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Look at all these October programs at the public library

Paws 2 Read, dulcimers, chill zone, tutor me paperless, adult book discussion, storytimes, the list is endless

Here's a list of events taking place in October at the Bluffton Public Library. To register for any program or for more details e-mail: asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org, or call the library at 419-358-5016.

Come “Paws 2 Read” with Teddy the therapy dog on Saturdays, Oct. 1 and 15, at 10 a.m.  Teddy loves hearing stories or just getting a friendly cuddle. This program supports literacy, the humane treatment of animals, and healthy stress relief practices. No registration required.

Alice Essinger wins library adult spelling bee

Alice Essinger is the winner of the second annual Adult Spelling Bee held recently by the Bluffton Public Library.

Runners-up were Gail Clingerman, Arlene Garmatter and Paula Scott.

The contestants helped raise money for children’s programs, and in doing so, supported early literacy in Bluffton and its surrounding area.

Next year's spelling bee will include a family theme.  

Very soon you can safely walk, run or bike to the nature preserve, Riverbend and Maple Crest

Augsburger Road pathway set for Oct. 31 completion

Very soon, walker, joggers and bikers will have their own path along Augsburger Road.

Work started this week on an Augsburger Road pathway that will resolve a major safety issue. When finished, it will be a 10-foot wide asphalt pathway completely separate from Augsburger Road.

The pathway extends from Bentley Road (north side of Augsburger), to the Bluffton University nature preserve, Riverbend and Maple Crest. A completion date is Oct. 31.

Girls' soccer: Pirates topple Tiffin Columbian 2-1

The Bluffton Lady Pirates soccer team traveled to Tiffin Columbian for JV and Varsity matches on Wednesday evening.  Bluffton won both matches.

Junior varsity

Playing in the cold and rain, both teams executed a victory on TC's home field.  The JV won 2-0, with goals by Junior Kim Gordon, and Sophomore Hannah Yost.


WIth a game start of 7 p.m., Senior Sarah Theisen scored goal 1 about 4 minutes in to the match with the assist by freshman Kayla White. 


IRS taxes due phone scam going around the area

A Bluffton Icon viewer notified the Icon on Wednesday indicating that scammers are calling in the area stating they are IRS representatives.

The callers tell persons that the IRS will sue them because of federal taxes owed.

Ignore this call and report it to the Bluffton Police Department.



B&B Handyman making appointments to clean gutters

Rod Badertscher of B&B Handyman for Hire will clean your gutters this fall. He is taking appointments now for this annual fall project.

Call Badertscher at 419-302-2836.


Walter Ray "Bud" Kimble graveside service Oct. 6

Walter Ray “Bud” Kimble, 69 died Sept. 12, 2016, at Lima Memorial Hospital.  He was born to the late Alfred S. and Evelyn (Dye) Kimble.

Bud served in the U.S. Navy.  He had worked at Ford Motor Company and also at Bath Township Fire Department. 

Survivors include a daughter Lisa Brandt; two sisters, Joyce Shields of Delphos, Connie Sherer of Bluffton; a brother David Kimble of Lima; and two grandsons, Brian and Shawn.

Bud was preceded in death by two sisters Coeta Gunn and Alice Stoodt; and a nephew Steven Gunn.


Here's what's happening at Bluffton University in October

Bluffton University announced the following events held in October that are open to the public. Events are free unless otherwise noted.
Oct. 7 Colloquium: “In This World but Not of It: Literary Fiction and Spiritual Conflict,” Friday Colloquium by Jamie Lyn Smith, assistant professor of English, 4 p.m., Stutzman Lecture Hall
Oct. 11 Forum: “Complicating Public Perceptions of the Amish,” Forum presentation by Saloma Miller Furlong, author and speaker, 11 a.m., Yoder Recital Hall

Tickets available for Living Proof simulcast at Ebenezer Mennonite Oct. 15

Evangelist Beth Moore featured presenter

A Living Proof simulcast featuring Evangelist Beth Moore will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.

Join women from around the world for this one-day event, during which participants can hear Moore’s dynamic storytelling and passionate Bible teaching. Guests also can hear Dove-award winning musical artist Travis Cottrell.

The morning session begins with coffee and pastries. The cost for tickets are $15 with an additional $5 optional Subway lunch. Tickets available until Sunday, Oct 9.


2nd annual Farmers’ Table features Sycamore Lake Wine

Keep Allen County Beautiful fundraiser Oct. 22

A farm-to-table culinary event that celebrates regional farms and favors takes place at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 at Fassett Farm, 22532 Bowsher Road, Cridersville. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at Quick As A Wink Printing, Lima, or by calling 419-228-1836.

Chef Kevin Link will prepare a meal using fresh, locally-grown organic produce and meats. The menu includes thin shaved prime rib, charbroiled chicken, lodaed potato cakes, sweet kale salad, bacon wrapped butternut squash and caramelized onion tarts.