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Women's Hoops take down Heidelberg 79-57

November 21, 2017
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


Men's Basketball takes down Ohio Midwestern 79-58

November 21, 2017
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - After an 0-2 start on the road, the Bluffton University men’s basketball squad tipped off for the first time on their home court against the Ohio Midwestern Rams. The Beavers jumped out to a hot start and never looked back as they marched to a 79-58 win, moving to 1-2 on the season.

Community, business and leadership lessons

Seven university students attend MEDA conference in Canada

By Jena O’Brien, university
public relations student assistant

Lessons on community, business and leadership merged this year during the annual Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) conference in Vancouver, Canada.

During the conference, seven Bluffton University students, including Wyatt Baer, a senior accounting major from Marshallville, learned how business majors can leverage their strengths to improve society.

The students were also able to network with business professionals and community leaders also in attendance.

Here's a good problem - where to eat during the Blaze

Nine Main Street area options for food on Saturday

Saturday's 31st annual Blaze of Lights offers several opportunities to "eat locally" according to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. Here's a lists of businesses offering food:

Bluffton Lions Club Foundation: Chicken barbecue, 4-7 p.m. Drive up behind the Dollar Store parking lot. Eat in at tables on the lower level of Bluffton Presbyterian Church.  See a Lions member for tickets or call Greg Denecker at 419-358-5901.

Four stops on Dec. 2 Riley Creek Old time Christmas Tour

One-room school, log cabs, and a church

The third annual Riley Creek Old Time Christmas Tour is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, according to Tom McCullough of Pandora.

McCullough said that event is free and open to the public. The event is held the same day as the Christmas open house at the Homestead - Swiss Community Historical Society's open house. Watch for details about that event coming on the Icon.

This year's open house tour includes:
• Bridenbaugh one-room school,
  14022 Road 6
  Corner of Road 6 and Road M6

• McCullough log cabin
  14503 Road 6


Bluffton Primary Care hosts open house Dec. 4

Ribbon cutting and visit by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus

Bluffton Primary Care, 161 Garau St., will host a community open house featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus on Monday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The community is invited to visit the newly renovated office and meet the physicians and care team.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. with the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. Children who are visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus will receive a gift while supplies last.

The office is accepting new patients and offers evening appointments. To schedule an appointment call 419.369.2280.

46th annual Christmas carol sing at Riley Creek UMC

Riley Creek United Methodist Church invites the community to its 46th annual Christmas carol sing on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. 

"Like an old-fashioned songfest around the piano, the program will feature congregational singing of many traditional carols, as well as readings from Scripture about Jesus’ birth, special performances by the Pandora United Methodist Church Choir, Ottawa Saints Peter and Paul Choir, other musicians, and a candle lighting ceremony," said Rev. Duane Kemerley, pastor.


Mary Alice Hartman 1926 - 2017

Mary Alice Hartman, 91, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

Mary was born Oct. 13, 1926, in New Stark to Clyde and Anna (McAllister) Ream who preceded her in death. On June 1, 1947, she married Clyde Hartman who preceded her in death on July 14, 2012.


Here's what 2.68 inches of rain in one day looks like

2.68 inches of rain on Saturday.

That’s the amount of rain recorded by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer on Saturday, Nov. 18. It caused flooding in Bluffton, which included closing of East College Avenue and Bentley Road north of Bluffton.

The photos here show the area of the old baseball diamond field below Musselman Library on campus.

The daylight photos are from Sunday morning.

(Mary P. Steiner photos)

Check out all the BHS NWC Scholar Athletes

Letter winners plus excellent GPAs

Several Bluffton High School fall athletes attained Northwest Conference Scholar Athlete status, according to Jim Raabe, NWC commissioner.

To qualify as an NWC Scholar Athlete a student must be a sport letter winner. Gold level students have a grade point average of 3.5 to 4.0 during the season. Silver level students have a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.49 during the season.

Attached at the bottom of this story is the entire NWC list.