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October 8, 2015


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Is Bluffton haunted? Find out war the ParaSisters discovered about our town on Oct. 24

Is Bluffton haunted? 

Perhaps, only portions of the village. Maybe just the Bluffton Public Library.

Paranormal investigators, ParaSisters, will answer this question during a 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, presentation at the Bluffton Public Library. CLICK HERE to view their Facebook page.

Their program will offer evidence procured from their September investigation of Bluffton Public Library.

Chamber host to 3-way mayoral candidate forum Oct. 28

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Bluffton mayoral candidate forum at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall. The forum is open to the public.

Three candidates seek the mayor’s office in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election. The winner’s term begins Jan. 1, 2016. Candidates are Judy Augsburger, Jerry Cupples and David Steiner.

Augsburger, current mayor, was appointed to that spot in June 2014 following the resignation of then-mayor Dennis Gallant, who moved from Bluffton. She is running as an independent.

Matthew Sapienza 1985-2015

Matthew Dominic Sapienza, 29, died Oct. 6, 2015, in Findlay. Matt was born December 7, 1985 in Findlay. 

After graduating from Findlay High school, Matt worked at the Bistro in Findlay where he developed his love for cooking.  He was established chef for his family and home.   


Parmenter new kills leader at Bluffton after sweep of Jackets

By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Beavers came out swatting against the visiting Yellow Jackets of Defiance in the “Battle for Purple Supremacy” rivalry match! With an attendance of 500 the Sommer Center was a great atmosphere to play in on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Men's soccer drops 2-0 decision to Anderson

By: Whitney Warnecke, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University men's soccer team stayed with Anderson throughout most of the first half on a warm and sunny Wednesday, Oct. 7. The Ravens cracked the scoreboard late in the first half and again early in period two en route to the 2-0 shutout at the Sears Complex. The loss dropped the Beavers to 0-10 overall and 0-2 HCAC, while the Ravens improved to 2-7-2 and 1-1 HCAC.

BHS grad Mike Liska on Bluffton University homecoming court

Members of the Bluffton University Homecoming court took time on Oct. 6 to serve at Bluffton’s Et Cetera Shop, sorting clothes at the thrift store for part of the evening.

Below is a "full-frame" photo of the court in Et Cetera Shop.

Participating from the court were (back row, left to right) senior Mike Liska from Bluffton; junior Chad Gundy from Flanagan, Ill.; senior Donny Beachy from Sugarcreek, Ohio; and sophomore Wyatt Jarrell from Racine, Ohio,

Mustard Seed Cafe announces new owners - will reopen soon

Dick and Jayne McGarrity announced today (Oct. 7) the sale of the Mustard Seed Café to Executive Chef Rhonda Moor. 

“With changes taking place in our lives, we would like to retire again and mean it this time,” the McGarritys told The Icon.

Moor and her partner, Drew Van Horn, have been with the café from the start in March of 2013. Moor has created menus and dishes that have attracted guests from across the nation. The café has been featured in several publications and on television.

Women's Soccer falls 3-0 to Anderson

By: Whitney Warnecke, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women's soccer team was unable to find the back of the net in a 3-0 setback at the hands of Anderson University on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Bluffton fell to 4-7 overall and 0-2 in the Heartland Conference, while Anderson upped its season mark to 6-3 with a perfect 2-0 record in the HCAC.

Jared Krout joins BFR as sports coordinator

Jared Krout recently joined Bluffton Family Recreation as sports coordinator, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

Krout is a 2006 graduate of Arlington High School and 2010 graduate of Hillsdale College. 

Following graduation, he served in several track and field coaching positions at Hillsdale. In 2014 he joined the Liberty-Benton High School track and field coaching staff. In 2015 he became the LB girls’ head coach, and the team won the state championship in its division.

Look what's on Bluffton Senior Citizens' October-November calendar

Preparations are underway for the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association 45th anniversary celebration planned for Thursday, Nov. 5. In the meantime, lots of other activities take place at the center during October and November.

Here’s a sampling:

• Doris Conrad, lifelong Bluffton resident, will be recognized during its October dinner meeting. Conrad turns 90 this month and will receive a life membership in the association. The dinner meeting is at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, at the center, 132 N. Main St.