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Temperatures start feeling more like autumn

It’s starting to feel more like autumn. Temperatures in the past seven days dipped into the 50s, 40s and 30, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

The attachment at the bottom of this story reveals daily weather conditions in Bluffton for October.


Oh, boy! The Blaze gets closer and closer

Holly Follies return! Still time to enter the parade; here are important Blaze set-up dates

The Blaze of Lights is closer than you think.

Here are some imporant dates leading up to the Blaze for downtown businesses and volunteers interested in helping put up the Ream holiday folk art display.

Public invited to Augsburger Road pathway ribbon cutting on Oct. 31

The newest section the Bluffton pathway system will be dedicated at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, at the entrance of the new path on Augsburger Road near the Bluffton University athletic complex.

The $244,000 Lions Way-Augsburger Road pedestrian and bike path project was completed earlier this week as the final layer of asphalt was applied on Oct. 23.

The pathway connects Elm Street to the Riverbend residential housing development and Maple Crest retirement community. The path removes bikers, joggers and pedestrians from the busy Augsburger Road.

Chamber encourages #IChooseBluffton

because..."towns like our's don't happen by accident"

#IChooseBluffton. Towns like our's don’t happen by accident.

The hashtag and catch phrase is a new project of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, according to Gen Akroyd, chamber director. And, she adds that the chamber encourages Bluffton businesses and residents to start using it.

She told the Icon: “The #IChooseBluffton Challenge is simple. Think about where your needs can be met locally before seeking them outside the community.”

What are your Saturday plans?

Bluffton has lots to offer this weekend - here's the schedule

What are your Saturday Bluffton plans? There’s a lot going on. Here’s a sampling:

• Farmers’ Market, Citizens National Bank parking lot, South Main Street.
From 8:30 a.m. to noon, the final market of the season is Saturday, Oct. 29.

• Cars and Coffee
The final cars and coffee of the season is from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, according to Tim Boutwell of Heated Vehicle Storage, 906 N. Main St.

If history is the guide look for Bluffton-Richland Township to vote Republican for president

However, the May primary shows there is room for doubt

If history is the guide, the majority of Bluffton and Richland Township voters will support the Republican presidential candidate on Nov. 8.

But, as the May primary results show, there is room for doubt in the election.

However, The Icon’s analysis of presidential voting patterns here since 1908 reflecting history as the guide will probably mean a Republican win.

Consider the following show of Republican political strength in this community:

Ream folk art display lights set up on Nov. 5; cutouts on Nov. 12

Volunteers needed - contact Lynda Best

Lynda Best of the village cultural affairs committee invites anyone from the community to help setting up the Ream holiday folk art display on the Presbyterian Church lawn.

"We are getting ready to set up the Blaze and could use some help," she said. "The lights go up on the Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the display is set up on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m."

Lunch will be provided to volunteers.

"We can use the help very much if someone can only give us a couple hours we would appreciate it," she said. Contac Best 419-296-2790.

Power pole at high school explodes

Center of Bluffton without power this morning

It was the sound of three “booms” and then the lights went out, at approximately 9 a.m.


A center section of Bluffton is without electrical power this morning. The outage covers the area between Main, Grove, Lawn and Elm. The two largest areas affected are all businesses on the west side of Main Street and the Bluffton elementary, middle and high school.

The stoplight at the intersection of Main and Cherry is also out of power.

Unseasonably warm, but who is complaining?

Temperatures in the past week have been unseasonably warm, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

In the past seven days the “lowest” high degree was 61 on Oct. 13.

Meanwhile, the lowest temperature seemed more seasonable at 42 on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15.

The attachment to this story lists daily weather temperatures so far in October.

Watershed group annual meeting Nov. 10

The annual meeting of the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership (BRWP) is Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Hancock Ag. Center, 7868 County Road 140, Findlay.

A continental breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. with the meeting portion starting at 7:30 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 9 a.m. A RSVP is required for breakfast only; please respond to brwp1237@gmail.com or call Phil Martin, Watershed Coordinator at 419.422.6487.