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April 30, 2016


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Bluffton offense awakens in 13-5 drubbing of Earlham

By Kyle Stover

The Bluffton University baseball team mounted an offensive explosion on Tuesday, April 9, routing conference opponent Earlham College by a score of 13-5. The Beavers let an early 6-0 lead shrink to just one, but added six more tallies on in the sixth en route to the victory.

Four independent living duplex units under construction on Maple Crest campus

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) began a six-month construction project at the Maple Crest campus’s Crimson Maple Court cul-de-sac on April 10.

The $850,000 project will create four new independent living duplex units.  Each unit has a different floor plan and range from 1,617- 1,820 square feet.  Floor plans vary between two and three bedroom floor plans, but all include cathedral ceilings in the great room, a utility room, kitchen (including all appliances), two baths and a two-car garage. 

Bluffton council committee meetings set

Several Bluffton council committees have meetings in April. Those meeting dates follow:

April 22 - Street and alley committee, 4 p.m.
April 22 - Safety service committee, 7:15 p.m.
April 22 - Finance committee, 7:30 p.m.
April 22 - Council meeting, 8 p.m.

Also, one council meeting in May was moved to a new date. The Monday, May 27, council meeting was moved to Tuesday, May 28, not to coflict with Memorial Day.

Free social media workshop Friday morning in town hall

Would you like to improve your Facebook page? Do you want to attract more viewers to your page? Do you have question about social media that you've been afraid to ask?

Don't worry. A free social media workshop sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce is planned at 8:45 a.m., Friday, April 12, in the third floor of the town hall.

The event is open to the public, but requires an RSVP to blufftonchamber@gmail.com. This free workshop could cost $75 or more, but is held as an incentive for persons to join the chamber.

May 11 arts and crafts show could be one of largest in several seasons

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 11. That’s the date of the 42nd annual Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce arts and crafts show. The show is on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is a chamber fundraiser.

The show includes several traditional features and some new ones that will make this year one of the largest is several seasons.

April 11 Friends of Library tea has touch of mystery

The Friends of the Bluffton Public Library will hold a spring tea with a touch of mystery on Thursday, April 11.

The team at 5:45 p.m. in the Richland Room. The cost is $12. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the library front desk.

Clyde Augsburger was a lifelong farmer

Clyde W. Augsburger, 84, of Bluffton died April 8, 2013, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, surrounded by family.

Mr. Augsburger was born in Bluffton on Oct. 2, 1928, to the late Omar and Fannie (Frankhauser) Augsburger. On July 11, 1948, he married Donna McCullough and she survives.

He grew up in the Pandora and Bluffton areas, attending the Stratton one-room schoolhouse on the Ewing farm his first and second grades in school. When he graduated from Pandora High School in 1946 he began a lifelong career as a farmer.


Two shows this week at Shannon Theatre

Playing Friday, April 12 through Thursday, April 18 are:

The Croods (PG), an animated comedy, will be showing every evening at 7 p.m. in additions to matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For the late show, every evening at 9:30 p.m. will be:
Identity Theif (R), a comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.

.Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn flavor of the month for April is Raspberry Truffle.


Three-year refuse and recycling contract accepted

Following the open session of Bluffton council on Monday, the council entered executive session to discuss contracts and pending litigation.

Following the executive session, council returned to open session. There is accepted the bid for refuse and recycling submitted by Republic Services for a new three-year contract, commencing June 1, 2013.

"There will be more information forthcoming on the contract and any changes that residents may expect," Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, told The Icon.

Bluffton College centennial float


Here's Bluffton College's float in the 1961 Bluffton centennial parade. We recognized Bill Steiner in the center. Perhaps Icon viewers can identify the other three persons on the float. (Leland Gerber photo).