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May 30, 2016


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School's out - it's a good time to catch up with Tim Closson

Story and photos by Emily Ulrey

As a parent, I find it important to know the adults in my children’s lives, both in and out of school. Few adults can drop off a child in the morning, or pick them up in the afternoon and not be aware of certain people, especially one wearing a safety vest.

It’s certainly a rare thing to not be familiar with who Tim Closson is, and I find myself extremely impressed and appreciative of his efforts to assist our children as they cross the intersection in front of the Elementary School building each day.


Red, white and you on Monday in Bluffton

The Bluffton American Legion Post #382  invite Bluffton residents to join in this year's event on Monday.


A Memorial Day parade will start from the Bluffton town hall. To be in the parade be at the town hall by 9:15 a.m. The parade will start at 9:30 a.m. 

Service at Maple Grove

The speaker for the memorial ceremony is Rev. John F. Stites, moderator of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton. He attended several graduate programs and graduated from the U.S. Army Chaplain School.

Introducing the 135th graduating class from Bluffton High School

Bluffton's oldest annual event - the Bluffton High School commencement - took place for the 135th time Saturday evening. Here is the Bluffton High School class of 2016. Watch the video below.



Saturday's farmers' market offers several kid-friendly options

The Bluffton Farmers' Market will be especially kid friendly on Saturday, according to Greg Probst, market director.

At 9 a.m. will be a Bluffton Public LIbrary storytime at the market. In addition an area of the market will be open for young children to play and draw with chalk on the sidewalk.

The market is open from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Citizens National Bank parking lot on South Main Street.

Bluffton Public Library announces its many June 2016 programs and services!

Bluffton Public Library invites you to participate in our summer program and reading challenge this year: “Our Library, Our Community: Healthy Together.” This year’s theme has an emphasis on supporting a healthy body, mind, and spirit through library programs, materials, and services for all ages (seniors, adults, teens and tweens, children, and toddlers!) Registration begins at the library on June 6 during our regular hours.

Bluffton University athlete takes third in pole vault at DIII nationals

In January of 2016, Bluffton University's Terrill Webb (Kenton) had yet to clear 12' in the pole vault. Qualifying for the NCAA national championship was just a dream.

In the space of the past 5 and a half months, she has become a two-time All-American, risen to a tie for 3rd at the outdoor national championship and is scaring 13 feet as a PR. Thursday's Division 3 NCAA Outdoor National Track and Field Championship was the culmination of that meteoric rise.

Hannah Chappell-Dick earns return trip to Saturday's DIII finals

Hannah Chappell-Dick earned a return trip Saturday's finals of the 1500m at the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Eastern Mennonite All-American finished second in her heat of the 1500m to punch an automatic qualifier ticket to the finals.

She ran in the front half of the 11-woman pack before pulling away with leader Emily Gapinski of St. Thomas (Minnesota) to clock a time of 4:34.03. Her best time this season is 4:28.62. Gapinski crossed in 4:33.75.


The Inn at ONU introduces its sensational salads

The Inn at ONU, located on the Ohio Northern University campus in Ada, introduces its sensational salads 2016 menu to Icon viewers. The menu (shown above) is also available as a printer-friendly attachment. It is also found on the Icon's menu page, by clicking here.

The Inn offers six salads:
• Mediterranean
• Southwest Chicken
• Strawberry - Avocado
• Shrimp-Avocado and Roasted Corn
• Chicken Pizzazz
• Honey Orange Grilled Chicken Salad

Each salad as several add-on options.

Janet Sweigart was a retired ER nurse at Bluffton Hospital

Janet Kay (Binkley) Sweigart, 73, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in her sleep.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1942, in Lima, Ohio, to  Charles “Big Ed” and Mildred (Garrison) Binkley. Both parents have preceded her in death. She married John A. “Jack” Sweigart, Jr. on Sept. 1, 1963. Her husband preceded her in death in 2009.

Janet retired from Bluffton Hospital as an ER nurse. She graduated from Lima Memorial School of nursing and had worked on the 1st intensive care unit at Lima Memorial Hospital. She had also worked as an oncology nurse for Dr. Sharon Cole.


Adult softball leagues forming for summer

An adult softball league is forming for summer play. Games are Mondays or Wednesdays at 6 p.m. from July 11 to Aug. 17 at the Bluffton village park.

The cost per team (6 players maximum) is $300. Teams can register online at www.bfronline.com/register, or contact BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.