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July 29, 2015


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United Way at 90% of goal; 50-50 drawing on Aug. 1

Almost 90 percent of the local United Way goal is met, according to Neil Reichenbach, UW treasurer.

He told the Icon: "To date we have raised $21,896.27 which is 87.59% of our goal of $25,000. 

"We have also decided to have our 50/50 drawing on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Farmers' Market at 11 a.m. 

"We will selling tickets  on Aug. 1, until the time of the drawing.  The current prize for the 50/50 drawing would be $173.50  before any possible ticket sales the morning of Aug. 1.

Free school supplies available on Aug. 1

Free school supplies are available to children on the free and/or reduced lunch program within the Bluffton School District.

Distribution is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. John's United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton. Call 419-358-5641 for details.

This is a program of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.

Lots of events on Bluffton's weekend calendar - Friday-Saturday-Sunday

Looks like there’s lots to do in Bluffton this weekend. Here’s a capsule of events:

Friday - free ice cream

Tommy Tire Sales, 319 N. Main St., will have its second annual free ice cream from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, according to Tom Dotson."Jay Lugibihl will bring his homemade ice cream maker again and also this year we will be doing a bonus for the kids with free pony rides from noon to 5 p.m.," said Dotson.

Saturday ALS bake sale

Bake sale July 25 to benefit ALS

There will be a bake sale to benefit the ALS Association on Saturday, July 25, from 8 a.m.-noon in front of the Citizens National Bank. The Bluffton team "Fast Talker Kingsley" will be raising money for the ALS walk in Columbus on September 27. The team will walk and raise donations in honor of Phillip Kingsley. To donate or join the team please contact coralnate@yahoo.com. To donate click on the link and select team "Fast talker Kingsley".

Pool season passes now available at half price

The Bluffton Community Swimming Pool season is at its mid-point. Bluffton council okayed half-price season ticket sales to begin.

Those prices follow and are in effect until the pool closes for 2015. Pool hours are Monday through Friday from 1 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Single daily admission continues at $3.

Half price costs:
• Single season pass $40
• Family season pass $65

Mosquito spraying takes places on Wednesday

Mosquito spraying in Bluffton takes place on Wednesday evenings from 9 p.m. to approximately 1 a.m.

Spraying takes place unless it is raining or is extremely windy. If either of those conditions are present, spraying is moved to Thursday evening of that week.

All that rain...weather report for first 20 days of July

Twenty days into July and the Pandora-Bluffton area has already experienced 6.64 inches of rain. All the that rain fell in a 13-day period from July 7 to July 19.

During that stretch Bluffton was without rain on only three days.

The heaviest rainfall was 2.92 inches on July 9.

Here’s the weather report (attachment at the bottom of this story) for the first 20 days of July from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Bluffton fireworks concludes National Night Out on Aug. 4

Bluffton’s fireworks, postponed in late June due to the weather, is rescheduled for 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Bluffton’s National Night Out celebration at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

The fireworks will cap off the National Night Out. The display should last between 20 and 30 minutes.

The National Night Out and fireworks will take place on Snider Road, Bluffton. Watch for a map indicating locations where people can watch the display.

Bluffton Community Preschool enrollment for fall underway

The Bluffton Community Preschool program year begins Wednesday, Sept. 9, Shelly Matijevich, director, told The Icon. 

There are still some openings available for new students. 

Children must be 3 on or before Aug. 1. Classroom sessions are Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.

Both morning (8:05 to 10:45 a.m.) and afternoon (12:05 to 2:45 p.m.) class sessions are available.

A third day, Friday morning is potentially an option as well. A sibling discount is available.

Fresh water shark spotted in Riley Creek

An Icon viewer confirmed rumors floating around that fresh-water sharks have, in fact, entered the Riley Creek stream system.

Earlier this week, the Icon obtained this photo sent by Tricia Burkholder from her cell phone with the proof.

"I spotted this on my way home from my mom's house. As we drove across the bridge by Buckeye Lake, we spotted a shark swimming in the Riley Creek," she informed the Icon.

Several unconfirmed sightings of large creatures with fins in the Riley have, up to this point, been poo-pooed.