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October 27, 2021

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The Blaze can't happen without volunteers

Bluffton is a community of volunteers. Just ask Bev Amstutz. She chairs the Bluffton Cultural Affairs Committee, which is involved in placing the Ream Holiday Folk Art Display on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn each year.

We asked Bev to share with Icon viewers what it takes to put the Ream display in place and keep it in tip-top condition. We never dreamed her list would be this lengthy.

For starters, members of the Bluffton Cultural Affairs Committe include, Bev Amstutz, Jeannie Ream, Linda Best, Chris Akerman and Jerry Burkholder.


BCDC artist Tessah Kitchen

Bluffton Child Development Center pre-kindergarten student Tessah Kitchen shares a recent art work she created with Icon viewers. She is the daughter of Meghan Adams and Shannon Kitchen.


You turkey!

Garrett Habegger

How many ways can you dress a turkey? Bluffton fourth graders offer several options just in time for Thanksgiving. The fourth grade tradition of creating Thanksgiving turkeys goes back many years. Go to the Icon photo gallery to see more turkeys. This one is the creation of Garrett Habegger. Your turn to cut the deck.


Elementary November students of month

Students of the month at the Bluffton Elementary for November were recently announced.

They follow:

First grade

Skylar Liddick, Laykin Garmatter, Elizabeth Bourassa, Olivia Barnes

Second grade

Duncan Scott, Sumner Kibele, Jared Piercefield, Brinkly Garmatter

Third grade

Luke Young, Kaityln Clymer, Isaac Strahan, Ashley Eachus

Fourth grade

Braeden Edwards, Justin Haggard, Nash White


Kelsea Kiene student of the month

Kelsea Kiene

Kelsea Kiene is the Bluffton High School student of the month for October.

The senior at BHS plans to attend Ohio State University next fall and pursue business. She is a member of the BHS math club, participates on the girls' tennis team, has received an outstanding leadership award and carries a 4.563 grade point average.

She is the daughter of Deb and joe Kiene, 8410 Hillville Road, Bluffton.