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May 31, 2020

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Even beavers wear masks

Texas is even masking their Beavers. Jim and Pam Raabe visited their son Tim in North Richaldn Hills, Texas, when they saw this masked beaver.




Here's the complete set of My Favorite Year contest photos

Entry deadline – 6 p.m., Sunday, May 24

Here are all 10 of the photos in our My Favorite Year contest. 

The Icon invites viewers to enter “My Favorite Year” contest using the entry form attached at the bottom of this story. The winner will receive a 14-inch, 1-item Padrone’s Pizza. 


As Bluffton begins to reopen it's time to check the business status update

Cooperative effort of the Icon and Bluffton chamber; provides all local business details

If you want to know what businesses in Bluffton are open, the Bluffton Icon and Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce can help you.

The cooperative effort of chamber and Icon provides a business status update, and it offers lots of new information as Ohio starts to reopen.


The report is divided into the following groups for easy access:
• Food
• Leisure
• Retail
• Services
• Worship

Invitation to "drop by" for virtual coffee hours

Twice a week hosted by Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs

Paula Scott of Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs will begin holding virtual “coffee hours” twice a week. Once you have the link, you can "drop by" or RSVP to let Paula know what you'd like to talk about.

• Thursdays at 6 p.m.
• Tuesdays at noon

Request an invitation (link) at mailchi.mp/c7da482bd3f3/bce-email-signup.


Bluffton participates in "Virtual Ride of Silence" tonight

Honoring cyclists or trikers injured or who lost their lives in accidents

Bluffton cyclists and trikers are invited to join in the Northwest Ohio Virtural Ride of Silence at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, according to Corwin Croy.

"If riding on the Lions Way Bike path and or community streets, you are advised to ride as an individual and to provide ample space for seniors, couples, families, families with baby carriages, dog walkers, and other cyclists," he said. 


Here yesterday, gone today

With floods in our memories, what should we call yesterday's Riley Creek conditions?

Bluffton’s flood experiences require news outlines like the Icon to select with care words fitting the weather conditions of the day.

To call Tuesday’s waterflow a flood might be overkill. To call it a deluge, well, that too, is in question. Same with torrent, saturation of water, flash flood and even high waters.

To view the bank of the Riley overflowing into the Buckeye once upon a time was a rare and frightful experience. Not so in 2020. Tuesday’s rain blocked roadways, but hardly touched East College Avenue at Harmon Field. Same to Vance Street and Cherry.