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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Relay for Life Bingo/Quarter auction Dec. 6

The Bluffton Area Relay for Life will hold a Bingo/Quarter auction from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, in the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium.

The event features Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, Mary Kay, Thirty One, Celebrating Home, Houston Candles, Anti-Aging Products and Tastefully Simple.

Persons representing those companies will have items on display and will donate items for the auction.


Steiner and Granger: IRA and retirement plan limits for 2014

Steiner & Granger
141 N. Main St
P.O. Box 28
Bluffton, OH 45817



Women's bball: Beavers win on the road at Kalamazoo

By Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant

Stats http://www.bluffton.edu/athletics/womensbasketball/2014/11-20-wb.htm

The Bluffton University women's basketball team took advantage of a big second half run and a balanced scoring attack to post a 74-57 victory on the road at Kalamazoo College on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. The win pushed the Beavers over the .500 mark to 2-1 on the early campaign, while the Hornets fell to 0-3.

Can you name the community that fits this description? (it may surprise you)

You know your town pretty well, right?

Allow the Icon to pose this question: “Can you name the community that fits the following description?”

Spoiler warning: There’s an Icon in Bluffton and Ada. This column posted on both Icons today. The answer is at the bottom.


Santa in Common Grounds Saturday morning - 10 a.m. to noon

Santa Claus is coming to Bluffton Saturday morning. 

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce has four Santa visits between Nov. 23 and Dec. 13.

Here are those dates and locations:


Saturday, Nov. 23 – Santa arrives in the old Bluffton fire truck at 10 a.m. and will be in Common Grounds, 101 S. Main St., from 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, Nov. 30 - Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will arrive at the end of the Blaze parade. They will met youth following the Blaze at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.


Main Street Bluffton 47 years ago


This was Main Street Bluffton in 1966. The photo is from the 1967 Bluffton High School yearbook. 

The photo was taken in front of what today is Chase, looking north. The most noticable change is on the west side of Main where Citizens National Bank is today. 

Icon viewer comments are welcome.

Correctly spell "abˈstro͞os" and maybe you'll win a spelling bee

Laura Strahan correctly spelled “abstruse,” an adjective meaning difficult to understand. And in spelling correctly this obscure – by definition – word, she won the 2013-14 Bluffton Middle School spelling bee.


The eighth grader now represents the school in the Allen County spelling bee held in January.


Saturday's girls' holiday bball tourney times change

This week's McDonald's Girls' Holiday Tournament at Bluffton High School has a new twist this year.

"Arlington's football will play Saturday night, Nov. 23. Because of that we have decided to move the Holiday Tournament to Saturday afternoon," said Alex Hannah, BHS athletic director.

The consolation game will begin at noon and the championship game will begin 20 minutes after the consolation game's award ceremony. An attachment at the bottom of this story shows the brackets.

Friday's games remain in the evening.


Here's the winter Pirates' schedules and rosters

The Icon offers viewers rosters for all Bluffton High School winter sports teams and those teams' schedules.

Information is in attachments at the bottom of this story.


Activate Allen County seeking input on Active Transportation Plan

Activate Allen County is seeking community input on Allen County’s first Active Transportation Plan. 

The plan will be the first in Allen County to take into account the need to encourage increased physical activity when developing long-term transportation plans by making walking, bicycling and transit the easy, safe, attractive and convenient choice for everyday trips.