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July 26, 2016


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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.

End of summer sales at 415 Boutique

415 Boutique at Polished Nail and Body Salon, 415 N. Main St., Bluffton, has an end of summer sale going on.

It includes 25 percent off all shorts and capris. There's also a selection of sandals to check out.


Edward Jones - Investing: A marathon, not a sprint

By Mark Alliman
Edward Jones financial advisor
107 S. Main St., Bluffton

Next week, the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro. One of the most compelling events is the marathon, a 26.2-mile endurance contest with roots dating back to ancient Greece. It may be that we’ve kept our interest in the marathon because it can teach us much about life – and it certainly has lessons for investors.
In fact, if you were to compare investing to an Olympic sport, it would be much closer to a marathon than a sprint. Here’s why:


Suter's has sweet corn, tomatoes, peaches, melons

Suter's Produce now has sweet corn picked daily, plus tomatoes, peaches and melons.

These are available at:
• State Route 103 at Circle K, Bluffton
• Bluffton Farmers' Market (Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - noon)
• Rodabaugh Brothers Meats, Pandora
• 302 Carryout, 302 S. Main St., Ada

Check the webist for updates:


You know you are no longer in Bluffton,Ohio, when Bluffton Bobcats appear on your computer screen

You know that you are no longer in Bluffton, Ohio, when the “Bluffton Bobcats” appear on your computer screen.

When that happens you are suddenly in South Carolina.

The Icon knows this because we frequently receive phone calls from persons wanting to know things about Bluffton that, don’t sound like Bluffton, Ohio, questions.

Rather, they sound more like…well here’s some examples:

• One caller recently wanted to know about that great bike ride we hold along the beach. We referred the caller to South Carolina.

It was a real zoo at Tommy Tire Sales on Friday

Tommy Tires dished gallons and gallons of homemade ice cream on Friday. The North Main Street company held a customer appreciation day as it has in previoius summers.

New to this year's event were a zoo of yak, camel, tortoise, kangroos and alpacas from Jungle Island Zoo of Delphos.

• Ice cream - Ellie Hoffman and Brenna Kindle
• Elizabeth Dotson (in pink)
• Alexis Dotson (in blue)


Blanchard Water Partnership continues montoring water quality in Big and Little Riley

The Blanchard River Water Partnership continued its water quality monitoring this summer, according to Phil Martin, coordinator.

He told The Icon, "We monitored 21 sites on the Blanchard River, Lye Creek, Riley Creek and Little Riley Creek. The spring monitoring was completed on July 5. The fall monitoring will done in late September and early October.

"Results can be found on our web site by August. Special thanks to Sarah Betts from the Hancock Park District and her intern, Ashton Stevens,for their help."

65 years later...here's the BHS class of 1951

They graduated from Bluffton High Schol 65 years ago. They are members of the Bluffton HS class of 1951, the smallest class in modern history to graduate. According to the 1951 Buccaneer 26 members were in the graduating class.

The reunion was July 23 at Maple Crest.

Front from left, Ruth Ann (Lee) Bixel, Louise (Reichenbach) Schwieterman, Carol (Sechler) Vermillion.

Standing from left, Margaret (Stratton) Mueller, John Triplehorn, Richard Jordan, Eileen (Mathewson) Hubbard, Genevieve (Burkholder) Schroeder.


It's Community Vacation Bible School at Emmanuel UCC - starts Sunday night

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, is the host congregation to this summer's community Vacation Bible School.

VBS is from Sunday, July 24 through Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening.

It has classes for preschool through fifth grade. This year's theme is "Deep Sea Discovery - where kids will know that God is always with them!" 

Contact Emmanuel UCC or other participating churches for registration forms. Also, persons may contact Kim Worcester 567-227-0193, Kathy Moser 419-296-6243, or Erin Stark 419-643-9558.


Beaverdam summerfest Aug. 13 - lots of raffle prizes

Beaverdam-Richland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department hosts its annual summerfest Saturday, Aug. 13.

Events begin at 4 p.m. and go into the evening. Summerfest had homemade food and ice cream, kids bouncy rides plus a game trailer.

The band, Exploit, performs at 7 p.m.

At 9 p.m. will be drawings for several prizes