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Film is not dead in the Bluffton High School art department

Just when you thought the "old" ways of learning were tossed out the door we invite Icon readers to discover what Bluffton High School art students are "rediscovering:" the wet photo darkroom.

Vickie Garmon, BHS art teacher, provided The Icon with this story written by BHS student Nathan Hursh. He writes:


BCE recognizes April as Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs recognizes April as Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month. Here's some information about the month:

Tuesday, April 30,  from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Small Business Administration's Columbus District Office, AARP and the Newark SCORE Chapter will host a free workshop in honor of National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month. 

The event is targeted to entrepreneurs ages 50+ and will include presentations on using social media as a business tool and an overview of how to start a business as well as a panel of successful Encore Entrepreneurs.

Chamber newsletter available to Icon viewers

The April 16 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce newsletter is now available for Icon viewers. It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Bluffton newest business offers big ideas for thinking small

The owner of Bluffton’s newest business has big plans for thinking small.

Andy Chapell-Dick of Bluffton, a general and remodeling contractor, has started Small House Bluffton, a business whose focus is constructing small, fully-functional houses.

“A lot of people want to go small, not just empty nesters, but people who for a practical basis see the cost of living going up,” Chappell-Dick says, in explaining his new venture.

“Bluffton is a unique community. I’m providing something the community hasn’t seen. It’s different housing option,” he said.

CNB holds Sunday open house for newly-expanded Operations Center

Citizens National Bank invites the public to attend an open house for its newly expanded Operations Center from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 21.

Located just off I-75 at 131 Citizens Parkway, Bluffton, the enlarged facility provides 24 new offices and is home to the following departments:
• Customer Care Center,
• Marketing,
• IT,
• Project Management,
• Operations, Compliance,
• Treasury Management,
• Credit Analysis,
• Restructured Loans and
• Commercial Loan Processing.

Harlem Shake: New sensation that swept the nation - watch it here

The Icon introduces a new music review column. After talking with Bluffton University student Delano D. Whidbee following a journalism class, we knew we found the right guy for the assignment. The sophomore from Flint, Mich., is a broadcasting and journalism major.

He tells us: "Music has always been around my life. The different creative styles interested me from a young age." 

This is more than a serious hobby for Delano. He said, "I check daily to see what new music or exclusive interviews, or music visuals have been released."



20% off prom corsages and boutonnieres at Town and Country

Town and Country Flowers, 121 S. Main St., Bluffton has an amazing prom corsage and boutonniere special, according to Connie Kruse.

The flower shop's current Icon ad states: "Mention this ad and get 20 percent off prom corsages and boutonnieres."

Call now to take advantage of this offer. And, don't forget to mention you saw it on The Icon.

Town and Country Flowers
121 S. Main St.



Ebenezer Mennonite children's choir musical April 28

Ebenezer Mennonite Church children's choir, Disciple Singers, will present a musical "The Game Plan" at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 28.

The Game Plan is a fun summertime kids' musical about the importance of team work and following the game plan-God's game plan. The story wraps around the adventures of the Tigers soccer team and cheer squad, made up of girls and boys with all different personalities, talents, and skills. 

A concession stand will be open between 5:30-6 p.m. and after the program (donations accepted).


Weather summary: Now it's more like April

Now it's more like April: Highs reaching 70 and lows in the 40s with rain here and there. Here's the seven-day weather summary from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Date         High    Low  Prec

April 8        72      40    0.09
April 9        82      49
April 10      69      44    1.35
April 11      44      40    1.07
April 12      42      40    0.22
April 13      42      39    0.05
April 14      60      35    trace
April 15      70      51

May 2 Pray for America service at Ebenezer Mennonite

"Pray for America" is the theme of the annual National Day of Prayer, which will be observed at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 2, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church Crossroads Ministry Center.

The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove Road,Bluffton. Contact the church at 419-358-8588 for more information.