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May 1, 2017


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Bluffton becomes a tropical paradise

It's Bluffton High School prom weekend


Bluffton became a tropical paradise on Saturday thanks to efforts of the Bluffton High School junior class.

It was prom night, and the host class created its tropical paradise for seniors and guests in Marbeck Center at Bluffton University.

Because of predicted rain, the traditional promenade, which is just as much fun as prom itself, took prom attendees through Founders Hall to Marbeck. And, inside Founders, all the prom parents and friends had front row seats to view this year's prom styles.


Becky Boban’s future is “Built on the Breeze”

Poem she crafted accepted by The Merrimack Review

Bluffton University student, Becky Boban, an art and writing major from Madison, Ohio, was recently honored with her poem “Built on the Breeze.”

The poem was accepted for publication by “The Merrimack Review,” a literary magazine showcasing work from undergraduate and graduate students, with a rapid and rare turnaround time.

Despite the accolade, Boban remains humble about her work. “It’s just one poem, but it’s a start. Maybe someone will look at it and be like ‘oh, that was a nice poem.’”

Mary Alice Dodge 1931-2017

Mary Alice Dodge, 85, died April 28, 2017, at Bridge Hospice in Findlay.

Mary was born July 16, 1931, in Ada, Ohio, to Allen and Esther (Sites) High who preceded her in death. On Nov. 4, 1951, she married Rolland J. Dodge who survives.

Survivors include a daughter, Luann (Mark) Frisch of Carey, Ohio; a son, Dana Dodge of Bluffton; four grandchildren, Andrew Redick, Benjamin Redick, Travis Frisch, Joshua Dodge and six great-grandchildren.


Baseball splits Friday games at Hanover

April 28, 2017

Game 1 Stats  I  Game 2 Stats

HANOVER, Ind. - The Bluffton University bats found their stroke in the second inning of game two, helping the Beavers to a split at Hanover on Friday, April 28, 2017. Bluffton moved to 14-20 and 7-15 in the Heartland Conference, while Hanover stands 17-17 with an 8-14 mark in the HCAC.

Pirate tennis team 9-1 after blanking Wapak

9 and 1.

That's the record of the Bluffton High School boys' tennis team, coached by Mike Hilty.

The latest victim was Wapakoneta, as the Pirates swept the WBL team 5-0.

1st singles - Justin Haggard, 6-0, 6-0
2nd singles - Ryan Sprague, 7-5, 6-2
3rd singles - Trevor Bunch, 6-1, 6-0
1st doubles - Levi Mikesell/Jaret Geiser, 6-2, 6-4
2nd doubles - Gabe Denecker/Jake Staley, 7-6, 4-6, 10-8


Area residents will participate in D.C. People's Climate Movement

Local residents from Lima, Findlay and Bluffton have hired a charter bus to take them to Washington, D.C., Friday to protest Trump's anti-environmental policies and signal the importance of climate change.

The People's Climate March is an event bringing together tens of thousands from every state, with broad support from over 300 sister marches planned in the U.S. and around the world.

Forestry grant could result in 40 new trees along the Riley

Emerald Ash Borer replacement trees

The emerald ash borer won’t appreciate it.

Bluffton will receive 40 non-host species emerald ash borer (EAB) replacement trees if a U.S. Forestry grant gets a green light.  The Village of Ottawa will receive 1,348 trees through the grant.

The Blanchard River Watershed partnership (BRWP) is applying for the grant and the banks of the Little Riley and Riley Creek will be benefactors locally.

Should the grant be approved the trees planting will be arranged with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Urban Forester.

Bluffton area artists ArtSpace/Lima award winners

Judith Greavu, Jaye Bumbaugh, Anita Lehman; several other area artists in show

Several artists with Bluffton connections were winners or had works accepted in the Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima, 65-67 Town Square.

The show is open through June 3 in The Ellen Nelson Gallery of Artspace, according to Bill Sullivan, director.

Area artists winning awards include:

Winner of The Jack Earl Award for best of show
Judith Greavu, Bluffton
Innishowen Tide Pool, bronze, fused glass
She has several additional pieces in the show


ONU dean discussion

Bluffton resident John-David Yoder (right) discusses a student engineering project with Eric Baumgartner during a senior design showcase at ONU.

Dr. Yoder, chair of the mechanical engineering department, has been appointed dean of the ONU engineering college.

Dr. Baumgartner, who has served as dean for the past 11 years, has accepted a position as vice president of academics at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. (Monty Siekerman photo, Ada Icon)


Apollo Career Center prom is May 6

Here are some May calendar items from Apollo Career Center:

Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony 12 students will be inducted.

Saturday, May 6 at 8-11 p.m. the 2017 Apollo prom will take place in the Apollo Commons.

Tuesday, May 9 begins the annual Floral Design and Interiors bedding plant sale. A wide variety of annuals, vegetables and hanging baskets. May 9-12, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Open to the public.