August 23, 2014


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Letter: AEP Ohio warns of phone shutoff scam

Icon viewers:

We are warning all of our customers of a payment scam being conducted via phone in various areas of our service territory. We continue to hear reports that customers are receiving calls threatening to shut off their power if they don't make an immediate payment over the phone with a money card. This is a scam and people are using our name illegally. The people making these calls are not from AEP Ohio.


Support for Shannon Cemetery project moving along

The Shannon Cemetery Project has quietly built up some steam this summer, Dick Boehr told The Icon this week.

"We are starting to receive some significant donations to assist in our overall renovation plan," he said.

Boehr, local promoter of several community projects, has taken on Bluffton’s pioneer cemetery on Jefferson Street and wants to turn into a source of community pride. Joining Boehr.

“This continuing conversation from cemetery to park-cemetery is a combination of the Bluffton council and interested community people working together,” Boehr said.

New first-year students and transfer students return to campus Friday

About 250 new first-year and transfer students will lead an annual migration to Bluffton University this weekend.

New student move-in, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, will open a weekend on which other undergraduates will come back to Bluffton for the start of classes Monday, Aug. 25.

Mustard Seed Cafe dinner features

In addition to the Mustard Seed’s regular menu on Friday and Saturday nights, the following Summer Celebration features will be available this weekend:

Dinner Features:

Dry-rub baby back ribs with a honey white wine glaze served with an IPA slaw and corn muffin.

Bluffton chamber announces ambitious fall schedule; invites individuals to become members

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce has ambitious plans as it launches its 2014-15 year. In addition to annoucing these plans, the chamber extends an invitation to individuals to become a chamber member for $50 per year. Here is an overview of projects in the works this fall.

• Fall chamber events calendar
• List of chamber benefits and member application form
• List of  NOACC member benefits

Meet lifeguard Amber Henry

Amber Henry is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.


BHS girls soccer: This win looks like a football score

What a way to start the season.

Bluffton High School girls' soccer team flattened Marion Hardin 12-0 on Aug 16 in Marion.

Here are the game stats:

Halftime: B, 8-0 
Shots on Goal: B, 19-2. Corner Kicks: B, 6-0,Saves: B,None; H,NA




They're the "Best Health Care Communications Team" in nation

Blanchard Valley Health System's Corporate PR & Marketing Department has been named the “Best Health Care Communications Team” in the nation through the prestigious 2014 Ragan Health Care PR & Marketing Awards.
The department was announced as one of two finalists for the award in July, and was announced as the competition’s winner in a special edition of Health Care Communication News released August 13.


Special council meeting Aug. 21 to discuss Kingsley replacement

Interested in becoming a Bluffton council member?

With Mitch Kingsley stepping down from council on Sept. 1, the council has 30 days to appointment his replacement. If council fails to do so, the appointment is made by Mayor Judy Augsburger.

On Aug. 18 Dave Steiner asked for a council-meeting-of-the-whole. The meeting is set from 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, in council chambers on the third floor of the town hall.

Steiner said that the purpose of the meeting is to discuss how the council should proceed in selected a new council member.

Here's all the info you need for Bluffton Elementary this school year

Everything you need to know is here - if you are a parent, student or caregiver to a Bluffton elementary student. The following information is from the August elementary newsletter.

MEET THE TEACHER:  We will hold our “Meet the Teacher” on Friday, August 22nd, from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. in the elementary school. 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  The school supply list is posted on the school website.  Kindergarten student supplies will be furnished in their classrooms.