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Neil Reichenbach

December 9, 2016


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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Letter: Give Richard Boehr support - he's doing a good job

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It’s about time that Blufftonites stick up for Richard Boehr and all that he has done for Bluffton, including the Shannon Cemetery, which he is thoroughly trying to improve. Where were all you complainers when the cemetery was in shambles?

Why is it that the person in this town who does something productive, gets blasted from people who do nothing but cause turmoil?

The good souls who live above ground and now who will be memorialized are shaking their fingers at the people who can’t leave well enough alone.


Letter: Thanks to all the silent auction donors

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The Bluffton Area Relay for Hope wishes to thank the following donors of items in this year's silent auction. The auction list is posted elsewhere on the Icon.

Dwight & Norma Rader, Jerry & Betty Burkholder, Lori Powell State Farm Ins., Toledo Walleye, African Wildlife Safari Port Clinton, Columbus Magic Mountain, Lowell & Joyce Rossman, Legacy Feed Store, Boehm’s Freezer Beef,


Letter: Voice concern and possible solution to lack of stoplight at Main and College

May 26, 2015

Dear Village of Bluffton council members, Mayor Augusburger, and Mr. Mehaffie,

Thank you so much for listening to my concerns about pedestrian safety at the intersection of College and Main at your streets and alleys committee meeting on May 18.

Since that meeting, I have observed vehicle and pedestrian traffic before and after school. On Tuesday, May 19, I counted 200 cars in the intersection in the 15-minute span between 3 and 3:15 p.m. Only two drivers stopped to allow pedestrians to use the crosswalk.


Letter to the editor: from Senior Citizens board

The Board of Directors and the staff of the Bluffton Senior Center would like to thank Rick and Ruth Grihalva from Forever in Stitches for the very generous donation after they closed the retail side of their business. They gifted the Senior Center with much fabric, kits and sewing notions. The sewers at the Senior Center will be set for quite a while.

Thank You,

Bluffton Senior Citizens board


Letter: Here's an update on Bluffton PTO projects

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Spring is here and that means the end of the school year is quickly approaching. 

The PTO committee has been busy discussing and working on many projects we want to complete before the end of the school year. 

We will be providing $400 for each grade level (K through 5th) to purchase new accelerated reader books; a total of $2400. 

We will be purchasing three SmartBoards, along with USB cables, for three of the third grade classrooms.  One classroom was completed previously.  The cost will be around $4758. 


Letter: Some information about 1965 tornado cleanup by NYC Jewish youth

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Here are some recollections about the April 11, 1965, Palm Sunday tornado from Icon viewer and former Bluffton resident, Anne McGinnis Parker.


Bluffton area was declared a disaster area by the federal government. Unfortunately, the declaration was not accompanied by funds. Mutual Insurance companies were left bankrupt by the many claims. A small sum from the State of Ohio was far from enough to repair the wide-spread damage.


Letter: 50th anniversary celebration of BHS street painting this year

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the "Painting of the Street" in front of the high school.  As one of the original "artists" I'm considering getting the band back together. We could just show up that day and enjoy the tradition that it has become; from it humble and clandestine beginnings.

I do not know the date of this year's festivities.  Can yIcon viewers help me with that?  Also, I have not mentioned this to the other band members.

Thanks for your help.


Senior Center thanks Forever in Stitches

The Bluffton Senior Center would like to thank Forever In Stitches and Rick and Ruth Grihalva for the very generous donation of a Pfaff hobby 1022 sewing machine. This great donation valued over $100.00 will be used during Deb Beer’s Sewing Workshops at the Senior Center were members learn to make new items which are then sold in the Senior Center gift store. March 11 will be the next workshop where the machine will get plenty of use making oven mitts. If you have any questions about Deb’s Sewing Workshops, contact Deb mornings at the Senior Center, 419-358-8971.


Letter: Legion thanks United Methodist Church

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All members of the Bluffton American Legion Post 382 would like to thank Pastor Kim Miller and the congregation of the Bluffton First United Methodist church for honoring the Four Chaplains who so bravely gave their all for their Country, in a ceremony Feb. 1, 2015

Chaplain Donald Rock, Sam Reineke and Jerry Cupples led the services for the American Legion.

Again, Thank You to Pastor Kim Miller and the congregation for honoring all service men and women who have given their all for our Country.


Letter: Library thanks all sponsors, donors and supports in 2014

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The Bluffton Public Library wishes to thank the wonderful patrons, community members and businesses who sponsored, donated time and gifts, and supported the library during 2014 - through your generosity we are able to offer successful programs which encourage reading, education, and community awareness. 

We had wonderful programs and presentations which helped the community discover new things (and revisit old classics) which were provided by: