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Love those Previte cannoli

FROM ADA ICON - Pete Previte, of true Italian heritage, and Heather Cox offer cannoli they helped make to diners at the Ada Kiwanis Club annual spaghetti dinner last Thursday night. Kiwanians served 230 meals, the profit going to youth programs. (Monty Siekerman photo)


August-September police report includes several breakings and enterings

PD had 659 calls for service during those two months

During August and September Bluffton police had 659 calls for service, according to the August and September police dockets. Here is a summary of those calls.

August 2016 - Total Calls for Service – 359

Officers responded to an apartment complex on East College Avenue in reference to a dispute among tenants.

Officers responded to an apartment complex on East College Avenue in reference to a medical complaint. Upon further investigation, officers located drug paraphernalia outside of one of the apartments.


The Food Store celebrates 31 years on Main Street on Saturday

With food samplings, store specials and anniversary give-aways

The Food Store, 103 S. Main St., celebrates 31 years on Main on Saturday, Oct. 29.

According to owners, the anniversary celebration features food sampling and a
variety of special offers for customers.

When owners, Jon and Sally Weaver Sommer and Hans and Linda Houshower,
renovated a vacant building on Main Street and opened a natural foods store
in 1985, the natural foods industry was just getting started.


A scary Halloween photo

Who needs a scary Halloween story when you can view a photo this scary. Imagine Pat and Richard Nixon in Bluffton during the 1979 (or 1980) Halloween parade. Accompanying the Nixons is Fred-in-Stein, who also frequents Bluffton at the end of each October.

Fred-in-Stein will be at the Bluffton Public Library tonight (Thursday, Oct. 27) taking photos of Halloweeners. Perhaps we'll see your photo later tonight on the Icon if you stop in at the library.


ArtSpace/Lima Home for the Holidays art sale

Runs Nov. 16 to Dec. 22

ArtSpace/Lima, 65-67 Town Square, Lima,  announces Home for the Holidays 2016, a holiday art sale, to be held Nov. 16 through Dec. 22,according to Bill Sullivan, operations manager.

The sale features all original art from local artists.  Works in 2D (paintings, watercolors, collage, prints, drawings) and 3D (sculpture, ceramics, glass) will be on display, as well as a large selection of hand-crafted jewelry.  All the art is one-of-a-kind and original.


Richland Manor Halloween event on Oct. 31

Richland Manor, 7400 Swaney Road, Bluffton, will hold a community Halloween event.

It includes trick-or-treats plus snacks and refreshments and takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, at Richland Manor.


Seeding of bike path underway

Work is underway to seed the sides of the Lions Way Augsburger Road bike path. The path, leading from Bentley Road to Riverbed and Maple Crest will have a public dedication at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31. The dedication will be across from the university athletic complex. (Dick Ramseyer photo)

Riverdale ends BHS girls' soccer tourney run

Bluffton High School girls' soccer season came to an end in the district semi-final round on Wednesday as the Pirates lost to Riverdale 4-1.

Sarah Theisen scored the lone goal for Bluffton.

Riverdale led 2-1 with 14 minutes to play. The Falcons punched in two back to back goals at 8 minutes and 6 minutes to pull ahead.

Bluffton, the NWC champs, ended season 13-5-1.


Volleyball sweeps MSJ for 8-0 mark in HCAC

October 26, 2016
By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - Wednesday night's Heartland Conference matchup brought Mount St. Joseph to the Sommer Center for a mid-week showdown between the Lions and the Bluffton University volleyball team. The Beavers improved to 21-7 overall and 8-0 in the HCAC after downing the Lions (11-14, 2-7 HCAC) in three quick sets.

Men's Soccer drops 2-0 decision at Manchester

October 26, 2016


NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The Manchester University men's soccer team scored twice in the first half and made it hold up as the Spartans took down Bluffton University 2-0 on a cool and overcast Wednesday, Oct. 26. Bluffton fell to 3-14 overall and 0-8 in the Heartland Conference, while Manchester improved to 8-6-3 on the season and 2-5-1 in the HCAC.