October 31, 2014



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Bluffton celebrates Halloween - and here are more photos than we've ever posted

They came out of the woodwork on Thursday as Bluffton residents opened their doors to Halloweeners.

Thanks to the Bluffton University photojournalism class, the Icon captured lots of dressed characters on camera.

Student photographers in the project included Meg Short, Delano Whidbee, Mitch Gatzke, Colton Steiner, Venessa Owsley and Caitlin Nearhood.


Diamond Manufacturing honored by Department of Defense

The Ohio Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced that Kevin Hilty and Diamond Manufacturing, Bluffton, were recently honored.

Hilty, a Diamond employee, received the Patriot Award in recognition of support of its employee serving in the Marine Corps Reserve.


Tower Automotive official Lions speaker Nov. 18

Jeff Joseph of Tower Automotive is the noon, Tuesday, Nov. 18, speaker at the Bluffton Lions Club luncheon. The event is at the town hall.

For additional Lions Club news open the attachment at the bottom of this story for the club's newsletter.


Fleming-Short wedding Oct. 15

Mariah Faith Fleming and Gregory A. Short united were married October 15th at St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton.

She wore a ivory, empire beaded waist, ruched mermaid silhouette style,
strapless gown. She wore a flower crown of mini white roses and baby's breath
and carried a bouquet of white roses, baby's breath, white Peruvian lilies
and lush greens.

Mariah is the daughter of Jeremy Fleming, of Bluffton and Jeff and Jodi
Holtgreven of Van Buren, Ohio. She is a 2010 graduate of Bluffton High


Allen County Visionaries honor Jim Reber, Hary Shutt

The Allen County Visionaries presented the prestigious Visionary of the Year Awards at their annual dinner Thursday night.  These awards are given to members of the Visionaries and members of the community who have worked to promote economic development and the betterment of our community.  All proceeds from the dinner go to fund economic development efforts in Allen County.

The Visionary of the Year Award was Jim Reber.  Reber is President/CEO of Health Innovations Ohio.  He retired as President/CEO of St. Rita's Health Partners in 2012 after 24 years with the hospital. 


Bluffton HS Whiz Quiz team will be on Channel 44

Champions have been crowned in the TV-44 Whiz Quiz Tournament with Van Wert and St. Marys claiming top title in each respective tournament bracket. The annual televised event included 30 high school quiz teams, divided evenly  into two different brackets, each bracket with three days of competition until crowning a champion.


Meet the BHS class of '49 ... 65 years later

Members of the Bluffton High School graduating class of 1949 recently got together for a 65th class reunion.

Front from left, Treva Althaus Stratton, Anita Althaus Huber, Sue Kempf Groves, Darlyn Garmatter Sommers and Marilyn Moore Hart.

Standing from left, Sara Bracy McCune, Marlene Berry Baumgartner, Ray Wilch, William Burcky, Dean Sommers, Beatrice Leiber Parcell and Colletta Badertscher Mullenhour.


Bluffton Lions screen 235 area children for eye defects

Bluffton Lions member Ed Yeager works with a young student during a Lions Club eye screening.

During the last week of September Bluffton Lions Club members screened 235 local children, with parental consent, using the Sure Sight auto refractor. 

A vision screening takes place to separate those with and without possible vision problems. Vision screening results may indicate a potential need for further assessment.


Sheryl and Bob Schirmer in cast of Findlay Light Opera Co., Gilbert & Sullivan's "Patience"

The Findlay Light Opera Company will end its 2014 season with an upcycled production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s "Patience."

And, two members of the cast are Bluffton residents, Bob and Sheryl Schirmer. Sheryl is featured as Ella, one of the numerous ladies who has fallen for Bunthorne. Bob is featured as the coach of the football team who is tired of dumb luck being the key to his success, and is ready to switch his game plan to win on his own merit. 

More about "Patience"


Bluffton Hospital announces births

The following births were reported to the Bluffton Icon by Bluffton Community  Hospital during July, August, and September:

July 16 -- Collin Andrew Siefker, son of Curtis and Lauren Siefker, McComb.

July 20 -- Brandon Isaiah Minjarez-Storrer, son of Christian Minjarez, Leipsic.

July 22 -- Daniel Ned Schumacher, son of Nathan and Katie Schumacher, Bluffton.

July 22 -- Romel Jacob Wayne Newman, son of Alicia Lee Frankforther, McComb.

July 23 -- Karsen Brantley, son of Jenna Lambert, Columbus Grove.