August 21, 2014


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Bluffton chamber announces ambitious fall schedule; invites individuals to become members

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce has ambitious plans as it launches its 2014-15 year. In addition to annoucing these plans, the chamber extends an invitation to individuals to become a chamber member for $50 per year. Here is an overview of projects in the works this fall.

• Fall chamber events calendar
• List of chamber benefits and member application form
• List of  NOACC member benefits

Meet lifeguard Amber Henry

Amber Henry is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.


BHS girls soccer: This win looks like a football score

What a way to start the season.

Bluffton High School girls' soccer team flattened Marion Hardin 12-0 on Aug 16 in Marion.

Here are the game stats:

Halftime: B, 8-0 
Shots on Goal: B, 19-2. Corner Kicks: B, 6-0,Saves: B,None; H,NA




They're the "Best Health Care Communications Team" in nation

Blanchard Valley Health System's Corporate PR & Marketing Department has been named the “Best Health Care Communications Team” in the nation through the prestigious 2014 Ragan Health Care PR & Marketing Awards.
The department was announced as one of two finalists for the award in July, and was announced as the competition’s winner in a special edition of Health Care Communication News released August 13.


Special council meeting Aug. 21 to discuss Kingsley replacement

Interested in becoming a Bluffton council member?

With Mitch Kingsley stepping down from council on Sept. 1, the council has 30 days to appointment his replacement. If council fails to do so, the appointment is made by Mayor Judy Augsburger.

On Aug. 18 Dave Steiner asked for a council-meeting-of-the-whole. The meeting is set from 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, in council chambers on the third floor of the town hall.

Steiner said that the purpose of the meeting is to discuss how the council should proceed in selected a new council member.

Here's all the info you need for Bluffton Elementary this school year

Everything you need to know is here - if you are a parent, student or caregiver to a Bluffton elementary student. The following information is from the August elementary newsletter.

MEET THE TEACHER:  We will hold our “Meet the Teacher” on Friday, August 22nd, from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. in the elementary school. 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  The school supply list is posted on the school website.  Kindergarten student supplies will be furnished in their classrooms. 

Thunderstorms likely late afternoon and evening

This report from AEP:

A weather disturbance over Missouri will track toward Indiana today. Thunderstorms associated with the disturbance will encounter increasingly warm, unstable air over eastern Illinois and Indiana this afternoon.

AEP meteorologists expect a broken line of strong thunderstorms currently in western
Illinois to gradually intensify and expand northeast into I&M Power by late afternoon and 60
mile per hour wind gusts are likely with the most severe storms in the line. The storms will reach western Ohio this evening.

Two of a kind in 1945


Let's make it two of a kind - That's the headline in this photo from the Triplett company newsletter in November 1945. The photo includes twins from Ottawa, Margaret Mitchel and Mrs. Marie Knepper. The two Triplett employees hold the plaque recognizing the Bluffton-based company as winner of the eighth Allen County Safety Campaign.

Free cookout Aug. 22 at Verizon store

Icon viewers are invited to a cookout at Cellular Central (Verizon), 142 W. Jefferson St., Bluffton. According to Maegan Roof, store manager, the cookout is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, at the store.

"We will have exclusive discounts and free food for everyone who attends," she said.  





Gem of a sale continues at Ten Thousand Villages

Now 60 percent off!

Ten Thousand Villages, S. Main St., Bluffton, is offering customers a "gem of a jewelry sale," according to Aphaphanh Nussbaum, store manager.

She says that the shop now offers up to 60 percent off selected jewelry and accessories in this sale. Previously selected items were up to 40 percent off.