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No school Monday, but lots of events on the calendar

Elementary calendar full of activities in March

There's no school on Monday to observe President's Day. However, there's lot of events on the February-March calendar in the schools.

Here's an update on activites at the elementary:

Feb. 20  - No School – President’s Day
Feb. 23  - Chinese Drumming Assembly – a.m.
Feb. 24 - Midterms go home with students
Feb. 27 - 5th & 6th Grade Quiz Bowl, 4:30 p.m.–Shawnee MS
Feb 27 -Third Grade (Mrs. Schulte) Lion & Lamb “Culture”, 9 a.m.
Feb. 28  - Third Grade (Mrs. Kingsley) Lion & Lamb “Culture”, 9 a.m.

Chili cook-off Wednesday - vote for your favorite chili

Proceeds support Community Assistance Program

The first-ever community chili cook-off is Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Bluffton Middle School Cafetorium. 

Local “chefs” are preparing their favorite chili recipes for the community to judge. A $5 tasting fee includes a sample of each chili and a drink; other items for sale include hot dogs, shredded chicken sandwiches, chips and baked goods. 

All proceeds benefit Bluffton Community Assistance programs.  

The cook-off is planned by the mission committee of Bluffton Presbyterian Church with help from several other congregations. 


Chuck Gossard 1955 - 2017

Charles (Chuck) Gossard, 61, died Feb. 18, 2017, at Lima Memorial Health System surrounded by his family.

Chuck was born March 29, 1955, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Lewis and Bernice (Crawfis) Gossard who preceded him in death.

Chuck worked at Wilson Football Factory in Ada. He was also a stay at home father. 


Women's Basketball downs Hanover on Senior Day

February 18, 2017
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


Men's Basketball falls to #22 Hanover 65-64

February 18, 2017
By: Jared Sleutz, sports information assistant


SR 103 corridor project could cost $10.4 million

Bluffton council exploring several options to move forward

One suggested fix resulting from Bluffton’s State Route 103 corridor safety study comes with a $10.4 million price tag.

That solution considers solving the following:

• Poor access management
• Lack of pedestrian facilities
• Need for crosswalks
• Separate bike and pedestrian facilities
• Congestion by the businesses
• Lack of turn lanes
• Poor sight distance at County Line Road

Council street-alley committee discusses Main-College

Parkview and Main also on agenda

Bluffton council’s streets, alleys, lights and sidewalk committee meet Feb. 2 with seven agenda items.

These included:
• Asphalt sealing
• Alley vacation
• Riverbend lighting
• 2017 sidewalk connectivity
• State Route 103 corridor study
• South Main and College intersection
• Parkview-Main Street-State Route 103 intersection

Much of the discussion involved the Main-College intersection. Four possible solutions to the safety of the intersection are under discussion.

Tree Commission and Lions Club discuss joint tree planting projects

Looking as several locations in the village

The Bluffton Tree Commission is in conversation with the Bluffton Lions Club for a tree planting project in several locations in the village.

The commission met Feb. 7. During the meeting Gene Long of Lions presented a club tree planting project. Commission members are receptive to the plan. The first steps are to inspect sites along Snider Road and 313 North Main Street to hlep form a planting plan.

Several additional items were on the Feb. 7 agenda. The minutes of the meeting are attached.

Theft loss in December totaled $6,322

According to monthly Bluffton police report

Bluffton police chief, Ryan Burkholder, reports that Bluffton experienced $6,322 in theft loss during December.

That stat is part of the January Bluffton police report. In January police had 306 calls for service, 60 traffic stops and issued 11 citations.

The monthly report, listing additional information is attached.


In the 1870s Bluffton had needs for a water pump business

It was located on Cherry Street

Note: The Icon acquired a manuscript titled “A Brief History of Bluffton’s Industrial Developments.” This publication was prepared by the classes in Marketing and Small Business Administration from Bluffton College, under the director of Dr. Howard Raid. Publication date is May 1959. We’ve updated some current addresses so viewers may identify locations.

Philip Wilch
Maker of Water Pumps