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December 9, 2016


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Bluffton pharmacist Deb Retterer hangs up her white coat at the end of this month

The Greg's Pharmacy manager has worked here since 1989

Deb Retterer, Greg’s Pharmacy manager and pharmacist, hangs up her white coat for the final time later this month.

Retterer of Ada, has handled pharmacy needs of Bluffton area residents since 1989 when she joined Greg Conkling in a part-time position.

“When I started in Bluffton John Skelly was also still working part-time for Greg,” she said.  “When John retired in 1992, I became full time.”


Three single-day holiday soccer tourneys at BFR

Registration ending soon

Bluffton Family Recreation doesn’t halt its programming during the holidays.

Several activities take place later this month including indoor holiday soccer tournaments, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director. There’s still time to regular teams for the tourney.

The popular holiday tournaments takes place Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, Dec. 17-18-21.

Here’s the schedule:
Saturday, Dec. 17 – high school boys’
Sunday, Dec. 18 – adult open
Wednesday, Dec. 21 – high school coed

Your guide to the lights of Bluffton

Planning to cruise Bluffton to view the lights sometime in December?

Here's a helpful map. It's your guide to finding interesting residential yard displays. It's more. It also shows the location of the Gift of Giving light show and several other worthwhile light shows in town.

Persons are also encouraged walk the Main Street retail district and view the many store windows decorated for Christmas.

The map's starting point is the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn, which houses the Ream Holiday Folk Art display.


Middle school collects 1,505 items for food pantry

Give students and challenge and they'll top it

Give Bluffton middle school students and challenge and they’ll top it.

According to Robin Ault, 7th and 8th grade language arts teacher, the middle school conducted a food drive and Toys for Tots drive this month.

The middle school student senate sponsored the drives.

Food collected was donated to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program’s food pantry. Mrs. Ault said that the food drive goal was 1,500 items.The goal was topped with 1,505 items donated.

And, 79 new toys were collected for Toys for Toys.

Several photos follow below:


Bluffton's largest choir performs Monday in the BHS gym

It's the elementary Christmas concert - the program is in this story

There's "Holly, Jolly Christmas" and "Christmas at our School," sung by the mass choir of all Bluffton elementary students.

From there, you'll hear a selection of familiar and new carols performed by Kindergarteners through fifth graders.

It's at this year's Bluffton elementary Christmas concert at 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) at the Bluffton High School gym.

For a sneak peek at this year's concert program, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Entrepreneur's road map to success

Kathy Keller led a Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs workshop on Dec. 9 on "Entrepreneur's road map to success."

Keller will lead BCE's 2017 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, which begins in January. Prize money from $500 to $4,000 will be awarded to winners. For more details go to www.blufftonentrepreneurs.com


OHSAA announces inaugural junior high state track and field event

May 13 at Lancaster High School

The Ohio High School Athletic Association will conduct its Inaugural 7th and 8th Grade Track and Field State Championships on May 13, 2017, OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross has announced.

The event, which has been discussed for several years by the OHSAA’s Middle School Committee, was officially approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors at its October meeting. 

Qualifying standards and state qualifiers will be coordinated through an online process at www.BaumsPage.com, with the one-day state championships set for Lancaster High School. 


Girls' basketball: It's Bluffton 52 - Crestview 42

Alivia Koenig leads Pirates with 18 points

Bluffton High School girls' basketball team defeated Crestview tonight (Dec. 8) in a Northwest Conference contest 52-42. Alivia Koenig lead BHS with 18 points.

The box score is attached at the bottom of this story.


Five arrested in multi-agency human trafficking sting in Bluffton

Those charged will appear in Findlay Municipal Court

The Icon has learned of arrests made on Dec. 6 involving an undercover investigation of human trafficking apparently in the Hancock County portion of Bluffton.

The news sources of this story include The Courier, The Lima News and WTOL TV, Toledo. None of those news outlets identified a specific location of the alleged sting.

The sources reference the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, which conducted the operation with the Hancock METRICH-Criminal Task Force and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.


Mennonite Home Health and Senior Services has a gift suggestion

For the "senior" in your life

Mennonite Home Health and Senior Services of Bluffton have an gift suggestion for  persons seeking the perfect gift for the "senior" in their life this Christmas season.

Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services offers gift certificates for assistance with housekeeping, running errands, personal care, companionship, pet care, or help with Christmas shopping and present wrapping.

 "Our home care assistants can provide a wide range of help to get you or your loved one through this busy holiday season," said Daren Lee of MHCO. Call 419-358-7803 for more details.