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BFR Labor Day weekend 5k/Walk set Sept. 3

BFR's Labor Day 5k Run/ Walk is Saturday, Sept. 3. The entry fee is $15. The event also featured a one-mile fun run and a Pump and Run Challenge. Race begins at 9 a.m. More information at www.bfronline.com or contact at 419-358-4150.

MHCO offers seminar on finding your family roots Aug. 25

Birth certificate

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio will host another in its continuing serries of seminars, "Embracing Aging with Knowledge" later this week.

The seminar is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Bluffton Senior Center. This program is about researching family history and how to start becoming your family's genealogist.

Debbie Mayes, the speaker, will provide tips on to begin or expand your search for family records, stories and photos. Mayes has served as historian, president, and vice-president of the Allen County Genealogical Society.

Meet the Pirate coaches Sunday afternoon at The Centre

The Bluffton Athletic Boosters invite Bluffton HS sports fans to meet the coaches Sunday, Aug. 21, at The Centre. A dinner is available at 12:30 p.m. and the coaches will be interviewed by a local news station about the upcoming season.

Pirate fans are invited to attend the event. Check out the website for more information and itinerary. www.bluffton.noacsc.org

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Invasion of the ground cherries

Ripe ground cherries

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner

About a month ago, I was inspecting my herb garden and noticed some little green plants that looked vaguely familiar. My fingers itched to yank them out because they WERE NOT HERBS and therefore, DID NOT BELONG.

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Roll Over America rolls into Bluffton and out again - on their way from Oregon to Washington, D.C.

A rider in one of the velomobiles that passed through Bluffton on Aug. 20

Who were those guys up at Common Grounds at noon on Friday with those strange-looking vehicles?

Short answer: Roll Over America

Longer answer: Neraly 35 velomobiles in the first-ever tour across the United States. The "vehicles" are actually tricycles designed for commuting to work. The vehicles are described as "ultra-efficient bicycles." The drivers started in Portland, Oregon, on their way to Washington, D.C.

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Band, ten-hut...a BHS band show preview

Bluffton High School's marching band finished band camp and headed to the Allen County Fair on Friday evening.

Prior to the fair, the band presented a preview show for parents at the village park. A view of the pre-game including "Are You Ready For This?" "the Star-Spangled Banner," "Hang on Snoopy," may be viewed in an Icon video.

The band's first local performance will be during the Cory-Rawson football game, Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at Harmon Field.

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Victorian beauty

Original Bluffton elementary school

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The ghost of schools past stands proudly at the end of Church Street. the Victorian beauty served the students of Bluffton from the 1880s to the early 1950s.

This is a copy of a Will Triplett glass plate negative taken prior to 1900.

Viewer comments are welcome. (There are no class lists on the front doors.)

10,000 lakes

A Land of 10,000 Lakes plate is new to Bluffton. The Icon spotted it at Maple Crest.

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Bluffton High School marching band gives at village park, noon Friday

Kristi Geiser performs on drums during band camp

Bluffton High School's marching band will perform a free show at noon, Friday, Aug. 19, at the village park, according to Dave Sycks, director.

The show is a tune-up for the Allen County Fair band show held later that evening.

The noon show will include the pre-game, the first show of the year and portions of the second show.

This year's first show's theme is a '70s look-back of the music of Earth, Wind and Fire. Music performed includes After The Love Is Gone, Get Away and September.

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New weekly Icon feature: birth announcements from Bluffton Hospital

Welcome to a new weekly feature on The Icon. Bluffton Hospital will provide The Icon with births from the hospital. Persons interested in viewing photos of these new residents may click here for more details.

Aug. 3 - Damien Jayce-Ryan, son of Brittanie, Findlay. Statistics: 20 inches, 6 lbs., 8 ounces.

Aug. 4 - Amelia Rae Morrison, daughter of Lona Morrison, Findlay. 20 inches, 7 lbs. 4 os.

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