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Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio promoting #GivingTuesday; here's how you can participate

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) is joining thousands across the world who promote  #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1.  

“We are grateful to be part of a generous community which volunteers, visits, contributes and prays for the elders and staff of MHCO,” stated Doug Luginbill, Director of Resource Development and Church Relations. 

BCE open house Friday in new office located in Citizens National Bank

Three 2015 BCE business plan
competition winners will display
their products and services.

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs will hold an open house from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, in its new offices at 110 S. Main St., Bluffton. The new office is located in the Citizens National Bank building and has its own entrance to Main Street. A ribbon cutting is planned at 2 p.m.

“The open house enables entrepreneurs in our service area to learn more about the benefits that BCE offers,” said Brendon Matthews, BCE board president.

Blaze of Lights - just the facts, plus a photo series with Ronald McDonald -maybe you are in these photos

The 29th annual Bluffton Blaze of Lights isn’t history because it continues until Jan. 2.


However, opening night was a success, as the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event packed Main Street five people deep to watch this year’s parade and stay for the Ream holiday folk art display lights to turn on.

James Engle 1958-2015

James E. Engle, 57, died on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at 12:58 p.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.      

He was born on Feb. 8, 1958 in Lima, Ohio to Phillip E. and Barbara Ann  (Underwood) Engle. His father is deceased and his mother survives in Bluffton, Ohio. He married Tammy J. Watkins on June 15, 2002 and she survives in Gomer.      

James worked at General Dynamics for 33 years as a welder. He was a 1976 graduate of Allen East High School.  He attended the County Line Church of the Brethren of rural Ada.   


Sheerer named HCAC Player of the Week

November 30, 2015

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University’s Macey Sheerer (Bucyrus) helped the Beavers move to 4-0 following wins over Heidelberg and Kalamazoo and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

The sophomore standout scored 25 points with 10 rebounds in an 85-79 win over Heidelberg on Tuesday and added 12 points with seven rebounds and two assists in a 74-58 win at Kalamazoo. For the week, Sheerer averaged 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 63.6 percent (14-for-22) from the field. 

Emily Ulrey shares her chat with Mary Schecter

Story and photograph by Emily Ulrey

A chat with Mary…
The air outside today was sharp and cold, but inside the Betty House of Willow Ridge I found plenty of warmth. It immediately felt like home. 


What's Thanksgiving weekend in Bluffton without a parade and Christmas lights?

Over 100 units including The Grinch, lots of Shriner clowns, Allen County Sheriff Posse, and many floats from Bluffton organizations.

With the Citizens National Bank time and temperature reading 44 degrees, Bluffton celebrated its rite of the holidays with the Blaze of Lights on Nov. 28.

All week the Icon will feature photos and videos of the Blaze.

Here's our first installment - it's 20 photos from the parade. Watch for more photos and videos on the way.

Beining leads Bluffton to fourth straight win

November 28, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Bluffton University women’s basketball team remained unbeaten, dispatching the Kalamazoo College Hornets, 74-58, on Saturday, Nov. 28. The Beavers improved to 4-0 on the season, while the Hornets record slipped to 1-2.

The Blaze can't go on without the team of John and Junior

Saturday is "Junior Weihrauch Day in Bluffton." The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce announced the designation at its Nov. 13 breakfast meeting

Watch for these two guy in Bluffton on Saturday.

On the left is John George. On the right is Junior Weihrauch. The Bluffton Blaze of Lights could not happen with them.

John George, as the town crier, has served as Blaze master of ceremonies each year since 1995. You'll find him on the review stand announcing the parade units.


All aboard on Saturday

Romick Railway for kids is one of Bluffton's Blaze popular activities. The railway will be in Saturday's parade. Following the parade it will provide rides of youngsters on Main Street in front of the Senior Citizens Center. (Santa and Mrs. Claus are inside the center.)