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November 13, 2018

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Two Beavers all-HCAC volleyball first team

For the 11th straight season the Bluffton University volleyball team had at least two Beavers named First Team All-Heartland Conference when the post-season awards were doled out. Seniors Bethany Martini (Pickerington/North) and Erin Weisgarber (Bolivar/Tuscarawas Valley) showed out with first team honors following Bluffton's sixth straight trip to the Heartland Conference semi-finals. Also recognized by the Heartland Conference coaches was Brooke Kleman (Ottawa/Ottawa-Glandorf) who secured Honorable Mention All-HCAC while being named to the All-Freshman Team.

University choirs in concert at Grace Mennonite Nov. 16

Bluffton University choirs, University Chorale and Camerata Singers, will hold a concert at Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.
The choirs, under the leadership of newly appointed director of choral activities Dr. Bo Young Kang, will perform a wide selection of music from the sacred Cantate Domino by Giuseppe Pitoni to the traditional American folk song “Cool of the Day” arranged by John Ratledge to the beautiful sounds of “Oh My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose” by Rene’ Clausen.
The community is invited to this free event.

59 degree temperature spread in October

The high reading was 87 - low was 28

October’s temperature extremes were – extreme. The month’s high was 87 on Oct. 6 and Oct. 8. The low was 28 on Oct. 25, representing a 59-degree spread.

Pandora weather observer Guy Verhoff, provided the Icon with the month’s weather statistics.

The 2018 October average temperature was 54.0 degrees, compared to the normal average of 52.5 degrees.

This year’s October’s precipitation was 3.71 inches, compared to the normal average precipitation of 2.68 inches.

The daily weather summary for October follows in the attachment.

Thursday ribbon cutting for Bluffton's newest business

Dan and Betsy Lee open Board and Brush in former Mustard Seed Cafe

A ribbon-cutting for Bluffton newest business, Board and Brush, takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, according to owners Dan and Betsy Lee.

The Lee's open their business in the former Mustard Seed Cafe, 562 N. Main St. Bluffton.

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will handle the ribbon cuting.

"You are invited to enjoy some goodies, demonstrations and giveaways," said the Lees. "Board and Brush will have swag bags for the first 50 attendees and one person will win a VIP party for 10."


15 minutes with Bluffton's man-about-town

Charles Hilty celebrates birthday number 84

Bluffton’s man-about-town Charles Hilty blew out 84 candles on election day, Nov. 6.

To hear him tell it, his birth was an American political omen.  After considering the following, you may have to agree.

“I was born 15 minutes before the 1934 mid-term polls opened,” he says. “My birth marked the very bottom of the Great Depression for the Republican Party.”

Adding that when born there were only 88 Republicans among the 432 members of Congress (48 states in 1934), representing the largest-ever congressional majority for the Democrats in U.S. history.

New Leaf Christmas open house on Saturday

New Leaf Garden Center, 0395 State Route 235, Ada, will hold a Christmas open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The event includes house specials, refreshments and door prizes. Look at the attachment below for additional open house details.