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Q: How will the Women's Center of Bluffton Hospital benefit patients?

A: New surgery techniques will be available in Bluffton

The following is the first of a two-part series explaining the benefits of The Women's Center of Bluffton Hospital. With work underway toward the Center, the Icon posed the question to the hosital: How will the Women’s Center benefit patients?

Here are some answers:

Robotic Surgery
Once the doors are officially opened, The Women’s Center of Bluffton Hospital will offer robotic surgery for patients needing gynecological surgery.

Betty Stucky 1932 - 2016

Betty H. Stucky, 84, died Sept. 30, 2016, at 7:45 a.m. at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Betty was born July 18, 1932 in Glendale, Calif., to the late John and Elizabeth (VanderGiessen) Wolmerstett. On Jan. 25, 1951, she married Kenneth Stucky who preceded her in death on July 16, 2011.

Betty was a homemaker and pastor's wife.

Survivors include three daughters, Dotty (Jim) Leightner of Pandora, Sherry (Dave) Krohn of Pandora, Sue (Scott) Lehman of Pandora; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.


Cross-cultural experiences change Bluffton Univesity students’ perspectives

Stories of transformative experiences and life-long lessons

Stories of transformative experiences and life-long lessons filled Founders Hall Tuesday morning as students shared memories from their May-term, cross-cultural experiences.

Family True Value Hardware carries Dickies men's winter outdoor wear

Jackets, overalls, jeans, coats, bib overalls

A wide selection of men's winter outdoor wear is now available in Bluffton.

Jeff Kantner of Family True Value Hardware, Bluffton, now offers an assortment of men's Dickies winter outer wear.

The hardware carries:
• Lined hooded fleece jackets
• Duck-insulated overalls
• 5-pocket jeans
• Duck-insulated coats
• Duck-hooded jackets
• Duck-insulated bib overalls

Family True Value Hardware
109 N. Main St. • Bluffton
Mondays to Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Photos from BHS vs. Ada boys' soccer on Icon

Last week Bluffton defeated Ada in a Northwest Conference boys' soocer match 5-0. Vickie Garmon provides these photos of that game.


Boys' soccer: Pirates nail Ottawa-Glandorf 2-1

Goals by Smucker and Bunch

The Ottawa-Glandorf Titans brought their game to the Bluffton Pirates on a wet Steinmetz Field Thursday, Sept. 29. In the end Bluffton prevailed, 2-1.
The Pirates hit the net first at 14 minutes into the game when Luke Young made a perfect crossing pass to Tristan Smucker who headed it past the goalie.

In the 32 minute Bluffton was called for a foul in the O-G box and the Titans were awarded a penalty kick. Levi Smith, Bluffton’s goalkeeper got a hand on Brice Schroeder’s penalty kick, but not enough to stop it.

Game even.


Look at all these October programs at the public library

Paws 2 Read, dulcimers, chill zone, tutor me paperless, adult book discussion, storytimes, the list is endless

Here's a list of events taking place in October at the Bluffton Public Library. To register for any program or for more details e-mail: asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org, or call the library at 419-358-5016.

Come “Paws 2 Read” with Teddy the therapy dog on Saturdays, Oct. 1 and 15, at 10 a.m.  Teddy loves hearing stories or just getting a friendly cuddle. This program supports literacy, the humane treatment of animals, and healthy stress relief practices. No registration required.

Alice Essinger wins library adult spelling bee

Alice Essinger is the winner of the second annual Adult Spelling Bee held recently by the Bluffton Public Library.

Runners-up were Gail Clingerman, Arlene Garmatter and Paula Scott.

The contestants helped raise money for children’s programs, and in doing so, supported early literacy in Bluffton and its surrounding area.

Next year's spelling bee will include a family theme.  

Very soon you can safely walk, run or bike to the nature preserve, Riverbend and Maple Crest

Augsburger Road pathway set for Oct. 31 completion

Very soon, walker, joggers and bikers will have their own path along Augsburger Road.

Work started this week on an Augsburger Road pathway that will resolve a major safety issue. When finished, it will be a 10-foot wide asphalt pathway completely separate from Augsburger Road.

The pathway extends from Bentley Road (north side of Augsburger), to the Bluffton University nature preserve, Riverbend and Maple Crest. A completion date is Oct. 31.

Girls' soccer: Pirates topple Tiffin Columbian 2-1

The Bluffton Lady Pirates soccer team traveled to Tiffin Columbian for JV and Varsity matches on Wednesday evening.  Bluffton won both matches.

Junior varsity

Playing in the cold and rain, both teams executed a victory on TC's home field.  The JV won 2-0, with goals by Junior Kim Gordon, and Sophomore Hannah Yost.


WIth a game start of 7 p.m., Senior Sarah Theisen scored goal 1 about 4 minutes in to the match with the assist by freshman Kayla White.