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Perfect weather - perfect fall festival

And we offer lots of photos to prove our point

The weather was perfect - make that incredible.

The attendance was remarkable. The enthusiasm was just what you’d want at a small-town fall festival. And it took place in Bluffton.

What was your favorite part?

There were many: home-business expo, farmers’ market, pumpkin face painting, food, quilt show, tractor show, music, historic exhibits, pony rides, horse and wagon rides. Shall we go on?

The 13th annual Bluffton Fall Festival fell on a Saturday with warm temperatures and just the right amount of sunshine.

Bluffton Community Preschool fundraiser Tuesday evening

Event includes wine-tasting, appetizers, silent auction, designer purse raffles and more

Tickets are still available for a Bluffton Community Preschool fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The event takes place at Sycamore Lake Wine Co., 9660 Mayberry Road, Columbus Grove.


It includes wine tasting, appetizers, silent auctions, designer purse raffles, give-a-ways and more.

Tickets are $25 each. Bring your ticket stub with you to be entered to win a Kate Spade purse.


Gregg Luginbuhl funeral service details incomplete

Gregg J. Luginbuhl, 67, died  Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at St. Rita’s Inpatient Hospice Center, Lima. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. 

Visitation will be Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. at the church.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Icon updating its "Civic Organization" list

Please review our list and provide us with updates

How many organizations exist in Bluffton?

Would you believe the answer is "over 30"?

The Icon post organizations names, their contact person and phone number and website (if it is available).

To help us keep updated, please check the civic organization list in the attachment. If you organization is listed, let us know if the information is correct. If changes are needed, please send the information.


2014 World Series of Comedy Winner - Spencer James - performs locally

The 235 Grill will host Comedian Spencer James from 9 until 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. The 235 Gill is located 107 W. Lee St., Alger.

James won the 2014 World Series of Comedy Tour.

His standup routine is a little dose of Martin and Lewis, with a little dash of Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. mixed in. He blends both music and dance into his show.
James has appeared on Laugh-Fox, in Las Vegas, and tours the country.

Tickets are $20 single and $35 couples. For guaranteed seating call the restaurant at 419-757-0021.


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Scene from 1961 centennial pageant

Here's a photograph from the 1961 Bluffton centennial community pageant. This scene represents the Methodist Church and the first Methodist family in Shannon. From left are Evelyn Steiner, Rev. James Kuhn (seated), James Szabo and Barb Eastman. The pageant was in Founders Hall.

Juvenile court judge examines juvenile law and the Constitution

Judge Glenn Derryberry Constitution Day Forum speaker

Judge Glenn Derryberry of Allen County juvenile court presented Bluffton’s annual Constitution Day Forum titled “Juveniles and the Law: A Puzzle.” In front of a packed audience on Sept. 20 in Yoder Recital Hall, Derryberry explained that he looks at constitutional law in the area of juvenile justice to be a large jigsaw puzzle.
“The puzzle is not finished and the puzzle continues to change,” said Derryberry. “Local courts every day are confronted with Constitutional details of great importance.”

Finlandia downs Men's Soccer 5-0

September 25, 2016


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University men's soccer team hosted Finlandia University for a rare Sunday contest at the Sears Complex on a warm September afternoon. The visiting Lions found the back of the net just over a minute into the contest en route to a convincing 5-0 victory. Bluffton slipped to 3-5 on the season, while Finlandia improved to 2-6 as they head back to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Sept. 23 wasn't just any old Friday in Bluffton

It was the Friday of the 2016 Bluffton High School homecoming parade


Abbie Parkins reigned as queen and Gabe Denecker as king of the 2016 Bluffton High School homecoming. The queen-king announcement made in a pre-game Harmon Field ceremony Friday night followed a long homecoming tradition at BHS.

Senior court members also included Sierra Ribley, Kristen Yost, Trevor Bunch and Levi Mikesell. Underclassmen on the court were juniors: Kelli Leugers and Hunter Busch; sophomores Amelia Mitchell and Logan Rhodes; and freshmen Kayla White and Nephi Peralta.