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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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Your guide to the lights of Bluffton

Planning to cruise Bluffton to view the lights sometime in December?

Here's a helpful map. It's your guide to finding interesting residential yard displays. It's more. It also shows the location of the Gift of Giving light show and several other worthwhile light shows in town.

Persons are also encouraged walk the Main Street retail district and view the many store windows decorated for Christmas.

The map's starting point is the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn, which houses the Ream Holiday Folk Art display.


Taxing answers from Village of Bluffton

Who pays village income tax? When is it due? What are some of the details? ...all here

It's still 2016, however some viewers start thinking about taxes in December.

Here's an overview concerning Village of Bluffton income taxes from the village tax administrator, Rhonda Hohenbrink.

"As the new year approaches, we feel it is necessary to inform Bluffton residents of some of the key and new provisions passed in House Bill 5 in regards to filing and paying Bluffton village municipal income tax," she said.

Elementary Christmas concert Monday

And lots of other December-January events at the school

December is full of activities at the Bluffton elementary. Here's an update of those events. The December elementary newsletter is attached at the bottom of this story.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  The Bluffton Elementary Christmas concert is Monday, Dec. 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. If school is cancelled, the concert will be rescheduled Monday, Dec.19.

Bluffton receives one of 35 bike racks in county

Result of Creating Healthy Communities Program grant

There a bike rack on the Bluffton school grounds thanks to a Creating Healthy Communities Program grant.

Bluffton's bike rack is one of 35 installed this fall in Allen County as a result of the grant.

The Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Program of Allen County Public Health has been working to make Lima and Allen County more bike friendly.

Ohio's Job and Family Services features topic of Friday chamber breakfast

BCE workshop "Small Business Road Map to Success" follows meeting

Joe Patton from Ohio Means Jobs, will explain services offered by Ohio's Job and Family Services, Lima office, during the Friday, Dec. 9, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast, according to Gen Akroyd, chamber director.

Citizens National Bank will also share the impact of the election and outlook into 2017 in financial markets.

Appears briefly in Bluffton, promises to return

At least one snow creature appeared in Bluffton following Sunday night's snowfall. This guy was seen on West Elm Street at the Bergstrand front yard. A few other sightings were reported on the Bluffton University Centenial Hall lawn.

The word the Icon received was that these snow people will return later this winter.(Jerry Maag photo)

Just in time for Christmas shopping Gallery 323 open for December

North Main Street shop features works by at least a dozen local artists

Gallery 323 is open in December. It features works in an assortment of media by at least a dozen Bluffton area artists.

The gallery, at 323 N. Main St., was launched as a storefront where local artisans could sell their art.

The late Gregg Luginbuhl opened the studio. The Luginbuhl family decided to reopen the gallery for the month of December.

Karen Luginbihl said, “Gregg's wish was to keep the gallery running, and while we don't yet know the long-term plan, we want to give the artists involved a chance to sell their work for the holidays.”

Tuesday final anticipated leaf pick-up in Bluffton

Tuesday, Dec. 6 is the last anticipated day for leaf pick-up in Bluffton, according to Nancy Kindle.

Residents may still bring their leaves to the brush dump or bag them and they will be picked up when brush is picked up.

We'll take November's weather any month this winter

Daily average temperature 4 1/2 degrees above normal

November in Bluffton – a month of great weather.

While the normal average November temperature here is 41.5 degrees, this year’s average was 46 degrees. Only seven days had temperatures reaching below freezing.

These figures are from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.  Verhoff also noted that November’s normal precipitation is 1.10 inches; this month’s was 3.16 inches.

There was no recorded snowfall this November. In November, 2015, Bluffton area had already experienced one-half inch of snowfall (Nov. 22, 2015).

There's more Blaze fun when the parade ends

All photos by Jamie Nygaard
What's your favorite part of the Blaze of Lights night?
• The iceman?
• The parade?
• Events after the parade?

We know. It's a tough question. The Icon continues with Jamie Nygaard's photo series of this year's Blaze.

Here are photos of events following the parade.