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November 26, 2015

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Bluffton Community Assistance Program has families to adopt for Christmas

The Bluffton Community Assistance Program is busy at this time of year. Here’s a chat the Icon had with Jamie Crawfis, who directs the  program's food pantry.

Jamie, what does the food pantry do for clients during Thanksgiving?

We have Thanksgiving dinners coming from the Bluffton University nutrition students. Those dinners were delivered on Nov. 21.

We also give gift cards so that our clients can buy either a turkey or ham and some other items to make a Thanksgiving dinner.

Put your display on the map - and enter the Bluffton residential lighting contest

Here's two important announcements from the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce to Bluffton residents with holiday lawn displays.

Blanchard River Watershed Partnership holds annual meeting

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership (BRWP) held their annual meeting on November 18, 2015 at the Hancock Agricultural Center. After a short business meeting, Ryan Sendelbach, Hancock Health Department, Jeff Giesige and Curt Tobe, Putnam SWCD, and Jason Phillips, Village of Ottawa, presented short talks on how important the BRWP is to their agency or village.

Specials for November 24-28 at Jeanne's Kitchen

Specials for November 24-28:

*Minestrone Soup
*Chicken Pesto Melt
*Stacked Ham

*Stuffed Pepper Soup
*Perch Platter
*Michael's Special Burger

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


*Blaze of Lights*
We will be open for the Blaze of Lights from 4:30-7 p.m. We will be serving hot drinks,
Pete's Homemade Chili, Italian Sausage with peppers & onion, and Hot Dogs.
We hope you will join us!

Recker named Heartland Player of the Week

November 23, 2015

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton senior Thayne Recker (Arlington) helped the Beavers go 2-1 to open the season and he has been named the Heartland Conference Player of the Week. He picked up where he left off last season when Recker was a three-time HCAC Player of the Week en route to being named First Team All-Heartland Conference. 

Smart Pirates: BHS athletes excel on the playing field and in the classroom

Many Bluffton High School athletes excel on the sports field and in the classroom.

Jim Raabe, Northwest Conference commissioner, has released the list of NWC scholar athletes for the fall season.

Scholar athletes are determined as follows:

•  Must be a letter winner in their sport.
•  Gold level -- GPA of 3.5 or higher during the season of their sport.
•  Silver level -- GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 during the season of their sport.

Bluffton's list is below. In addition, an entire NWC list in attached.


A walk through Town and Country's Winter Wonderland

Tiny tots with their eye all aglow will find it hard to sleep tonight.

One of our favorite Bluffton stores to visit during the Christmas season is Town and Country Flowers, 121 S. Main St.

Connie Kruse and her staff put together one of the most interested holiday decorated stores anywhere.

The Icon recently visited Town and Country and took our video camera long.

Here’s what we recorded (watch the video below – better still – visit the floral shop to see it for yourself.


Ever hear of the Master Feed Mill? Do you know its location?

Can you imagine? 

Once upon a time the parking spaces behind Common Grounds all the way to the library didn't exist.

You are looking at the remains of what was the Master Feed Mill that serviced farmers in the Bluffton area for many decades. It is located directly behind Common Grounds.

Note the white barn in the photo. That's no longer there either. It's now part of the Riley View Apartments.

Also examine the curbing. That's not there today.

Do you like tic-tac-toe? Here's a new way to think about the game

Put on your  math thinking caps.

The Icon invited Chris Leuthold, adjunct math instructor at Bluffton University, to provide The Icon with some math puzzles.

We want to assist our viewers with ways to survive the long, dark winter nights. Chris rates  the level of difficulty  in his quizzes from 1 to 4, with 4 being the toughest.

He rates this week's quiz as a 1.

Here's the first:


Amy Warren presents senior voice and piano recital Nov. 29

Amy Warren will present a senior voice and piano recital at the Bluffton Middle School at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 29. Krysti Schey is here accompanist.

The recital includes works by Bach, Mozart, Purcell and Chopin among others.

Amy has participated in many instrumental groups, including Bluffton High School’s concert band, marching band, pep band, and jazz band, where she played the flute, piccolo, keyboard, and piano.