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January 21, 2019

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Composting: another form of recycling

Part 1 - a chat with local composters

By Liz Gordon-Hancock
This is Part One of a two-part series on composting

Now that the leaves are starting to fall, you can do something other than rake them up, and throw them away: compost them.

Composting is a natural process the breaks down organic materials, such as vegetable scraps or leaves, into nutrient-rich soil.


Gardeners of Bluffton-Pandora plan Nov. 6 potluck

Family and friends are invited to the Gardeners of Bluffton-Pandora  potluck at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The potluck and monthly meeting will be held at the Bluffton Public Library. Shredded chicken sandwiches will be provided; bring a hot and cold dish to share.  

Also that evening, the club is having a seed, bulb or corn exchange. Bring any plant or seeds that you wish to trade, including leftover or unwanted seeds.

If you would like to join the Gardeners of Bluffton-Pandora, please contact Patrick Flinn at 419-358-6766.


They show up one night each year

Halloween brings out the worst/funniest/cutiest/creative in us

Check out our 29 photos with 69 Halloweeners and one dog - at the bottom of this story
Photos by Fred-in-Stein


That action and statement conjures up an assortment of imagines: from cute, funny, and original to something from the Twight Zone. Bluffton saw them all on Thursday.


Janice Shafer of Vance Street Apartments "Bluffton's sweetest person"

Her entry was picked from the Icon's "Sweetest Day" contest

Janice Shafer, resident of Vance Street Apartments, Bluffton, is the winner of the Bluffton Icon "Sweetest Day" contest. Her entry was selected as the winner of all persons nominated for the award.

She was nominated by her neice Kim Robinette, who says, "She truly is the sweetest." Janice received a large bouquet of flowers from the Icon.

There are many other "sweet" people in the Icon viewership area. The following persons were also nominated by viewers (sorry, we couldn't give a bouquet to everyone on the list):

Debbie Mohr

Jen Baumgartner


Lima Rotarians meet Dr. Jane Wood

Shared with them a vision of the university's future

Dr. Jane Wood, Bluffton University president, shared a vision for the university’s future and told about graduate success during her address at Monday’s Lima Rotary Club meeting at the Civic Center.

Focusing on three “momentum makers,” Dr. Wood shared areas involving academics, student engagement and athletics with the Lima audience.

“Over the next 12 to 18 months we will highlight these three areas as what we believe makes us stand out,” she said, based upon a summer planning retreat with the university cabinet.


A soccer goal heard "around the town"

Dr. Mark Yoder shares this series of photos with Icon viewers

Dr. Mark Yoder took this series of photos of Jackson Steinmetz scoring a goal at the 40-minute mark in Wednesday’s BHS boys’ soccer tournament game against Lincolnview. Luke Young provided the goal assist.

Bluffton won the game 5-0 to advance to district play versus Continental at Kalida on Wednesday, Oct. 24, with a 5 p.m. kickoff.