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June 24, 2018

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Bike rodeo at Buckeye Saturday AM

Bluffton police department, Bike Crazy and Bluffton Pediatrics will host a bike rodeo for youth this weekend.

The rodeo, open to youth kindergarten through fourth grade, takes place from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 30, at the Buckeye park.

Free helmets will be provided to youth who do not have them. Watch the Icon for more details.


University dedicates Moyer Nature Center

It will will enhance the usability of the Nature Preserve for field study in sciences, programming for recreational leadership, and environmental and sustainability education for the public


Bluffton University officials, trustees and alumna Harriett (Burkhart x52) Moyer recently celebrated the construction of the Moyer Nature Center, an 1,800-square-foot building at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.  

Located near the main entrance of the 160-acre nature preserve, the facility features program space for midsize groups supported by municipal water and fully-accessible restroom facilities. 

The facility will enhance the usability of the Bluffton University Nature

Two residents on university's OMP dean's list

Local students named to Bluffton’s OMP dean’s list

Bluffton University has announced the dean’s list for the Organizational Management Program (OMP) for the spring term.

Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 based on 20 semester hours received dean’s list with distinction for continued high achievement.

OMP students from your area named to the dean’s list with distinction are:
• Traci Heinze, Bluffton
• Grant Warner, Bluffton

County Line Church of the Brethren VBS July 22-26

County Line Church of the Brethren, 4227 N. Hardin Road, Ada, will hold its Vacation Bible School from Sunday to Thursday, July 22 to 26.

The VBS theme is "Discover your strength in God!" VBS is for youth ages 3 to sixth grade and takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening.

For more info, call 419-649-5364 or email office@countylinecob.com
Pre-register at: https://hc.cokesburyvbs.com/countylinecob


Former Bluffton resident speaker at Mennonite Healthcare gathering

Bill Swartley will present "A Pacifist in a War Zone" on Saturday

Former Bluffton resident Bill Swartley will present “A Pacifist in a War Zone,” at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 23, during the Mennonite Healthcare annual gathering at Bluffton University. His talk is free and open to the public.

Swartley will speak about his experiences as a nurse anesthetist in a forward surgical hospital near Mosul, Iraq, in 2017, while working with the relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse.

Included will be a review of the religious and political environment, images of the facilities, and stories of patients who presented for care.

Thomas Bowman graduated from Cory-Rawson

Thomas E. Bowman, 66 died on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 9:50 a.m. at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.

He was born on April 3, 1952, in Bluffton, Ohio to William Lloyd E. and Hazel Marie (Smith) Bowman who preceded him in death. Thomas had married Barbara Weber, and she is deceased. He later married Phyllis Morrison Strawser who also preceded him in death.

Thomas was a truck driver and attended the Riley Creek Baptist Church as a child. He was a 1970 graduate of Cory-Rawson High School.