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May 31, 2020

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Turned upside down by COVID-19

Some guidance, decade by decade, for how to adjust or compensate for the economic impact

By Gary Reese
Faith Investments, Blufton

Our world has been turned upside down by COVID-19.  

For the most part, we have never walked this road before – personally or as communities.  Many are facing loss of work, depletion of savings, delays in unemployment or other assistance, and so forth.  Others have had relatively few economic adjustments, but they are facing family, health, or interpersonal difficulties.  Times are hard all around.


Deer me, I'm in the Little Riley

Bluffton is a wild place. You just need to know where to look.

The Icon came across a deer in Little Riley Creek on May 27. We watched each other for a brief moment and then, the deer decided it was camera shy. For an interesting one-minute video, click below. But, remain very still.

Mid-week doctor: A couple reminders about hand hygiene

When practicing hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, you are not only protecting yourself, you are taking measures to protect others

By Colleen Abrams, Infections Preventionist
Blanchard Valley Health System

Proper hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent the spread of infection, any time of the year. This is particularly important during winter months.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, this flu season alone, there have been over 5,400 influenza-related hospitalizations in Ohio. You can take measures to prevent illness at any time of the year by taking the following minimum measures every day:

Robert Flick was a lifelong area resident

Was a truck driver, mechanic and member of Bluffton College maintenance staff

Robert Kent Flick, 91, died  May 25, 2020, at The Grand of Dublin in Dublin, Ohio. Bob was born Aug. 14, 1928, in Allen County, Ohio, to the late Cecil and Phenelle (Habegger) Flick. On May 22, 1949 he married Mary Williamson Flick who preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 2003.  He later married Ruth Baughman Unrau on Feb. 26, 2012, and she preceded him in death on June 20, 2018. 


A slide show you won't want to miss

It features the 2020 Bluffton High School seniors - before and now

Here's a great video you may want to watch more than once. It's the 2020 Bluffton High School senior graduation slide show. 

The presentation, produced by 2020 class members Xavier Dunifon and Jimmy O'Donnell, is a 20-minute show, which includes photos of grads today and as youngsters.

The video ends with a brief dialogue between Xavier and Jimmy, plus several photos that tell the story of class of 2020. The video is also on the Bluffton school website, or may be viewed by clicking the link below.


Parks and rec committee meets via Zoom at 6 p.m.

Bluffton parks and recreation committee will meet at 6 p.m., tonight (Tuesday, May 26),  using Zoom video conferencing. Those interested in attending should contact Jesse Blackburn at blackburnj@bluffton-ohio.com to request an invitation.