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July 24, 2016


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July 24 coffeehouse at First Mennonite includes music, poetry, dinner

A coffeehouse variety show takes place from 4:30-7:30 p.m., on Sunday, July 24, First Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. 

This “BlauRock Café” will include poetry, music, humor and magic, plus a summer meal featuring local sweet corn. 

Most of the performers are local, but we will also feature a guest trio of Ethan Setiawan, Sadie Gustafson-Zook and Jacob Warren.  


Ada VFW holds car show on Saturday

The Ada VFW Post 9381 will expand its car show this year after a successful first year. This year’s show is Saturday afternoon, July 16, at the VFW Post, 2147 State Route 235, north of Ada.

Last year's event drew 40 cars and 15 motorcycles.

New this year will be a truck category.

Registration of $10 is from 2 to 4 p.m. Judging is from 4 to 6 p.m. and awards are presented at 6:30 p.m.

Trophies will be awarded for car, bike and truck categories, best of show, people's choice award, participant's award, mayor's choice award.


Food and entertainment part of Saturday's Ride to Remember - you're invited


Here's your invitation to come out to the Bluffton swimming pool on Saturday for some music, and hamburgers off the grill while you watch the bikers come back from their Rides to Remember bike ride.

The Dough Hook will be grilling hamburgers and MooOink burgers on the grill and will offer a selection side dishes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the pool.

Bluffton hopes to enter America in Bloom - here's some background

NOTE: Several Bluffton groups are considering entering Bluffton into the America in Bloom judging. Susie Stratton of Stratton Greenhouses is one of the judges in an entry in the contest submitted by Gallipolis, Ohio. Here's a story about the contest.

A very quiet building - elementary school

The bells ring to announce lunch, period changes and school out for the day - but no students are present to listen.

Here's a view of the Bluffton elementary main hall way this summer as room floors are waxed and everything is in the works to prepare for late August.

Otherwise, it's a pretty quiet building.

Any color so long as it's yellow

Those yellow lines on Bluffton streets appears again - as they do each summer. The Allen County Engineers paint the streets for the village. The Icon caught the parade on West Street.


Your invitation to join the Aug. 12 Arlington festival parade

The Arlington Village Festival is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13.

One of the events is a parade and area organizations and businesses are invited to participate. The parade is at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug 12. Line up starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Arlington elevator lot and in front of the Arlington High School.

Junior Weihrauch, who directs the Bluffton Blaze of Lights parade, is the Arlington parade director. He invites local groups to participate and the an application form is attached to this story.



Here's a follow up on our Pokemon story (click here for that story). Ryan Mustard, Brit Steele-Mustard, Jacob Spencer, Lauren Bish and Joseph Schumacher all playing Pokemon GO. (Kerry Bush photo)


Pokémon Go - it's the newest game in Bluffton, in case you didn't know

The newest game in town is Pokémon Go.You read it first on the Bluffton Icon.

You, too, can play.

Here’s how: Join for some hunting around town from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays starting at the Bluffton post office. All ages are welcome. For more information contact Noah Friesen at: noahfriesen2292@gmail.com or 541-912-3970.

He added: “Bluffton residents have been hunting high and low for wild Pokémon using the Pokémon GO mobile-app. You know who you are!”

Transition Bluffton community potluck on July 17

A Transition Bluffton community potluck takes place later this month, according to Ken Lawrence of the group.

The potluck is at 6 p.m., Sunday, July 17, in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall. The event is open to the public. Persons wanting more information call 419-358-0572.