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By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant

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Over 100 buttons hand-sewn on this headboard

Dan Garver of Fine Touch Furniture and Upholstery, Ada, displays a king size diamond tufted handcrafted headboard, recently upholstered by the firm.

Over 100 buttons are in this headboard. Each button was hand sewn. Fine Touch Furniture and Upholstery is located at 153 N. Johnson St.


Bluffton's favorite fall event is Saturday

Events at Maple Crest, MMH, Swiss Homestead, BFR, Hospital, Downtown

Saturday is Bluffton's favorite fall event. It's the 13th annual Bluffton Fall Festival.

All activities are free unless otherwise designated. Food and other items are available for purchase at multiple locations. There will be busses traveling between all locations at scheduled intervals.

See posted signs at the “bus stop” at each location for the schedule and at:
• Facebook at facebook.com/BlufftonFallFest or www.blufftonfallfestival.com.

More details of State Route 103 corridor safety study

Public comment sheet attached; study project cost $65,420

The safety study underway on Bluffton’s 103 corridor is the first step in possible improvements made to that two-lane heavily-trafficked area of the community.

Bluffton residents are encouraged to share their comments on the study.

A printer-friendly comment sheet is attached at the bottom of this story.  All comments must be delivered to the town hall village office by Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Iconoclast View: State Route 103 corridor study is crucial to orderly growth in Bluffton

The safety study of the State Route 103 corridor area currently in process is encouraging.

CLICK HERE to read about the study.

CLICK HERE to open a comment sheet. We invite Icon viewers to take a moment and add own comments to this project. Comments must be delivered to the village office by Wednesday, Sept. 28.


Three low-impact exercise classes offered at Maple Crest pool

Bluffton Family Recreation has all the details

Bluffton Family Recreation offers three low-impact exercise classes at the Maple Crest pool, according to Joseph Beagle, director.

The classes are:
Level 1 for strength, ROM and cardio, held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Level 2 for higher level cardio, held from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Aqua Zumba, held Mondays from 5 to 5:45 p.m.

Lions Dare to Dream winetasting auction-fundraiser tickets still available

This year's Dare to Dream wine tasting and auction to benefit the Bluffton Bike Pathway Project is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Sycamore Lake Winery, rural Columbus Grove.

The event is hosted by the Bluffton Lions Foundation. Tickets are now available at $25 per person of $50 per couple. Seated is limited and no tickets are available at the door.

For more information call 419-788-0729.


Boys' golf: Pirates finish 5th in NWC tournament

Aaron Belcher fires a 78, named all conference first team

Lincolnview won the Northwest Conference golf tournament in an 18-hole tournament played at Hickory Sticks Golf Club in Van Wert. The first-place tournament finish also clinched the overall 2016 conference golf championship for the Lancers.

The Lancers had a team total 338 to defeat tournament runner-up Spencerville (361) by 23 strokes.  Other tournament team totals were:  Columbus Grove (370), Paulding (372), (Bluffton 377), Crestview (388), Delphos Jefferson (401), Allen East (411), Ada (514).



STEAM on the Quad registration is now open

New OSU event gives K-12 students a chance to try out science, technology, engineering, arts and math

Registration for Ohio State’s STEAM on the Quad is now open. 

STEAM on the Quad is a new, family-friendly event where kids in grades K-12 will be able to do hands-on activities that will improve their knowledge and interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math fields. It will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, on the Ohio State Lima Quad.

STEAM on the Quad is a collaborative project between The Ohio State University at Lima and OSU Extension and is supported in part by the Ohio 4-H Foundation.


Oct. 7 colloquium: Literary fiction and spiritual conflict

Jamie Lynn Smith, assistant professor of English, will present the colloquium "In This World but Not of It: Literary Fiction and Spiritual Conflict” on Oct. 7. 

Smith’s presentation will focus on the intersection of Christianity and writing through personal examples. She will also perform a reading of her story “Because it Means ‘God is Gracious.’” 

Smith will also focus on questions of faith and how they’re played out in literary fiction. Her presentation is free and open to the public beginning at 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.