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September 21, 2017


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


What was Mr. Long's first name and what car did he drive?

Icon's panel of experts can handle any obscure Bluffton question

The Icon is a well-respected source for most any bit of information about Bluffton history.

Viewers are assured that we offer a panel of local experts to answer all Bluffton questions sent to us.

An example of this expertise follows: (names are changed for confidentiality).

Let’s say that two brother (we’ll call them Dan Groman and Darrell Groman) posed this Bluffton question to the Icon:


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Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas

The Bluffton Icon, in cooperation with the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas, invites Icon viewers to participate in a viewer survey.

The survey, designed by the School of Journalism, will assist the Icon in improving its website. It also assists the School of Journalism in its own study of web-based news sources.


Bluffton businesses invited to donate items to "cinch sacks"

For riders in the July 8 Ride to Remember

Bluffton businesses have an opportunity to introduce themselves to participants in this summer’s Ride to Remember bicycle ride, planned here on Saturday, July 8.

Ride planners invite businesses to provide gift items to fill 200 “cinch packs” for registered riders.

Suggested examples include:
• Coupons for use in your business
• Useful items for bike riders
• Treats
• Make certain your business name is on the donated items