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Bluffton police NIXLE alert system helps rescue elderly resident

The NIXLE alert system used by Bluffton police achieved its purpose this morning.

According to Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief:


McDonald's girls' high school basketball tournament Nov. 23-24

Basketball is here!

The Bluffton McDonald’s Girls’ Basketball Holiday Tournament is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24, at Bluffton High School.

The Bluffton McDonald’s Boys’ Basketball Holiday Tournament is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28 and 29.

Girls’ tourney
Nov. 23 - 6 p.m.  – Allen East vs. Arlington
Nov. 23 – second game – Bluffton vs. Cory-Rawson
Nov. 24 -  consolation game – 6 p.m.
Nov. 24 -  title game, 20 minutes after conclusion of consolation game

All tickets are $5.


Community Assistance Program has record number of families to be adopted for Christmas

Bluffton’s Community Assistance Program needs some emergency Christmas assistance, according to its two news co-directors, Jami Crawfis and Sarah Shank.

“We have a record number of families signed up to be ‘adopted’ for Christmas this year,” Crawfis and Shank told The Icon.

“We are getting a little bit nervous because we are down to only a month until the gifts and groceries are picked up and we still have over 15 to adopt out,” they said.

In fact, five new families signed up to be adopted last week.


No precipitation in sight

Here's the seven-day report for November from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

ArtSpace/Lima and DeHaven present "Jazz at the Greenhouse"

ArtSpace/Lima and DeHaven Home and Garden Showplace will present  "Jazz at the Greenhouse" featuring Kick-n-Flava on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 p.m. -11 p.m.  Doors open at 7:30 pm.


Jazz at the Greenhouse will feature, in addition to the music, a cash bar, free hors d’oeuvres, dancing, a raffle, and door prizes.  The Greenhouse will be elaborately done up with holiday decorations.

Tickets are $20.00 in advance or $25 at the door and may be purchased at ArtSpace/Lima


Duane Bollenbacher wins weekly football contest; and is contest leader

Duane Bollenbacher is the winner of Week 3 of The Icon Football Contest 2. He was declared the winner after Tie-Breaker #1 when he correctly picked Ohio State to win by 4-7 points.  

Other contestants:


Nov. 25 memorial service for Ropp Triplett moved to The Centre

The memorial service for Ropp Triplett, who died on Nov. 10, has been moved to The Centre, 601 N. Main St., Bluffton. It was originally planned to be held at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church.

The service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, with Rev. Dr. Matthew Zuehlke officiating.

A visitation to celebrate his life will be held following the service from 3-5 p.m. at the Centre at Bluffton.


Keith and Esther Brauen celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

Keith and Esther (Lugibihl) Brauen of Bluffton, celebrated 65 years of marriage Nov. 6. A family celebration is planned for Nov. 24 at Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

The couple was married on Nov. 6, 1947, in Pandora, by the Rev. Ernest Bohn.


Bluffton resident Jessica Dailey graduates from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

Jessica Dailey of Bluffton, Ohio, graduated in September from Saint Joseph's College of Maine with a Master of Science in Nursing.

Dailey works at Lima Memorial Hospital and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine offers traditional, 4-year bachelor’s degrees to students at its southern Maine campus on Sebago Lake and online undergraduate and graduate programs to working adults throughout the country. www.sjcme.edu


The Perfect Recipe: My all-time favorite dessert

Note: This column is written by Bradley Walther, a sophomore at Pandora-Gilboa High School. Paula McKibben, Bradley's teacher, sent it to The Icon.

The Perfect Recipe
One cup of softened butter, one cup of white sugar, one cup of packed brown sugar, two eggs, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, three cups of all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of baking soda, two teaspoons of hot water, half a teaspoon of salt, and two cups of semisweet chocolate chips.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes.