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Water main project moves to South Jackson Street

The Grove, Jackson and Lawn Avenue water main replacement project is underway and, according to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, “Progressing well.”

In Monday’s Bluffton council packet Mehaffie writes that “as of a conversation on Friday the contractor was hoping to make it to Main Street by the end of the day. Their plan is to begin the section of South Jackson Street between Grove and Kibler this coming week.”

Just like the song

Like the Aretha Franklin song lyrics...R A S P E C T. The Icon spotted this plate in the parking lot on Thurman Street.


"Kossuth's Message" to be presented at Bluffton University Sept. 17

Bluffton University will host a performance of “Kossuth’s Message,” marking the 160th anniversary of Hungarian statesman Lajos (Louis) Kossuth’s visit to America, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in Yoder Recital Hall.

The presentation is Bluffton’s Constitution Day Forum. All educational institutions that receive federal funds are required to offer an instructional program each year on or near Sept. 17, the day the United States Constitution was signed in 1787.

Bluffton panel to address technology, distraction Sept. 18

A panel moderated by Dr. Zachary Walton, assistant professor of communication at Bluffton University, will discuss “Being an Audience in an Age of Distraction” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Bluffton’s Founders Hall. The forum is free and open to the public.

Walton, as moderator, will frame the issue as critical engagement with new communication technologies. The six-member panel will consider how those technologies are shaping people’s experiences and expectations of community spaces and rituals.

Allen, Hardin, Putnam, Hancock counties on drought-related disaster list

The U.S. Department of Agriculture granted Governor John R. Kasich’s request for a Secretarial disaster designation for 85 of Ohio’s 88 counties following the severe heat, rainfall shortages and other weather-related disasters that struck large areas of the state over the spring and summer.  

Counties on the list are Allen, Hardin, Putnam and Hancock.

Check out these programs for youth at BFR Sports & Fitness - classes start week of Sept. 10

BFR Youth Classes to Start the week of Sept. 10. 

The first seven-week session of youth programs is about to begin at BFR Sports & Fitness.

Choices of classes include:
• beginner tennis (Mondays 3:15-4 pm),
• outdoor games (Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm),
• Rookie Sports Fun (Mondays 4-4:30 pm),
• football basics (Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm),
• basketball basics (Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm),
• Tiny Tots (Wednesdays 10-10:30 am or Fridays 10-10:30 am) and
• dodgeball (Fridays 3:30-4:30pm). 

ArtSpace/Lima displays treasures from The Mazza Gallery - opening Sept. 14

ArtSpace/Lima announces the opening of Treasures from the Mazza Museum in The Ellen Nelson Gallery, Friday, Sept. 14.

With a collection of more than 3,000 original illustrations by the top children’s book artists, The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum is home to one of the foremost such collections in the world. Within its walls, the museum-goer sees displayed both the original artwork and a copy of the book edition in which it appears or first appeared. 


Richland Manor tractor show Sept. 23

Richland Manor will hosts its annual Community Tractor Show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept.23.

The event includes complimentary food and beverages, and is free and open to the public. The event is open to anyone interested in displaying a tractor.

Contact Richland Manor, Swaney Road, Bluffton, at 419-643-3161 for more information.


The Arts Advocacy group hopes to recognize three area artists

The Arts Advocacy Luncheon Planning Committee announces its first Arts Appreciation Day to honor one individual in each of the three Arts areas:  Creator, Advocate and Philanthropist. 

The Committee includes representatives from The Lima Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Ohio Film Foundation, Allen County Board of DD, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, Council for the Arts, Lima City Schools Arts, ArtSpace and Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center. 


Four spots open in BFR adult coed volleyball

BFR still has four spots open for its adult coed volleyball league that runs from Sept. 24-Oct. 25 on Monday or Thursday nights at 7, 8, or 9 p.m.  Registrations are due Sept. 14.

Contact Amy Byers, Sports Coordinator, BFR Sports & Fitness, at 419-358-4150 for details.