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May 27, 2016


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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:


Letter: Did you know there are rails under Main Street?

Note: This letter is in response to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce's program on the Dixie Highway Centennial on Friday, Jan. 9.

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Did you know the rails ran right down the center on Main St? I grew on 668 S Main in the 1920s, Watching for the trains was a big excitement. Played 'hide and seek' running with the freight car across the street to a new destination.Watched for the group of new cars being driven from Detroit to unknown. What wonderful memories!


Letter: Some additional thoughts about Old Man Bluffton


Nice story on old man Bluffton.So start a list/a section. Things to work on to improve divided by sections. In any town there are a lot of small things that can be done to make things better.

• Easy/inexpensive things to change

• More difficult things to change to improve

• Grand plans/strategies:  Long term goals

• Let residents have their input and recommendations.

Keep track of what they recommend and what is accomplished.  Keep chipping
away on the list.


Letter: Thanks to all those volunteers who helped set up the Ream display

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The Village Cultural Affairs Committee would like to thank the following volunteers who assisted in placing the Ream Holiday Folk Art cutouts on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.


Letter: American Legion hosts several Veterans Day services

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The Bluffton American Legion Post 382 will be holding services at Richland Manor, the Mennonite Home in Bluffton and  Maple Crest on Veterans Day.  

Larry Core, Tom and Cheryl Craig will be demonstrating to all 4th graders how the American Flag should be folded and Mrs. Craig will tell what each fold of the flag means.  


Fair Trade jewelry party Oct. 24 at public library

Dear Friends

Please support Fair Trade in Bluffton and encourage community members to attend planned programs to raise awareness.

This Friday, October 24th between 11:00am and 1:00pm the library will partner with Ten Thousand Villages to host a special Fair Trade Jewelery Party.

Esther Birkey
Youth Services Coordinator
Bluffton Public Library


Letter: About those pumpkins on Main Street

Note: The Icon accidentially sat on this letter by error. We received it on Oct. 14. Our apologies.

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You may soon notice that pumpkins aren’t just orange this year.  Before long, hand-painted pumpkins will be distributed throughout Bluffton, exhibiting a variety of colors not typically seen on this fixture of autumn.


Letter: Your invitation to help sponsor the Blaze of Lights

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On Saturday, Nov. 29, Bluffton hosts its 28th annual Blaze of Lights. It’s a great Bluffton tradition.

• Our popular ice sculptuter returns. He’ll carve some ice at 4 p.m. on Main Street. Joining the iceman is John Guagenti, who will carve a holiday figure from wood.

• Our parade should be our largest ever! We anticipate 100 parade units. That translates to a 60-minute parade.

• From 6 to 7 p.m., we have new entertainment groups to perform following the parade.


Letter: Thank you, American Legion, for the town hall flag pole

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Note: On Sept. 27 the Bluffton American Legion held a flag pole dedication ceremony at the townhall.

When I looked out the window of my Town Hall office and saw the flag, my eyes teared up.  I did not know at the time where it came from but was very grateful and appreciative to see it.