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Senior citizens going to the Columbus Zoo in July

July is a busy month at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center. Here is a list of events planned.

The July newsletter is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


BFR Youth Gym and Swim program begins July 9; sign up by July 3

Children ages 2-6 years will combine sport activities and swim lessons

through the Gym and Swim program at BFR, according to Carole Enneking, BFR director.

The program will meet on Mondays, July 9, 16, 30, Aug. 6, and 13 from 4:30-5:50 p.m.

The program meets at BFR for parent-child skill activities, then move to the Bluffton Community Pool for a swim lesson.

A parent/adult is required to work with each child both in the gym and swimmming pool. Instructor of the program is Kelly Honse, BFR swim staff.


Fireworks and all types of family activities at Saturday's Lions Freedom Fest'

Fireworks from a previous Freedom Fest'

The Bluffton Lions Foundation invites the public to attend the eighth annual Freedom Fest on Saturday, June 30, at the Bluffton University football stadium.

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with games and inflatables for the kids and hotdogs, popcorn and homemade ice cream for the whole family.

Scheduled entertainment includes Dancers' Elite at 5 p.m. and 5 Miles High beginning at 6 p.m. Live duck races will run throughout the evening and the event culminates with a fireworks show at dusk.


We're thinking of a new and improved Icon football contest, but need your help

If you've ever entered The Bluffton Icon high school, college or NFL football contests, you realize that it's three yards and a cloud of dust, week after week.

Although it is hardly July, The Icon is working on this fall's contest - call it the dream stage.

We'd like to hear from contestants on ways we could make the contests more interesting. One thing for certain is that our tie-breakers need repair. But, beside that, if you could create a weekly football contest, how would you do it?


Nine high school band camps make Bluffton home in July and August

Several high school band camps will take place at Bluffton University in July and August. Here's the schedule:

Gibsonburg - July 9-12
Toledo St. John's - July 15-20
Delphos St. John's - July 16-20
Edison - July 15-20
Keystone - July 21 -26
Bellefontaine - July 23-27
Arcanum - July 29-Aug. 3
Willard - July 29 - Aug. 3
Vandalia-Butler - July 30-Aug. 3

Joyce Doty was a 1975 graduate of Bluffton High School

Joyce N. Doty, 55 of Baltimore, Md., and formerly of Bluffton died May 28, 2012 at her residence. She was born in Lima on Nov. 19, 1956, and was adopted and raised by David and Magdalene (Geiger) Doty who preceded her in death.

Joyce was a 1975 graduate of Bluffton High School. Following her graduation, she served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1976 to 1988 and was put on the Army reserves until 2000.


Three new university football coaches attend football camp

Three newly-minted Bluffton University football coaches wasted no time getting involved with Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp.

Assistant coaches Richard Ciccone, Jonathan Cooley and Jon Wheat recently joined more than 110 other college coaches for the third-annual Lauren's First and Goal Football Camp on Sunday, June 17, at Otterbein University. Ciccone takes over as the wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator, while graduate assistants Cooley and Wheat will direct the safeties and defensive line, respectively.

Driver ed classes in Bluffton in July

Drive Time Driving Instructions will start a new series of driving classes in July according to Doug Kisseberth.

Morning and afternoon classes will be offered July 8 to 13.

Click here for complete details.


...and not a drop in sight

Here's the seven-day report for June from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Date High Low Rain
June 19 92 73
June 20 92 71
June 21 92 69 0.37
June 22 83 61 0.01
June 23 83 60
June 24 91 64
June 25 78 59

Running programs to begin at BFR

"Area runners and those interested in picking up the sport are encouraged
to join either the Walk to Run or Improve Your Run program at BFR," according to Carole Enneking, BFR director.

Meeting twice weekly for eight weeks, the running groups will work on
endurance and form. The Walk to Run program is designed for those
individuals who are already walking but have not ever attempted a 5K race.