A peek of fall color

There is a decided chill in the air this morning, September 30, and glimpses of fall color in Bluffton. Photo by Levi Sutkay.

Forum presentation considers the civil rights movement, past and present

By Paula Scott

Dr. Todd Allen, vice-president for diversity affairs at Messiah University in Pennsylvania, appeared in Bluffton University’s Forum series on September 27 with a program titled “On the Road to Freedom: Moving the Race Conversation Forward.”

Allen was there, in part, to pitch a May 2023 travel opportunity for Bluffton students that includes a three-week, charter-bus tour of key civil rights destinations such as the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, the Whitney Plantation near New Orleans and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson.

Before the presentation, Allen told the Icon that he would explore how civil rights tourism can be “a vehicle for advancing conversations about race and justice and reconciliation.” Through The Common Ground Project he has led such tours for 21 years. “It’s a chance to engage this living history in a way that often isn’t done in our classrooms. It has great relevance for what we’re experiencing as a nation today.”

October recognized as first annual Ohio School Safety Month

COLUMBUS, Ohio—October 1 marks the start of Ohio’s first annual Ohio School Safety Month.

The Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) developed the theme "Know School Safety, Know Your Role – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility" for October's activities. 

“Students, staff, parents, and guardians all have an important role in promoting school safety by following safety procedures and reporting concerns,” said Emily Torok, OSSC Executive Director. “It is important to balance sufficient building security with a healthy, nurturing school environment that reassures students that although there is a possibility of violence occurring at school, the probability of a school experiencing a high-profile violent act is extremely low.”

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Beatrice “Elinor” Burkholder, 89, passed away September 30, 2022, at 6:04 p.m. in Findlay.

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By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton High School volleyball team was swept at defending three-time league champion Lincolnview in a Northwest Conference match Thursday evening, September 29.

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October 2022 at BPL: Art, authors, living, health, history, music, etc.

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Take the weekend to look over what's coming up at the Bluffton Public Library in October. The attached calendar shows just how many opportunities there are to enjoy programs for all ages. (R) indicates that registration is required.

Special one time only events include:

October 17 - Fred Steiner presents (R)

October 25 - Coming of Age in the 1950s & 60s with Barbara Lockhard (R)

October 27 - Friends of the Library Tea (R) ($)

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