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December 10, 2016


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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Gallery for the Arts in Ada has weekend open house

There's a weekend open house in Ada and you are invited.

Gallery for the Arts, 115 S. Main St., will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 8, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 9. The Gallery features original works by Ada artists and artisans.

Visitors will be served wine and munchies on Friday. On Saturday will be coffee, juice and breads. In addition a collection of Gallery items will be raffled.

When Ruth Roiter opened the gallery she described its purpose this way: “I set the stage. The artists are the performers.”


Bluffton on Trump’s short list for major announcement?

Could Bluffton be the location of a major announcement soon by Donald Trump, presidential hopeful?
Candidate Trump may have narrowed down to five small Ohio communities, each with a four-year liberal arts college, as possible locations where he may announce his choice of a vice presidential running mate.
The Icon understands the five villages in the final cut include:


Remember the BHS Shirts and Pants? We do

Bluffton eighth grader Courtney McLaughlin's performance at Saturday's Division I boys' state finals basketball game got us to thinking.

In 2011 Kevin Gratz and his "Shirts and Pants" extra-curricular male choir of Bluffton High School boys also advanced to the state finals. That 15-member choir also performed the National Anthem.

The photo above shows the group minutes before walking out on the basketball court.


What's happening in Bluffton? Check the chamber calendar

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce continues to add events to Bluffton 2016 calendar. Here's the update as of March 17. Organizations with additional events to add may send details to blufftonchamber@gmail.com

Recurring events:


Icon asks voters to support both local levies on Tuesday

Two significant local levies are on the March 15 local ballot:
• Bluffton school income tax renewal levy
• Bluffton Public Library renewal levy
Both deserve every voter’s support.
School levy highlights
Money generated by the school levy is used to replace roofs, buy new busses, remodel classrooms, air condition the elementary, purchase new boilers and update technology, etc. The money is not and cannot be used for salaries or fringe benefits.


Scouting for Food - Scouts will pick up your donations on Saturday AM

Bluffton Boy Scouts will collect non-perishable, non-glass food items in Bluffton on Saturday morning.

Last Saturday, Bluffton residents receive a yellow plastic bag, to be used for this week's collection.

The yellow bags should be placed on front porches (easily seen from the street) by 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The Scouts continue to perform this much-needed community service annually.


It's tennis season, and what a different a year makes!

Here's Mike Hilty, Bluffton High School boys' tennis coach, shoveling snow last March, in anticipation of the 2015 tennis season.

Yes, what a different a year makes. One year later, (below) here's Misha Groman practicing a serve as a warm up for the 2016 tennis season.

Temperatures were in the high 60s when this photo was taken. Last year we didn't check the temperature when the snow shoveling photo was taken, but it was at least a 35 degree difference.


No caboose on this train

It's not every day that Bluffton's railroad crossings stop traffic when an actual truck passes through town. The railroad's track maintainence car cruised through Bluffton last week and the Icon captured the trip.

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This photo is a "keeper"

We've not seen the end of this terrific photo.

We predict severall things:
• it will eventually be in a high school yearbook when Bracyn is a senior. 

• it will also be on a high school graduation invitation.
• chances are good it might even appear in a wedding photo display some day, too.
• adding it to Facebook, it will now reach across the globe.

Bluffton police officer Mathew Oglesbee and son, Bracyn, enjoy some time
together at Bluffton Community Preschool's Donut's with Dad day. (Linda Headings photo)



Two woodpeckers walk into a bar...

You've probably not heard the joke about the two woodpeckers who walked into a bar. (As far as we know there is no such joke.)

But, now you can say that you've watched the photos of two hairy woodpeckers who landed on the Icon's suet bird feeder moments apart.

There's no such thing as sharing in this case. It was sort of territorial where winner takes all. The photos tell the story best.

Simply scroll down to watch. This episode occurs daily at the same suet bar. A couple squirrels, a sparrow and nuthatch tried mediate, but don't mess with hairy woodpeckers.