September 2, 2014


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Bluffton chamber newsletter now on the Icon

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce Nov. 11 newsletter is now available for Icon viewers.

The newsletter is in a printer-friendly attachement at the bottom of this story. Inside this issue includes stories on the new garlands on Main Street plus additional chamber news.

Austin Sweeney named HCAC Special Teams Player of the Week

Bluffton University kicker Austin Sweeney (Adrian, Mich./Whitmer) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Player of the Week on special teams for the week ending November 13, 2011.

Austin Sweeney helped the Beavers to a 46-27 win over Defiance on Saturday with field goals of 39 and 24 yards as well as four PAT's. He booted eight kickoffs a total of 459 yards (57.4 yards per kick). Sweeney ended the day with 10 points.

Bluffton Public Library receives $16,102 grant from state

The State Library of Ohio has approved $16,102 in Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds for Bluffton Public Library to join the Serving Every Ohioan (SEO) Consortium.

The LSTA funds will cover 75 percent of the costs to migrate to SEO. The grant will run from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012.

The SEO Library Center, located in Caldwell, supports a consortium of 79 library systems at 176 physical locations throughout 41 counties across Ohio. Several area libraries, including Findlay, Ada and Forest, are members of the SEO consortium.

Thanksgiving bake sale Friday in MMH lobby

The Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio Service Group will hold its fifth annual Thanksgiving bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, in the Mennonite Memorial Home lobby, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton.

The bake sale offers delicious cinnamon rolls, pies, cakes, cookies and breads ready for your holiday entertaining.

All proceeds from the sale go to The Service Group of Mennonite Home Communities Of Ohio.

Middle school book fair Nov. 18-21-22

Bluffton Middle School is having a Scholastic Book Fair on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18, 21 and 22. The book fair hours on Friday and Monday are during school.

Book fair hours on Monday, Nov. 21, are also from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The sale includes posters, computer software, school supplies and books.


Freed Center's 17th annual holiday spectacular Nov. 18-19-20

Ohio Northern University's Freed Center for the Performing Arts presents the 17th annual Holiday Spectacular on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m.

There also will be performances at the Civic and Convention Center in Lima, on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m.

Featuring popular Christmas songs, the production centers on the misadventures of Mrs. Claus and Pixel the elf as they try to help Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.


Trinity Lutheran Church confirmation class


Here is a Leland Gerber photo of what we believe is a confirmation class from the Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera. Icon viewers east of Bluffton should be able to identify these young people and place an exact date on the photo.

We wecome your information.

Public Library hosts folk concert, soup supper Nov. 21

Bluffton Public Library will host folk artists Elisabeth Pixley-Fink and Andru Bemis in concert and soup supper at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21. (Concert is from 6-8 p.m.)

Admission is free, donations accepted at the door.

Elisabeth Pixley-Fink is a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist (keys, guitar, banjo and body), who grew up
studying piano and singing shape note harmonies with her family.


Help Bluffton 'Take Back the Night'

By Sophie Marcum and Sarah Shriner

Come join us for a candlelit walk to empower and support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse and rape. Beginning at the Bluffton Public Library at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, it will proceed to Ramseyer Theatre at the university ending with a program and ceremony.

Organized by A.S.S.K. in partnership with Rape Crisis Center of Crime Victim Services, this event was created to help raise awareness about rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse and domestic violence and the social discomfort they cause.