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April 30, 2017


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BACH 3 - Does this mean that somewhere in Ohio is a BACH 1 and a BACH 2? The Icon spotted this plate in Ada.

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Bluffton area artists ArtSpace/Lima award winners

Judith Greavu, Jaye Bumbaugh, Anita Lehman; several other area artists in show

Several artists with Bluffton connections were winners or had works accepted in the Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima, 65-67 Town Square.

The show is open through June 3 in The Ellen Nelson Gallery of Artspace, according to Bill Sullivan, director.

Area artists winning awards include:

Winner of The Jack Earl Award for best of show
Judith Greavu, Bluffton
Innishowen Tide Pool, bronze, fused glass
She has several additional pieces in the show


ONU dean discussion

Bluffton resident John-David Yoder (right) discusses a student engineering project with Eric Baumgartner during a senior design showcase at ONU.

Dr. Yoder, chair of the mechanical engineering department, has been appointed dean of the ONU engineering college.

Dr. Baumgartner, who has served as dean for the past 11 years, has accepted a position as vice president of academics at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. (Monty Siekerman photo, Ada Icon)


Tom Schaaf shares Cuba trip with Lions on May 2

Tom Schaaf of Bluffton will share stories and photos of his trip to Cuba with the Bluffton Lions. The meeting is at noon, Tuesday, May 2, in the town hall.

Several additional Lions news items are in the May Lions newsletter, attached at the bottom of this story.


Students for Other Students (SOS)

20 BHS student tutors worked with 17 4th and 5th graders this year

This year the foundation awarded a top Bluffton High School tutor with a $400 gift. That student is Ceandra Thurmond, a BHS senior. Here's the S.O.S. story:

S.O.S. may be a worldwide common distress signal.

But, for Bluffton fourth and fifth graders and their high school tutors, it means Students for Other Students (SOS).

“This peer-tutoring program is an important part of our intervention services,” says Tim Closson, elementary principal.

This school year 20 high school students tutored 17 fourth and fifth grade students.


Beaverdam Bunch 4-H Club elects officers

Sydney Hoff, president; Brayton Businger, vice-president

By Mallory Hardesty - club reporter
The Beaverdam Bunch's elected officers this year are:
President Sydney Hoff
Vice President Brayton Businger
Secretary Cierra Ackerman
Treasurer Rebekah Hoff
News Reporter Mallory Hardesty
Health Leader Austin Warren
Safety Leader Bryan Zimmerman
Co-Recreation Leader's Addison Businger and Nathan Hardesty

The demonstrations on the 17th were given by Ceandra Thurmond, Addison Businger and Dylan Hohenbrink.


Nygaard photograph accepted in ArtSpace spring show

Jamie Nygaard, Bluffton photographer, had a photograph chosen to be in the Spring ArtSpace Gallery, Lima, which opens this week.

Nygaard entered two pieces. The one chosen to be in the gallery is called "Veiled Silence" and is the photo taken that she used in her calendar in the month of November.

Herother piece was not selected to be in the Spring Gallery, but is on show upstairs as it did qualify for the "Salon de refuses."

Opening reception is Friday, April 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at ArtSpace. Awards for individual pieces will be handed out at the reception.


Four Bluffton students in Lima Area Youth Orchestra

Concert Sunday evening at Lima Senior

Four Bluffton students will perform with the Lima Area Youth Orchestra on Sunday, April 23. The 7 p.m. concert is at Lima Senior High School.

Members from Bluffton are:
• Violins: Isaac Andreas, Amanda Speicher, Grace Paquin
• Cello: Alyssa Speicher

The performance will be under the direction of Travis Juergen, Assistant Professor at Ohio Northern University. Juergen is very successfully finishing his first season with the orchestra which is sponsored by the Lima Noon Optimist Club and the Lima Symphony Orchestra.


You can help Small Town Super Hero Owen Weaver

Community coming together to raise funds for a new family van

Note: The Icon encourages viewers to support an “Owen Weaver Small Town Super Hero” fundraiser going on this month. Several businesses including Greg’s Pharmacy and The Sports Warehouse are actively involved.

The fund drive’s goal is $50,000 to purchase a new van to get him to doctor appointments at Nationwide Children's Hospital and for all the community activities he enjoys being involved in. At this posting, the project has generated $11,265.


Academic excellence recognized at BHS letter banquet

Sophomores, juniors and seniors with 3.5 grade point or higher honored

The Bluffton High School 18th annual academic letter banquet held in March recognized sophomores, juniors and seniors. Academic letters are presented to  students who have achieved a 3.5 grade point average or higher this school year.

 Students with * behind their name are students have repeated receiving awards.


Meet Jayme Siefer, March BHS student of the month

She intends to study mechanical engineering at University of Toledo

Jayme Siefer, Bluffton High School senior, is the March BHS student of the month.

Jayme is a member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Spanish Club, Art Club and Mu Alpha Theta Math Club.

She is in the band and plays on the soccer and power lifting teams. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. At the academic award banquet she was presented with the geometry academic award. She likes all the planning and organization it takes to work back stage on plays and musicals.