October 2, 2014


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University speaker: Math educator defends Common Core

The immediate past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics said Sept. 23 that she thinks “there’s a lot of misunderstanding” about the Common Core State Standards for math.

Speaking at Bluffton University, Linda Gojak addressed several of the points of contention with the Common Core. The national standards—for English and language arts as well as math—have been adopted by most states but have since been repealed by some and are being contested in others.

Community meals at Senior Center on Oct. 2 and 16

Two community meals are planned in October. Both are at 6 p.m. at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.

The October 2 meal will be served by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. The October 16  meal will be served by St. John's United Church of Christ. Meals are open to the public with no admission charge. Donations are accepted and go to the Bluffton Food Pantry.


Mustard Seed Cafe weekend features

Celebrating our hometown of Bluffton, Ohio, our people and our students as we come together this weekend to celebrate the Fall Festival (see Facebook page "Bluffton Fall Festival") and BHS Homecoming Weekend. Join us for some homestyle offerings.

Bacon Cheeseburger with our house potato chips
Roast Beef with Smashed Red Potatoes & Gravy and roasted green beans
Fettucine Alfredo with a choice of seared chicken breast or pan-fried shrimp

Lions hear about scams from BBB

Cheryl Parson, Lima Better Business Bureau chapter president, spoke to the Bluffton Lions Club on Sept. 16. Her talk listed current and past scams and schemes used by persons against individuals and buinesses.

An update on several Lions activities is in the October newsletter, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


A new picture book with a John P. Klassen storyline

A new children’s book, published by The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center of Bluffton University, tells a true story of violence turned to hope through the eyes of a fictional boy in 1920s Ukraine.

It's mis-match day at school

Hannah Davis, Bluffton fourth grader models her mis-match day outfit. The day was one of several special dress-up days for Bluffton school students thanks to Homecoming Week.

The Icon found Hannah after school and she agreed to talk with us about her special outfit for the day.

According to Hannah, her shoes don't match, she has several different hair styles, and check out her socks.

Then, there's severall mis-matched jewelry items including Halloween, Christmas, winter, and Fourth of July.

To top it off, she has a fancy scarf mis-matched with casual clothes.


Girls' soccer: it's BHS 3 - Ada 0

Bluffton High School's girls soccer team blanked Ada 3-0 on Sept. 24 at Ada. The contest was a Northwest Conference game.

Game stats follow:

Halftime: B, 1-0 Goals: (B) Parkins, (B) Koontz, (B) Theisen. Assists: (B) Spiridigliozzi.
Shots on Goal: B, 14-5. Corner Kicks: B, 4-2,Saves: B,Conley (5); A,NA



BFR Sports and Fitness indoor soccer and girls' volleyball tourney registration underway

Indoor Soccer League Session I
BFR Sports & Fitness has opened registration for its 2014 Indoor Soccer League. The registration deadline for Session 1 is Friday, Oct. 24.

If teams register before Friday, Oct 10, those teams will be given an option to reserve the arena for a free practice session. Fee is $400 per team with a $50 deposit due at registration. Call 419-358-4150 to reserve a spot.


Eilene Mericle will receive membership to Senior Association in October; here's the month's calendar of events

The Icon challenges any community organization to schedule more events in one month that the Bluffton Senior Citizens.

Their October calendar if full and here are some of the highlights:

October’s dinner meeting is at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13. Ann Boyd will present a program on “A Slice of Life,” which includes a close look at Italian herbs and their health benefits. She’ll bring samples to show.

Tickets are $7 and must be purchased by Wednesday, Oct. 8. Carolyn Green is the master of ceremonies and Mary Hofstetter and friends are the hostesses.