December 22, 2014


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Bluffton Lions hear about trip to Antartica

Stan Clemens and Mark Weidner will speak on their trip to the Antartica at the Tuesday, Jan. 6, noon meeting of the Bluffton Lions Club.

Details on that meeting and several other activites of the Lions is in the newsletter, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Erica Sheehan December BHS student of the month

Erica Sheehan is the December Bluffton High School student of the month. She is the daughter of Mike and Sue Sheehan of Bluffton.

Erica is a senior at Bluffton High School and has a 4.000 GPA.

She is involved in Latin Club, Art Club, Math Club, Drama Club, National Honor Society, SADD (Student's Against Destructive Decisions); Domestication Club, NLSH, and also tutors. She attends Ebenezer Mennonite Church and is involved in the youth group. She also finds time to volunteer at St. Rita's.


$500 in prizes delivered in residential lighting contest - here are the winners

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will deliver $500 in chamber gift certificates to winners of this year’s Bluffton residential holiday lighting contest.

Judging took place this past weekend. Judges considered residential lighting displays within the village limits. In addition, they looked at residences that requested to be judged.

Winners follow:


Dog gone - a story about a 4 Paws For Ability pooch

NOTE: This story is reposted from the Ada Icon.

Dec. 6 was a a day of mixed emotions for students in the Ohio Northern University College of Engineering, but a good day for 4 Paws For Ability.

This fall ONU students in the College of Engineering became involved in training Viking, a now nine-month-old golden retriever.


BHS grad Cory Huber directing Bikes for Tikes in BGSU program

Cory Huber is on his bike again. (In 2013 he biked across the U.S. Click here to view that story.)

As a student at Bowling Green State University, Huber directs the Bikes for Tikes and is on the steering committee of BGSU’s Dance Marathon (DM).

The organization, run by students, raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The BGSU organization raises funds specifically for Mercy’s Children’s Hospital, Toledo.


The day Santa Claus came to Bluffton...(and he's coming back on Saturday)

You have to believe, after seeing these photos.

On Dec. 6 the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce invited Santa to Bluffton for the third time this year. His first visit was at Town and County Flowers on Nov. 21. Then on Blaze of Lights night he brough Mrs. Claus with him and stopped into the Senior Citizens Center.


He returned Dec. 6 - this time to Greg's Pharmacy. And, from time to time, he took a stroll up and down Main Street. 


Seventh grader Danielle Novak wins Bluffton spelling bee; Isaac Pimentel second place

Nine rounds and 25 minutes of word spelling came down to “spoonerism.”

That reveals the level of spelling knowledge needed to compete in this year’s Bluffton Middle School Spelling Bee.


Starting with five sixth graders, five seventh graders and five eighth graders, the field reduced to two contestants after the eighth round.


Misha Groman November BHS student of the month

Misha Groman, son of Darrell and Irina Groman, is the November Bluffton High School student of the month. He is a junior and carries a 4.0 grade point average.

Misha is a member of the Bluffton High School Show Choir and is active in the Student Senate. He is also a Boy Scout. He was selected to be part of the Allen Lima Youth Leadership team this year and also attended HOBY - Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Program as a sophomore.  He received an Academic Letter Award for his good grades.


Blaze of Lights is more than just a parade

The Bluffton Blaze of Lights is more than just a parade. There's music, entertainment, food, and lots of things that get people into the Christmas spirit.

New to this year's Blaze was a wood sculpture demonstration by John Guagenti. The Icon offers lots more photos. Viewers will find them in the attachment below this story.

And, for parade photos and videos, click here.


You turkey! Bluffton fourth graders keep a Thanksgiving tradition alive

When you were a Bluffton fourth grader, did you create a turkey to hang on the elementary wall in anticipation of Thanksgiving?

Or did your children create this Thanksgiving masterpiece? Is it still in a box in your attic?

The tradition never ends. The assignment is simple: Create a turkey using anything you wish.

The turkeys come in a variety of designs, as you’ll see here. We’ve chosen eight turkeys for this year’s Thanksgiving feast.


Open the attachment at the bottom of this story to view the turkeys.