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March 28, 2015


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Gift of self is the greatest gift, Bluffton University graduates told

Bluffton University President James M. Harder presents Karel Oxley, superintendent of Lima City Schools, with an honorary doctorate of humane letters prior to her commencement address at Bluffton on May 6. Looking on is Dr. Sally Weaver Sommer, vice president and dean of academic affairs.

Bluffton University graduates were urged at their May 6 commencement to give of themselves as others-from family to Bluffton faculty-have given to them.

The gift of self is the greatest gift, said Karel Oxley, superintendent of Lima City Schools, in her commencement address. The 310 graduates were the second most among the 112 graduating classes in Bluffton history. The 209 undergraduate students who received diplomas represented the largest such number ever at Bluffton.

Softball: Bluffton season comes to an end in HCAC Tournament

By Evan Skilliter, sports information assistant

Stats: http://www.bluffton.edu/sports/softball/2012/hcac-5.htm

The Bluffton University softball season came to an abrupt end on Saturday, May 5, at Anderson University after the Beavers dropped an elimination game of the HCAC Tournament to Manchester, 6-2. The Beavers ended the season with a 26-17 overall record.

Here's Stratton Auto's May $39.95 special

Stratton Auto Sales & Main Street Rentals, 220 N. Main St., Bluffton offers the following special in May:

For $39.95, receive:
o oil and filter change
o rotate all four tires
o brake inspection
o top off all fluids
To schedule the special offer call 419-358-1900.


SHANNON Service Club invites flag sponsors

American flags are again waving in the wind on Main Street, Bluffton, for this summer 2012. The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. (Sharing Hopes And Nourishing Needs Of Neighbors) Service Club of Bluffton, in conjunction with the Village of Bluffton and the American Legion, invites persons to sponsor a flag.

Food boxes available for Pandora-Gilboa households

The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for households in the Pandora-Gilboa School District. The boxes are designed to provide nine meals for a family of four.

In order to pick up a box, you must register by 5 p.m. on May 21 by calling 419-384-3905 and giving your name and phone number.

Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church located on State Route 12.


Two superiors, three excellents for Bluffton middle school students at state science fair

Five Bluffton Middle School students participated at the State Science Fair in Columbus on May 5. Two students earned superior ratings and three earned excellent ratings, Dave Bracy, science teacher, told The Icon.


Brielle Hamilton and Elizabeth Nisly earned a superior rating with Brielle also earning the Ohio University Physics and Astronomy Young Scientist Award worth $50.

Earning Excellent awards was Sara Bertka, Joel Siefker, and Sam Crisp.



Bluffton fire department recipient of $10,000 grant for protective equipment

Bluffton Fire Chief Jon Kinn announced today (May 8) the Bluffton Fire Department is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the State Fire Marshall's Office.

Chief Kinn told The Icon that the grant monies will be used to purchase
personal protective equipment for the members of the fire department.


Riley Creek Baptist Church VBS June 10-13

Riley Creek Baptist Church, 4950, Township Road 27, Bluffton, will hold Vacation Bible School Sunday to Wednesday, June 10 -13, from 6 to 8 p.m. for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

The children will enjoy music, games, crafts, snacks, and Bible lessons. The program is free. The church phone number is 419-326-6361. Email uat pastordave@thewavz.com or see the church Facebook page for more information.