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November 30, 2015


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Do you like tic-tac-toe? Here's a new way to think about the game

Put on your  math thinking caps.

The Icon invited Chris Leuthold, adjunct math instructor at Bluffton University, to provide The Icon with some math puzzles.

We want to assist our viewers with ways to survive the long, dark winter nights. Chris rates  the level of difficulty  in his quizzes from 1 to 4, with 4 being the toughest.

He rates this week's quiz as a 1.

Here's the first:


Not your typical wedding pose

It's not your typical wedding photo - but who say your wedding photo must be typical?

The wedding photograph is of Richard and Windi (Warren) Kohli of Lima, who were married this past August. Windi is a 2009 graduate of Bluffton High School.

The photograph is by Elysian Fields Photography, LLC, owned by Kerry Bush, a Bluffton portrait photographer.

She is available for a variety of photos ranging from weddings, senior pictures, family portraits, engagements, and pets to whatever photographic needs are required.


Letter: How many Harmon Fields exist?

Icon viewers:

Last night Lima Senior played in Miamisburg on Harmon Field.  Years ago I took the Lake Shore Limited from Toledo to Chicago passing through a town to this day I do not know that had a Harmon Field along the tracks. 


Iconoclast View: Bet you didn't know the most popular and famous Chicago park is built on the site of the city’s first cemetery.

Opinion piece by Rudi Steiner

Last week I had to do some work at Lincoln Park Zoo in downtown Chicago.

As I rode in a golf cart going about my business I passed some giraffes, camels, bears, tigers, lions, hippos, and hundreds of 4th graders on field trips acting like monkeys.

Winding through the park my journey took me past the “Couch family tomb” the only remaining gravesite left in what was once Chicago’s first city cemetery.


"Peter made me think that we are all more alike than we are different"

The Bluffton University "Diagnosis and Educational Planning class taught by Tim Byers recently spent an evening with Peter De Meo a new Bluffton resident. 

De Meo, an adult with Cerebral Palsy, recently returning to the area after years in California.

The class heard about his childhood, school issues, traveling with his disability, health related issues, positive and negative teacher issues, developing peer relationships, his career in California, and daily challenges which he has dealt with.


Robert Kreider's thoughts on Bluffton as a sacred place

Note: Robert Kreider, former Bluffton College president, comments from time to time on  growing up in Bluffton.

Here's a recent Kreider comment: 

I'm beginning to read McCullough's "The Wright Brothers," and Lois and I preparing to celebrate our 70th anniversary.

I have been reflecting gratefully on a sense of place: Bluffton, a town embraced by two streams - the Big Riley Creek and the Little Riley. 


Bluffton Icon supports Mental Health and Recovery Services Board levy

The Icon supports the 0.5 mil renewal levy of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties. The levy is on the Nov. 3 ballot. If approved it will continue to support this agency’s current expenses for the next 10 years.

For 40 years, voters have approved this 0.5 mil levy, which supports basic mental health and alcohol and drug treatment for adults and children.

This renewal levy is not a new tax and ensures that these vial services for children, families and adults continue in our community.


Fresh catch for breakfast

Look closely at the bird. This guy is having breakfast.

The Icon watched Bluffton's great blue heron snatch a fish from the retention pond at The Centre late last week.

We witnessed the "catch," but missed the photo op by about 10 seconds. At least we snapped the fish going down the throat.

The great blue is pretty reliable on his schedule.

You'll find him around 10:15 a.m. every morning at the corner of Main and Snider - feet in pond, posing as a statue.


Icon supports Issue 1 on Nov. 3

This Nov. 3, Ohioans will have the opportunity to solve a divisive problem facing our state. Issue 1 defines a new method for drawing state legislative districts and embodies a compromise reached by Legislators of both parties.


BHS homecoming parades get better each year

Everyone loves a  parade.

Bluffton boasts the best small-town homecoming parade in northwestern Ohio. Despite the rather unfriendly winds, this year's parade drew a huge crowd, and showed lots of energy.

See for yourself. Open our 18-photo selection of photos as the parade passed by the Icon at the corner of Main and College.