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August 10, 2020

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It's U6 soccer and 3rd-4th grade volleyball time

BFR accepting registrations until Aug. 17

Bluffton Family Recreation is now accepting registrations for its fall U6 soccer leagues, and its third and fourth grade developmental volleyball leagues, according to Amy Byers, BFR sports coordinator. 

Registration deadline for both is Monday, Aug. 17. Click here to register.

“BFR is working hard to stay up to date with the current protocols to provide a safe opportunity for young athletes to participate in their favorite sports,” Byers added.

So, you think you know Bluffton?

So, you think you know Bluffton? Is there really a fire escape in the village? Watch the Icon tomorrow for the location.

No Fall Festival this year

But, it will return in 2021

What would have been the Bluffton community’s 17th annual Fall Festival has been cancelled due to the ongoing threat of Coronavirus.  

Usually taking place on the fourth Saturday of September, Fall Festival Committee members have been monitoring the situation and discussing plans for weeks, and ultimately came to the difficult decision to cancel the event.  

All participating organizations have expressed their desire to continue the Festival in 2021.


Several new Help Wanted ads now on the Icon's Classified Page

Local openings for part-time and full-time

Several new “Help Wanted” advertisements are now listed on Bluffton and Ada Icons.

These range from part-time to full-time openings and include:
• New Leaf Landscape and Garden Center
• Bluffton University
• Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio
• GROB Systems
• Mercy Health
• Machine operators through Patrick Staffing
• Bluffton law office
• Viva Maria Pizza and Pasta
• The Dough Hook
• Wendy’s Restaurant
• Blanchard Valley Heath Systems
• Ohio Northern University
• Ohio Means Jobs


Number of volunteer projects awaiting you at MHCO

Available at Maple Crest, Hilty Home, Willow Ridge and Mennonite Memorial Home

"If you enjoy working with “hands on” projects and want to help with pulling weeds, landscaping or painting we have a number of projects available at Maple Crest, Hilty Home, Willow Ridge and Mennonite Memorial Home," says Jessica Strahm, volunteer coordinator at MHCO.  

"Personal protective equipment (masks) should be worn and we encourage volunteers to bring their own water and snacks," she said.

It was a much hotter and dry July than past years

Temperatures ranged from 95 to 59 degrees

Yes, July was hotter than most Julys we’ve experience, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

The July, 2020, average temperature was 77.1 degrees, or 4.4 degrees warmer than the July average of 72.7 degrees.

And, it rained less this July than in previous Julys. July, 2020, had 2.38 inches of rainfall. That’s  1.42 inches less than the average July rainfall of 3.8 inches.

July’s temperatures experienced a range of 36 degrees with the high of 95 recorded on July 6 and the low of 59 recorded on July 14.