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March 4, 2015


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Robert Green flew in over 50 mission in WWII; received Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal and 10 Oak Leaf Clusters

Robert H. Green, 93, of Rockport died at 10 p.m., March 3, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Robert was born April 8, 1921, in Toledo to Leonard and Hazel Brown Green. On Dec. 24, 1946, he married Ruth Freet who preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 2012.

Robert retired after 41 years from Westinghouse, Lima, where he was a supervisor.  He was a member of the Rockport United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 96, Lima. He was a graduate of Beaverdam High School. 


Watch out for these undefeated Pirates - we have lots to look forward to!

Somewhere between the 2016-17 and 2019-20 basketball seasons these guys will become household names in Bluffton. Right now they are Bluffton seventh graders. This season, the basketball team coached by Ryan Dunlap went 19-0, winning the Northwest Conference.

In an understatement, Dunlap told the Icon that this was a dream season. All Pirate fans are following that dream.


Elementary PTO never stops to take a breath - here's an update on activities

The Bluffton elementary PTO never stops to take a breath. Melissa Knauss, PTO president, provided an update from the organization for the Icon. It follows:

"The PTO committee continues to look at ways we can help our school, teachers, and students. 

"Nineteen lunch box totes were purchased and are being used by the majority of the first through fourth grade classrooms. The students can now take lunch boxes with ease to the cafeteria, as the totes have wheels and a handle. 


Bluffton softball comes alive with 30 runs on Wednesday

March 4, 2015
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant

Mount St. Marys Stats  I  Northwood Stats

Was at that long ago?

Sixty basketball seasons ago, these Bluffton Pirates finsihed 11 and 6 overall and third in the Western Buckeye League.

Team members from left are Jim "Spike" Berry, guard; Jim Fisher, guard; Ron Lora, forward; James Matter, forward; Thorne Lauriat, forward; Jack Fields, center; Ron Geiser, forward; Don Alspach, center, Marvin Diller, guard and Joe Urich, guard.

This team was the 1955-56 non-county tournament champs.

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Here's this year's 10,000 Shot Club members

Let’s see how many shots you can take to the hoop.

Boys in grades 3 to 12 were recognized for their efforts in the 10,000 Shot Club during the final basketball game of the season recently.

Here’s how it works:
Boys are given a shot sheet with a calendar to track any shots they make April through August. 

At the end of August, they have to get their form to Todd Boblitt, BHS varsity basketball coach, to be recognized for the shot club. 

Youth in grades 3-5 only have to make 5,000 to receive recognition.


Emmanuel UCC fish fry March 13

Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 13. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Profits will benefit the church improvement fund.

Emmanuel is located at 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton.


P-G 8th grade boys win BVC basketball conference title

The Pandora-Gilboa Rockets eighth grade basketball team brought home the BVC Conference Championship title for the second year in a row.

The team, coached by P-G alumnus Nathan Lee, includes: back row, l-r, Coach Nathan Lee, Nick Norton, Nick Meyer, Jared Breece, Riley Larcom, Eli Stall, Austin Niese, Peyton Traxler, Travis Maag and Zeb George. Front row, cheerleaders, Kaileigh Morris, Macy Rieman, Sam Inbody and Brooke Meyer.


Lions selling tickets for shopping spree

The Bluffton Lions Club will begin to sell tickets for the “Shopping Spree” to be held at the Community Market on April 4. Lions will be selling these tickets every Friday and Saturday at the Community Market beginning March 6. Proceeds from this project will go to the Lion’s Scholarship Fund. $500 scholarships will then be available to High School Seniors in Bluffton, Pandora/Gilboa and/or Cory/Rawson Schools for their fall classes.

Several new features introduced to the Icon; but you've already figured that out

Icon viewers have discovered several new features added to the Icon this week.

These include:
• an enhanced presence for advertisers,
• improved photos viewing and a
• sports calendar.

Ryan Lowry is the Icon's technical editor. He installed these new features. Here are the details:

Advertiser enhancement
The Icon improved its “Ad Index.” The index is found on the black horizontal scroll bar near the top of the home page.