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January 22, 2019

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SHANNON Service Club craft and garage sale Feb. 22-23

S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club's 16th annual craft and garage sale at The Centre at Bluffton, 601 N. Main St. will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m.-Noon. On Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. there will also be a Ted's Market chicken barbecue. Watch for more details coming soon on the Icon.


Next American Red Cross blood drive Jan. 24 at BHS

Open to Bluffton HS students and the public

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Bluffton High School, on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 8:30-2 p.m. 

This blood drive is open to Bluffton High School students and the public. Please enter the Jackson Street doors at the high school. The blood drive is in the new gymnasium.

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “bluffhsoh.”


Rural Ada shark attack

FROM ADA ICON - Annette Coger took this photo of a snow shark from the inside window of her residence south of Ada at the corner of State Route 235 and County Road 60.



A: Minus 13 and 6.7 inches of snow

Q: How cold was it and how much snow did we get?

Minus 13 degrees and 6.7 inches of snow.

Those two facts answer the two questions on most people’s minds in Bluffton today.

Q: How cold was it?
A: Minus 13 early Monday morning

Q: How much snow did we get?
A: 6.7 inches on Saturday

The weather stats are from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

That -13 is 1 degree colder than the coldest temperature reported in 2018. But it doesn’t match  -16 in 2009 or  -19 in 2014. Yet, it is 68 colder than January 2019 high of 55 on Jan. 8.

Great performances at Tiffin

By Bluffton University indoor track team

The Bluffton University track and field team made the trek to Tiffin a day early this week, as the meet was moved up to Friday, Jan. 18, to beat out Winter Storm Harper's arrival and the Beavers responded with great performances.

Highlighting the day for Bluffton was the distance medley relay team of Jennifer Matteson (Guysville/Alexander), Tami Groff (Versailles), Bailie Barrington (Waynesfield/Waynesfield-Goshen) and Alexis Cash (Gaines, Mich./Lake Fenton) who took home a victory after 4000 meters of racing, running a time of 13:28.69, seven seconds in front of Ohio Northern.

A winter storm named Harper

Carla Montgomery shares with the Icon this photo she called "Harper showing you her name-sake snow." The weekend storm was called Harper by the national weather agencies.