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October 21, 2016


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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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Beaverdam Veterans Memorial dedication on Nov. 12

Committee has over two years of work on the project

A dedication is planned at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, for the Veterans Memorial in Beaverdam, according to Gary Crawfis, member of the memorial planning committee.

Speakers on Nov. 12 are, David Jackson, U.S. Navy veteran and First Vice Commander of the Ohio American Legion; Dan Kirkpatrick, U.S. Air Force retired and Mayor of Fairborn; and Roberta Beemer, Mayor of Beaverdam. 

The Bluffton American Legion Post 382, Bluffton Boy Scouts and Beaverdam Bunch 4-H Club members will help with the ceremonies.  A lunch will follow the dedication.


Your invitation to join a Bluffton tour group to London, Paris and the Alps

First group information meeting is Oct. 19

Bluffton High School teachers Vickie Garmon and Brigette Hoff will lead a trip to London, Paris and the Alps and invite community members to participate.

The community is invited along with students entering the 9th grade and above as of 2018.  The trip will take place in June of 2018. 

"We will be having our first meeting Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in Bluffton High School  Please enter the College Street doors and go up the stairs to Room 303," said Garmon. "We lead a trip to Italy and Greece in June of this year.  Here is a group photo of our trip."


A win at Delphos will give BHS girls' outright NWC soccer title

Bluffton hosted Crestview Monday for the Lady Pirates' Senior Night.  The home team came away with the win 12-0, with goals by Senior Captain Abbie Parkins (3), Senior Katie Burkholder, Senior Sarah Theisen, Freshman Kayla White (2), Junior Kelli Leugers, Freshman Brinkley Garmatter (2), Senior Captain Sydney Staton, and Senior Jayme Siefer (on a penalty kick).

The Lady Pirates improve their record to 10-4-1 overall, and 5-0 in the Northwest Conference.


Vestige, photo exhibit next show at Sauder Visual Arts Center

Focus on western Norway

Vestige, a photography exhibit by Emily Jay, will open Oct. 24 in Bluffton University’s Grace Albrecht Gallery, located in the Sauder Visual Arts Center.
Vestige explores how we leave fragments of ourselves in the places we reside, and how those places take root within us. Created over the summer of 2016 while Jay was an artist in residence at Kunstnarhuset Messen, in western Norway, this show examines how we demarcate the past from the present within ourselves, through an envisioning of how that demarcation is mirrored on a landscape.

Hospital asks patients to enter from Emergency Department

Except those receiving physical therapy

All patients entering Bluffton Hospital, except those receiving physical therapy, should now enter through the Emergency Department entrance. The Garau Street entrance should only be used for those with physical therapy appointments.

Apollo salon and spa, floral design shop, Garden Cafe now open

Bluffton HS students involved in these program

Apollo Career Center Students Offer Services to the Community
The Apollo Cosmetology Salon and Spa will open Wednesday, Oct. 12.  The Salon is open 8 to 10:45 a.m.  Services offered include color, cut, styling, perms, manicures pedicures and artificial nails. The Apollo Spa is open 11:40 a.m.- 2:25 p.m. Call 419.998.2901 to set up an appointment for all services. Appointments will be available Wednesday-Friday.

Boys' soccer: Pirates earn 10th shutout of the season

Luke Young's goal enough to stop Kalida

On a perfect soccer evening Kalida hosted Bluffton for a non-conference boys' high schoolsocc er match. The Pirates recorded their 10th shut-out of the season, beating the Wildcats 1-0.
Luke Young had the sole score of the game, poking the ball in the net at the 25th  minute, after a long build-up by the Pirates.
On the evening Bluffton took 10 shots on goal hitting the bar or the post three times. Kalida had two shots on goal.
Brayden Recker, the Wildcat keeper had four saves; the Pirates goalie, Levi Smith had two saves.


87-year-old Pandora man LifeFlighted to Toledo

On Monday, Oct. 10, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported that the office was dispatched to 13528 Road 4-M near Pandora due to an “unknown medical condition.”

Pandora EMS, the Pandora Fire Department and Putnam County EMS also assisted at the scene.

As deputies arrived at the scene, they found Frank Paul Taschler, 87, had suffered third degree burns over approximately 45 to 50 percent of his body.


Memorial service for David E. Burkholder Oct. 11

BRADENTON, Fla. — David Eugene Burkholder, 76, died August 20, 2016, at Rudy's Agape House in Bradenton, Florida, where he was lovingly cared for by familiar staff as he battled with Alzheimer's Disease.


Drive Time Driving Instruction offers Oct. 30 to Nov. 5 class

Between fall and winter sport seasons

Drive Time Driving Instruction, Bluffton, will offer a "Get 'r Done" class from Sunday, Oct. 30, to Saturday, Nov. 5.

Classes are held daily Sunday through Thursday evening and Saturday morning  between fall and winter sport seasons.

Bluffton and Findlay
Sunday, Oct. 30, 5:15-9:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 5-9:15 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Sign up today. Space is limited and these classes fill up quickly.