• *** Attention Super heros, ghosts, princesses and all other masked characters - Bluffton's trick-or-treat night is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 ***

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Men's Soccer drops 2-0 decision at Manchester

October 26, 2016


NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The Manchester University men's soccer team scored twice in the first half and made it hold up as the Spartans took down Bluffton University 2-0 on a cool and overcast Wednesday, Oct. 26. Bluffton fell to 3-14 overall and 0-8 in the Heartland Conference, while Manchester improved to 8-6-3 on the season and 2-5-1 in the HCAC.

Never turn left when you see this sign - but, where is it?

Okay, you know everything about Bluffton.

Tell the Icon where one might find this sign? (Denny Morrison is not eligible to enter this because we think he know the answer.)

Here are some hints:

• You'll only find this sign turned on two times a day
• When it turns on it doesn't remain on very long
• It's on the east side of Main Street
• It's a very old sign
• It's message is very wise - it would be very risky to turn left this the sign is on

Answer is the in the photo below:



Library offers interesting selection of November programs

Fall craft Fridays, family storytime, open mic...just to name a few

Holiday gift silent auction, dulcimers, book signings, book discussions, yoga, art class, mock election...all on the November calendar of the Bluffton Public Library. Here's the schedule of events.

Call 419-358-5016 or email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org for more information on any of these programs.

The Holiday Gift Silent Auction is Nov. 1through Nov. 23  With over 40 different packages to offer, this is a place to check some gifts off of your holiday list and benefit your library (and your community).

Bluffton Communty Preschool looking for new home

Self-sustaining organization has 72 students

Due to expanded needs of Bluffton Community Preschool and its host, First United Methodist Church, the preschool is searching for a new home, according to Christine Clymer, board president.

“Our enrollment is up and the church is expanding and needs additional space,” she said.  “We are looking for a new home by early spring. We are interested in talking with any Bluffton building owners with available space interested in housing us.”

Election day lunch and dinner at Methodist Church

Eat in or carry-out

First United Methodist Church, corner Church and Jackson, will hold an election day lunch and dinner Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Dinner is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Lunch menu includes: homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, dessert and beverages. Lunch items are priced separately.

Dinner includes baked steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, dessert and beverage. Dinner is $8 for adults, $4 for youth ages 5-10.

Carry-out is available for both meals.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Bluffton food pantry.


The 7 O'clock Icon over-ripe pear-apple pie

A pie can't distinguish between over-ripe fruit and ripe fruit

The Iconoclast baker saw that pears were on sale over the weekend.  The price was right because the pears were pretty darn soft.

However, knowing that a pie can’t distinguish between over-ripe and ripe fruit, four large, over-ripe, red pears went to the Icon kitchen.

To make things interesting we also bought 2 large apples that weren’t too soft or too stiff.

Here’s what happened next.

• Peel four large pears and slice into small chunks
• Peel two large apples and slice into small chunks
Mix the slices

In a separate bowl add:


Gardeners make seasonal flower dried arrangements on Nov. 1

Seasonal flower dried arranging in the theme of the Tuesday, Nov. 1, Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area. The meeting is at  6:30 p.m., in the Bluffton Public Library and is open to the public.

The club’s November newsletter is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Pizza planetarium party Nov. 4

Oakwoods Nature Preserve, rural Findlay

A Pizza Planetarium Party will be held at Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Cente, rural Findlay, on Friday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. 

The moon and Mars will soon be close to each other and the Taurid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on this night. Pizza will be served and a stellar craft will be available for children to make and take home.


Junior bowling program has free practice Oct. 29

Leagues formation is now underway at Southgate Lanes

Southgate Lanes Saturday morning junior bowling program signups are underway, according to Derek Dukes. The bowling alley is at 9700 Dixie Highway, on the south edge of Bluffton.

Free practices from 10 a.m. to noon takes place for youth on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Youth leagues will form and information will be gathered on Saturday.

Dukes said that every bowler in the program will receive awards and prizes based on individual skill levels. A party at the end of the season takes place.  Every bowler has the same opportunity to improve.


Bluffton fifth grade girls' winter basketball program signup underway

A fifth grade girls' basketball program will be held this winter in Bluffton schools, according to Wesley Klinger.

The team will practice twice a week starting Nov. 20 and continuing through February.

"Practices will focus on individual player devleopment, and we will also teach more advanced team basketball concepts, plus sportsmanship and teamwork," he said.

An attachment to this story includes a registration form plus additional information. Contact Klinger at 419-296-0056 for more informstion.