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Bluffton's favorite fall event is Saturday

Events at Maple Crest, MMH, Swiss Homestead, BFR, Hospital, Downtown

Saturday is Bluffton's favorite fall event. It's the 13th annual Bluffton Fall Festival.

All activities are free unless otherwise designated. Food and other items are available for purchase at multiple locations. There will be busses traveling between all locations at scheduled intervals.

See posted signs at the “bus stop” at each location for the schedule and at:
• Facebook at facebook.com/BlufftonFallFest or www.blufftonfallfestival.com.

More details of State Route 103 corridor safety study

Public comment sheet attached; study project cost $65,420

The safety study underway on Bluffton’s 103 corridor is the first step in possible improvements made to that two-lane heavily-trafficked area of the community.

Bluffton residents are encouraged to share their comments on the study.

A printer-friendly comment sheet is attached at the bottom of this story.  All comments must be delivered to the town hall village office by Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Apollo school board meets Sept. 26

Apollo school board will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, in the Apollo board room, 3325 Shawnee Road, Lima. The board agenda is an attachment to this story.

$65,420 SR 103 safety study taking place

Choice One Engineering invites public comments by Sept. 28

The Village of Bluffton and Allen County Regional Planning are partnering this fall in a $65,420 safety study of State Route 103. The study is part of a much larger project, which could eventually lead to road improvements on the state route.

(Note: the cost of the study was updated from its original posting on Sept. 22)

The study’s focus is from the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing on Jefferson (SR 103) to Interstate 75.

Regional planning’s share of the project is $50,000 and the village’s is $15,420.

Petition asks village for additional safety measures at Main and College

Share the Road Bluffton, Ohio, Facebook invites viewer comments

While the Village of Bluffton is paying for a safety study of the State Route 103 corridor, a second safety project is also in play here.

Paula Scott, advocate for improved signage at Main and College, invites Icon viewers to sign a petition to ask village officials to revisit the intersection with an additional focus toward safety.

“Students who cross Main Street at College Avenue are being ignored by drivers,” she said. “The village needs to show drivers that it is a state law to yield to pedestrians in cross walks.”

Football Moms throw a party that includes a bonfire

It's all part of a small-town high school homecoming celebration

There's something about a homecoming bonfire.

And, here's the lastest one to watch. Jamie Nygaard followed the event from start to finish in the East College Avenue parking lot across from Harmon Field.

The Wednesday night party, hosted by the Bluffton HS Football Moms, helped launch this year's high school homecoming celebration.

The next event is Friday's best small town homecoming parade in Ohio. Parade line up at the Centre starts at 5 p.m. The parade heads south on Main Street at 5:30 p.m., turning at College toward the football stadium.

R Coop reopens Sept. 30 with lots of fall and season items

R Coop, 2168 Road R, Bluffton, is reopening Friday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shoppers will find an offering unique repurposed fall, Halloween, Christmas and OSU/Michigan items. There will also be outdoor fall decore available. Check out R Coop on Facebook.
Hours through the end of October are Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chamber's business showcase takes businesses to students

Still some table space available for Sept. 19 event at Marbeck

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce members show their products and services to Bluffton University students in the annual fall business showcase on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Traditionally 25 businesses have table displays in Marbeck Center during a lunch in September. There they meet students and often offer prizes in raffles.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Businesses have until Monday to register for a table at this year’s showcase. Contact Gen Akroyd at blufftonchamber@gmail.com for all the details.

Is it autumn yet? Temperatures tell us it's still summer

Is it autumn yet?

This past week's high temperatures makes us think it's still summer. Highs in the past seven days were in the 70s and 80s. Lows were in the 50s and 60s. Rain didn't reach 1 inch.

The September weather report is in the attachment.

Bonfire Wednesday kicks off BHS homecoming celebration

Don't forget the 5:30 p.m. Friday parade and pre-game king and queen announcement

Bluffton High School is in the midst of one of its most exciting weeks of the fall: Homecoming Week. Several events take place that are open to the public:

Wednesday bonfire

A homecoming pep rally bonfire takes place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the parking lot across from Harmon Field on East College Avenue.

Sponsored by the BHS Football Moms, the event includes introduction of the football team. The marching band and cheerleaders will lead the charge.

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