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August 30, 2015


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Swiss Mennonite celebrate 175th anniversary of first Mennonite church here

A celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of the first Mennonite Church in the Bluffton-Pandora area involved a daylong event on Sunday, Aug. 30. Several hundred persons attened.

Bluffton Swiss Community Historical Society sponsored the celebration. Activities took place at the site of the original log church, near 17876 Road 4, Pandora.

The celebration included a worship service, lectures, displays, hymns singing, and a traditional Swiss meal held under a large tent. 

Several photos from the afternooon are below.


Beck's Hybrids recognizes L&S Farms

L&S Farms, Pandora, received recognition from Beck's Hybrids at a district STAR dealership dinner. L&S, which includes Tim Schumacher, Josh Schumacher and Jeff Lugibihl, was recognized for their recommentation to number soybeans, a process now used company wide.

Beck's has been family owned and operated since 1937, and is the largest family-owned, retail see company in the United States.


All fall Pirates and Beaver athletic events now on Icon's Sports Calendar

Where, what time, what date and who is the opponent?

Icon viewers may now check fall sports calendars for their favorite Bluffton sports teams.

• Both Bluffton Junior High and High School, and
• Bluffton University sports....

Schedules are posted on the Icon.

1 - Hover the arrow over "Calendar" on the black scroll bar at the top of the home page.
2 - A drop down "Sports Calendar" will  appear
3 - Click on it and the sports calendar will open


BHS piles up 517 yards rushing; Ault completes 12 of 15 passes as Pirates roll over Hornets

By Sam Brauen
For the fifth straight year, Bluffton opened the season with a win over Cory-Rawson. 


This year, the Pirates put 54 points on the board and the defense limited the Hornets to just 74 total yards and zero points. 

Second year Pirate head coach Kyle Cutnaw was pleased with his squad’s output.  “We came out focused and followed our game plan.  The boys did not let up on the pedal and played well throughout the game.  I’m proud of our guys.”


15 with Ben & Evania Moser…on Indian culture, how Ben proposed, and ruling the world

By Sophia Marcum

Ben and Evania Moser graduated from Bluffton High School together in 2011. I had the chance to catch up with them about their lives together since then!

What did each of you do for school after graduation?
Evania: I went to Rhodes State College to get my Associate Nursing Degree.

Ben: Well I initially went to BGSU for my freshman year of college and majored in Criminal Justice and then transferred to Bluffton for Youth Ministry after my first year of college.

Bluffton chamber invites individuals to join and help promote the community

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce launches its new membership drive for 2015-16 on Sept. 1.

With the drive the chamber also launches into several fall activities.

The first chamber breakfast of the fall is Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 a.m. in the Bluffton town hall third floor. The meeting will include an update on several chamber events that have taken place this summer. In addition, several new members and new Bluffton businesses will be introduced.

Antique farm tools focus of Heirloom Antique Club meeting Sept. 1

The Heirloom Antique Club's next meeting is at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Bluffton town hall.

The speaker is Jim Gatchell. He is a retired teacher who grew up on his family farm working with his father and grandfather. This work started his interest in old farm tools and a love for historical preservation.

He will display items from his collection of old farm tools during his presentation. Persons are invited to bring any old tool to share with the group.



It's Bluffton versus Cory-Rawson


How about placing a Lincoln Highway plate on your car?

Lincoln Highway enthusiasts may have their own Ohio license plate if enough persons pre-order the plates.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles needs 150 plates reserved by Sept. 30 for the plates to be available to all Ohio residents.

Proceeds will help support the preservation and promotion of the highway, which is a few miles south of Bluffton.

An attachment at the bottom of this story is a form for Icon viewers to make a commitment to purchase the plates. Another attachment explains more details about the plate.

Lots of adult class options this fall at Bluffton Family Recreation; newsletter now on Icon

Bluffton Family Recreation isn't just for youth. The fall fitness class schedule for adults is now available, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

Class opportunities range from all-star workouts, water exercise, Aqua Zumba, cardio and strength building, SilverSneakers, yoga, to strength and flexibility.

Classes are offered at various times Mondays through Fridays. 

In addition, the fall BFR newsletter, listing all programming from youth through adults is now on the Icon. It is also an attachment below.