at the CHP building, 1200 S. Main St., Ada.

Elder abuse is the topic of the program. Jayme Richards, executive director of the Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services, Columbus, is the speaker.

The program is free. Participants will receive a box lunch courtesy of Liberty National Bank. Donations are welcome and will go toward CHP hospice patient care fund.