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October 17, 2017

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Brauen's Gourds open house Sept. 2-3

Don and Jodi Brauen will host a fall open house for Brauen's Gourds on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3.

The open house is at their farm at 7140 Tom Fett Road, Bluffton. Hours are:
• Saturday, Sept. 2 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 3 - 1 to 4 p.m.



Friday night at Harmon Field

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Legion recognizes Boys-Girls State participants

Here are Bluffton High School's American Legion Boys and Girls State participants from this summer.

From left, Bluffton Legion Commander Fred Rodabaugh, Christian Groman, Karis Wilson, Alyssa Casmier, Kaden Reneker and Chairman for Boys and Girls State, Dennis Morrison.

Each student was presented a Good Citizenship Citation from the Bluffton American Legion Post 382 at a recent legion meeting.




BHS student Sydney Hoff named Allen County Junior Fair Princess

Bluffton had royalty at this year's Allen County junior fair. Sydney Hoff, daughter of Scott and Brigette Hoff, was named junior fair princess. She is a senior at Bluffton High School.

 She is a member of Beaverdam Bunch 4-H Club and Future Shepherds 4-H Club.

She received the follow awards at this year's county and state fair:

• Mastering Photography – A, First Place, County Plaque Winner, Ohio State Fair Participant

• 2 A ribbons

• Outstanding Livestock Interview

• 1st place Sr. Goat Livestock Interview Judging


It's parade time!

Your invitation to be part of the Nov. 25 Blaze of Lights parade

90 days and counting.

It's time to start planning your Blaze of Lights parade float or unit entry.

This year’s Blaze, sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce takes place on Saturday, Nov. 25, in downtown Bluffton.


Junior Weihrauch is the parade chairperson. Groups interested in being in the parade should mail the application form to:
Junior Weihrauch
20791 State Route 68
Arlington, OH 45814


The 1956 elementary school building plate

School starts next week.

Several improvements to the buildings took place this summer. One permanent structure, however, is the building plate of the Bluffton elementary school lobby.

Placed in 1956 when the school opened, it lists the important players in the school system at that time.


Backyard acrobat

At least four hummingbirds visit the Icon's backyard feeders each day. Here's one showing off its acrobatic skills.


Don't forget to say, "Cheese!"

This sign says it all about getting back to school. Bluffton High School students are picking up schedules and having photos taken for 2017-18. Those events take place Friday and Monday. The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 28.


Village park pond "fill in" on hold

16-page EPA requirement forces council to rethink the project

The Bluffton village park pond isn’t dead yet – nor is it filled in yet.

Last fall Bluffton council, on the recommendation of the parks and recreation committee, voted to fill in the pond. The area would be used for either additional parking or another ball diamond.

The pond discussion came up at Monday’s council meeting and some new information has the council re-thinking filling in the pond.

The village learned it would be required to develop a storm water pollution plan covering 16 pages of requirements before the pond could be filled in.


Warlike rhetoric from the U.S. president can never be dismissed

Opinion piece from PeaceVoice

By Dr. Mel Gurtov
This opinon provided by  PeaceVoice Program, Oregon Peace Institute


The problem with Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” statement on North Korea isn’t merely that it intensifies an already tense situation.  Nor is it just another example of Trump’s inappropriate, childish language when faced with a complex issue.