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November 30, 2015

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Emily Ulrey shares her chat with Mary Schecter

Story and photograph by Emily Ulrey

A chat with Mary…
The air outside today was sharp and cold, but inside the Betty House of Willow Ridge I found plenty of warmth. It immediately felt like home. 


What's Thanksgiving weekend in Bluffton without a parade and Christmas lights?

Over 100 units including The Grinch, lots of Shriner clowns, Allen County Sheriff Posse, and many floats from Bluffton organizations.

With the Citizens National Bank time and temperature reading 44 degrees, Bluffton celebrated its rite of the holidays with the Blaze of Lights on Nov. 28.

All week the Icon will feature photos and videos of the Blaze.

Here's our first installment - it's 20 photos from the parade. Watch for more photos and videos on the way.

Beining leads Bluffton to fourth straight win

November 28, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Bluffton University women’s basketball team remained unbeaten, dispatching the Kalamazoo College Hornets, 74-58, on Saturday, Nov. 28. The Beavers improved to 4-0 on the season, while the Hornets record slipped to 1-2.

The Blaze can't go on without the team of John and Junior

Saturday is "Junior Weihrauch Day in Bluffton." The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce announced the designation at its Nov. 13 breakfast meeting

Watch for these two guy in Bluffton on Saturday.

On the left is John George. On the right is Junior Weihrauch. The Bluffton Blaze of Lights could not happen with them.

John George, as the town crier, has served as Blaze master of ceremonies each year since 1995. You'll find him on the review stand announcing the parade units.


All aboard on Saturday

Romick Railway for kids is one of Bluffton's Blaze popular activities. The railway will be in Saturday's parade. Following the parade it will provide rides of youngsters on Main Street in front of the Senior Citizens Center. (Santa and Mrs. Claus are inside the center.)


Free showings of "It's a Wonderful Life" today at 1:30 and 4 p.m.

Stratton Auto Sales and Tommy Tire Sales will sponsor two free showings of the movie "It's a Wonderful Life," on Friday, Nov. 27, at the Shannon Theatre.

Showings are at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift," which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1945.


It all happens Saturday - here's what you need to know about the Blaze of Lights

The stage is set for the 2015 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Blaze of Lights. This year’s event, the 29th annual Blaze, begins Saturday, Nov. 28, in downtown Bluffton.

Here is the up-to-the-minute Blaze information.

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Here's everything you need to know about Bluffton's Blaze of Lights taking place on Saturday, Nov. 28.
The Blaze of Lights is more than just a one-day event. In addition to the events taking place on Nov. 28, it includes these elements that continue nightly through Jan. 1:
• the Ream folk art holiday display
• the Gift of Giving light show extravaganza
• Bluffton Main Street business district Christmas window displays
• a tour of Bluffton’s residential yard lighting

Tammy Persich 1962-2015

Tammy S. Persich, 53, died Nov. 23, 2015, at her Pandora residence.  Tammy was born Jan. 26, 1962 in Steubenville, Ohio, to Lawrence and Barbara (Lathem) Everson who preceded her in death.

Tammy was a homemaker.  


Don Jose Mexican Restaurant menu now on the Icon

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant, 142 N. Main St., Bluffton, is the Icon's newest advertiser.

The restaurant's menu is now posted with all other restaurant advertisers' menus.

A printer-friendly menu may be viewed by clicking here (or opening the "Menu" listing on the black horizontal bar at the top of the home page).