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March 28, 2020

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A view from inside Maple Crest

Joan Niswander: How many weeks will this last? How many more changes will we need to make? None of us know"

By Joanne Niswander
Icon's Maple Crest correspondent

Let's face it - life for each one of us has drastically changed over the past month.

Whether we are a student no longer going to school, a laid-off worker, a nurse taking double shifts, a farmer dreaming of planting season, or a senior citizen watching it all from the window, we're all in this together. This new kind of living with a devastating new virus is affecting all our lives.


Two Bluffton HS artists' work accepted for Governor's show

Including Annalise Nisly's sculpture and Danielle Novak's print

Two Bluffton High School artists have art works accepted into this year’s Governor’s Art Show, according to Vickie Garmon, BHS art teacher.

Garmon said that in the second round of judging Annalise Nisly and Danielle Novak both had works accepted. Nisly’s accepted piece was a sculpture. Novak’s piece was a print, and it was designated as the top 25 award.  

In addition, Melina Meza, Nicholas Markowski, Kaitlyn Montgomery and Jocelyn Ochoa had art work accepted at the regional level.


Sidewalk artists at work in Pandora

Hilty Preschool and Childcare youngsters create rainbows for Hilty Home residents

There are patio painters in Pandora.

Hilty Preschool and Childcare youngsters of Pandora visited Hilty Home assisted living residents’ outdoor patios, decorating them with some sidewalk chalk art earlier this week.

One of the staff members assisting in the visit was Jodi Schroeder.

As you can see, despite the personal “touch,” the event was personal and touching.

Schroeder said that the youth decided to make rainbows. 


Here's the Bluffton Lions Club newsletter

While Bluffton Lions Club meetings are canceled for the time being, the club's newsletter is available and is attached at the bottom of this story.


Five generations in this photo

Here's a five-generation photo provided to the Icon.

Left to Right:
• Eunice Minard, Findlay – Great Great Grandma
• Amy Piero, Findlay – Mom (Graduated from Bluffton High School)
• Denise Simon, Findlay – Great Grandma
• Lesley Warren, Rural Bluffton – Grandma (Works at Bluffton Foot & Ankle)
• Esther Rebekah Piero – Baby




Meet the Bluffton HS National Honor Society

4 seniors, 9 juniors, 14 sophomores inducted this year

Four senior, nine juniors and 14 sophomores are this year's inductees in the Bluffton High School National Honor Society, according to Jamie Erford, NHS advisor.

The ceremony took place March 9. The list of new members follows:

Olivia Burner
Brinkley Garmatter
Sam Pittsenbarger
Austin Warren

Olivia Barnes
Elijah Conley
Simon Derstine
Brandon Good
Ellie Hoffman
Clara Matthews
Collin Oglesbee
Celia Smith
Olivia Spallinger