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The subject is hydrangeas on Oct. 4

Hydrangeas is the topic of the October meeting of Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area. The meeting, open to the public is at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, at in the lower level of the Bluffton Public Library.

Allen County Master Gardener Tim Staley will make the presentation.

The most recent club newsletter in an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Introducing Ada HS's homecoming senior court members

Ada celebrates its homecoming this weekend

Last week the Bluffton Icon shared the BHS senior homecoming court members with Ada Icon viewers.

This week is Ada's turn to share its homecoming senior members with Bluffton Icon viewers. One senior member has a Bluffton connection, as Eli Garmon is son of BHS art teacher Vickie Garmon.

Here goes:

FROM ADA ICON - It’s homecoming week at Ada High School. This year’s homecoming court was announced on Friday. The king and queen will be announced in a pre-game ceremony on the football field on Friday.


Allen Metro Parks director talks to Bluffton Lions

Kevin Haver, Director of Johnny Appleseed Parks, was guest speaker at the Sept. 6 Bluffton Lions Club meeting.

Over a dozen parks that cover 1,200 acres are involved with this Appleseed system.

Parks offer fishing, boating, swimming, camping, playgrounds, nature programs, concerts, living history, apple/maple syrup festivals, music groups and more.

The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District was created in June 1972. The park corporation is a non-profit organization and accepts planned giving programs.


They graduated from Bluffton High 70 years ago

Meet the BHS class of 1947 - reunion held today

The Bluffton High School class of 1947, met on Sept. 21 for a class get-together at McDonald's Restaurant.

Front from left,  Joan Dailey, Alice Ruth Ramseyer, Colleen Hight, Sara Jane Amstutz and Wanda Geiger.

Standing from left, Morris Groman, Harry Criblez, Kent Stonehill, Bob Wilch and Keith Brauen.


BHS class of 1967 50th reunion plans underway

The Bluffton High School class of 1967 is planning its 50th class reunion. The event is July 22, 2017, and takes place at Howard Johnson's. Lima.

The planning committee is collecting e-mail addresses of class members. Contact Ann Augsburger Nagel at anagel79@yahoo.com, Linda Steiner at 419 384 7383 or
BHS67CLASSREUNION@yahoo.com,  to receive more details. 


Meet the 2016 BHS homecoming court

King and queen will be announced in a pre-game ceremony Friday

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Bluffton High School homecoming is Friday. Several events take place this week. Those events are listed in a story elsewhere on the Icon. Here are members of this year's homecoming court.

Videos and photos of the court at bottom of this story -

Queen candidates:


Meet Bluffton's First Lady of football

Jane Richards is mom to the head coach and wife to a volunteer assistant

Jane Richards is a pretty good sport.

She has to be.

Her son, Jeff, is head football coach at Bluffton High School. Her husband, Mike, is a volunteer coach on his son, Jeff’s coaching staff.

In a chat with Jane on Thursday at Common Grounds, the Icon learned a lot about being the mother and wife of football coaches.

For starters, her position is a lifetime career.

“I’m the stable one. Mike moved around in his coaching career,” she laughs.

Jane taught art at Cory-Rawson for over 30 years.


Richard and Mary Ann Jordan will celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Richard H. and Mary Ann Jordan will soon observe 60 years of marriage. They were wed on Sept. 16, 1956, in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Ada, by the Rev. L.H. Wyandt.
The Jordans are parents of two sons, R. Timothy D. Jordan of Clarksville, Tenn., and Nathaniel W. T. (Jenni) Jordan of Bluffton, and two daughters, Amy R. King and Bethany G. (Jon) Theis, also of here.
Their grandchildren are Jordan, Ashleigh, and Kaity Beth King, Benjamin and Lindsay Theis, and Grant and Matthew Jordan, all of Bluffton, and Dylan Badertscher of Clarksville, Tenn.


Pandora-Gilboa HS homecoming Friday

Pandora-Gilboa High School celebrates its 2016 homecoming on Friday.

Members of the homecoming court are:
Kelsey Basinger
Alexa Maag
Kristen Mullins
Gunner Stall
Zane Traxler
Jason Walther

Kennedy Hutton
Dallas Hilvers

Addilyn Diller
Peyton Traxler

Becca Luttfring
Brandon Morales


BHS 1996 football team member - here's your directions on Friday night

Attention members of the 1996 Bluffton High School football team:

The team will be recognized during Friday's football game with Ft. Loramie, according to Alex Hanna, BHS athletic director.

Members should enter through the pass gate next to the Ricky Matter Center. Then meet on the home sideline with 10 minutes left on the game clock, by approximately 7:20 p.m.

The 1996 team will stand on the home sideline for The National Anthem, and immediately following The National Anthem, the team will take the field for a short recognition.