October 21, 2014



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BFR announces Halloween party, next Paint and Sip, plus winter hours

BFR Sports & Fitness will provide a free Halloween event from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday,
October 26. The event will include games, crafts, and snacks for families with young children.  A costume judging contest is scheduled for 3 p.m., with divisions for ages 0-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-10 years, 11 and older, and a family/group division. 

Calico Skies concert Oct. 25 at town hall

Calico Skies, a  two-piece, guitar-and-violin duo based out of Findlay, Will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at theNluffton town hall.

The duo plays Celtic, folk, rock, pop, and country music, including songs from artists such as Cat Stevens, Electric Light Orchestra, The Rolling Stones, and the Moody Blues.

The concert will be on the third floor, which is handicap accessible. The public is welcome to attend and will be asked to share a donation for the musicians.

Blanchard Valley Health Systems implements Ebola response

In response to growing national and statewide concern, Blanchard Valley Health System recently activated the Ebola response preparations protocol that it began developing this summer.

Downtown Bluffton merchants offer lots of prizes this fall in "shop local" campaign

Come uptown and have a chance to win – gift cards and prizes from Bluffton merchants.

Very soon 2,600 Bluffton postal customers will receive a post card inviting them to “shop, sip, eat, play, local.” In a nutshell its message encourages shopping locally.

The postcard makes area residents aware of a Bluffton merchants and Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce major fall promotion. It centers on a concept titled “3/50 Project.” The nationwide project carries the tagline: “Save your local economy three stores at a time.”

Bluffton celebrates "Fair Trade Month" with series of programs

Bluffton – the first community in Ohio designated as a Fair Trade Town – celebrates Fair Trade Month in October, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick of the local Fair Trade Committee.

She describes Fair Trade this way:
"Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between global marketers and producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and other parts of the world. A fair trade partnership works to provide low-income artisans and farmers with a living wage for their work.”

PTO seeks volunteers for Nov. 6 COSI visit; announces several fall events

The Bluffton Elementary PTO announces several fall fund-raisers and school-related events, according to Melissa Knauss, president.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, COSI will be at the Elementary School. The PTO needs volunteers to help COSI in the morning and/or afternoon.  If you are interested, contact Sara Bassett at 419-302-7821 or email, sara.bassett@ineos.com.  

The Scholastic book fair, held in the elementary library, takes place Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31. Family night is from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28. 

Weather summary: It doesn't feel like October

With temperatures in the 60s and 70s, it certainly doesn’t feel like October. Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, provided The Icon with the weather summary of the first 13 days of October. The summary is in the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Windy day on the horizon says AEP

AEP released the following weather alert today: Expect numerous showers with winds from the south at 15-25 mph today.

A strong low, with strong winds aloft, is currently located in central Illinois. As a cold front approaches AEP’s East Utilities today, numerous showers and thunder storms are expected to increase in intensity this afternoon.

Oct. 21 bike path ribbon cutting is only part of Bluffton's bike path story: It all started in the late 1970s

Note: The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Lions Way Bike and Pedestrian Pathway in Bluffton at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21. The event takes place at Comfort Inn, 117 Commerce Lane, at the eastern entrance of the pathway. Here’s a brief history of Bluffton’s bike and pedestrian pathways.

When the Lions Way Bike and Pedestrian Pathway opens on Oct. 21 it is not the first step nor last in creating a bike and walking path that encircles Bluffton.

Forum on Ohio's death penalty law Oct. 14 in Bluffton

Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) brings their “Voices of Experience” forum to Bluffton to discuss the reform recommendations issued by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty.

The Bluffton forum will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at First Mennonite Church of Bluffton.