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October 28, 2016


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Meet CHRS MSN. The Icon spotted this plate on a red Chrysler 300 S in the Mennonite Memorial Home parking lot in Bluffton. It has a Hancock County sticker. If Chris is viewing this, please tell us the meaning of this plate.

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Thanks for support of the Bluffton Schools' renewal levy

On behalf of the Bluffton Schools' Board of Education and the levy committee, I would like to thank you for your support of our renewal on Tuesday, March 15.  We will continue to spend these permanent improvement dollars wisely and will continue to make public where this money is spent each year.  We are very proud of our school and the community that supports it.  Thank you, again, for all you do for our district!

Greg Denecker
Superintendent, Bluffton Schools



Letter: Thank you to everyone involved in Saturday's Easter egg hunt

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Want to send out a big thank you to all the volunteers, residents, Mennonite Home, McDonald's and Community Markets for the very organized and well ran Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 19.

I took my three year-old grandson Garrett and this was his first-ever Easter egg hunt as well.

He was so excited to have his number drawn in the basket give away and the number of eggs he was able to get.

Kudos to all those who took part in making this a wonderful and safe event for children!
June Fields


Bluffton library staff, board and volunteers grateful for levy support

Dear editor:

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, voters in the Bluffton school district approved a tax levy renewal for Bluffton Public Library. The levy passed with an unofficial 73-percent of voters supporting library functions.

“Words cannot express our gratitude to the Bluffton School District voters.”


Letters: Scouting For Food comes to Bluffton in March - be ready

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 Bluffton’s Boy Scout Troop 256 is participating in a community-wide service project called Scouting For Food.

In fact, it’s the Scout’s biggest service project of the year. On Saturday, March 5, we’re going to go door-to-door in Bluffton to put a yellow grocery bag on everybody’s doorstep or porch. During the week, your bags can be filled with canned goods and such.

On March 12, put the filled bag back on your doorstep or porch. The Scouts will pick them up and take the donated items to the Bluffton Food Pantry.


Good Samaritan Women's Group seeks donations to assist in recent project

Giving Back…
The Good Samaritan Women’s Group is a local volunteer group here in Bluffton that works toward servicing those in need, not only in our community, but in our area.

The group will be adopting two resident rooms at the Good Samaritan House in Lima this month, and will welcome any donations to assist with this project.

The improvement project involves painting and supplying curtains, lamps, bedding and simple décor for two bedrooms.


Letter: David Steiner is applying for vacant council seat

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I am applying for the vacant council seat for the term expiring December 31, 2017. I have resided in the Village of Bluffton for more than one year and I am an elector as required by the Ohio Revised Code.


Letter: Jan Emmert provides more details to our Dec. 24 Bluffton Santa photo from the early 1950s

Note: Jan Emmert provides the following additional information concerning the photo of Santa that the Icon posted on Dec. 24. The information provided is a portion of an email he sent to his brothers and sisters.

There are two things of interest to our family in this picture in the Bluffton Icon of downtown Bluffton, including the old Citizens Bank in the Center of town. 


Letters: Reality, Grief, Hope

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Attached find a short reflection/poem in response to the mass shootings last week and Christmas. 

Much good will to you as you continue to carry forth with the stimulating and challenging work of spreading words with meaning throughout the community and beyond!

Elizabeth Raid, formerly of Bluffton
3132 Royer West Drive,
Newton, Kansas, 67114 

Reality, Grief, Hope


Senior citizens send thank you to voters


Thank you so much to the voters of Allen County for the passage of our Senior Citizens Services Levy! The seniors thank you as well. We will now have just the one levy in Allen County to go before voters every 5 years. It includes a renewal of our .5 mil levy and an increase of .5 mil. We will stop collecting on a .3 mil levy that was also in place. The agencies that share this levy include Bluffton Senior Center, Delphos Senior Citizens, Allen County Council on Aging, and Senior Citizens Services of Lima.


Letter: Friends of the Library book sale thank you and a request

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The Friends of the Library would like to thank the community for their support in making the fall book sale the best ever. BUT, we really need donations of books, histories, mysteries, anything but text books, work books and encyclopedias. donating books supports the library.

Sallie Jones
Friends of Library