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July 24, 2016


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Beaverdam summerfest Aug. 13 - lots of raffle prizes

Beaverdam-Richland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department hosts its annual summerfest Saturday, Aug. 13.

Events begin at 4 p.m. and go into the evening. Summerfest had homemade food and ice cream, kids bouncy rides plus a game trailer.

The band, Exploit, performs at 7 p.m.

At 9 p.m. will be drawings for several prizes


Lions Way-Augsburger Road pedestrian and bike path construction begins soon

Dick Ramseyer, president the Bluffton Lions Foundation and chair of Bluffton Pathway Board presented a $16,370 check to the village at its July 18 council meeting.

The foundation is actively involved in securing financial resources to construct Pathway system identified in the Comprehensive Bike and Pedestrian Pathway Master Plan. The Bluffton Pathway Board established by Bluffton council is responsible for implementation of the master plan.

15 with Joel Ritter…on learning from children, living in Granada, and the most beautiful things in the world

Interviewed by Sophia Marcum

A graduate of Bluffton High School’s Class of 2014, Joel Ritter has been doing some incredible things in pursuit of his aspirations. After spending this Spring semester studying abroad in Nicaragua, he took some time to share what’s been on his plate lately.

Where are you attending school and what are you studying?
I'm attending Miami University and am majoring in Spanish Education and Spanish.

Weekend edition now on the Icon

The Icon Weekend edition is now posted. Open the attachment at the bottom of this story for information about events taking place in the Icon viewership area next week.


Here's August Pirate scrimmage schedules

Fall 2016 high school athletic contests get underway in August. Here are Bluffton High School scrimmage dates and locations.

Friday, Aug. 12 – Arlington and Marion Local at Marion Local, 5 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 19 – Pandora-Gilboa, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 9 – at Wapakoneta, quad scrimmage
Thursday, Aug. 11 – at Crestview
Thursday, Aug. 16 – at Ottoville


Emmanuel UCC ice cream social July 22

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton, will hold an ice cream social Friday, July 22, at the church from 4 to 7 p.m.

The menu includes chicken or sloppy joes sandwiches, chicken noodles, baked beans, a variety of salads, pies, and cakes, plus ice cream and beverages. Tickets are $8 for adults and children 10 and under $4.


Tommy Tire brings Jungle Island Zoo to Bluffton; customer appreciation day

Tommy Tire of Bluffton will hold a customer appreciation day on Friday, July 22, according to Tom Dotson, owner.

The event, at 319 N. Main St., Bluffton, includes homemade ice cream by Jay Lugibihl plus a visit by animals from Jungle Island Zoo of Delphos.

Events take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Apollo board considers school bus purchase

Apollo Career Center board of education will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at Apollo.

One of the items on the agenda is to accept a bid from Cardinal Bus for a 72-passenger school bus at $75,178.

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

Ada-made NFL footballs will have microchips for preseason games

FOLLOW STORY FROM WWW.NLF.COM - According to NFL spokesman Michael Signora, the league will use microchips in footballs during the preseason as part of the next phase of the Next Gen Stats player tracking project.

The footballs are manufactured in Wilson's Ada plant.


A chip will be placed in every ball during the preseason.

Technicality halts attempt to place water surcharge ordinance on November ballot

The petition to referend Bluffton Ordinance 9-16 – surcharge on water and sewer customers - has failed to meet requirements of the Ohio Revised Code, according to Stephen Chamberlain, Bluffton solicitor.

Chamberlain informed the group filing the petition that the group failed to file a certified copy of the ordinance prior to circulating the referendum petition. Failure of the action, according to Chamberlain, voids the petitions.

The petitions were filed with the village on July 18. On July 21, Chamberlain notified those submitting the petitions of its failure.