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February 9, 2016

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Library welcomes former professor’s photographs

Dr. Mary Ann Sullivan is a prolific photographer as well as a professor emerita of English and art history at Bluffton University, where she taught from 1972-2006.

An exhibit of her photographs of library architecture is joining the permanent collection in Bluffton’s Musselman Library, which will mark the donation with a reception with Sullivan from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.

Ravens or 49ers? Either way, here's some help with the party

If you are someone who cares about the Super Bowl on Sunday you might also be someone who invites friends over and calls it a party.

We at the Icon thought we could help.  Here is a list of helpful links to put together a fabulous football fiesta.

Real Simple has a nice check list here so you don't forget the basics.  


Two blood drives in Bluffton in February

The American Red Cross will hold two blood drives in Bluffton in the month of February. They are:

Thursday, Feb. 7, noon until 6 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church in the Upstairs Room, located at 101 S. Jackson St.

Friday, Feb. 15, from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Bluffton University, 1 University Drive.

While walk-in donors are welcome, donors are encouraged to make appointments. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to  www.redcrossblood.org .


Bluffton Senior Citizens offering several trips in 2013

The Bluffton Senior Citizens announces the spring bus trip schedule.  The following entertaining options are on the slate:

Thursday, March 14 
LaComedia is presenting the Dolly Parton musical hit “9 to 5".
Get your reservations in by February 12th, to fill the motor coach.  
Enjoy a full buffet lunch and a visit to Freisingers Chocolate Factory.  
The bus leaves at 9:00 am.



Third graders have lots of pets and ideas for many more

This week we are talking with Trenton Donley (Mrs. Bogart’s class), Nicole Boyle (Mrs Kingsley’s), Peyton Gallant (Mr. Armstrong’s class), and Olivia Parker (Mrs. Raeburn’s class). This is part of the continuing series of interviews with Bluffton third graders. Note: This interview got off to a slow start because the interviewer mistakenly referred to the students as fourth graders and there were long pauses for answers, until this issue was straightened out.

Bluffton now has a mall! And it's full of antiques


We caught Judy Bronson, the queen of antiques in Bluffton, while she was eating lunch in her new expanded location, at 902 N. Main St. and like everyone else who steps foot into the new location, we said: “Wow!”

Bronson moved from Deer Creek Shoppes in downtown Bluffton to the former Diller Medical building over the Christmas holidays.

“I officially opened on Jan. 21,” she said. “We are now open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.”


Men's bball: MSJ caps season sweep with 70-64 win over Bluffton

By Ryan Schadewald

The Mount St. Joseph Lions used a 16-3 run to open the game en route to a 70-64 victory over the Bluffton University men’s basketball team on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The visitors fell to 9-11 on the season, 5-8 in Heartland Conference play.

The Beavers slipped to seventh in the conference, moving to the outside of the HCAC Tournament picture with just five games remaining. MSJ not only went ahead of Bluffton, but the Lions (7-13, 6-7 HCAC) now hold an important head-to-head tie-breaker over the Beavers by virtue of their season sweep.

Womens' bball: Kurilec leads Bluffton to 67-52 win over Mount St. Joseph

By Jordan Marbaugh

Bluffton University women’s basketball team used a strong defensive performance to take down Mount St. Joseph, 67-52, on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The Beavers improved to 10-10 on the season and 5-8 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as they snapped a three-game losing skid. The loss dropped MSJ to 3-17 overall and 2-11 in the HCAC.

John Warren was Bluffton John Deer Implement dealer for 25 years

John T. Warren, 81, of Bluffton died Jan. 30, 2013, at his residence. He was born June 25, 1931, in Bluffton to the late Clyde and Eulalia (McCormick) Warren. He married Roberta Klingler and she preceded him in death Jan. 3, 1975. 

Mr. Warren was a John Deere Implement dealer for 25 years in Bluffton and later Kenton. The Bluffton dealership was located on South Main Street on a property, which today is part of Citizens National Bank.


February is for celebrating Bluffton Public Library with free activities and treats for all

February is Library Lovers' Month, a month for celebrating how wonderful to have a thing that is a library.  

Bluffton Public Library is teaming up with several Bluffton businesses and the Friends of the Library to celebrate.

The library has crafted several different ways patrons can celebrate the library.

The week includes:

Every afternoon a different treat!

Feb. 11-15, visitors to the library can indulge in free refreshments from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Treats will be provided by: