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The Icon spotted "CHEER 63" in the Ada school parking lot in September. Look for it in a white Chevy Traverse LTE. Does it belong for a former cheerleader born in 1963? That's our best guess.

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Here's Bluffton University's November events calendar

Here is the arts and events calendar for November at Bluffton University. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Nov. 1 Forum: “Humanizing Martyrdom: ‘Martyrs Mirror’ and the Artwork of Jan Luyken,” Forum by Dr. David Weaver-Zercher, 11 a.m. Yoder Recital Hall
Nov. 1 Forum: “Deficiency: Situational and Generational Poverty in America Explored through Art,” student Forum by Anna Hairston, 11 a.m. Musselman Library Reading Room

Ream folk art display lights set up on Nov. 5; cutouts on Nov. 12

Volunteers needed - contact Lynda Best

Lynda Best of the village cultural affairs committee invites anyone from the community to help setting up the Ream holiday folk art display on the Presbyterian Church lawn.

"We are getting ready to set up the Blaze and could use some help," she said. "The lights go up on the Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the display is set up on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m."

Lunch will be provided to volunteers.

"We can use the help very much if someone can only give us a couple hours we would appreciate it," she said. Contac Best 419-296-2790.

Fall festival at Bethel UMC, Mt. Cory, on Sunday

Chicken barbecue and trunk or treat on Oct. 29

On Sunday Oct. 23, , the Mount Cory United Methodist Church will hold a fall festival, open to the public, at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 201
W. Washington St., Mount Cory.

The festival is from 1 to 4 p.m. and includes  games, Romick train rides prizes, petting zoo, friendly clowns and much more.

Chicken barbecue Oct. 29
A chicken barbecue will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
at the Bethel Family Life Center.  Meals are $8 and include, one-half chicken,
au gratin potatoes, applesauce, roll and dessert. 


The three sides of Joan Bauman

Missionary, teacher, businesswoman

We knew three sides of Joan Bauman:
• teacher at Cory-Rawson for 30 years
• owner of a Bluffton bed and breakfast
• a person with an international view

For those 30 school years at Cory-Rawson, students knew “Mrs. Bauman” as the teacher whose room was in the top right corner of the old Rawson school.

As a third grade teacher, former students describe her in glowing terms:

“my all-time favorite teacher,” “phenomenal,” “a teacher with a big heart,” and “larger than life.”


Power pole at high school explodes

Center of Bluffton without power this morning

It was the sound of three “booms” and then the lights went out, at approximately 9 a.m.


A center section of Bluffton is without electrical power this morning. The outage covers the area between Main, Grove, Lawn and Elm. The two largest areas affected are all businesses on the west side of Main Street and the Bluffton elementary, middle and high school.

The stoplight at the intersection of Main and Cherry is also out of power.

Unseasonably warm, but who is complaining?

Temperatures in the past week have been unseasonably warm, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

In the past seven days the “lowest” high degree was 61 on Oct. 13.

Meanwhile, the lowest temperature seemed more seasonable at 42 on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15.

The attachment to this story lists daily weather temperatures so far in October.

Watershed group annual meeting Nov. 10

The annual meeting of the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership (BRWP) is Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Hancock Ag. Center, 7868 County Road 140, Findlay.

A continental breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. with the meeting portion starting at 7:30 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 9 a.m. A RSVP is required for breakfast only; please respond to brwp1237@gmail.com or call Phil Martin, Watershed Coordinator at 419.422.6487.

Volleyball goes to 6-0 in HCAC

October 19, 2016
By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant


Anderson trips up Men's Soccer 3-0

October 19, 2016


BLUFFTON, Ohio - Anderson University netted a goal in minute 17 and added a pair of unassisted goals in the second half en route to a 3-0 shutout of the Bluffton University men's soccer team on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The Beavers fell to 3-12 overall and 0-6 in the Heartland Conference, while Anderson improved to 8-7 and 2-4 in the HCAC.

2016 - the year of soccer for BHS in the NWC

Both teams win conference crowns; Antony Kingsley boys' player of the year; Steve Smucker, boys' coach of the year

2016 is Bluffton High School’ year for soccer in the Northwest Conference. Both boys’ and girls’ team won NWC titles and finished unbeaten in conference play. And, the all-Northwest Conference teams are loaded with Pirates.

Boys’ soccer

Senior Antony Kingsley, was named the 2016 boys’ soccer Northwest Conference Player of The Year and boys’ coach Steve Smucker was named Coach of the Year.

Kingsley was a unanimous selection as player of the year in a vote where coaches could not vote for their own players.