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August 15, 2020

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Best caption receives 4 Shannon Theatre passes

Write a caption to this photo. The best caption will earn four passes to the Shannon Theatre to the caption writer. It's Dave Sycks directing a summer band rehearsal.

Send entries to: Caption contest, info@blufftonicon.com. Deadline 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.


Forgetten Bluffton - a swimming pool in the Riley a century ago

You can see its outline between Harmon Field and Steinmetz Field

Several photos accompany this story -
By Fred Steiner

This is part of the Icon’s new series on “Forgotten Bluffton” – Swimming in Riley Creek is no doubt something that never interested you.

But, in the 1920’s the village had a designated swimming area constructed in Big Riley Creek for youth in the community.

If you stand near the entrance to Steinmetz Field, turn toward Harmon Field, and take about a dozen steps toward the creek you will see the remnants of a dam. That dam backed up the creek and made a nice sized pool for swimming


HB 6 repeal would address only part of Ohio Lawmakers' recent action to slow renewables

This story is from "Eye on Ohio," Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism

While the primary focus of the Icons is the Bluffton and Ada communities, we are a supporter of "Eye on Ohio, Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism." This article is provided by the Center and should be of interest to Icon viewers.

By Kathiann M. Kowalski
Both Republican and Democratic Ohio lawmakers are pushing to repeal the state’s nuclear bailout bill after this week’s release of a federal criminal complaint against House Speaker Larry Householder and others.


Mural, mural, on the wall contest

You know the mural on the building directly north of the Bluffton Presbyterian Church on Main Street.

Here's a chance for you to win a 1-item, 14-inch Padrone's Pizza. The six photos from the mural are out of order. Some even overlap.

Send the Icon the correct order of the photo alignment using the letters from left to right. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing (if necessary) to select the winner. 

This contest deadline is 6 p.m., Saturday, July 25. Send your answers to: Mural Contest, info@blufftonicon.com.


Can you imagine swimming the National from Jefferson Street to Lake?

Viewers provide their own stories about the Buckeye, National and Riley Creek

Several Icon viewers offer their own Buckeye, Riley Creek and National Quarry experiences while growing up. The responses followed the Bluffton Public Library presentation by Fred Steiner titled "You'll never believe what's at the bottom of the Buckeye."

Can you add a story of your own? Send it to: info@blufftonicon.com

Click here to watch the presentation. 


So, you think you know Bluffton - answer

So, you think you know Bluffton. The location of the portion of the building shown above is at the Bluffton elementary school. The photo below points to the location.