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May 29, 2015


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Nearly 100 guests at Maple Crest's Pockets and Posies tea

“Pockets and Posies” was the title of the Maple Crest Ladies’ Tea held Mother's Day weekend.  

“Pockets” stood for the pockets found on many aprons, once-upon-a-time, when aprons were needed for everything from carrying in fresh apples from the orchard to wiping ones brow after a day of canning. 

The speaker, Pat Danner, from Fostoria, arrived in her mother’s apron and expounded upon all the ways that the apron had been used. Maple Crest elders and their guests, as well as the servers for the day, also came in aprons, many of which had special significance. 

Blanchard River Watershed Partnership holds June 13 Bluffton Golf Club scramble

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership (BRWP) is hosting Little Riley Creek golf scramble Saturday, June 13, at the Bluffton Golf Club, according to Phil Martin, watershed coordinator.

The four-person scramble starts at 9 a.m., rain or shine. There are first, second and third place team prizes, certain hole prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Registration is $60 per person ($54 for a BRWP member), which includes 18 holes of golf, cart and food coupon.

Sponsorships opportunities are available from $100 and up. The scramble is open to golfers 18 and older.


Burkholder and Sneary SHANNON scholarship winners

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton announces the winners of its “Service To Humanity” Scholarship Awards.  

The winners are Bluffton High School seniors Emma Burkholder and Olivia Sneary.  Emma is the daughter of Steve and Laurel Burkholder, and Olivia is the daughter of Dan Sneary and Cyndee Sneary.

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club (Sharing Hopes And Nourishing Needs Of Neighbors) is an entirely local Bluffton volunteer organization that strives to make the Bluffton area a better place by serving its youth, its elderly, and its needy.


BHS music awards...and the winner is...

Outstanding music awards to Bluffton High School seniors were presented earlier this month. Here's the list of award winners, provided by David Sycks and Kara Zink:


99 basketball seasons ago

Can you believe it? Ninty-nine sports seasons ago.

There was no Western Buckeye League and the Northwest Conference was two generations in the distance.

Here's the Bluffton High School boys' basketball team from 1915-1916. We know the uniforms were red and white, but this team was not yet called Pirates. That would happen about 13 season later.

Don Schmidt provided this photo to the Icon.

Open the photo to view the player names and to enlarge the photo.

That's one high flying flag. How did it get there?


Persons attending Bluffton's Memorial Day service at Maple Grove Cemetery couldn't help but miss Bluffton's tallest-ever flying American flag.

Here's a close-up view. Check the photo below for the long view to better understand the height of this red, white and blue symbol.

How did it get there?

Bluffton resident Navy Reservist Nathan Ulrey of Arbor Elite LCC Trimming Service was the  mastermind behind the flag display.


Here's what's happening in Bluffton in June

Lots of events take place in Bluffton during June. Here's the Icon's list of events of interest, open to the public.

• Farmers’ Market, Citizens National Bank parking lot - Saturdays, 8:30 - noon
• BFR adventure camps – June 2, 4, 9, 11, 18, 23, 25, 30


Vera Brien was retired from Lugibihl Auto and Truck Sales,

Vera L. Brien, 89 of Bluffton died at 4:25 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Bluffton Mennonite Memorial Home. 

She was born in Columbus, Feb. 25, 1926, to the late James H. and Cleo (Graves) Dyer.  On July 18, 1945, she married Lester Brien and he survives.


Pomp and Circumstance for the 134th annual time: meet the BHS class of 2015

This community's oldest annual tradition, Bluffton High School Commencement, continued on May 23 for the 134th time.

The Bluffton High School class of 2015 received diplomas as did 133 classes before it.

The familiar names of Basinger, Burkholder, Garmatter, Geiger, Huber, Luginbuhl, Neuenschwander, Parkins, Schmutz, Schumacher, Spallinger, Stratton and Zimmerman were joined by Markowski, Thierjung and Zarazua as the 2015 ceremony is now history.

Attached is a list of members of the 2015 graduates plus the future plans of those graduates.


Bluffton HS grad Hannah Chappell-Dick takes third at Division III national championships

Bluffton High School graduate Hannah Chappell-Dick ran a huge PR and finished in third in the 1500m at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships on Saturday in Canton, N.Y.  

She took more than three seconds of her best time, finishing in 4:27.25 on the national stage and within a second of the national champion. Her previous PR, which had been the ODAC record, was 4:30.97. She now has whacked 5.58 seconds off the old ODAC record, set by Roanoke's Carmen Graves at 4:32.83.