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Flag football, Summerfest 1-K, adult VB, U6 soccer!

All coming soon to BFR; register now

Flag football, U6 soccer, Summerfest 1-K and adult coed volleyball are all coming soon to Bluffton Family Recreation, according to Daniel Tinch, BFR director. Here’s what you need to know:

Summerfest 1-K
Can you believe at 1-K? It’s at noon, Saturday, July 21, and the route is a beeline from Parkview on South Main Street all the way out to Southgate Lanes bowling alley. There’s a $20 registration fee and all proceeds go to BFR. A registration form is attached at the bottom of this story. Watch the Icon for more details.

5th National Night Out will be a "blast"

6 to 9 on Aug. 7 at Bluffton pool; fireworks folllows

The biggest event of Bluffton’s summer is Tuesday night Aug. 7. And, as always, it’s all free.

It’s the fifth annual National Night Out celebration held at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, according to Matt Olgebee, police department lieutenant, who chairs the event.

The Bluffton Police Department, in conjunction with the Pandora Police Department, sponsor NNO. Bluffton and Beaverdam-Richland Township Fire and EMS Departments also participate.

NNO is held from 6-9 p.m. with free pool admission all day.

Joanne Emma Avers 1936 - 2018

Mother of Debbie Mohr of Bluffton

Joanne Emma Avers, 81, formerly of Clyde, died Friday, July 6, 2018, at the home of her daughter in Carroll, Ohio.

Joanne was born Dec. 6, 1936, in Fremont to Lawrence A. & Velma T (Binger) Ferkel. She graduated from Green Springs High School in 1954 and received her bachelor's degree from Capital University in Columbus. 

On Aug 20, 1955, she married Rev. Robert Paul Avers. They spent 10 years as missionaries in Ethiopia.


Humor in the workplace

What we think determines how we feel

By Nancy Proctor, BSN, MAE
Patient Experience Manager & Educator
Blanchard Valley Health System

Every business knows how integral a core set of values is to driving behavior that results in exceptional product and service quality.

However, most haven’t really considered how a value of humor in the workplace facilitates success. When you can laugh and have fun at work it carves the path to mutual purpose and mutual respect. Humor also facilitates the physiology that supports optimal health, keeping your workforce present and accounted for.

Beer spill

Bluffton police investigated a beer truck spill on Thurday morning between Bluffton Marathon and Lu Lu's. The driver of the truck apparently back up further than expected. The truck spilled dozens of beer cans into the hill between the two businesses.


Pathway board announces next project

Pathway on Bentley Road from Augsburger to Riley Street

An extended pathway on Bentley Road is on its way.

The Bluffton Pathway board, charged with encircling the village with a pedestrian and bicycle path, is looking next at the section of Bentley Road from the Augsburger/Elm intersection to Riley Street, according to Richard Ramseyer, board chair.

Currently there are no sidewalks on either side of that stretch of Bentley.

“It’s our goal to eventually extend the pathway, using village right-of-way along Riley Street from Bentley, to Spring Street and onto the Buckeye park,” said Ramseyer.