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How many Bluffton Slaw Cutters do you own? Here's a look at making of this unique Bluffton product

Do you own a Bluffton Slaw Cutter? Or put another way, how many Bluffton Slaw Cutters do you own?

Bob Flick and Paul King invited the Icon to a photo and video session on Aug. 21, as Flick did a test run of the equipment. He even allowed Fred Steiner to hit the switch to get the pulleys moving.

Here's some of what we captured in this Bluffton "icon" business on North Main Street.


"Life at the Speed of Change" theme of Tobias Buckell's opening university convocation address

Tobias Buckell

Tobias Buckell, a New York Times best-selling science fiction author and Bluffton University graduate, will be the featured speaker Tuesday, Aug. 28, as Bluffton welcomes the class of 2016 to campus at its annual opening convocation.
With faculty in regalia looking on, about 280 new first-year and transfer students will be introduced during the ceremony, which begins at 10:45 a.m. in Founders Hall.

And now for our halftime entertainment...here's the BHS marching band!

Directing tonight's performance

Let's have a little fun before school starts. Bluffton High School's summer band camp is now behind us, but the photos live on.
Thanks to Rachael Lewis, The Icon can share lots of band camp memories with Icon viewers - including BHS band alumni who know the drill and who have been there.
We provide three sets of photos for your enjoyment.
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
And while on the subject, here's another plug for band alums to join in the alumni band fun happening on a football field near you soon:


Thanks to Jack Travis, The Icon offers you the serious and funny side of Phyllis Diller - check out the video

NOTE: The video is at the bottom of this story.
The Bluffton Icon presents a never-before-seen video interview with the late Phyllis Diller. Dr. Jack (Tony) Travis, Bluffton native, BHS graduate, and friend of Ms. Diller forwarded this video to The Icon.
This shows two sides of Phyllis: a serious side, as she discusses the benefits of breastfeeding; and, then in the last 30 seconds, Phyllis lays on a joke and provides us with her famous "laugh."


Service for Allene Luginbuhl Friday at Ebenezer Mennonite

Allene Luginbuhl, 93, of Bluffton, died at 9:47 a.m. Aug. 21, 2012, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton.
Visitation will Thursday, Aug. 30, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.
Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com


Larry Kahle was a 1966 graduate of Bluffton High School

Larry Kahle

Larry B. Kahle, 64 of Bluffton, died Aug. 20, 2012 at his residence in Bluffton. He was born Dec. 4, 1947, in Lima to Linus and Irene Niese Kahle. His mother survives in Columbus Grove.
Mr. Kahle worked at the former McIntosh Industries, Bluffton. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton, and the Bluffton American Legion Post 382. He was a 1966 Bluffton High School graduate. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.


Bluffton YFC weekly schedule underway soon

David Glick announced this school year's BlufftonYFC weekly meeting schedule. It follows:
Bluffton Club 56 (For 5th and 6th Graders) -
Mondays after school to 4:15 p.m. - Starting Monday, Sept.10

Junior High Campus Life - (7th and 8th Graders) -
Mondays - 8-9 p.m. - Starting Monday, Sept. 10
Bluffton Breakfast Club - (9th -12 Graders)
Wednesday mornings- 7:15 - 7:50 a.m. - Starting Wednesday, Aug. 29


Alexis Lugibihl scores BHS lone goal in soccer loss to Miller city

Miller City girls' soccer 5
Bluffton 1
Halftime: MC, 4-0 Goals: (B) Lugibihl. Assists: (B) Dulle.
Shots on Goal: MC, 15-11.
Corner Kicks: B, 4-3,
Saves: B,None; MC,NA
Home: MC 1-0-0,
Away: Bluffton 0-1-0
Alexis Lugibihl scored the only Pirate goal in the second half with an assist from Megan Dulle. The Pirates were able to hold Miller City to only one goal in the second half after having been scored on four times in the first half.
JV Score: 0-0


2012-13 Bluffton school bus schedules available in MS and elementary offices

The Bluffton bus schedule pick up times for the 2012-13 school year are available in the middle school and elementary school offices.

Apollo parent-student orientations Aug. 23

In preparation for the 2012-13 school year, parents and students are encouraged to attend Apollo Career Center's Parent-Student Orientation, Thursday, Aug. 23, during the times of 1-4 p.m. or from 5:30-8 p.m.
Parents and students may visit labs, meet with teachers, pay for fees, books and tools, and tour the building.
Apollo will have staggered start dates again this year. The first day of school for juniors is Monday, Aug. 27, and first day for seniors is Tuesday, Aug. 28. For more information, please call 419.998.2908.