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January 23, 2021

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Bluffton Icon invites organizations scheduling events in 2021 to send information to the Icon for its montly calendar.

While 2020's events calendar fell by the wayside due to the covid-19 pandemic, Zoom and other social media platforms open many events to be virtual.

The Icon is interested in:
• 4-H meetings
• Township boards
• Club meetings
• Community programs
• Youth sports sign-ups
• Blood drives
• Raffles
• Church events
• any event that the public may participate in virtually


Virtual tree of remembrance service today

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services will hold a virtual Tree of Remembrance memorial service at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at for those who have lost a loved one this year or in years past.                       

For more information about the service or to RSVP for the service call 419-358-2051 or email chilesbl@wcoil.com.


Two popular evening events on The Inn at ONU's calendar

Tuesday paintINN and Thursday holiday wine tasting

Two special evening events this week at The Inn at ONU remain open for RSVPs, according to The Inn team.

Tuesday night PaintINN
A PaintINN provides artists an opportunity to create either  a snowman porch sitter or a cardinal winter scene on wood. You chose which project to create.

The Tuesday, Dec. 8, event begins at 6 p.m. and includes supplies, artistic instruction, a glass of wine, non-alcoholic beverages and buffet plus dessert.


Dec. 9 auction includes collections of former ONU president

Many items from the DeBow Freed trust and the late Catherine Freed will be in a public auction at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Dr. Freed was president of Ohio Northern University for 20 years. He died on Feb. 8, 2020. ONU First Lady Catherine Freed died on Nov. 25, 2016.

Among those items include jewelry, postage stamps, coins and silverware items.

The auction is through the firm of Apple Tree Auction Center, 1625 W. Church St. Newark, Ohio.


Dan Bowden will hit the switch on Saturday

Watch a virtual program with Kevin Gratz, Dan Bowden and the BHS show choir as the Ream lights officially turn on

Timing for this virtual event is still in the works. Watch the Icon for details as they develop.

Dan Bowden joins a long list of Bluffton switch hitters on Saturday.

In a Saturday, Dec. 5, virtual event, the former fire chief and soon-to-be retiring village employee will turn on the Ream folk art holiday lights.

Bowden has worked for the village of Bluffton for 45 years, where he has served most of those years as Bluffton's water plant operator.


Join the Saturday Santa caravan

Chamber-sponsored event already had over 50 vehicles in the tour of Bluffton's holiday lights

Most people think of Santa riding in a sleigh. Not, in Bluffton. Here, he rides in a 1920s-era fire truck.

And, you may join Santa on a Saturday evening cruise around town to see the holiday lights.

It's the longest-ever holiday caravan of vehicles in Bluffton. As of Thursday afternoon 53 vehicles were already signed up to participate.

Santa (and maybe Mrs. Claus) will lead the vehicles while they ride in the fire truck. Jon Kinn will drive the couple and the Bluffton police will lead the caravan.

Here’s how to participate: