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November 17, 2017

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Interesting footnote to BHS tennis win at Lima Senior

Darrell Groman explains it this way...

Darrell Groman provides an interesting footnote to Bluffton High's tennis win over the weekend in Lima. Here goes:

Many in Bluffton thought the Lima News caption in the Sunday, April 23, Sports Section was a typographical error. The caption with photo on page 4C reads, "Lima Senior's Christian Groman, playing at No. 3 singles, hits a return during Saturday's Lima City High School Tennis Tournament ..." (you can also find the article and photo on their website at www.limanews.com.

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Wild in Bluffton

Lauren Canaday took the Icon's wildlife photo of the week.

Here's what she says about the photo:

"I just watched a pheasant run from my backyard through the neighborhood heading towards College Avenue... 

"I got in my car and found it running through the library's back parking lot, and all through those parking lots until it got to behind the town hall and then I gave up. 

She adds: "I've never seen one before, and wow, can they run!"

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Your invitation to take a spring sight-seeing tour of Ada

Photos from Icon's sister publication in Ada

Bluffton Icon and Ada Icon are sharing spring photos this week.

Last week, Bluffton posted photos of our town's spring blooms. We are sharing those photos on the Ada Icon this week.

In return, we're sharing Ada's spring photos.

Please enjoy the photos of spring in Ada - attachment at bottom of story -

The Village of Ada is know for the flowering pear trees that line Main Street each April, but the residential sections of town are decked in beauty as well.  

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An April cruise to view Bluffton's spring colors

19 photos of April in bloom in Bluffton

It’s mid-April.

Let’s cruise Bluffton.

In our quick trip you’ll notice lots of reds, pinks and in-between shades as trees put on their spring robes. In a few weeks lots more blooming things will catch our attention.

We’ll watch for those, too.

And, until May comes, here’s Bluffton in its favorite April colors. We’ll start in the middle school front lawn and proceed from there.

Please open the 20-page photo attachment to view our photos.

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A tree heron

One of Bluffton's great blue herons enjoys watching Riley Creek from a tree branch. This one, photographed with a cell phone camera spends mornings in the creek, or above it, near Campus Drive.

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For MHCO volunteers it's all about planting the seeds of kindness

Laura Voth: “You, our volunteers, are a vital part of our goal of bringing the outside in, maintaining important connections, of reducing loneliness, of creating fun, of giving something to look forward to every day.  Through every small or large volunteer act, you are planting seeds of kindness for the Lord."

In a separate story viewers will find a report on the April 5 Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio volunteer appreciation banquet.

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This photo story is for all the Icon Cincinnati Reds fans

We understand that opening day for baseball in Cincinnati is an unofficial holiday in that city.

The Icon stringer, Anne Steiner of Cincinnati, did like most people in the Queen City. She took the day off She also and took photos of the 98th annual opening day parade.

The parade had 189 entries including lots of famous faces! Reds Hall-of-Famer Sean Casey was the parade Grand Marshal.

Cincinnati lost to Philadelphia in the season opener 4-3.

Here are some photos of the parade for Icon viewers.

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Strip coal mine testing may occur here resulting in economic boost

Thanks to relaxed governmental rules on the environment

The current U.S. administration’s emphasis on coal could mean jobs and industries coming soon to the Bluffton-Ada area, although not all residents are excited about it.

One of northwestern Ohio’s untouched economic payloads is an enormous vein of Anthracite coal stretching from Sidney to Bowling Green. The coal lies beneath the pumped out natural gas and oil fields, which boomed here in the 1890s.

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Spring wake-ups

What color are your crocuses? Many of these spring flowers woke up in early March only to be snowed upon. Very hardy, they appear to have survived the cold.

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Ask the Icon

What became of the Romans 12:12 signs in two Mennonite churches?

An Icon viewer poses a question concerning a church scripture verse sign. Viewers with further thoughts may respond at info@blufftonicon.com.

The viewer writes:

For almost 75 years, the original Swiss Mennonite church and the Ebenezer Mennonite and the St. John Mennonite churches had a large sign with the following verse written in German in their sanctuaries: Romans 12:12.

Be joyful in hope; patient in affliction; faithful in prayer.

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