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July 23, 2019

Here they come

Bluffton was the bicycle capital of Ohio on Saturday. The fifth annual Bluffton Ride to Remember attracted bikers from across Ohio and beyond. Here's the 8 a.m. mass start. Several bikers started their route earlier in the morning. Neil Hauenstein lead the pack on the high-wheeler. Watch the Icon for more photos all weeklong.

3 Bluffton youth attend National Youth Leadership Forum

Adelyn hopes to go into forensics, Ethan wants to be a scientist and develop medicine and Kennedy would like to be an astronaut

This summer, three Bluffton youngsters received a head-start on their careers.

Adelyn Althaus, Kennedy Longworth and Ethan Smith joined other outstanding elementary students from across Ohio to participate in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience at Bowling Green State University.

The experience was the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM.

Adelyn is the daughter of Andy and Danielle Althaus, Kennedy is the daughter of Kurt and Sabrina Longworth, and Ethan is son of Joe and Liz Smith, all of Bluffton.


National Night Out needs you!

Your invitation to volunteer for a great cause

The 6th annual Bluffton/Pandora National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 6. The evening includes food and snacks, plenty of give-a-ways, fire truck displays and rides, face painting, bounce houses, live music.

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Tractor ride
Wheels...and chrome...and running boards
Don't do this at home
A dressed-up affair
Repetitious exercise
Messing with Mother Nature
Best peanut brittle in Ohio
Summer's end
Meet 13 superior eighth grade scientists
All Aboard to Prom 2012
1-28-10 Jack Earl puts Bill on the Kobzar's lap
Cancellation notices
A word of advice
Eggs waiting to be snatched up

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A mandatory fall sports player/parent meeting for 7th to 12th grade students and a parent takes place in Bluffton High School at 7 p.m, Monday, July 29. Athletes must have up-to-date physicals before they may start practice on Aug. 1.

Four Bluffton swim team seniors were recognized during this past weekend's Western Ohio Aquatic League championships. The entire list of league seniors follows:
Ada Alligators:
Ethan Daniels

After the first day of competition Bluffton Sardines swim team is vying for the lead in the Western Ohio Aquatics League championships

Joy Savage Harris, 2004 Bluffton High School graduate, ran in her first-ever triathalon.

She competed in the Rock Hall Sprint Triathalon held in Silver Spring, Maryland, on June 2.

Her times are in the attachment below.

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton summer swim team swept visiting West Ohio Aquatic League rival Ada on an overcast Monday evening.

Bluffton whipped the Ada boys 473-148, while the girls defeated the Alligator ladies 441-203.

History lesson

Here's the confirmation class at St. John's E & R Church (United Church of Christ) in 1956.

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Hilda M. Young, 89, died July 21, 2019, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. Hilda was born Nov. 23, 1929, in Ada to the late Coy and Mabel (Scoles) Binkley.  On Oct. 15, 1948, she married Edison "Eddie" Young and they were married for 62 years prior to his death on Oct.

Icon viewers are invited to a community picnic hosted by First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, and  Rockport United Methodist Church.

The picnic is at 5 p.m., Sunday, July 28, at the Buckeye park.  Members of the host congregations will bring hot and cold dishes to share.

Wilma J. Sanyi, 83, died July 20, 2019, at her residence. Wilma was born July 19, 1936, in Beaverdam to the late Raymond and LaDonna (Williams) Zimmerman.  On July 24, 1990, she married Julius "Jay" Sanyi who preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 2010.

Yesterday's Top Story

Capital improvements report at mid-year

Four major 2019 projects total cost $1.4 million

At the year’s mid-point, Bluffton council reviewed its 2019 capital improvement budget.

The review took place during the July 8 council meeting. A copy of the budget is at the bottom of this story.

New projects on this year’s budget total $2.6 million. The major projects include:
• $827,341 East Jefferson Street reconstructions
• $113,200 East Jefferson Street water/sewer improvements (from Main to Vance)
• $137,000 Village communications update
• $353,2723 East Jefferson Street water/sewer improvements (from Huber to County Line)

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Poetic License

The Icon spotted this plate - guess where - on a 1970 Cadillac. It was a display plate in the rear window of the vehicle on display at the Ada cruise in on Saturday. Owner is Cheryl Geer of Ada. A very beautiful vehicle.