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May 30, 2020

Subdued last day of school

Bluffton's 2019-20 school year concluded on Friday. Instead of the elementary photo gallery of hugs and students cheering in the hallways, it was pretty subdued. A line of vehicles awaited in turn as students dropped off books and supplies and picked up personal items.

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Do you hear a loud cheer?

Et Cetera Shop reopens with limited hours and customer guidelines

One of Bluffton's favorite Main Street shops – Et Cetera, 327 N. Main St. – has reopened, according to Chrissy Lugibihl, manager.

The store is limiting donations hours through the end of June, to evaluate its inventory. Current donation times are Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New hours through the end of June:
Mondays 1-5 p.m.
Wednesdays 1-5 p.m.
Fridays 1-5 p.m.

And, here's another cheer on the way

Bluffton Family Recreation opens its doors - here's what you need to know

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Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, has reopened its doors to members. Daniel Tinch, BFR executive director provided the Icon with the following guidesllines and summer scheduling:

This summer we are offering a more limited group exercise schedule. TRX and Weight Lifting 101 are limited to five participants per class in order to maintain social distancing and the safety protocols put in place for gyms. Register on the BFR website or call BFR at 419-358-4150.

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FROM ADA ICON - Isaac Spar of Ada High School and Trey Jefferies of Kenton High School are each recipients of a $500 scholarship from the Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame.

During its May meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to expand the OHSAA football playoffs from eight schools per region to 12 beginning in the 2021 season.

The University of Dayton Arena will host the Ohio High School Athletic Association girls basketball state tournament for the next three years, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass announced Tuesday.

 The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference will host a live Zoom session with former professional sports executive turned Mental Health Advocate, Eric Kussin on Tuesday, May 5, from 6-8 p.m.

Icon sports writer Cort Reynolds' latest SB Nation celticsblog.com article was published this week. 

The article reviews NBA TV's recent "Film Room" showing of the epic Game 7 in the 1987 Eastern Finals vs. Detroit.

History lesson

Here is a group of young women in Bluffton taken in 1906.

From left, Hulda Schaublin, Clara Wilson, Verba Ronston...

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Robert D. (Bob) Bowersox, 93, of Bluffton, formerly of Mt. Cory, died Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Mennonite Home in Bluffton. 

FROM ADA ICON - Evelyn R. “Myrtle” Krofft, 95, died on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 1:35 p.m. at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

The Village of Bluffton announced its plan in making the switch of new trash and recycle carts from Republic to Reumpke. The details follow: 
• New trash and recycle carts from Rumpke are being delivered next week
 (June 1 to 5)

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Here are school plans for 2020-21

Following directions from Ohio Department of Education and Allen County Health Department

Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent, provided the following letter to parents and students concerning plans for next school year. It is also posted on the school website.

We are excited to have students back in the building next fall - distance learning options are also available

First, I want to thank you for your understanding and patience as we moved to an online platform this spring. 

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