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Nate Gundy and band performs in town hall Oct. 29

Bluffton High School grad Nathan Gundy and his bluegrass band, Honeytown, will perform in the next Town Hall Concert Series. The performance is at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, in the third floor of the town hall.

Wendy-Chappell Dick describes the band this way: Honeytown is a fun and upbeat four-piece group of talented musicians from Kidron made up of Tim Shue, Gundy, Kevin Himes and Toby Hazlett.


Tickets on sale for university production of "The Castle of Otranto"

Tickets are on sale for Bluffton University's fall production of "The Castle of Otranto," by John Minigan.

Darin Kerr, visiting instructor of theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show, being staged at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall.

Susan Carpenter talks about writing on Oct. 21 colloquium

Dr. Susan Streeter Carpenter spent eight weeks this summer in Yellow Springs, revising a novel she wrote more than 10 years ago. The associate professor of English at Bluffton University will share what she learned "about living the full-time writer's life," she says, and will read from her book, tentatively titled "The Lost Family Store," at a campus colloquium on Friday, Oct. 21.

Walkers welcome to use school in winter

The Bluffton Schools will once again welcome any citizen interested in walking the hallways during the winter months.

The Bluffton Elementary and Middle Schools may be used for walking from 6:15 - 7:15 a.m. and 6-7 p.m., beginning Nov. 1.

Please enter at the main elementary door during these times. The buildings are open each day when school is in session.

Ann Stechschulte Alyanak female winner of Columbus Marathon

Ann Stechschulte Alyanak, 1997 Bluffton High School graduate and standout female athlete, now of Bellbrook, was the first female to cross the finish line of today's (Oct. 16) Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon.

Alyanak came out on top in a time of 2:41:53. Angie Turner of Columbia, Mo., placed second and qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2:45:01. Alyanak had qualified for the Trials at a previous race. Ludmila Stepanova of Russia placed third in 2:46:26.


Truck and treats at Baptist Church Oct. 31

Bluffton Baptist Church will offer Truck and Treats for children during Bluffton's trick-or-treat night, according to John McMinn, pastor.

The church event will take place during trick-or-treat hours from 6-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31.

"We plan to park on the front side of our church along the driveway with trunk or tailgates forward," McMinn told the Icon.

"Each car/truck will have treats to dispense attended by costumed adults dressed as various role models. A crossing guard will be provided at County Line Road. Treats are free for the asking," he said.


University tennis players receive conference honors


Bluffton University freshman Caitlyn Nearhood (Clyde) was named Honorable Mention All-Heartland Conference following a solid campaign in which the Beavers re-introduced tennis after a two-year hiatus. She anchored the first singles and first doubles (with Melissa Hostetler) slots all season for Bluffton.

Women's soccer: Bluffton keeps shutout streak alive in 1-0 win over Spartans

Stats: http://www.bluffton.edu/sports/womenssoccer/2011/10-19-ws.htm

The Bluffton University women's soccer team conquered the rain and the Spartans in a 1-0 shutout of Heartland Conference rival Manchester College on Wednesday, Oct. 19. With the fifth straight blanking, the Beavers have clinched their first-ever winning season as well as the most victories by a Bluffton women's soccer team.

MHCO launches $5.7 million building and renovation project

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), Bluffton, Allen County's largest senior healthcare provider, is focusing on "smallness."

On October 14, MHCO launched a $3.9 million Green House (R) building project that creates a small intentional community for a group of elders and staff. The project marks the first step in a long-range plan to bring 10 Green House homes and a community building to the 15 acre site of Willow Ridge, the name of MHCO's new campus.

30 years later - Webb, Diller, Reichenbach & Steiner still on Main Street - and there's a party on Friday

There's an-all day party on Main Street tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 21) and you are invited.

The Main Street offices of Webb Insurance, Samuel W. Diller, Co., LPA and Reichenbach and Steiner CPAs will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their offices joining together at 138-140 N. Main St. The businesses involved moved into these storefronts in 1981.

The celebrate the anniversary donuts and cider will be served from 8 a.m. on throughout the day in front of the building.