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The deal of the summer - pool passes half-price

Here's the deal of the summer.

Season passes at Bluffton Community Swimming Pool are now half-price, according to Jennie Wilson, pool manager.

That means the following:
• Family pass is now $65
  (Good for two adults and three youth. Additional youth are $5 per child)
• Single individual pass is now $50

Passes are available at the pool. Pool hours are:
Mondays through Fridays - noon to 8 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays - 1 to 7 p.m.

Phone for the pool: 419-3582066, extension 6.

National Night Out gets bigger each year - here's the plan for Aug. 2

Bluffton’s National Night Out gets bigger and better every year, according to Matt Oglesbee, Bluffton police sergeant.

The Bluffton and Pandora police departments Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, host the third annual night out.

"The purpose of National Night Out is to build strong partnerships between the police departments and the communities they serve so please come and interact with your local officers," Oglesbee told the Icon.

Response from Bluffton, South Carolina - In which cornfield are you seeing the dophins?

Note: This column resulted from The Icon's story about Bluffton, South Carolina, posted two days ago. Liz Farrell called the Icon after seeing it on a Google alert. To read our original story, click here.

BY LIZ FARRELL, columnist
Bluffton, South Carolina, Island Packet

Location, location, location.

You know you are no longer in Bluffton,Ohio, when Bluffton Bobcats appear on your computer screen

You know that you are no longer in Bluffton, Ohio, when the “Bluffton Bobcats” appear on your computer screen.

When that happens you are suddenly in South Carolina.

The Icon knows this because we frequently receive phone calls from persons wanting to know things about Bluffton that, don’t sound like Bluffton, Ohio, questions.

Rather, they sound more like…well here’s some examples:

• One caller recently wanted to know about that great bike ride we hold along the beach. We referred the caller to South Carolina.

Blanchard Water Partnership continues montoring water quality in Big and Little Riley

The Blanchard River Water Partnership continued its water quality monitoring this summer, according to Phil Martin, coordinator.

He told The Icon, "We monitored 21 sites on the Blanchard River, Lye Creek, Riley Creek and Little Riley Creek. The spring monitoring was completed on July 5. The fall monitoring will done in late September and early October.

"Results can be found on our web site by August. Special thanks to Sarah Betts from the Hancock Park District and her intern, Ashton Stevens,for their help."

Lions Way-Augsburger Road pedestrian and bike path construction begins soon

Dick Ramseyer, president the Bluffton Lions Foundation and chair of Bluffton Pathway Board presented a $16,370 check to the village at its July 18 council meeting.

The foundation is actively involved in securing financial resources to construct Pathway system identified in the Comprehensive Bike and Pedestrian Pathway Master Plan. The Bluffton Pathway Board established by Bluffton council is responsible for implementation of the master plan.

Ada-made NFL footballs will have microchips for preseason games

FOLLOW STORY FROM WWW.NLF.COM - According to NFL spokesman Michael Signora, the league will use microchips in footballs during the preseason as part of the next phase of the Next Gen Stats player tracking project.

The footballs are manufactured in Wilson's Ada plant.


A chip will be placed in every ball during the preseason.

Technicality halts attempt to place water surcharge ordinance on November ballot

The petition to referend Bluffton Ordinance 9-16 – surcharge on water and sewer customers - has failed to meet requirements of the Ohio Revised Code, according to Stephen Chamberlain, Bluffton solicitor.

Chamberlain informed the group filing the petition that the group failed to file a certified copy of the ordinance prior to circulating the referendum petition. Failure of the action, according to Chamberlain, voids the petitions.

The petitions were filed with the village on July 18. On July 21, Chamberlain notified those submitting the petitions of its failure.

United Way $26 shy of 2016-17 $25,000 goal

$26 puts the current United Way campaign on top.

Who will make the donation putting the campaign at 100 percent?

Neil Reichenbach, Bluffton-Beaveram-Richland Township United Way treasurer, told The Icon the good news about how close the United Way is to reaching its $25,000 goal.

And, there's still time to buy 50/50 tickets.

"We want to thank everyone who has purchased 50/50 tickets. The prize money is $208. If you would still like to purchase 50/50 tickets you can still do so  Saturday, July 23, or Saturday, July 30 at the Farmers' Market downtown," he said.

Chief Skilliter says residents need to work together concerning recent break-ins

Bluffton Police Chief Rick Skilliter is advising Bluffton residents to be on the alert for potential break-ins this summer.

Skilliter provided the Icon with the following statement concerning recent thefts and burglaries in the village.

Since the first of June, the Bluffton community has seen an inordinate number of thefts and burglaries. 

This uptick in crime is disconcerting to residents as well as law enforcement officials.