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July 29, 2015

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Everett Collier brings the Ride Across America to Bluffton for a day

7 p.m. program at First Mennonite Church, open to the public, enables bikers to share their stories.

Bluffton is Wednesday’s stop on the 2015 cross-country Fuller Center Bike Adventure: Ride Across America.

Nearly 50 bicyclists will pedal into town mid-morning from Winchester, Indiana, where they spent yesterday. The trip covers about 90 miles. They will be in Bluffton overnight.

Their Bluffton visit is thanks to Everett Collier, who rode the 2014 adventure from coast to coast.

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American Legion installs new officers on July 6

The Bluffton American Legion Post 382 held a banquet for members and their spouses July 6.

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Following the dinner James W. Campbell, Department Commander of the American Legion of Ohio, swore in officers of the Post for 2015-2016.

Members sworn in are from left, Fred Rodabaugh, Thom Craig, Mike Zimmerman, Bob Amstutz, Department Commander James W. Campbell, Ed Amstutz, Sam Reineke, Donald Rock, Morris Groman, Tom Benroth and Dennis Morrison.

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United Way at 90% of goal; 50-50 drawing on Aug. 1

Almost 90 percent of the local United Way goal is met, according to Neil Reichenbach, UW treasurer.

He told the Icon: "To date we have raised $21,896.27 which is 87.59% of our goal of $25,000. 

"We have also decided to have our 50/50 drawing on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Farmers' Market at 11 a.m. 

"We will selling tickets  on Aug. 1, until the time of the drawing.  The current prize for the 50/50 drawing would be $173.50  before any possible ticket sales the morning of Aug. 1.

Here's what we shared with an Ohio Magazine photographer

Josh Bickel, a photographer for Ohio Magazine, wanted to see the sights of Bluffton.

So, naturally, we took him to the clock tower of the town hall. Bickel was in Bluffton last Friday taking photos of Bluffton University campus and the village for an upcoming feature on Bluffton University. 

Watch for the September issue of Ohio Magazine. You can't miss the Bluffton University spread.

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Dale Wilkins was a U.S. Navy veteran

Dale Edward Wilkins, 72, died July 26, 2015 at, his residence. He was born October 23, 1942, in Kenton. He was raised by his parents Lester and Virginia (Higgins) Wilkins who preceded him in death. On Jan.4, 2002 he married Karen Bowyer Wilkins and she survives.

He was a owner/operator of his own over-the-road semi. He was a member of the OOIDA Trucker's Association and VFW Post 1275, Lima. He was a graduate of Lima Senior High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

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Aug. 15 deadline to register teams for BFR sand VB tourney

BFR will host a best-of-three adult coed sand volleyball tournament Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Bluffton University sand volleyball courts. Games begin at noon.

Teams must have at least three women on the court at all times. Rally scoring takes place and team members must be 18 as of Aug. 1. Cost per team is $100 and the registration deadline is Aug. 15.

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Bluffton Seniors to award life membership to Jean Snyder

Jean Snyder will receive a life membership into the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association during the Monday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. dinner meeting. Jean turns 90 this month.

The Aug. 10 program is about the centennial year of the Dixie Highway, that once included Main Street Bluffton.

For details on the dinner and lots of other August events at the Center, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

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Bluffton Public Library has busy August planned

On Saturdays, August 1st, 15th, and 29th at 10am stop by the library to read a book to a certified therapy dog.  Teddy loves hearing stories or just getting a friendly cuddle from children, teens, college students, or whoever.  This program supports literacy, the humane treatment of animals, and healthy stress relief practices.

The Dulcimers @ the Library continue to meet at the library on Tuesdays-- now starting at 1pm.  Come to any meeting to join. 

Emmett Todd funeral Aug. 1

Emmett W. Todd, 93, of Baltimore, Maryland, died July 26, 2015. 

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 1, at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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Public library's August digital newsletter now on the Icon

August is a busy month for the Bluffton Public Library.

There's a Bigfoot night, three visits from Teddy of Paws to Read, an opportunity to make a boat, create some spray paint art, and lots more.

To view the library's August digital newsletter to see all that's happening in the library click here.

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