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September 2, 2015


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Here's a very friendly license plate

Here's the friendliest plate we've spotted in a long time. We saw this in the Ada school parking lot. Wonder how many AMIGO with numbers behind them now exist? This was the first one.


Cross-cultural forums set for Sept. 25


Two groups of Bluffton University students will relate their cross-cultural experiences from last spring during campus forums at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in Founders Hall. The presentations are free and open to the public.

Recounting their experiences at the 11 a.m. session will be Estee Arend and Kyle Niermann, who were among a Bluffton contingent that went to Chicago; Rachel Dotson and Melissa Hostetler, discussing Guatemala; Jared Hudson, Brianna Shaw and Leah Waltermyer, Israel/Palestine; and Jared Horstman and Marla Stone, Kentucky.

Fishing project’s results to be reviewed at university colloquium


The results of a grant-funded fishing project at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve will be Tami Forbes’ topic for “The One That Got Away,” a Bluffton colloquium on Friday, Sept. 21.

Free and open to the public, the presentation by the associate professor of recreation will begin at 4 p.m. in Stutzman Lecture Hall in Bluffton’s Centennial Hall.

AARP conducts listening session on future of Medicare and Social Security Sept. 20 at Senior Center

The Association of American Retired Persons (AARP) Ohio volunteers are conducting "You've Earned a Say" listening sessions in communities across the state to give Ohioans the chance to make their voices heard on the future of Medicare and Social Security.

Kalida residents Jim and Cheryl Fortman, who volunteer with the AARP Ohio advocacy team, are teaming up with the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association to offer a “You've Earned a Say” listening session. The event is at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Center. All ages are welcome.

Community Assistance Program served 802 persons in 2011-12

Bluffton's food safety net is the Bluffton Community Assistance Program. It operates the Bluffton food pantry housed in St. John's United Church of Christ.

Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor of English Lutheran Church and president of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association, told Bluffton chamber members about the work of the program at the Sept. 14 chamber breakfast in the town hall. Nearly 70 persons attended.

Mohr told about the many projects of the Community Assistance Prorgram. He also shared the annual report of the organization from June 2011 to May 2012.

When was the last time you had your piano tuned?

Need your piano tuned? Krysti's Music Studio, Bluffton, provides a piano-tuning service. Call Phil Schey at 419-889-7333, or the studio  (419-233-5255).

"It is best to have your piano tuned at least once or twice per year to maintain the instrument and its sound quality," said Phil.



Megan Dulle's goal for BHS enough to stop C-R


Bluffton HS girls soccer team stopped Cory-Rawson 1-0 at Steinmetz Field on Sept. 13. 

Game stats follow:

Halftime: 0-0 Goals: (B) Dulle. Assists: NA.

Shots on Goal: C, 7-3. Corner Kicks: B, 2-1,Saves: C,None; B,Abbey Heslep (7)

Home:  Bluffton 3-4-0
Away:  CR 2-4-0



U-12 Pirates co-ed beat Riverdale

Black Swamp Soccer Results

Bluffton Pirates (U-12 co-ed) beat Riverdale Wizards 4-2  on Sept. 13.


Bluffton Lions newsletter now on The Icon

Doug Luginbill will provide a tour of the Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio Green Houses during the Oct. 2 Bluffton Lions Club meeting. On Oct. 16 Dick Ramseyer will give club members an update of this year's Corvette raffle project.

For a copy of the Lions Club September newsletter open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Several vacancies on NW District athletic boards

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday morning at the OHSAA office in Columbus for its regularly scheduled September meeting. The following are highlights from the meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted later at OHSAA.org.