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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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Bluffton pharmacist Deb Retterer hangs up her white coat at the end of this month

The Greg's Pharmacy manager has worked here since 1989

Deb Retterer, Greg’s Pharmacy manager and pharmacist, hangs up her white coat for the final time later this month.

Retterer of Ada, has handled pharmacy needs of Bluffton area residents since 1989 when she joined Greg Conkling in a part-time position.

“When I started in Bluffton John Skelly was also still working part-time for Greg,” she said.  “When John retired in 1992, I became full time.”


Middle school collects 1,505 items for food pantry

Give students a challenge and they'll top it

Give Bluffton middle school students a challenge and they’ll top it.

According to Robin Ault, 7th and 8th grade language arts teacher, the middle school conducted a food drive and Toys for Tots drive this month.

The middle school student senate sponsored the drives.

Food collected was donated to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program’s food pantry. Mrs. Ault said that the food drive goal was 1,500 items.The goal was topped with 1,505 items donated.

And, 79 new toys were collected for Toys for Toys.

Several photos follow below:


Meet Natasha Smith, Icon's December student artist

Natasha Smith, a senior at Bluffton High School, is the December Icon student

She says, "I am going on an 18 month church mission, then will return and attend college at Brigham Young University, Idaho. I plan on majoring in art and going on to a career in art therapy.


Lima Area Youth Orchestra Christmas concert Dec. 18

Four Bluffton students are orchestra members

Four Bluffton school musicians are part of the Lima Area Youth Orchestra this school year.

The orchestra will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Lima Senior High School Auditorium.

According to Rachael Lewis, Bluffton strings teacher, Bluffton students in the orchestra are:
• Violins: Isaac Andreas, Amanda Speicher, Grace Paquin
• Cello: Alyssa Speicher


Allen East HS National Red Ribbon photo contest winner

Kelly Prichard is Allen East SADD advisor

Allen East High School is the Region 5 winner of the  2016 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest.

Students, faculty and staff were led by teacher and SADD advisor, Kelly Prichard, in decorating the school with this year’s theme, “YOLO. Be Drug Free.”

This was done in addition to the school’s traditional Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-31) celebrations to promote their commitment to living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.


Meet the babies born in November at Bluffton Hospital

Six boys, five girls

The following births were reported in November from Bluffton Hospital.


Garden club holds Dec. 6 potluck

The Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will hold a Christmas potluck at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Bluffton Public Library.

The latest club newsletter, featuring additional club information, is attached at the bottom of this story.


Meet Eli Bourassa, BHS November's student of the month

Bluffton senior is active in several school organizations

Eli Bourassa is November's Bluffton High School student of the month.

Eli is a senior at BHS and has a 3.821 grade point average. Eli is a member of the BHS marching, pep and concert bands and is the BHS band secretary. He attends St. John Mennonite Church and is involved in its youth group and worship team.


Judith Greavu's work accepted in midwest art show

Show is a survey of contemporary midwest sculptures

Former Bluffton College art professor Judith Greavu had one of her art pieces curated into the exhibition, “100x100 | 100 Sculptors, 100 Sculptures: A Survey of Contemporary Sculpture from the Midwest” at The Ella Sharp Museum in Michigan.

The 100 Sculptors, 100 Sculptures show is the third installment of a 30-year project for curator Ken Thompson in which he undertook a comprehensive look at sculpture being made at this time in the Midwest. The premise for this exhibit was to seek out a diverse group of 100 sculptors that represented as many approaches to sculpture as possible.


Ever tasted an Oliver Lugibihl hickory nut pie?

They are in season now, and you'd better place your order soon

To the question, ““Why did you start baking hickory nut pies?” pie-baker Oliver Lugibihl replied, “I probably didn’t have any pecans.”

Then came a grin.

The grin occurred between his breaking a jumbo Moser egg and measuring out some Watkins vanilla, which he insists he likes better than other vanilla, “because of its stronger flavor.”


Known as the hickory nut pie man, Icon viewers have a rare, seasonal opportunity to purchase one his masterpiece pies on Friday.