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August 28, 2015


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How about placing a Lincoln Highway plate on your car?

Lincoln Highway enthusiasts may have their own Ohio license plate if enough persons pre-order the plates.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles needs 150 plates reserved by Sept. 30 for the plates to be available to all Ohio residents.

Proceeds will help support the preservation and promotion of the highway, which is a few miles south of Bluffton.

An attachment at the bottom of this story is a form for Icon viewers to make a commitment to purchase the plates. Another attachment explains more details about the plate.

Lots of adult class options this fall at Bluffton Family Recreation; newsletter now on Icon

Bluffton Family Recreation isn't just for youth. The fall fitness class schedule for adults is now available, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

Class opportunities range from all-star workouts, water exercise, Aqua Zumba, cardio and strength building, SilverSneakers, yoga, to strength and flexibility.

Classes are offered at various times Mondays through Fridays. 

In addition, the fall BFR newsletter, listing all programming from youth through adults is now on the Icon. It is also an attachment below.

Douglas Steinman was a Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate

Douglas Lee Steinman, 52, of Lima and formerly of Gilboa died Aug. 24, 2015 at his residence.  Douglas was born June 4, 1963, in Bluffton to the late Jerry and Margie Eck Steinman. 

Douglas worked at Dana Corp., Lima.  He was a graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School and Bowling Green State University with a degree in Manufacturing Design and Robotics. 

He was a member of Gilboa United Methodist Church.   


Brauen's Gourds open house Sept. 5-6

Brauen's Gourds, 7140 Tom Fett Road, Bluffton, will hold their annual fall open house in early September.

Hours are:
• Saturday, Sept. 5 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept.6 - 1 to 4 p.m.

The gourds are created by Don and Jodi Brauen.



Elder abuse topic of Sept. 17 "lunch and learn" in Ada

Community Health Professionals, Ada, and Liberty National Bank, Ada, will hold a free "lunch and learn" program from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, at the CHP building, 1200 S. Main St., Ada.

Elder abuse is the topic of the program. Jayme Richards, executive director of the Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services, Columbus, is the speaker.

The program is free. Participants will receive a box lunch courtesy of Liberty National Bank. Donations are welcome and will go toward CHP hospice patient care fund.


Football preview: 2015 Pirate gridders look to improve on last season

By Sam Brauen

The 2015 Bluffton football season is set to kickoff Friday evening and the Pirates are ready to get back into action.  

Bluffton is under the direction of Coach Kyle Cutnaw who returns for his second year at the helm of the program. 42 players dot the roster and the Pirates will compete in Division VI, Region  20. 

The team has had successful scrimmages with Arlington, Marion Local and Pandora-Gilboa in addition to winning the Liberty Benton 7 on 7 tournament earlier this summer. 


Here's the fall BFR newsletter

The September, October and November Bluffton Family Recreation newsletter is now on the Icon.

The newsletter lists programs from youth through adults. In addition, indoor soccer information is included, as well as membership prices.

To view the newsletter open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Non-profit organizations event: Tools for giving seminar offered twice on Sept. 10

Several Bluffton non-profit organizations will hold an informational “Generous Living, Tools for Giving” seminar twice on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The free, one-hour seminars are:
• 10 a.m., Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, 132 N. Main St.
• 7 p.m., Bluffton town hall, third floor, 154 N. Main St.

Council committee meeting date moved to Aug. 31

The Village of Bluffton’s Streets, Alleys, Lights, and Sidewalks Committee meeting scheduled for Sept. 8, has been rescheduled to Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 at 7 p.m., according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.


Grant will aid university campus discussion of vocation

Bluffton University is again going to work on vocation with the aid of a $10,000 grant administered by its Center for Career and Vocation (CCV).

More specifically, the university has received a $10,000 professional development award from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). And the award will help fund a project, called Renewing Vocation through Innovation, Vision and Exploration (reVIVE), that organizers hope will lead to increased faculty and staff engagement about vocation.