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July 27, 2016


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Fall Pirate sports schedules now on the Icon

Here's the answer to the question: Where to the Pirates play this fall?"

Alex Hanna, Bluffton High School athletic director, provided the Icon with the complete schedule for high school, junior varsity and junior high sport teams.

These are in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

In addition, viewers can access sports contests by checking the Icon's Sports Calendar. You can access it by hovering your cursor over "Calendar" in the black scoll bar at the top of the Icon. A "Sports Calendar" will open.


Bluffton Pandora Area Gardeners meet on Aug. 2

Members of the Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will make flowerpots and other ornamental garden objects at its 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, meeting at the Victoria Zeits residence.

Members will use the hypertufa method for their creations. A definition of hypertufa and description of ingredients is inside this month’s club’s newsletter, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


University volleyball team earns team academic award

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced recently that 762 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2015-2016 season. This number breaks the previous year's total of 757 to set an all-time high.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Response from Bluffton, South Carolina - In which cornfield are you seeing the dophins?

Note: This column resulted from The Icon's story about Bluffton, South Carolina, posted two days ago. Liz Farrell called the Icon after seeing it on a Google alert. To read our original story, click here.

BY LIZ FARRELL, columnist
Bluffton, South Carolina, Island Packet

Location, location, location.

Coming to BFR - soccer-girl scout camp-flag football-coed softball tourney

Bluffton Family Recreation offers several options for keeping active in August, according to Joseph Beagle, director. Here of some of those program options:

Girl Scouts Summer Series
Aug. 8-12

Girls in grades Kindergarten through sixth may participate in a Girl Scout Summer Series held at BFR from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 8, through Friday, Aug. 12.

The series theme is “It’s Your Planet – Love It!” Activities include discovering what real scientists do, exploring wonders of science with hands-on activities and learning the scientific method.

End of summer sales at 415 Boutique

415 Boutique at Polished Nail and Body Salon, 415 N. Main St., Bluffton, has an end of summer sale going on.

It includes 25 percent off all shorts and capris. There's also a selection of sandals to check out.


Edward Jones - Investing: A marathon, not a sprint

By Mark Alliman
Edward Jones financial advisor
107 S. Main St., Bluffton

Next week, the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro. One of the most compelling events is the marathon, a 26.2-mile endurance contest with roots dating back to ancient Greece. It may be that we’ve kept our interest in the marathon because it can teach us much about life – and it certainly has lessons for investors.
In fact, if you were to compare investing to an Olympic sport, it would be much closer to a marathon than a sprint. Here’s why:


Suter's has sweet corn, tomatoes, peaches, melons

Suter's Produce now has sweet corn picked daily, plus tomatoes, peaches and melons.

These are available at:
• State Route 103 at Circle K, Bluffton
• Bluffton Farmers' Market (Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - noon)
• Rodabaugh Brothers Meats, Pandora
• 302 Carryout, 302 S. Main St., Ada

Check the webist for updates:


You know you are no longer in Bluffton,Ohio, when Bluffton Bobcats appear on your computer screen

You know that you are no longer in Bluffton, Ohio, when the “Bluffton Bobcats” appear on your computer screen.

When that happens you are suddenly in South Carolina.

The Icon knows this because we frequently receive phone calls from persons wanting to know things about Bluffton that, don’t sound like Bluffton, Ohio, questions.

Rather, they sound more like…well here’s some examples:

• One caller recently wanted to know about that great bike ride we hold along the beach. We referred the caller to South Carolina.

It was a real zoo at Tommy Tire Sales on Friday

Tommy Tires dished gallons and gallons of homemade ice cream on Friday. The North Main Street company held a customer appreciation day as it has in previoius summers.

New to this year's event were a zoo of yak, camel, tortoise, kangroos and alpacas from Jungle Island Zoo of Delphos.

• Ice cream - Ellie Hoffman and Brenna Kindle
• Elizabeth Dotson (in pink)
• Alexis Dotson (in blue)