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January 24, 2017


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Free one-on-one tech tutoring at library

Wednesday at the public library - call for an appointment

Bluffton Public Library offers free one-on-one tech tutoring sessions on Wednesdays by appointment.

These sessions happen every other month and cover the basics of navigating laptops, PCs, smart phones, tablets, Microsoft Office, or obtaining eBooks free through the Ohio Digital Library by way of the Overdrive app.

To schedule an appointment in January 2017, stop by the front desk, call 419-358-5016, or email psc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.

Here's this week's free "Keeping Activity" opportunities at BFR

Plus still time to join lots of youth programming classes

Bluffton Family Recreation is in the midst of its winter’s Keeping Active program of free activities.

From Jan. 16 through Feb. 24 BFR offers free fitness, physical activity, nutrition and general wellness events for youth through seniors, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

Here's this week's free programming schedule:

Monday - Jan. 23
• Free class All-Star Workout
8:30-9:30 a.m.
• Free play - MS/HS soccer
3:30-5 p.m.

Tuesday - Jan. 24
• Free walking
5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Council acts on several 2017 contracts on Monday

Second reading of state route bike path through town also on agenda

Bluffton council will act on four pieces of legislation at Monday evening meeting.

Council will:
• consider the second reading of a resolution allow a state bike route through Bluffton.

• consider the first reading of a resolution entering an agreement with Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District for 2017 cooperative park improvement grant funds.

Memorial service for Adan Ortiz on Feb. 4

Jose Adan Ortiz, 70, of Bluffton died Jan. 22, 2017, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.,  Saturday,  Feb. 4, at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.  Arrangements are under the direction of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Funeral arrangement incomplete for Helen Winkler

Helen Winkler, 90, of Bluffton died Jan. 22, 2017 at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Morris Groman and The Riley Creek Fish Incident

Or, how he saved the village $4,000 plus lots of headaches

CLICK HERE for Groman's obituary.

Most Icon viewers aren’t aware that former Bluffton council member Morris Groman once saved the Village of Bluffton $4,000 in federal fines, plus lots and lots of headaches and embarrassments.

Most people think of Morris Groman as a polite, quiet guy, which of course, he was.

He used this persona to get things accomplished and it worked. Here’s an example.


Koenig hits 25 as BHS stops Pandora-Gilboa

Bluffton defeated Pandora-Gilboa in girls' basketball, 57-34. The Pirates were led by Alivia Koenig's 25 points, and today scored her 100th career 3 pointer. The Rockets were led by Brittney Hovest, with 10 points.

Attached you will find the box score


Morris Groman was former Bluffton council member and Lions Citizen of the Year

BHS and Bluffton College graduate was active in several community organizations

Morris Joseph Groman, 87, died Jan. 20, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Bluffton Hospital surrounded by his family and friends after a brief illness with acute myeloid leukemia. 

Morris was born Nov. 7, 1929, in Tiffin to the late Oliver J. and Esther M. (Gromann) Groman.  On July 3, 1955, he married Carol Sammet Groman who survives.

Morris graduated from Bluffton High School in 1947 and from Bluffton College in 1951.  He was an Army veteran, serving as a Petroleum Products Laboratory Technician in Pusan, Korea in 1953. 


Webb and Reese lead Bluffton T&F at Tiffin

January 21, 2017

Results  I  Youngstown State Results

TIFFIN, Ohio - The Bluffton University thinclads traveled to Tiffin University to compete in the Dragon Open invitational. Again this week in a predominately Division 2 and NAIA scholarship-granting field, the Beavers showed their grit.

Second half keys Bluffton women at Franklin

January 21, 2017


FRANKLIN, Ind. - The Bluffton University women's basketball team outscored host Franklin College 40-30 in the second half for a come-from-behind 64-55 win on Saturday, Jan. 21. Franklin fell to 7-9 overall and 5-5 in the Heartland Conference, while Bluffton improved to 14-3 and 8-2 in the HCAC. It marked just the second time (2015-16) in school history that the women have won at the Spurlock Center, but it was the fourth consecutive Bluffton victory over the Grizzlies!