• Next community meal at 6 p.m., Thursday, at Senior Center

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August 16, 2017


Poetic License

We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

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Do you have a lost rooster?

Are you missing a rooster? The Ada police department has a rooster that needs to be relocated to a farm home. 

We have no idea how it got to Ada and if anyone can assist in taking the rooster, please call the Ada Police Department at 419-634-0010, Phone Option #2.


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10:06 P.M NOTE: The Bluffton warning siren was activated by Allen County, not by the village. At 9:44 p.m. the Bluffton warning siren alerted residents of heavy rains heading toward Bluffton from the west.


Bluffton police receive over 500 calls for service in June

Third month in a row of 500+ calls; that nearly 20 per day

The Bluffton Police Department report that calls for service numbered above 500 for the third month in a row. In June the department had 537 total calls for service, which is an average of 17.9 calls per day.
Total Calls for Service (CFS) – 537
Total Reportable Offenses – 28
Traffic Crashes Handled – 3

June 1


Bluffton becomes bicycle capital of Ohio on Saturday

3rd annual Ride to Remember brings bikers to town; still time to register

Bluffton becomes the capital of bicycling in Ohio on Saturday.

It’s the 3rd annual Ride to Remember bicycle event, and takes bike riders as far they want to go – from 2 miles to a 112-mile Gran Fondo.



Can you identify this Bluffton scene?

Probably not, but give it a shot.

A couple hints:
• Near the village park
• Looking down
• There are several of these in Bluffton

Answer: One of the drains on the County Line Road overpass over Interstate 75.



No, he was not the bus driver

Several things are at play here.

First, Roger Edwards. Second the photographer, Sue Shields, who sent this cell phone photo of the esteemed president of the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association following the return of a recent senior citizens bus trip.

While Roger may be the new poster child for the senior citizens, we've not yet heard the entire story of the bus trip.

We no doubt will hear about it soon.



Deserved to be on a calendar

John Flickinger stopped in Bluffton over the weekend and photographed the Bluffton town hall against an impressive summer sky drop back. He shared the photo with The Icon and we couldn't keep this art work to ourselves.




60 years later - meet the BHS class of 1957

Bluffton High School class of 1957 celebrated its 60th reunion on June 17, 2017, in the Bluffton town hall.

Attending, front from left, Ruth Augsburger Koontz, Eva Galloway Pickett, Raeleen Bucher Greenawalt, Marjory Lehman Lyman, Jane Badertscher Walter, Judy Tschantz Koepke and John Murray.

Second row from left, Judy Schiffke Hauenstein, Nan Schmidt Knee, Mary Jo Diller Lehman, Martha Koontz Hindgardner, Margie Gerber Closson, Linda Core Kramer and Dwain Leiber.


Swiss Day June 25

Program "Letters from the Swiss Settlement 1840-1860"

The Swiss Community Historical Society’s annual Swiss Day is Sunday, June 25, according to Gary Wetherill, president of the society.

This year’s event includes:
• 12:30 p.m. potluck at Ebenezer Mennonite Church
• 2:30 p.m. program – “Letters from the Swiss Settlement 1840-1860.”
• Following the program – Schumacher homestead open house


Hanging gardens of Bluffton

Stratton Greenhouses employees hang nearly a dozen hanging flower baskets along Main Street on Friday. The hanging baskets compliment Stratton flower pots on the sidewalks, making Bluffton's downtown vibrant for the summer.