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Best caption receives 4 Shannon Theatre passes

Write a caption to this photo. The best caption will earn four passes to the Shannon Theatre to the caption writer. It's Dave Sycks directing a summer band rehearsal.

Send entries to: Caption contest, info@blufftonicon.com. Deadline 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.


Icon music review: Taylor Swift's Folklore

While unlikely to go down as the artist’s best album, there is more than enough creativity, artistry, and variety to keep the Swifties happy

Folklore-Taylor Swift
Reviewed by Craig Hoffman

Country and pop-crossover megastar Taylor Swift dropped Folklore her eighth studio album in July. The indie-folk style record was written and recorded by Swift while in quarantine. The artist did her best to stay productive in 2020 despite chaos in the world.

“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen…” Swift wrote. “And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore [sic]. Surprise.”  


Forgetten Bluffton - a swimming pool in the Riley a century ago

You can see its outline between Harmon Field and Steinmetz Field

Several photos accompany this story -
By Fred Steiner

This is part of the Icon’s new series on “Forgotten Bluffton” – Swimming in Riley Creek is no doubt something that never interested you.

But, in the 1920’s the village had a designated swimming area constructed in Big Riley Creek for youth in the community.

If you stand near the entrance to Steinmetz Field, turn toward Harmon Field, and take about a dozen steps toward the creek you will see the remnants of a dam. That dam backed up the creek and made a nice sized pool for swimming


2020 High school football season takes an end run

A decision on spectators at contact sports has not yet been made, however the OHSAA believes that at a minimum parents should be permitted to attend.

Following a recommendation this week from the Governor’s Office to shorten the season due to concerns that COVID-19 may spike in early winter, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Friday that if high school football games are approved by the Governor, all teams will enter the playoffs beginning Oct. 9 and the state championship games will be played no later than Nov. 21.


Blanchard Valley Health System acquires the Findlay Surgery Center

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) recently acquired the Findlay Surgery Center (FSC), thereby adding an outpatient surgery center to its continuum of services.

The FSC will continue to offer surgical and procedural services in orthopedics, podiatry, general surgery, ENT (otolaryngology), pain management, plastic and cosmetic surgery, ophthalmology, gynecology, urology, endoscopic and oral surgery.

New COVID-19 test gets green light

FDA approves first COVID-19 test for those without symptoms

This column is provided by the ONU HealthWise Pharmacy.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a new COVID-19 diagnostic test that can test people who are not showing symptoms.

This test is found under the name LabCorp COVID-19 RT-PCR.

This test was originally given an EUA in early March. It was to test those whose health care providers suspected that they might have COVID-19, and it only tested individual specimens (no sample pooling). But that changed with this new EUA from the FDA.