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July 30, 2015


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Registrations underway for Sept. 5 BFR 5K

Bluffton Family Recreation is now accepting registrations for this year’s Labor Day 5K, held Saturday, Sept. 5, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

This year’s race starts at 9 a.m. A kid’s fun run and walk is at 10 a.m.

Age groups in the run are:
14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60 and up.

Runners who pre-registered by Aug. 29 pay $25 and receive a t-shirt ($20 with no t-shirt). Kid’s run registration is $5.

Maple Crest hobby show Thursday evening - 16 residents show their stuff

You’ll see quilt runners, carved elephants, Indian artifacts, oil paintings, brass rubbings and lots more at the Maple Crest Senior Living Community hobby show, from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, July 30.

Free and open to the public, the show will be in the Maple Crest Patio Room, 700 Maple Crest Court, just off Augsburger Road, Bluffton. Sixteen Maple Crest residents will display their hobbies.

Beavers earn AVCA Team Academic Award

BLUFFTON, Ohio - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 752 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2014-2015 season. This number once again breaks the previous year's total of 676 and sets a new all-time high for this award. 

Everett Collier brings the Ride Across America to Bluffton for a day

7 p.m. program at First Mennonite Church, open to the public, enables bikers to share their stories.

Bluffton is Wednesday’s stop on the 2015 cross-country Fuller Center Bike Adventure: Ride Across America.

Nearly 50 bicyclists will pedal into town mid-morning from Winchester, Indiana, where they spent yesterday. The trip covers about 90 miles. They will be in Bluffton overnight.

Their Bluffton visit is thanks to Everett Collier, who rode the 2014 adventure from coast to coast.


American Legion installs new officers on July 6

The Bluffton American Legion Post 382 held a banquet for members and their spouses July 6.


Following the dinner James W. Campbell, Department Commander of the American Legion of Ohio, swore in officers of the Post for 2015-2016.

Members sworn in are from left, Fred Rodabaugh, Thom Craig, Mike Zimmerman, Bob Amstutz, Department Commander James W. Campbell, Ed Amstutz, Sam Reineke, Donald Rock, Morris Groman, Tom Benroth and Dennis Morrison.


United Way at 90% of goal; 50-50 drawing on Aug. 1

Almost 90 percent of the local United Way goal is met, according to Neil Reichenbach, UW treasurer.

He told the Icon: "To date we have raised $21,896.27 which is 87.59% of our goal of $25,000. 

"We have also decided to have our 50/50 drawing on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Farmers' Market at 11 a.m. 

"We will selling tickets  on Aug. 1, until the time of the drawing.  The current prize for the 50/50 drawing would be $173.50  before any possible ticket sales the morning of Aug. 1.

Here's what we shared with an Ohio Magazine photographer

Josh Bickel, a photographer for Ohio Magazine, wanted to see the sights of Bluffton.

So, naturally, we took him to the clock tower of the town hall. Bickel was in Bluffton last Friday taking photos of Bluffton University campus and the village for an upcoming feature on Bluffton University. 

Watch for the September issue of Ohio Magazine. You can't miss the Bluffton University spread.


Dale Wilkins was a U.S. Navy veteran

Dale Edward Wilkins, 72, died July 26, 2015 at, his residence. He was born October 23, 1942, in Kenton. He was raised by his parents Lester and Virginia (Higgins) Wilkins who preceded him in death. On Jan.4, 2002 he married Karen Bowyer Wilkins and she survives.

He was a owner/operator of his own over-the-road semi. He was a member of the OOIDA Trucker's Association and VFW Post 1275, Lima. He was a graduate of Lima Senior High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.


Aug. 15 deadline to register teams for BFR sand VB tourney

BFR will host a best-of-three adult coed sand volleyball tournament Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Bluffton University sand volleyball courts. Games begin at noon.

Teams must have at least three women on the court at all times. Rally scoring takes place and team members must be 18 as of Aug. 1. Cost per team is $100 and the registration deadline is Aug. 15.

Registration details

Bluffton Seniors to award life membership to Jean Snyder

Jean Snyder will receive a life membership into the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association during the Monday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. dinner meeting. Jean turns 90 this month.

The Aug. 10 program is about the centennial year of the Dixie Highway, that once included Main Street Bluffton.

For details on the dinner and lots of other August events at the Center, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.