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November 30, 2015


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Blanchard Valley Health System receives $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation

Blanchard Valley Health System has been awarded a grant of $6,000 from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation to support an Advance Directives Summit for area businesses, civic groups, social service agencies and religious organizations. The funds were made available from the Findlay Industries, Inc. Fund, The Schaefer Fund, OHM Corporation Fund and the Madeleine Thomas Schneider Fund.

117th "Messiah" performance Dec. 9 in Founders

Bluffton University will present its 117th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.

Dr. Jon C. Peterson, an assistant professor of music at Bluffton, will conduct the Bluffton Choral Society and the chamber orchestra. Soloists are Keyona Willis, soprano; Sandra Agans Krueger, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Wheeker, tenor; and Darrell P. Jones, bass.

Keyona Willis

The forest from the trees

The Icon photographer decided to play around with Photoshop. Here's the Christmas tree in the lobby of Maple Crest. Then, with a bit of camera magic, the tree is transformed in a color outline. 

You may chose which version appeals to you.There are times when the itch to experiment is so strong that, well, it just happens.


Check out all the BHS activities in December

Our annual Toys for Tots drive is currently underway.  Please bring in a new, unwrapped toy and place it in the designated box in the High School office until Dec. 10.  

Anyone interested in trying out for a singing or speaking part in the spring musical, Alice in Wonderland, needs to sign up and pick up information outside of the choir room. 

Auditions are Dec. 11 and 12.  See Mrs. Zink if you have any questions.

Lots of Middle School activities in December

December is a busy month at Bluffton High Middle School. Here are some of the activities taking place. 

Lil' Pirates will begin this Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. in the HS gym.

Please have your McDonalds order form and money to Mrs. Phillips by Friday, Nov. 30.

Current BHS newsletter now on the Icon

The Icon provides you with the November BHS newsletter.  To view the newsletter open the attachment at the bottom fo this story.

Rhythm in Motion Dance Centre holiday performance Dec. 1

Rhythm in Motion Dance Center, Ada, will perform in its annual Christmas Magic  Jingle and Rock 2012 holiday dance performance at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at Lima Senior High School Auditorium.


Several of the students in the performance are from Bluffton. Rhythm in Motion is a Bluffton icon advertiser.

All seats are reserved. Tickets are $10 presale or $12 at the door. Contact Darcey Schneider, 419-236-7651 for tickets.


Mount St. Joseph hands Bluffton 56-54 loss in Sommer Center

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Bluffton University men’s basketball team fell to the College of Mount St. Joseph in their first HCAC contest of the season. The Beavers dipped to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the HCAC, while MSJ improved to 2-2 and 1-0 in the HCAC.

The Lions came out strong and took an early lead just over three minutes into the game, going up by five (7-2) following a Joel Scudder triple. Half a minute later the Beavers trimmed the deficit to three with a layup from junior Will Pope (Somerville/Preble Shawnee).

Dec. 14 Maple Crest Barberettes concert open to public


Bluffton’s Barberettes will be presenting a Christmas program at four area senior living facilities in December.

Here's the schedule:

Dec. 3 – Richland Manor
Dec. 7 -  Hilty Home
Dec. 10 – Mennonite Memorial Home
Dec. 14 – Maple Crest.

All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited to the Maple Crest program on Dec. 14. It takes place in the Patio Room.



"Rise of the Guardians" shown at Shannon Nov 30 - Dec 6

Peter Suter of Shannon Theatre announced that "Rise of the Guardians" (PG) and will be shown at the theatre from November 30 - December 6.

Show times are every evening at 7:00 and 9:30 PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 and 4:00 PM. All shows are 2D.