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January 25, 2015

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The story of Bluffton PO Box 102

When Tom Benroth retired recently he vacated his storied Bluffton PO box 102. It is now up for rent and if there's a highest bidder the U.S. Postal Service may end in the black this year. For 35 years Benroth's morning mail routine was legendary. He kept the PO box 102 key on the post office narrow lobby ledge above the boxes so that he'd never lose it. Once, upon returning from a one-week vacation we witnessed him reach for the key and it was missing. Turns out he left the key in the PO box lock all weeklong. Nobody touched it. As of Jan. 21 the famous box was still vacant.

Bluffton moves to all-day kindergarten next school year; two-year, half-day program will continue

Next school year Bluffton Exempted Village Schools will implement all-day kindergarten in tandem with the existing two-year, half-day program.

During the Jan. 15 Bluffton school board meeting all-day kindergarten proposal passed by a 3-2 vote. Voting in favor of the plan were Ken Lugibihl, Rene Smith and Jeremy Scoles. Voting against the plan were Wes Klinger and Brad Fruchey.

Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent explained to the Icon, the reasoning for the change, saying that there are many reasons for moving to an all-day format for our students.

BFR invites you to a Friday "Keeping Active" kick-off

BFR Sports and Fitness invites Icon viewers to this winter’s Keeping Active Kick-off from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, according to Carole Enneking.


Keeping Active includes six weeks of free use of the BFR indoor track, free attendance to group fitness classes, free access to recreational activities and free participation in learning session on exercise and nutrition as scheduled.


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And the winner is...PEANUT PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY!

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Co., invited customers to participated in an employee popcorn cook-off held Saturday.

According to Shirley's website the team of Amber and Sean created the winning flavor.

Shirley's is still working on the details, but expect to see Peanut Peanut Butter & Jelly available in the store as a...