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Do you know this tune?

Matt Suderman, Bluffton High School band member, demonstrates his ability to perform scales without placing his lips on the mouthpiece of his low brass band instrument. Oct. 16 was band member parent night. Suderman is one of the seniors in the band. It was the final home game for the BHS football team, who placed Lima Central Catholic.

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The community that eats together...

Wayne Matter has a good laugh as he fills his plate during the community dinner on Oct. 15.

It was only the second community dinner, but it was nearly a full house. The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association recently launched a twice-a-month community dinner.

The dinners are open to the public for the purpose of food, fellowship and fun. Dinners are from 6 to 6:45 p.m., at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, Main Street.

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Pre-kindergarten artists at Bluffton Child Development Center

Allison Diller is a student in the Pre-Kindergarten class at Bluffton Child Development Center. She shares a pretzel with readers, which she made recently. Allison is the daughter of Jason and Rachel Diller of Bluffton.

Watch for a new student each week in The Icon.

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Kara Gratz receives education honor

Bluffton High School music teacher Kara Gratz o was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High Scool Scholars (NSHSS). A role model to pupils, Gratz was nominated by Amanda Rhonemus, a BHS student, for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom.

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15 minutes with Tish Triplett

Tish Triplett


Tish Triplett is a native of Bluffton now living in Cincinnati. Her mother, Jean Triplett, still lives in Bluffton, and she is the daughter of the late Morris Triplett.

Q. What year did you graduate from Bluffton High School?

A. I graduated from BHS in 1980. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do yet, but I knew I'd be going to college, so I focused on the college prep classes.

Q. What do you remember about school (elementary, middle, high)? What was your favorite cafeteria food? Any favorite teachers?

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Getting to know Bluffton Public Library's new director, Cindi Chasse

Bluffton Public Library's new director, Cindi Chasse

When Cindi Chasse took on the job as director of the Bluffton Public Library, she knew exactly what her biggest challenge would be. Like every other public library in the state of Ohio, the Bluffton library has seen its budget reduced to what Chasse terms a "bare-bones" approach. Yet, when patrons walk in the front door, they'll see a big, welcoming smile on Chasse's face.

Chasse is pleased that she has this "great opportunity to share my passion with others." She's found her staff to be "wonderful," as they've all been remarkably helpful in easing her first month on the job.

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