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Bluffton's most popular baby names of 2011 - can you guess them?

What shall we name the baby...in 2011? The Bluffton Hospital provided The Icon with the list of first names of babies born last year in Bluffton. Want to know the popular names?

Mason (6)
Aiden (3), Auden (1)
Gage (2), Guage (1)

Ella (3), Eva (1), Ellen (1)
Addison (2), Addyson (1), Adalyn (1)
Kira (2), Kali (1), Kayla (1), Kaylee (1), Kayleigh (1), Kali (1)


Christian storyteller to perform at Bluffton

James Nagle, a storyteller from the Cleveland suburb of Lyndhurst, will present "Stories from the Road: Encounters with the Living God" at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Bluffton University's Yoder Recital Hall. The forum is free and open to the public.

Bluffton history comes alive this winter in ILR classes

Bluffton University's Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), an educational program for retirees, is offering several classes led by local residents on Wednesdays, Jan. 18-Feb. 22, at the Bluffton town hall.

The winter term costs $50, which allows participants to take as many classes as they wish and to join in other ILR activities. The fee is due at the time of registration.

"Sharing Stories of Bluffton's History" will be the theme of 10 a.m. classes.

Afternoon swim

Plenty of Canada geese and ducks make the Buckeye their winter home. Here's the cast of characters on a January afternoon.



Bluffton pulpit exchange on Sunday

Five ministries of the Bluffton area will participate in the annual
Bluffton pulpit exchange on Sunday, Jan. 15.

The preaching schedule follows:

o Bill Herr of Mennonite Memorial Home
will preach at English Lutheran Church.

o Kevin Mohr of English Lutheran Church
will preach at Emmanuel United Church of Christ.

o Eric Rummel of Emmanuel United Church of Christ
will preach at First Mennonite Church.


December Bluffton police log

Bluffton Police Department
Public Docket
December 31, 2011

December 1
Police responded to a non-injury traffic crash at the intersection of College Ave. and S. Main Streets. Nathaniel Hursh, 17, Bluffton was issued a citation for failing to yield the right of way. The case is pending in Allen County Juvenile Court.

December 2
A Bern St. resident reported that unknown persons had flipped their riding lawnmower onto its top while it was sitting in the front yard.


Pridonoff piano duo next in Bluffton Artist Series

Tickets remain available for the next performance in the 2011-12 Bluffton University Artist Series, by the Pridonoff Piano Duo at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff, who formed the acclaimed duo in 1982, will bring their energetic and artistic styling to Bluffton. Each a professor of piano and artist-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, they are often compared to the great husband-wife piano duos of Josef and Rosina Lhevinne and Vronsky and Babin.

George Lehman Friday colloquium speaker

Dr. George Lehman, the Howard Raid professor of business at Bluffton University, will address "How understanding the brain can change management practice" at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in Stutzman Lecture Hall in Bluffton's Centennial Hall. The colloquium is free and open to the public.

Eric Fulcomer sworn in as Bluffton mayor, Jan. 18 deadline for persons interested in applying for council vacancy

It was the end of an era. It was the beginning of an era.

Monday's council meeting saw the departure of Fred Rodabaugh, who served as Bluffton mayor for the past 10 years and as a council member for 22 years. The meeting saw the swearing in of Eric Fulcomer as Bluffton's new mayor and of new council member, Joe Sehlhorst. Dennis Gallant was also sworn in to his reelected council term.

15 minutes with Tammy Bradshaw

Tammy and Mike Bradshaw

When did you and your husband, Mike, move to Bluffton? What influenced that decision? Do you live in town or in the country?

We had been driving up to Bluffton to go to the Shannon, getting a summer pool pass or coming to see the Christmas lights and always said ... One day we are gonna move here. We decided in 2005 to put our house up for sale and move. Our house sold in six days and we moved in August one week before school started. I think the school was the biggest influence. And we live in the country!