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BFR summer Adventure Camps start next week

Bluffton Family Recreation announced its June Adventure Camp schedule, according to Joseph Beagle, director.

This year BFR offers camps for two age groups. The first is for youth 3 ½ to 5. The second is for youth ages 6 to 9.

“At Adventure Camp your children will learn while having fun,” said Kelly Honse, lead instructor, who has a degree in art education. “The camps include theme-based activities, crafts and snacks.”

Rep. Cupp legislative update at public library on June 1

State Representative Bob Cupp will hold four legislative update meetings across Allen County on Monday, June 1.

His Bluffton meeting is at 11:30 a.m., at the Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St.

Cupp represents the 4th Ohio House district, which is comprised of all of Allen County. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Bluffton Public Library announces June program schedule

June 2015 is a SUPER month for Bluffton Public Library!  This month marks the start of Summer Read Program, which is titled “Every Hero Has a Story.”  BPL has designated themes for each week of this year’s program in order to support and advocate for its community.  June’s themes are as follows:
● June 7-13: “Community Heroes” Week
● June 14-20: “Be a Hero” Week
● June 21-27: “Be a Green Hero” Week

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.