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Ethan Bogart Lima Elks essay winner

"Why our veterans are America's heroes"

Bluffton eighth grader Ethan Bogart is the overall winner in a Lima Elks Lodge essay contest. The contest theme was "Why our veterans are America's heroes." Ethan is a student in Robin Ault's language arts class. His winning essay follows.

By Ethan Bogart
I think that our Veterans are extremely important, and they are most definitely America’s Heroes.


Boys' tennis: Elida 3 Bluffton 1

By Sam Brauen  www.blufftonpirates.com
(BLUFFTON) - The boys tennis squad fell to Elida Monday evening by a 3-1 count.   The first doubles match was suspended by rain and not resumed.  Justin Haggard improved to 8-0 on the season with a near sweep of his Bulldog opponent.  

1st Singles : Justin Haggard defeated Tyler Christoff 6-0, 6-1

2nd Singles : Christian Groman lost to Sebastian Kunkleman 6-0, 6-0

3rd Singles : Drew Wilson lost to Riley Fricke 6-1, 6-4


Baseball: Pirates outhit Grove, but Bulldogs pull off the win

By Sam Brauen www.blufftonpirates.com
(BLUFFTON) - Columbus Grove’s jumped on Bluffton’s baseball team early and held on for a 5-3 Northwest Conference victory Monday.  The loss sends Bluffton to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in NWC play. 

The Bulldogs put up two runs in the top of the first inning as they staked a lead they would not relinquish.  Bluffton starting pitcher Dakota Bricker settled in for the next few innings before Grove plated two more in the fourth to break a 2-2 tie.


Softball: 2 stolen bases for Rumer as BHS beats Grove

By Sam Brauen www.blufftonpirates.com
(BLUFFTON) - The Lady Pirate softball team picked up their second league win with a 6-5 victory over Columbus Grove. The Pirates led 5-1 after four innings but the Bulldogs tied the ballgame in the top of the fifth, plating four runs.  BHS pushed the go ahead run in the bottom of the frame to hold on for the win. 


Ever hear of MOPS?

Year-long program that meets twice a month from October to May

By Elizabeth Gordon-Hancock
Ever heard of MOPS? MOPS stands for Mothers of Pre-Schoolers; it's a group of mothers, who have at least one child not yet in school, that meet regularly for fellowship and support.

Ebenezer Mennonite Church has offered a MOPS group since 1999. It's a year-long program that meets two Mondays a month from October to May. Moms come from at least six different school districts. And it's not limited to moms who attend Ebenezer church; in fact, 99 percent of moms who attend the current group are from other churches in the area.


Want a garden, but know how where to begin?

Gardeners of the Bluffton/Pandora Area can help you at the community garden

A little known, but great benefit of Bluffton is the community garden. The Icon talked with Victoria Zeits of the Gardeners of the Bluffton/Pandora Area about the garden, just in time for viewers to consider renting a plot or two.

Icon: Where is the garden?
9900 block of South Main Street. A new sign has just been installed under the "Welcome to Bluffton" sign.