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February 13, 2016

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Here's Bluffton High School's solo and ensemble results

Bluffton High School musicians represented the school very well in the Feb. 6 solo and ensemble contest at Lima Senior High School.
Superior (I) ratings:
• Katie Frazier, trumpet (class A)
• Oliver Romick, percussion (class B)
• Caleb Mikesell, tuba (class C)
• Trumpet Quartet (Katie Frazier, Tad Steiner, Sydney Hoff, Sarah Gillan)
(class B)
• Trumpet Trio (Katie Frazier, Tad Steiner, Hannah Yost) (class B)
Excellent (II) ratings:


Apollo launches Career Tech Education Month

Apollo Career Center launched Career Tech Education Month with its annual all area boards meeting on Feb. 4.

The program highlights included an update by Superintendent Judy Wells on the progress of the seven-phase construction/renovation of Apollo Career Center.


Emily Ulrey has a chat with a pastor's kid and missionary's kid: Debbie Mohr

Story and photos by Emily Ulrey
There are some people who have a life in them, an energy that is overflowing and abundant.  This energy is demonstrated not only in the way they walk, or talk, but in their spirit and the way they share it with others. Debbie Mohr is a one-of-a-kind, loving individual whose energetic spirit is evident in everything that she does.

I first met Debbie Mohr in 1999 when her family moved to Bluffton. That was the year my father left his position, and Debbie’s husband took over as the pastor of English Lutheran Church.  


Haley Baker BHS January student of the month

Haley Baker is the Bluffton High School student of the month for January. Haley is an junior grader with a 3.759 GPA. She is the daughter of Jeff and Tracy Baker.

Haley is a member of the National Honor Society, is vice president of the Junior class, is a member of the Student Senate and also plays volleyball and runs track. She was awarded the "Defensive Player" award by her coach and volleyball team and also named to the "Second Team" by the NWC.  


Mark Bixel performs at Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

Mark Bixel, son of Dean and Brenda Bixel, of Bluffton, was selected to perform at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in Findlay on the evening of Dec. 9. 

The 800-invitation only, private open house was for donors who contributed to the capital campaign of the performing arts center. 

Donors were able to walk out onto the theater’s stage, enjoy paintings in the gallery and mingle in the Gary and Jane Heminger Atrium, where Gary Heminger, CEO of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, greeted the visitors.


ONU curry lovers buy their supply at The Food Store

FROM THE ADA ICON - Omega Hollies, Ohio Northern University international services coordinator, likes curry because of the many kinds of spices that can be included in it.

During a curry taste night earlier this week at ONU where several recipes were offered guests, she explained that curry can be spiced hot, mild, even sweet.

Is it hard to find such a large variety of spices? "Not at all," she said. "They are all available from The Food Store in Bluffton."


A long, interesting chat with Sam Diller

Interview and photos by Emily Ulrey
Living in a small town enables one to know and interact with lots of people, directly or indirectly.

Although I always felt I knew a lot of people here, I’ve come to appreciate the history of this town and realize that I have more to learn about Bluffton’s history.

My most recent interview took me to the Diller Law Office, where I met local attorney and long-time Bluffton resident, Sam Diller. He is a man of many stories and a vast knowledge of Bluffton, so I was glad to get the chance to meet with him.


Looks like lots of students are up to par - here's the BHS honor roll

Here is Bluffton High School’s second quarter honor roll for 2015-2016 school year:

9th Grade – all A:
Olivia Amstutz, Seth Andreas, Shon Beach, Madeline Burghaze, Kennedy Coughlan, Rhett Donaldson, Caleb Mikesell, Amelia Mitchell, Katie Prater, Lily Shadle, Amanda Speicher, Kylee Staley, Jackson Steinmetz, Hannah Yost, Luke Young, Caitlyn Zimmerman


Here's the real Daniel Siders playing the bass

The Icon went a bit crazy on this photo on the home page. This is the real Daniel Siders playing the string bass, the largest and lowest string instument in the orchestra. He's rehearsing with the Bluffton Junior High orchestra. The Icon features members of the orchestra in our daily feature photo this week. 


Bob Antibus continues on Blanchard River Watershed Partnership board

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership held the 2016 Annual Planning work session on Jan. 6.

New officers were officially recognized. They are: Theresa Allen, President; Don Croy, Vice President; Tim Macke, Treasurer, and Bob Connour, Secretary.

Other board members present were Bob Antibus, Tim Brugeman, Jeremiah Haselman, Dick Kozlowski, Jane McCleary, and Elaine Reynolds.