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Steve Angel

August 20, 2017


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We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

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Did you ever play in the BHS marching band? Want to do it again? Here's your chance

Were you ever in the Bluffton High School marching band? Now's your chance to once again march across Harmon Field with your instrument in hand.

The BHS alumni band will perform during the Saturday, Oct. 18, Bluffton HS football game versus Western Reserve Academy.

According to Rachael Lewis, assistant band director, all former BHS band members are invited to participate. A reception takes place at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Alumni will then march to Harmon Field at 6:45 p.m. The band will play in the pre-game ceremony.


Friends of Santa seek gifts for under-privileged youth

Each fall, Corey and Miranda Greer, formerly of Bluffton and now of Findlay, host a party designed to raise money, which provides Christmas gifts to under-privileged children registered with Friends of Santa.  Here's their information: www.friendsofsanta.org.

"A group of guys who I went to high school with, and their wives, congregate at our house for golf and to watch an Ohio State football game. We raffle tickets off to win door prizes and use 100 percent of the proceeds for the children," said Greer.

Maple Crest elders entertained by bagpipe music

Bluffton's Maple Crest senior living community kicked off National Assisted Living Week week with a performance of bagpipes played by Stephan R. Johnson of Ada. The week was Sept. 7-13 and the week's theme was "the magic of music!"

Johnson was formally dressed in his Irish kilt (the Irish wear solid colored kilts) with every detail in place from the knife in his sock to the shoes with no tongue (so muddy water can drain out).

Jeanne's Kitchen, what's cooking Sept. 16-19


Starting your day on empty? We are open for breakfast at 8 a.m. and serve breakfast all day.


Homemade chili with Pete's Italian sausage
Turkey avocado club
Meatball sub

Chicken noodle soup
Perch platter
Italian roast beef

Tomato bisque
Calzone or pizza with side salad
Quiche with side salad

Michael's cream of mushroom soup
Stacked ham
Pork tenderloin sandwich

Ault has 3 TD passes, throws for 328 yards but Pirates lose

By Delano Whidbee, Icon sports intern

After two tough road games the Bluffton Pirates welcomed Delphos Jefferson Wildcats to their first home game of the season. Missed opportunities played a big role causing the (1-2) Pirates to lose to the (3-0) Wildcats 22-19.


BHS struck the first points as quarterback Mitchell Ault threw a 33-yard beauty to wide receiver Austin Bricker for the touchdown. Point after kick by Dylan Alt was no good, Bluffton led 6-0.


Dale Badertscher wins Icon football contest week 3; Ken Von Lehmden cumulative leader

The winner of this week's Icon football contest is Dale Badertscher, who correctly picked all 10 games.


Other contestants:
9 correct:  Craig Hoffman, Ken Von Lehmden and Will I Am Edwards.

8 correct:  Blaine Dearth, Kim Badertscher, Peyton Gallant, Randy Stewart, Shannon Weissling and Travis Swank.


Bluffton council creates 21-page ordinance spelling out its operating rules

On Monday Bluffton council will act on the second of three readings of a 21-page ordinance that clearly spells out the self-governing rules of that body.

It is the most comprehensive and detailed ordinance in recent memory – perhaps the first-ever - that covers in such detail the rules and job description of council members.


New flooring installed in third floor of town hall late September-early October

A new floor is coming to the third floor of the Bluffton town hall.

As a result of the spring water damage that occurred to the town hall a new floor overlay is required. The village has reserved the last week in September through the first week in October for Diller Flooring to install the new floor, according to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator.

“They are updating their previous estimate to include the installation of a sound dampening membrane under the proposed tile floor to reduce the noise infiltration on the second floor,” said Mehaffie.

The Official Icon Sugar Cookie now out of the oven

The Official Icon Sugar Cookie
(And we even omitted 1 cup of sugar from the original recipe)

Suddenly the cookie urge struck. The urge said: "Simple cookie any old dolt can create and make it quick." This is how the Official Icon Sugar Cookie was born. Heck, we probably shouldn't fit in it the sugar cookie ranks. It has more flour than sugar. Maybe it should be the Offical White Flour Cookie.

Here goes:


BHS volleyball: Schmutz, Fruchey have 10 kills each in win over USV

Bluffton High School volleyball team stopped Upper Scioto Valley 2-1 at Elida on Saturday. 

Game stats follow:

Bluffton won 2-1
Game 1    25- 19
Game 2    20-25
Game 3    25- 22

Bluffton stat leaders:
Kills - Andie Schmutz - 10
          Samantha Fruchey - 10
Assists -  N/A
Digs - N/A
Aces - Sidney Joseph - 3
           Lauren Parkins - 3
Blocks - Samantha Fruchey - 1