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May 28, 2015


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Plenty of Pirate sports camps this summer

Several summer Pirate sports camps are on the calendar. Here's the schedule:

Bluffton Soccer Club
Open registration May 29-June 27
Register for fall play

Junior high basketball
Open gyms Sundays and Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Summer league starts June 1
Bluffton University shootout: June 8
Pirate camp: June 15-18
Contact: dunlapr@blufftonschools.org


Pool opens Friday: Here are swim lesson and pool details

Now let's tread water.

Sign-up for swim lessons at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool is now underway.

Swim session dates follow:
• First session, June 15-26
• Second session, July 6-17
• Third session, July 27-Aug. 7

Sessions are offered in ages groups from babies to age 5.

Lessons take place from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Friday are used as make-up days.

Swimming lesson costs are $30 for Bluffton taxpayers, $40 for persons who do not pay village income tax and $50 for private lessons. 

Drum roll for final fourth and fifth grade honor roll

Here's the final honor roll of 2014-15 for Bluffton fourth and fifth graders: 

Fifth Grade

All A Honor Roll

Fourth Grade


Trinity Lutheran graduation May 31

Trinity Lutheran School’s graduation will be held on Sunday, May 31, during the 10:30 a.m. service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera.  Pre-service music will be by members of the graduating class. Wesley Below is the class speaker. The class members include Wesley Lane Below, James Steven John Miles, Amelia Grace Mitchell, Logan Nicholas Stuckey and Korey Lynn Strahm. The students in kindergarten through eighth grade will sing.

There will be a regular service at 8 a.m. The public is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible. 


Senior Center honors five 90-year-olds with June birthdays

Five members of the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association turn 90 in June. Each receives a lifetime membership in the association presented during the Monday, June 8, monthly potluck.

The members are Wayne Shafer, Treva Shafer, Anne Buller, Catherine Bish and Geraldine Basinger DeMeo.

Several additional events take place at the center in June. Open the attachment at the bottom of this story to view the June center newsletter.

Bluffton in path of potential severe thunderstorms

AEP meteorologists anticipate severe thunderstorms containing damaging winds the Icon readership area later today. Here's AEP's announcement:

A cold front in Illinois will move into I&M Power just as an upper-level disturbance (now over Missouri) arrives. Ample sunshine & humidity will generate moderate instability by afternoon as temperatures reach the low-mid 80s.

Expect a broken line of severe storms to organize over Indiana midday...then cross eastern I&M Power (Ft. Wayne, Muncie) early this afternoon.

Watershed partnership seeking grant for Middle Riley Creek watershed

The Blanchard River Watershed  Partnership is in the application stage of a $29,930 grant, which if received, will benefit the Middle Riley Creek watershed.

The $29,930 grant, called a Great Lakes Basin mini-grant, is for cost sharing with farmers who use cover crops and conservation tillage in the Middle Riley Creek watershed, according to Phil Martin, watershed director.

That announcement and other news items concerning the BRWP are in the district’s spring newsletter. A copy of the newsletter is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Nearly 100 guests at Maple Crest's Pockets and Posies tea

“Pockets and Posies” was the title of the Maple Crest Ladies’ Tea held Mother's Day weekend.  

“Pockets” stood for the pockets found on many aprons, once-upon-a-time, when aprons were needed for everything from carrying in fresh apples from the orchard to wiping ones brow after a day of canning. 

The speaker, Pat Danner, from Fostoria, arrived in her mother’s apron and expounded upon all the ways that the apron had been used. Maple Crest elders and their guests, as well as the servers for the day, also came in aprons, many of which had special significance. 

Blanchard River Watershed Partnership holds June 13 Bluffton Golf Club scramble

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership (BRWP) is hosting Little Riley Creek golf scramble Saturday, June 13, at the Bluffton Golf Club, according to Phil Martin, watershed coordinator.

The four-person scramble starts at 9 a.m., rain or shine. There are first, second and third place team prizes, certain hole prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Registration is $60 per person ($54 for a BRWP member), which includes 18 holes of golf, cart and food coupon.

Sponsorships opportunities are available from $100 and up. The scramble is open to golfers 18 and older.


Burkholder and Sneary SHANNON scholarship winners

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton announces the winners of its “Service To Humanity” Scholarship Awards.  

The winners are Bluffton High School seniors Emma Burkholder and Olivia Sneary.  Emma is the daughter of Steve and Laurel Burkholder, and Olivia is the daughter of Dan Sneary and Cyndee Sneary.

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club (Sharing Hopes And Nourishing Needs Of Neighbors) is an entirely local Bluffton volunteer organization that strives to make the Bluffton area a better place by serving its youth, its elderly, and its needy.