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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Tree of Remembrance memorial service Sunday

For families and individuals who have lost a loved one

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services will be holding a Tree of Remembrance Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Bluffton Centre, 601 N. Main St.

The memorial service is for families and individuals who have lost a loved one this year or in years past.  The ornaments will be hung on the Christmas Tree and given to families at the end of the service.


Everyone loves the Blaze parade

And this year's was pretty cool! - no pun intended

All photos by Jamie Nygaard
Everyone loves a parade and there's fews as exciting at Bluffton's Blaze parade.

This year's Nov. 26 parade was no exception. Jamie Nygaard captured these parade photos for the Icon. Watch tomorrow's Icon for post-parade photos.

Parade float winners follow:
• First place float: St. Rita's Health Partners
• Second place float: Citizens National Bank
• Third place float: First National Bank

Red Cross blood drive December 15 at First Mennonite

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at First Mennonite Church on  Thursday, Dec. 15 from 1-6 p.m. First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton. Enter by the Jackson Street door. The church is handicapped accessible.

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


Beavers rout OSU-Lima 94-61 in home opener

November 28, 2016
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women’s basketball team welcomed the OSU-Lima Barons for their home opener on Monday, Nov. 28. The Beavers jumped out quickly and never slowed down as they marched to a 94-61 victory for a 4-0 start to the season while OSU-Lima dropped to 2-2.

Here's a chance to support Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

#GivingTuesday participant

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) is joining thousands across the world who promote #GivingTuesday on Tuesday Nov. 29., according to Daren Lee.

Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world.

"We invite you to support MHCO this season and make a gift in memory or honor of an elder who has been an influence in your life," said Lee.

Nativity and angel displays two weekends at Bethel Family Life Center

Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11 in Mt. Cory

A nativity and angel display held at the Bethel Family Life Center, 201 W. Washington St., Mt. Cory, takes place on two weekends in December.

The displays are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11.

Saturday viewings are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday viewings are from 1 to 5 p.m. This year's theme is "Heaven Came Down. Several new displays are part of this year's annual display.


Trinity Lutheran, Jenera, holds three mid-week Advent services

Three Wednesday night Advent services will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera. 

The 7 p.m. services will focus on the “Songs of Christmas.”  On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the theme is the Song of Mary.  The Rausch Sisters will sing “Magnify Him,” based on Mary’s response to her cousin Elizabeth in Luke 1:46-55. 


Mobile Meals needs volunteer drivers

Mobile Meals of Bluffton is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver meals, according to Erin Schroeder, volunteer coordinator at Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio.

"A driver is needed on the second Thursday and another driver is needed on the fourth Wednesday of each month.  Meals are delivered only in the Bluffton community and delivery typically takes 30 minutes," she said.

"Delivering Mobile Meals is a practical, volunteer project that helps people in our community," she added.

Mary Ann Kooker taught private piano lessons in Bluffton

Mary Ann Kooker, 86, died Nov. 27, 2016, at 2:52 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Mary Ann was born June 1, 1930, in Mishawaka, Ind., to the late Harvey and Alma (Hostetler) Nunnemaker.  On June 30, 1951, she married Clarence Kooker who preceded her in death on May 11, 2016.


Still time to enter residential holiday lighting contest

Judging takes place Saturday evening

If you Christmas lights aren't up yet, not to worry. There's still time to enter the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce residential holiday light contest.

Judging takes place Saturday evening, Dec. 3.

Here's what you need to know:
Residents wanting their displays judged must send a request to blufftonchamber@gmail.com. The e-mail request must have the family name and address listed.