August 28, 2014


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Bluffton Hospital’s Garau Street entrance now closing at 5:30 p.m.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Garau Street entrance at Bluffton Hospital will be closing at 5:30 p.m. The entrance was previously open until 8 p.m.

Patients, family and visitors are encouraged to use the emergency room entrance when entering the building after 5:30 p.m.

Register now for MOPS mom-to-mom sale


The MOPS Mom to Mom sale is holding registration for tables at their upcoming event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on September 13 at Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

Participants can register for 3 rectangular or 4 round tables for $15, or 2 round tables for $7. To reserve a space, call Jennifer at 419-296-4835 or Denise at 419-306-7781.


Pirate 2014-15 sports passes on sale at BHS

Bluffton school sports passes for 2014-15 are available at Bluffton High School. Prices follow:

All Sports Pass $100: Gets you into all home sporting events throughout the current school year including reserved Varsity Football and Boys' basketball games.

Fall Sports Pass $30: Gets you into all home volleyball and boys' and girls' soccer games.

Student Pass $25: Punch card that is good for 10 home sporting events throughout the school year.


Runners on your mark! BFR 5K Aug. 30

There's still time to enter BFR Sports and Fitness 5K Run or Walk, which features a Pump and Run on Saturday, Aug. 30.



The race course: begins and ends at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton. 


The cat not in the hat...it made the children laugh and play to see a "cat" in school


Here's an unusual and final look at the Icon's photos taken on the first day of school.

A small cat appeared at the elementary school front doors just as students entered prior to 8 a.m. It was noticed by several students, including the young boy in the doorway.

We're not certain, but we have a feeling that sooner or later during the day, the cat somehow achieved its goal of entering the building.

But, that's simply a guess.


Greg's Pharmacy host to Wednesday afternoon cash mob

Bluffton’s next cash mob is from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, hosted by Greg’s Pharmacy, 126 N. Main St., Bluffton. The cash mob is sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce to encourage buying local.

Here are the Greg’s cash mob specials:
• Jumbo stretchable book covers -
    Buy one, get one free of equal value or less- (Limit 3)
• Bronze Bangle Bracelets -
   25% off regular price of $8.99
• Aloe-Infused Socks -
   $1 off regular price of $4.99

McDonald’s invites community to participate in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Social media’s latest social and philanthropic phenomenon has made its way to Bluffton, right into the doors of the Bluffton McDonald’s.

What has started as a simple challenge to the Lewis family has turned into a company- and community-wide event. Participants of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge include McDonald’s owner/operator, Jerry Lewis, director of operations, Scott Shaw, general manager, Luke Franz, company supervisors, managers, and crew, and members of the Bluffton community.


Sept. 2 tree walk allows you to learn about campus trees

On Tuesday, September 2, gardeners of the Bluffton-Pandora area will meet for a tree walk presented by Joanne Antibus. Join the Club at 6:30 p.m. in front of Bluffton University's Marbeck Center to discover the campus's variety of trees and learn of their attributes and benefits.

The public is invited to attend: parking is available off Elm Street at the university gymnasium.


Naked Truth Event, women's conference, early bird tickets on sale

Naked Truth Event, women's conference, is scheduled Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4, at Shawnee Alliance Church, Lima, according to Kathy Burrus, chair of the event.  

Burrus said, "Ever wonder what God’s opinion is about passion and intimacy in marriage? How does your spiritual health influence your sexual health?"


American Heritage Girls organizing in Bluffton

American Heritage Girls, a non-profit scouting group, is organizing in Bluffton.

AHG is dedicated to "the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country." Girls and their families are invited to become involved. 

Meetings will be on alternating Thursdays from 4-6 p.m., with additional service opportunities. Registration and payment is due by the end of September, and each girl is responsible for purchase of uniform and handbook.