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Mt. Cory Vacation Bible School starts Aug. 8

The Mount Cory and Pleasant View United Methodist churches will host a community Vacation Bible School, August 8-12 at the Mount Cory United Methodist Church, 300 N Main St., Mount Cory. This year's theme is "Adventures on Promise Island.”

Children, ages 4 through 7th grade, are welcome to attend. A pre-registration will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 5:30 - 7 p.m., at the Mount Cory Park during "National Night Out”.


Tickets on sale for BFR-Larson's BBQ brisket fundraiser

Bluffton Family Recreation is selling tickets for a Larson's Barbecue brisket dinner fundraiser.

The dinner is 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12, at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.

The fundraiser benefits BFR's indoor arena turf project. Tickets are $9 each and are available while they last.

The dinner includes:
• one-third brisket (sliced)
• Baked beans
• Coleslaw or potato salad
• Dinner roll

St. Mary's church host to Aug. 4 blood drive

Bluffton's next American Red Cross blood drive is from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, in St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The drive is in the church large room at 160 N. Spring St., Bluffton. To schedule an appointment call 800-RED-CROSS  or go to www.redcrossblood.org sponsor code "smccbluff".




High school sports practices officially start Aug. 1

Summer conditioning programs and 10 days of coaching come to an end this weekend as the first official day of practice for all OHSAA fall sports arrives Monday, Aug. 1, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
OHSAA fall sports
– Practices begins Monday, Aug. 1


National Night Out gets bigger each year - here's the plan for Aug. 2

Bluffton’s National Night Out gets bigger and better every year, according to Matt Oglesbee, Bluffton police sergeant.

The Bluffton and Pandora police departments Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, host the third annual night out.

"The purpose of National Night Out is to build strong partnerships between the police departments and the communities they serve so please come and interact with your local officers," Oglesbee told the Icon.

Fall Pirate sports schedules now on the Icon

Here's the answer to the question: Where to the Pirates play this fall?"

Alex Hanna, Bluffton High School athletic director, provided the Icon with the complete schedule for high school, junior varsity and junior high sport teams.

These are in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

In addition, viewers can access sports contests by checking the Icon's Sports Calendar. You can access it by hovering your cursor over "Calendar" in the black scoll bar at the top of the Icon. A "Sports Calendar" will open.


Bluffton Pandora Area Gardeners meet on Aug. 2

Members of the Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will make flowerpots and other ornamental garden objects at its 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, meeting at the Victoria Zeits residence.

Members will use the hypertufa method for their creations. A definition of hypertufa and description of ingredients is inside this month’s club’s newsletter, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


University volleyball team earns team academic award

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced recently that 762 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2015-2016 season. This number breaks the previous year's total of 757 to set an all-time high.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Response from Bluffton, South Carolina - In which cornfield are you seeing the dophins?

Note: This column resulted from The Icon's story about Bluffton, South Carolina, posted two days ago. Liz Farrell called the Icon after seeing it on a Google alert. To read our original story, click here.

BY LIZ FARRELL, columnist
Bluffton, South Carolina, Island Packet

Location, location, location.

Coming to BFR - soccer-girl scout camp-flag football-coed softball tourney

Bluffton Family Recreation offers several options for keeping active in August, according to Joseph Beagle, director. Here of some of those program options:

Girl Scouts Summer Series
Aug. 8-12

Girls in grades Kindergarten through sixth may participate in a Girl Scout Summer Series held at BFR from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 8, through Friday, Aug. 12.

The series theme is “It’s Your Planet – Love It!” Activities include discovering what real scientists do, exploring wonders of science with hands-on activities and learning the scientific method.