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DeArment named Director of Physician Services and Recruitment

Swaisgood assumes Chief Development Officer of BV Health Foundation

Blanchard Valley Health System recently made several key management changes in order to focus on organization-wide, strategic initiatives.

Linda DeArment was named the Director of Physician Services and Recruitment. DeArment will oversee all provider recruiting activities and the Medical Staff Office. Prior to accepting this position, Linda served as the Chief Development Officer of the Blanchard Valley Health Foundation for nearly 10 years.


BHS musicians impress solo and ensemble judges

Several superiors and excellent ratings on Saturday

Bluffton High School musicians achieved several superiors and excellent ratings at the OMEA solo and ensemble contest Feb. 11 at Lima Senior High.

BHS music teacher are Rachael Lewis, strings, David Sycks, band, and Kara Zink, vocal.

Those students follow:



Bluffton Lions invite Citizen of the Year nominations

Dr. Oliver Lugibihl was last year's honoree

Who will it be?

The Bluffton Lions Club seeks nominees for the 2016 citizen of the year.

The award was established in 1981. It honors a person, couple or someone representing a group who has selflessly given time, effort and talent for the benefit of those in the Bluffton area and whose dedication and achievements have profoundly improved the quality of life of the people of the area.

The nominee may be living or deceased (within the last year). The winner will be honored at a banquet later this spring



First grade discover a new way to think of the number 100

How many ways can you count to 100?


Bluffton first graders last week learned a new way to examine the three-digit number, according to their teachers Teri Steinmetz, Ryan Dunlap, Jamie Combs and Amber Huffman.

First graders celebrated the 100th day of the 2016-17 school year. Jamie Nygaard visited the 100 celebration and shows Icon views these black and white photos.

After studying these photos we believe viewers can figure out the theme of this year's 100th day celebration.


Nicole heads to county spelling bee Feb. 18

The Allen County spelling bee is Saturday, Feb. 18, at Ohio State University-Lima. Bluffton middle school's spelling bee winner, Nicole Boyle, seventh grader, represents Bluffton. Her alternate is Elizabeth Bourassa, eighth grader. Bluffton's spelling be was in December.


Meet Christopher Harnish, January BHS student of the month

He attends both Bluffton University and the University of Findlay in post-secondary

January's Bluffton High School student of the month is Christopher Harnish, a junior.

Christopher is treasurer of the Junior class, and is a member of Show Choir, the Academic Team, Spanish Club, Math Club and Running Club.  He is also a member of the track team and the soccer team. He was named to the NWC second team for soccer this year.

He has received academic awards from his teachers in World History, Spanish I, Spanish III, Algebra II, Advanced Math, Science 9 and English 9.  

In his spare time he enjoys learning to play the guitar.


Meet BHS junior Tabbi Geiger - Icon's artist of the month

Meet Tabbi Geiger, a Bluffton High School junior, and the Icon's student artist of the month.

Tabbi has already taken Art One, Design One and Design Two, according to her art teacher, Vicki Garmon.

After high school her plans are to try to get into Texas A&M in Galveston. "I want to pursue the career of a marine biologist," she said.

"I enjoy art because it is a good stress reliever. I also love to see my creations in the end because I never know how they will turn out but it always shows what I am feeling. It just comes natural to me," adds Tabbi.


Five area Boy Scouts recognized in Eagle Scout Class of 2016

By Black Swamp Area Council on Feb. 4

Five area Boy Scouts were recognized over the weekend, according to Mike Metzger, Bluffton Troop 256 scoutmaster.

The Black Swamp Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America held its annual banquet honoring the Eagle Scout Class of 2016 on Feb. 4.  

Brice Metzger, Kaden Reneker, and Jacob Thompson of Troop 256 Bluffton, Noah Woodruff of Troop 176 Lima, and Ethan Fleming of Troop 226 Pandora. 

Standing from left, Kaden Reneker, Brice Metzger, Noah Woodruff, Ethan Fleming, Jacob Thompson.


Gardeners of Bluffton-Pandora meet Feb. 7

Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the lower level of the Bluffton Public Library.

Several projects are planned for 2017. Those are explained in the attached newsletter.


Bluffton builder Cory Pinks goes out on a limb tonight

Featured on cable TV's Treehouse Masters

How’s your backyard tree house?

Bluffton builder Cory Pinks went out on a limb to fix a tree house in Findlay. Next thing you know, he’s featured on Treehouse Masters, on cable, shown on the Animal Planet Network tonight (Friday, Feb. 3) at 10 p.m.

Pinks, of CPC Contracting, Bluffton, and Richard Watkins of 1st Class Siding, Harrod, were selected from 871 entries to create a complete, top-to-bottom, renovation of an old tree house in Findlay.