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June 27, 2016


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Register for Ride to Remember before June 30 and get in on the early-bird discount

Bluffton’s 2nd annual Ride to Remember bike ride on Saturday, July 16, offers several new features, according to the planning committee.

This year’s ride begins and ends at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool at Main and Snider Road, Bluffton.

Registrations are being accepted at www.ridetoremember.net. A ride flyer in an attachement at the bottom of this story.

The bike event offers several routes, including those for families wanting a biking experience together all the way to serious bikers wanting a 100-mile route.


Six area high school grads receive Lions scholarships

Bluffton Lions Club presented six scholarships to 2016 area high school graduates earlier this month.

Scholarship winners (not in photographed order):
• Bluffton High School: Saraelizabeth Bertka, Maggie Fett and Misha Groman
• Cory-Rawson: Rebecca Schutz
• Pandora-Gilboa: Cole Alexander & Karissa Dorn.

Members of the scholarship committee in the photo are John Rich, Barbara Plaugher, Ron Lora and Colleen Lazar. Other scholarship committee members Jo Croft, Jesse Blackburn and Kyle Leatherman.


Apollo board has contract night June 27

The Apollo Career Center board, meeting June 27, will act on several contracts for the 2016-17 school year.

The agenda is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

It's an Icon "Weekend," with 13 pages of Bluffton-Ada events and photos

It’s an Icon Weekend. And, there’s lots going on.

The Icon’s 13-page weekend feature - CLICK HERE TO OPEN – offers a window to the events and activities in the Bluffton Icon and Ada Icon viewership areas from Saturday, June 25, through July 1.

Here's next week's Bluffton Public Library schedule

This week at the Bluffton Public Library

Saturday, June 25
Storytime at Bluffton Farmers’ Market
ACT: Raising Safe Kids, 10-11:30 a.m.

Monday, June 27
Jammin’ at the library, 5:30 p.m.
Gluten free/food allergy group, 6 p.m.
Storytime, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28
Storytime, 10 a.m.
Dulcimers at the library, 1:30 p.m.
Loving Your Legacy and How to Protect it, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29
Japanese games with Ayuane Hida, 10 a.m.

Cars and coffee Saturday morning at Heated Vehicle Storage

The second Bluffton cars and coffee event of the season is from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 25, according to Tim Boutwell of Heated Vehicle Storage, 906 N. Main St.

“Cars and coffee is a gathers of auto enthusiasts where drivers congregation to enjoy a cup of coffee and kick tires,” said Boutwell. “There is something for everyone including classics, exotics, sports cars, luxury cars, imports and domestics.”

The event is open to the public. Coffee and pastries are provided by Common Grounds.

Door prizes are awarded every 15 minutes.


Julie Schmidt was a BHS grad; worked at DTR Industries for 18 years

Julie Ann Schmidt, 56, of Pandora died June 24, 2016, at 9:17 a.m. at the Meadows of Ottawa. Julie was born Oct. 27, 1959, in Bluffton to Don and Pat (Joseph) Schmidt who survive in Pandora.

Julie worked at DTR Industries in Bluffton for 18 years.  She graduated from Bluffton High School and obtained her associate's degree from Lima Technical College.


University board recognizes trustees, appoints new member, approves new scholarships

The Bluffton University Board of Trustees appointed one new board member and thanked two outgoing board members for their years of dedicated service during the trustees’ spring meeting.

Tom Reichenbach ’58 was thanked for 11 years of service as a trustee and as a member of the Advancement Committee, Martha Augsburger Showalter ’72 was recognized for 12 years of service as a trustee and as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and Charles Stapleton ’78 was appointed to the board beginning in July.

Waters down; all that remains is the dried mud

Today the waters have subsided.

But, yesterday morning this was the scene (above) at the Buckeye park from Spring Street.

The below photo shows a stream crossing the Hardin County Line south of County Line Church of the Brethren. That stream was still high on Thursday evening and traffic was unable to cross.

Pirate cross country athletes meet Tuesday for initial practice

Bluffton High School cross country practice will begin soon.

Runners from seventh through 12th grade are invited to participate. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the village park, beginning on Tuesday, June 28.

Practices are planned:
• June 28-July 1
• July 4-8
• July 25-28

Hannah Chappell-Dick, BHS grad and recent Eastern Mennonite University grad, will assist the team this summer.