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October 20, 2021

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Send a birthday card to Kathleen Mikkelsen

Kathleen Mikkelsen will celebrate her 104th birthday on July 3.

Cards may be sent to: 
Kathleen Mikkelsen 
410 W Elm Street
Apartment 305
Bluffton Ohio 45817


Alven and Marilyn Osting celebrate 69th wedding anniversary

Marilyn Brunn Osting is a 1950 graduate of Bluffton High School

Alven and Marilyn Osting will celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary on July 4. Marilyn (Brunn) graduated from Bluffton High School in 1950.

Alven and Marilyn were married July 4, 1952, at Delphos St. John’s Church in Delphos.

They also will each be celebrating their 90th birthdays later this year. Marilyn was born Oct. 28, 1931, and Alven was born Nov. 15, 1931. They share four boys and one girl, Phil, Jeff, Rob, Chris, and Cheryl.


Dan Luginbuhl receives Angelopoulos Award

Award represents sportsmanship and sponsorship • BHS grad was longtime publicist of Roger Penske's racing team

Bluffton native Dan Luginbuhl is recipient of this year’s Angelo Angelopoulos Award, according to an announcement in Speed Sport magazine.

“Angelo was the sports feature writer at the Indianapolis News, who really loved the 500-Mile Race and the drivers,’ said Luginbuhl. “I’m humbled to be included on the memorial trophy that resides at the Speedway since 1963.”

Luginbuhl was a longtime publicist of Roger Penske’s racing team from its early days in the 1960s until he retired in the early 2000s.

The award represents sportsmanship and sponsorship.


SHANNON Service Club announces 3 BHS scholarship winners

Brenna Kindle, Julia Smallcombe, Nick Jebsen

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton announces the winners of its “Service To Humanity” Scholarship Awards, given to graduating seniors of Bluffton High School. Here are this year's  $800 scholarship winners: 

Brenna Kindle, daughter of David and Nancy Kindle. Brenna will enter the field of Inclusive Early Childhood Education at Bowling Green State University. 


Braylon's toy drive underway

Third year of new toy collection for the Hematology and Oncology floors at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus

Note: The Icon has followed Braylon Simon’s story since 2019. Here’s an update on Braylon’s Toy Drive, now underway. This is Braylon’s story written by his mom.

After a year and a half of doctors, specialists, multiple tests and finally surgery, Braylon was diagnosed with Stage 3 Nodular Lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in April of 2018. He was 7 at the time.

He went through four rounds of chemotherapy and in August, 2018, he was able to ring the bell!


Someone you know is on this honor roll

Final elementary HR of the school year

Here is the Bluffton Elementary School fourth quarter honor roll for the 2020-21 school year.

All A

4th Grade

Colton Aller, Kohen Anderson, Madison Coonfare, Micah DeMarco, Haylie Dircksen, Jack Eiden, Gabriel Foster, Leah Granger, Gabrielle Harris, Gabriella Lewis, Morgan Martini, Elyse Montel, Siren Morris, Kaden Niekamp, Bracyn Oglesbee, Adalynn Rettig, Joseph Richardson-Miller, Carter Steinmetz, Hailey Utendorf, Camron Watson, Cole Weissling

5th Grade