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Erin Prater

July 25, 2016


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Bluffton Icon supports Mental Health and Recovery Services Board levy

The Icon supports the 0.5 mil renewal levy of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties. The levy is on the Nov. 3 ballot. If approved it will continue to support this agency’s current expenses for the next 10 years.

For 40 years, voters have approved this 0.5 mil levy, which supports basic mental health and alcohol and drug treatment for adults and children.

This renewal levy is not a new tax and ensures that these vial services for children, families and adults continue in our community.


Fresh catch for breakfast

Look closely at the bird. This guy is having breakfast.

The Icon watched Bluffton's great blue heron snatch a fish from the retention pond at The Centre late last week.

We witnessed the "catch," but missed the photo op by about 10 seconds. At least we snapped the fish going down the throat.

The great blue is pretty reliable on his schedule.

You'll find him around 10:15 a.m. every morning at the corner of Main and Snider - feet in pond, posing as a statue.


Icon supports Issue 1 on Nov. 3

This Nov. 3, Ohioans will have the opportunity to solve a divisive problem facing our state. Issue 1 defines a new method for drawing state legislative districts and embodies a compromise reached by Legislators of both parties.


BHS homecoming parades get better each year

Everyone loves a  parade.

Bluffton boasts the best small-town homecoming parade in northwestern Ohio. Despite the rather unfriendly winds, this year's parade drew a huge crowd, and showed lots of energy.

See for yourself. Open our 18-photo selection of photos as the parade passed by the Icon at the corner of Main and College.


Another - earlier - photo of Owlsburg (or Van's, whichever you prefer)

Owlsburg Tavern, or Van's, which ever you prefer, appears to be one of the stories of the year on the Icon. It received over 6,000 Facebook recognitions in a recent story, reaching viewers all the way to eastern Europe.


For the many Icon fans of the establishment at the corner of State Route 235 and Lincoln Highway, here's an earlier photo from the Icon archives.


Something about that darn, boyish grin; Did he know something we didn’t know?

How can a guy from a place called Zelienople have so many friends in a place called Bluffton?

That guy, let’s call him “The Donald”  - he would have thought it funny -   showed up here about the time Nixon was in the White House. He never left.

Imagine - he was hired to serve as the disciplinarian to rowdy Bluffton College students. A thankless job. But, somebody had to do it.


Here's a video you'll want to watch - Bluffton's National Night Out

Did you enjoy Bluffton's National Night out on Aug. 4?

If so - or if you missed it - here's a video shot by Blane Miller. He took it high above the event. Can you figure out how he shot it?



"That thing you did about temporarily getting rid of the comment section was a good thing"

Note:  The Iconoclast View is a place on the Icon where we post opinion pieces. The following email came to us recently - unsoliciated from the Icon owner's brother, Rudi Steiner.

It fits in the opinion category and may help to explain what the Icon is and is not. We offer it here for viewers' enjoyment.

That thing you did about temporarily getting rid of the comments section was a good idea.


This street painting project is not a creation of BHS seniors

They are painting Main Street, but it's not the BHS seniors.

Zimmerman Painting is involved in creating a new paint scheme for Main Street. This week the firm is removing and replacing the crosswalks at the following Main Street intersections:

   • College
   • Franklin
   • Church-Cherry
   • Vine
   • Elm
   • Jefferson


It's only a paper moon - (it's not real grass)

Who hasn't walked, jogged, biked or driven past the Bluffton University football stadium and wondered what it looks like from the 50-yard-line on the home bleacher side.

Here's that look. The Icon visited the field earlier in the week and came home with several photos, which you may view below this story.

(The final photo is an artist's rendition of the completed field. The sixth photo shows a pile of turf cut up on the sidelines.)