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May 28, 2016


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Bluffton's new downtown mascot

The Icon reports several viewers have sighted a ring-neck pheasant in the downtown Bluffton area.

Tonya Meyers showed us the proof. Here's a photo of the downtown mascot behind Webb Insurance.




Seam at bottom of National Quarry cause of water loss

A report published by the Great Lakes Geological Survey - Eastern Division warns that the National Quarry, bordering Jefferson Street and the Norfolk & Western Railroad, could be empty by 2017.

The cause of the water loss is due to seams discovered in the quarry regolith, which is directly above the bedrock.


Jedd Marquart advises ONU team in SAE Aero Design East competition

The Ohio Northern University student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) captured seventh place at the SAE Aero Design East competition in Lakeland, Fla., from March 13-15.

The advisor for the group was Dr. Jed E. Marquart, Bluffton, professor of mechanical engineering at ONU.

The ONU team, nicknamed the “Bad News Bears,” participated in the “Regular Class” of the competition and competed among a field of 37 teams in the “Regular Class,” including national championship teams from Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico, India, and Poland.


A Bluffton sunset like no other


Did you catch that Monday night sunset that only one thousands words could describe? How could you not notice.

The Icon staff, on a walk, captured some of the images on a cell phone. We offer a small sliver of the purples, golds, reds, blacks and everything inbetween.

Open the photo attachment below. Can you identify the location of the photos? Photos by Mary Pannabecker Steiner


They're back! and they always return between March 10 and March 15

Lima has the Bean as its mascot, so why not turn an ackward situation into a, well, a tourist attraction?

The buzzards are back in town. Lynn Nowak spotted them hanging out on Garmatter Street on March 10 and provided this photo. Since then lots of sighting have taken place.

We've observed these big, black guys in town every spring since 2001.Their appearance in town coincides with buzzards returning to Hinkley, Ohio, each March 15. Our hunch is that one of the flights to Hinkley in 2001 took a wrong turn ending here. 

The rest is history.


There's the Turkey Trot and then there's the Deer-Turkey Trot

Here’s an unusual animal story with some photos from Don and Joyce Hostetler of rural Bluffton. The Hostetlers are visited by wild turkeys each spring.


According to Joyce: The turkeys were back along the Riley near our house earlier this week. They only stayed two days this year, roosting in trees at night. Last year they visited us for several weeks.

There were nine turkeys this year. It was interesting to see young deer interact with them.


Concerning dog "scat" (we'll use another descriptive word in the story)

The Icon received this request from a Main Street business owner. We've also stepped into this "scat" or whatever you'd like to call it.

Would you be able to put something on the Icon regarding people walking their dogs and not cleaning up their messes?

Especially along Main Street businesses! We have had several issues since last fall with a dog(s) pooping on the sidewalks.

Not to provide too much detail but mess appears to come from a large dog. Today there were about six or seven large logs right in front of the double doors to our building.


Here's this year's 10,000 Shot Club members

Let’s see how many shots you can take to the hoop.

Boys in grades 3 to 12 were recognized for their efforts in the 10,000 Shot Club during the final basketball game of the season recently.

Here’s how it works:
Boys are given a shot sheet with a calendar to track any shots they make April through August. 

At the end of August, they have to get their form to Todd Boblitt, BHS varsity basketball coach, to be recognized for the shot club. 

Youth in grades 3-5 only have to make 5,000 to receive recognition.


KISS concert at ONU? Sorry, you are 40 years too late!

A group of Ohio Northern University students and their professor are researching the concert and how it impacted the Ada community, according to Harry Wilson of ONU's management and information systems.

This May 9th marks the 40th anniversary of the event at ONU’s newly-built King Horn center. This was during KISS’ Dressed to Kill tour and they were on the verge of becoming very famous.

"We have reason to believe that KISS played Rock & Roll All Nite for the first time ever live at the ONU concert," said Wilson.


Ice circles on the Riley - a rather rare occurrence

There are crop circles (you won't find them in Bluffton), and ice circles (and now you will find them in Bluffton).

Look closely at this photo.

It shows ice circles on the Riley. Brennan Davies noticed them on the Riley near Kimmit's Hill. (That's the bluff along Riley Street near Garmatter Street, for anyone under 40.)  He learned about the on the Weather Channel. 

Here's a definition from the Internet:

An ice disc, ice circle, or ice pan is a natural phenomenon that occurs in slow moving water in cold climates.