October 31, 2014



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Northwest Physical Therapy raises $2,800 to benefit Parkinson's

Northwest Physical Therapy held its Fifth Annual Poker Run 5k October 25th at its Ottawa office, raising $2,800 to benefit the Parkinson Foundation of Northwest Ohio.  Runners and walkers enjoyed door prizes, refreshments and a Halloween costume contest after the race. 

Wanda Dean, owner of NWPT, said "We are so grateful for the support from our sponsors and the community to help raise this money for such a great cause."


Knock, knock...whoooooooo's there? Trick-or-treat night is Thursday

Whether you are a mad scientist (see the photo with this story), simply a scientist, just plain mad, or some other kind of Halloweener, Thursday night is trick-or-treat night in Bluffton. Hours are 6 to 7:30 p.m.

In addition to Bluffton residences, here are some doorbells you’ll want to ring:

Bluffton Icon will take your photo at the library - in cooperation with the Bluffton University Photojournalism 299 class members, the Icon will take photos of all Halloweeners for a Halloween photo exhibit posted on The Icon. 

Kline nets two goals in 3-2 win over MSJ

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University Beavers were powered by a big offensive performance from T.J. Kline (Mogodore/Lake Center) which led them to a 3-2 victory over the Mount St. Joseph Lions on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The Beavers are now 6-12 and 3-5 in HCAC play, while the Lions fell to 4-13-1 and 2-5-1 in the Heartland Conference.

Bluffton Precast Concrete: a huge inferno



A fire of undetermined origin is sweeping through the large Bluffton Precast Concrete Co., building at 8950 North Dixie Highway, south of Bluffton Wednesday afternoon.

It does not appear that anyone is injured.

The Bluffton Fire and EMS was called to the scene around 3:30 p.m. At the time black smoke was billowing hundreds of feet into the air toward Interstate 75.  The smoke was visible from the center of town.

Boedicker to perform at Nov. 4 Prime Timers

Jim Boedicker will perform at Prime Timers November 4 at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora. The event begins at noon and includes dinner. Boedicker's performance will include humorous songs, standards, some serious songs, and trick guitar moves. 

The dinner menu includes turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, mixed green salad with maple dressing, cranberry nut bread, pumpkin pie, and coffee. Donations are accepted.

Port Authority sells Ranger Building

The sale of the Ranger Building at 220 – 224 N. Main St., in downtown Lima was approved Oct. 27 by the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Allen County, according to Marcelyn Boone, chair of the Port Authority Board. 

Sandra J. and James E. Monfort, of 1937 Wendall, Lima, are purchasing the building for $50,000.  The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of the week.


Bluffton University student takes time off to serve in Guatemala

Taking a year off between high school and college isn’t unheard of. But doing it between the first and second year of college probably isn’t as common, and not for the reason that Kelsey Waidelich did.

Waidelich, now a sophomore at Bluffton University, left school last academic year for a six-month service trip to Guatemala.

Wednesday cash mob party offers bowling for 25 cents a game

It's a party at Southgate Lanes and you are invited.

The final Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce cash mob of 2014 is from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Southgate Lanes bowling alley, 9700 Dixie Highway Bluffton.

"This cash mob is a bit different from our previous nine events," said Fred Steiner of the chamber. "It's cash mob year-end party."

MSJ takes down Beavers 1-0 in home finale

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women’s soccer team ended the home portion of their season with a tough 1-0 loss to the Mount St. Joseph University Lions on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. The loss dropped Bluffton to 4-12-1 overall and 1-5-1 in HCAC play, while the Lions improved to 6-11 and 3-5 in the Heartland Conference.

Vie geits! Dust off your Swiss language skills on Nov. 4

"Vie geits! Dasz ish zum eina anderes Fogel singen."

Naturally, you all know that I just now said: "How goes it! There once was yet another bird." (This means that either things are changing or bad weather is approaching.)

Whatever its meaning all Icon viewers - of Swiss descent or otherwise are invited to come speak the Swiss dialect at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Family Room at Maple Crest, Bluffton.