November 25, 2014


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Poet was guest author at university English Festival

Poet Martín Espada, an English professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, was guest author at the 31st annual Bluffton University English Festival on November 13. 

Bluffton University music department to host holiday concert

Bluffton University’s music department will host a holiday instrumental concert featuring the Bluffton Concert Band and chamber ensembles at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Including a variety of holiday music, including carols, the concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Roy Couch, assistant professor of music, conducts the Concert Band and coaches a performing brass quintet. Dr. Adam Schattschneider, professor of music, coaches a saxophone ensemble that will also perform, and directs a flute ensemble that will provide pre-concert music in the lobby.

"Making sense of vocation" focus of Nov. 25 forum

Shari Ayers, director of Bluffton University’s Center for Career and Vocation, will address “The WORK of Gratitude: Making Sense of Vocation in a Complex World” in a Bluffton forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, in Yoder Recital Hall. The program is free and open to the public.

BHS fall athletes excel on and off the field - here's the scholar athletes

Bluffton High School athletes excelled on the playing field and in the classrooom this fall. Here is the list of Bluffton athletes who were named scholar athletes by the Northwest Conference.

The criteria for gaining scholar athlete recognition by the conference is as follows:

Gold Level: Varsity letter earned in the sport and a grading period GPA of 3.5 or above
Silver Level: Varsity letter earned in the sport and a grading period GPA of 3.00 to 3.49  


40 years later Bluffton peanut brittle just as popular as ever

A 40-year Bluffton tradition continues this month at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.

That tradition is "making peanut brittle."

Here's some information that Toyna Meyers, center director, shared with the Icon about the process: 

Ada woman killed, Ada man injured in SR 81 accident this morning

Carla M. Dysert, 56, of Ada, was killed in a two-vehicle accident this morning at 8:42 a.m. on State Route 81 in Allen County, according to a report from the Allen County Sheriff’s office.
James R. Britt, 30, of Ada, was injured in the crash.

According to the sheriff’s report, the crash occurred when Britt, heading eastbound on Ohio State Route 81, lost control of his 1994 Mazda and went over the center line and into the path of Dysert’s 2004 Buick SUV, which was headed west.

Following the crash Britt was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Dorothy Skelly

Dorothy Skelly, 95 of Bluffton died November 16, 2014 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


NPR Morning Edition host at Jeanne's Kitchen Nov. 26 for book signing and presentation

David Greene, host of the National Public Radio program Morning Edition, will be at Jeanne's Kitchen for a book signing and presentation from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26.

Greene will speak about his train journey into the heart of Russia and his book Midnight In Siberia, which is currently on the New York Times best seller list. Copies of the book will be for sale.

Jeanne's Kitchen is located at 112 Vine Street, Bluffton, Ohio. Call Jeanne Previte at 419-234-8650 if you have questions.

Bluffton Legion commemorates Veterans' Day

On Veterans' Day, members of Bluffton American Legion Post 382 attended services at Bluffton Elementary School, Cory-Rawson School, Richland Manor, Mennonite Memorial Home and Maple Crest.

Ed Amstutz is shown presenting an American flag to just one of the many veterans at Maple Crest. Flags were passed out to all veterans at all the services.

At the Bluffton Elementary School, Larry Core and Tom and Cheryl Craig demonstrated to the 4th grade class the proper way to show a flag and how to fold the flag. Mrs. Craig told the students what each fold of the flag meant.


Roy & Marcia Armes announced as benefactors of new cancer care center

Roy and Marcia Armes have been announced as lead donors of the new Blanchard Valley Health System Cancer Care Center, which will be named the Armes Family Cancer Care Center in their honor. The announcement of the gift, a donation of $1 million, was made at the Cancer Care Center groundbreaking held Friday, November 14 on the site of the new center, 15990 Medical Drive South, Findlay.