September 30, 2014


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50 BHS homecomings ago


Before we allow Bluffton High School's homecoming to fade, here's the BHS homecoming court of one-half century ago, 1964 to be exact.

Front from left: Judy Suter, sophomore; Sandy Dillman, queen; Kay Motter, senior attendant. 

Second row from left: Pat Carter, junior; Mary Jane Baker, freshman. 

This is a classic Leland Gerber Studio photo

Northwest Physical Therapy offers free screenings during October

Northwest Physical Therapy, Inc. will offer free therapy screens to the public during the month of October. These screens will be available at all four outpatient locations in Delphos, Ottawa, Bluffton and Lima.

A physical therapy screening takes approximately 10-15 minutes and will be performed by a licensed clinician. A therapy screening helps identify issues that may be causing unnecessary pain.

"Having a heart for teaching" subject of Oct. 7 forum

BLUFFTON, Ohio—A retired educator in Lima and Findlay will discuss what “having a heart for teaching” means in today’s world during a Bluffton University Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

‘Andrea King, now assistant to the director of teacher education at Bluffton, will address “Teaching on the Edge: Is Having a Heart for Teaching Enough?” beginning at 11 a.m. in Founders Hall. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Messiah rehearsals to begin Oct. 7 in Mosiman Hall

BLUFFTON, Ohio—Rehearsals for Bluffton University’s 119th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 7, in the Gilliom Room of Mosiman Hall.

Anyone interested in singing, from high school students to adults, is welcome to join the rehearsals, which will lead to the traditional Advent-season performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Founders Hall. Joining the chorus will be professional orchestra players and vocal soloists.

Concert to feature two choirs, band on Oct. 5

BLUFFTON, Ohio—Bluffton University will hold a concert featuring its Camerata Singers, University Chorale and Concert Band at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Yoder Recital Hall.

The performance, part of Homecoming weekend activities at Bluffton, is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken for music scholarships during intermission.

What’s Cooking at Jeanne’s Kitchen, Sept. 29-Oct. 3

OPEN at 8:00 a.m.

We serve fresh homemade pastry and coffee Tuesday-Friday mornings, starting at 8:00 a.m. We have different breakfast specials every day as well as our regular menu items. Carry out or eat in.

LUNCH SPECIALS for Sept. 30-Oct. 3

Tomato bisque
Stuffed pepper with side salad
Pork tenderloin sandwich

Butternut squash soup
Perch platter
Meatloaf sandwich

Still time to enter a float in the Nov. 29 Blaze parade - here's a sneak peek at this year's event

“Happy Holidays!”

Plans for the year’s Bluffton Blaze of Lights are underway. This year’s 28th annual Thanksgiving weekend event is Saturday, Nov. 29, using the theme “Happy Holidays!”


The Blaze is an event sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. Fred Steiner, chamber director, said, “Most people think of the Blaze as a one-evening event. It’s really the entire holiday season because several events take place until New Years.”

United Way wants you! Printer-friendly contribution form on Icon

What! You’ve not yet made your United Way contribution!

No prob. The Icon has the Bluffton-Beaverdam-Richland Township United Way donation form as a printer-friendly attachment at the bottom of this story.

Bluffton’s door-to-door solicitation was in mid-September. Perhaps you weren’t home when your doorbell rang.

This year’s local United Way goal is $25,000.

First National Bank offers 23-month and 47-month special CDs

First National Bank celebrates 95 years of community banking with two special certificate of deposit rates.

For a limited time the following CD rates are available:

• 23-month CD at .095 percent APY
• 47-month CD at 1.95 percent APY


Recording-breaking night for Austin Bricker but Bulldogs best Pirates by 1

By Delano Whidbee

It was a perfect Friday night homecoming football contest for the Northwest Conference as 1-3 Bluffton host 1-3 Ada and both teams put on a gun show. 

Unfortunately Bluffton could not hold on as Ada takes a 42-41 victory in the last seconds of the game.

After a scoreless 1st quarter, Pirate's Mitchell Ault completed a 25-yard pass to receiver Robbie Stratton for a touchdown. Point after kick by Dylan Alt was good Bluffton was in control 7-0.