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October 17, 2017

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Bluffton police meets state law enforcement standards

Provisional Certification through Ohio Collaborative Law Enforcement program

The Bluffton Police Department recently met the requirement to receive Provisional Certification through the Ohio Collaborative Law Enforcement Certification program, according to Ryan Burkholder, Bluffton police chief.

This achievement means that the Bluffton police department has adopted and implemented state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community and police relations.

There's a book fair in October

Also Red Ribbon Week at the elementary school

The fall Bluffton elementary book fair takes place later this month, as does Red Ribbon Week. Those two special events are among several activities in October at the elementary.

Here's a complete list of things happened at the elementary, taken from the school newsletter. An attachment below includes the newsletter.

ELEMENTARY BOOK FAIR: The Book Fair will begin the week of Oct. 23.  Daily hours are 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday.  Family Night is Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.

$17,000 goal reached

And contributions continue to be accepted for police department K-9 unit

It took just seven weeks.

Bluffton residents and businesses opened their pocketbooks quickly as $17,000 in pledges and donations was reached earlier this month to fund a K-9 unit for the Bluffton Police Department, according to Ryan Burkholder, police chief.

Burkholder informed Bluffton council on Monday that the goal was reached. He added that donations and pledges are still accepted and continue to come in as a contingency fund is being created for the unit.

“The support is overwhelming,” Burkholder told The Icon.

Bluffton Fire Department's newest equipment is a gift

SRK-Ohio donates its fire truck to the village

Bluffton Fire Department acquired a new piece of equipment and it arrived as a gift.

SRK-Ohio, formerly DTR Industries, donated its industrial fire truck to the village earlier this month.

In making the donation at Monday's council meeting, Don Camper, vice president of human resources of SRK-Ohio, said that the village and SRK-Ohio have had a long and important relationship.

"The village has been a staunch supporter of SRK-Ohio's business and a great neighbor," he said.

Oct. 11 Apollo hosts students' grandparents visit

Apollo Career Center is hosting an Ice Cream and Explore Day for students and their grandparents Wednesday, Oct. 11,  from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Students will act as their grandparents' tour guides for program visits and campus exploration. The visit will culminate with one-on-one time over ice cream in the Apollo Commons. To date, over 350 grandparents have signed up for the event.


Meet the candidates on Friday morning

Bluffton chamber breakfast in the town hall

Bluffton chamber members will "meet the candidates" during its Friday, Oct. 13, breakfast, according to Phil Zimmerly of the chamber.

Ten candidates seek four spots on Bluffton council and five candidates seek four spots on Bluffton school board.

Council candidates are: Sean Burrell, Jerry Cupples, Mitch Kingsley, Ralph Miller, Tony Pinks, Benjamin Stahl, David Steiner, Phill Talavinia, Roger Warren and Deb Weihrauch.

School board candidates are: Brad Fruchey, Deb Herr, Wesley Klinger, Ken Lugibihl and Jeremy Scoles.

Bluffton America in Bloom Outstanding Achievement winner

Urban Forestry Award winner; special mention for village floral displays

Bluffton is the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award winner in the Urban Forestry Award category presented by America in Bloom.

Steve and Susie Stratton accepted the award for the village in a symposium held Oct. 7 in Holliston, Massachusetts. This is the first year that the village has entered the national competition.


$14,250 pledged for Bluffton PD K-9 unit

Overwhelming community support on this project

Bluffton Police Department has received $14,250 to date in pledges towards its goal of $17,000 to add a K-9 unit to the department, according to Tyler Hochstetler, sergeant.

“We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support the community has had for this project and are continuing to receive pledges on a daily basis,” he told The Icon.

He added that the department continues to seek and accept pledges and is extremely close to its goal after less than two months of the pledge effort.

Bluffton Family Medicine Friday open house 4-6 p.m.

Ribbon cutting at noon

Open house - open to the community from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bluffton Family Medicine will host its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. at 204 N. Main St. Formal remarks and ribbon cutting will take place at noon by invitation only.

49 degree temperature extremes in September

Area residents experienced extreme temperatures of 49 degrees in September, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

A September low temperature of 42 was recorded Sept. 10. A high reading of 91 was recorded on five dates: Sept. 21, 22, 23 24, and 26.

Other September weather stats follow:
• Average September 2017 temperature 66.6 degrees
• Normal average September temperature 64.1 degrees

• September 2017 precipitation 2.05 inches
• Normal average September precipitation 2.96 inches