• Next community meal at 6 p.m., Thursday, at Senior Center

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August 16, 2017


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Opening remain at BCDC for 3-year-olds

Other classes are filled and have waiting lists

Some spaces are still open for the 3-year-old class at Bluffton Child Development Center for this school year, according to Francine Donathan, director.

She said that parents and caregivers wanting more information should call or visit the center at 325 County Line Road, Bluffton, 419-358-8222.

Other classes are filled and have waiting lists.

The center also has openings for part-time teacher aides from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Restoration agriculture weekend workshop planned here

Of special interest to homesteaders, organic farmers, community activists, small and large-scale farmers

A restoration agriculture weekend workshop featuring nationally-acclaimed author Mark Shepard takes place in Bluffton next month.

Hosted by brothers Jerrod, Joel and Jonah Agner, the weekend enables participants to immerse themselves in two days of hands-on restoration agriculture learning.

Watch Mark Shepard video at bottom of story -

The weekend is designed for homesteaders, organic farmers, community activists and small and large-scale farmers.

Village fiscal officer resigns

Nancy Kindle held the post since 2006

Bluffton village fiscal officer, Nancy Kindle, has resigned from the village, effective Aug. 14. Mayor Judy Augsburger made the announcement during Monday’s Bluffton council.

Augsburger said that she received Kindle’s letter of resignation “as of this morning.” Council members and the mayor expressed surprise at her immediate resignation. One council member asked if the council could refuse to accept it.

Kindle’s duties of taking council minutes were handled by Jesse Blackburn on Monday.

Everything you need to know about Bluffton elementary

Class lists posted at 5 p.m., Wednesday

Ready for school? Here's the Bluffton elementary August newsletter, which includes all the back-to-school information parents need.

• Class lists will be posted on Wednesday, Aug. 16, after 5 p.m. on the elementary front entrance doors.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  The school supply list is posted on the school website.  Kindergarten student supplies will be furnished in their classrooms.

MEET THE TEACHER:  We will hold our “Meet the Teacher” on Friday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the elementary school.

Choose your way out of town carefully

Here's next week's ODOT road closing list

The Ohio Department of Transportation provided the Icon with Bluffton-Beaverdam road closings and road construction updates for next week They follow:

Monday, Aug. 14 - Napoleon Road on the south side of state Route 309 will be closed.
Wednesday, Aug. 16 – Pevee Road on the north side of state Route 309 will be closed.

BAMA, Community Assistance offering free school supplies Saturday AM

For students on free and reduced lunch program in Bluffton schools

Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and the Bluffton Community Assistance Program will provide free school supplies to children on the free and reduced lunch program in the Bluffton school district.

Supplies will be available from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 12, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, corner of Jackson and College.

It is suggested to call the church to enroll children at 419-358-5641.

Bluffton's forest more diverse than you might think

You can take a campus tree walk and...it will take longer than you think

Did you know that more than 60 tree species are spread across the Bluffton University campus?

Earlier this year Joanne Antibus compiled several tree maps of campus, which demonstrates the diversity of trees growing in the campus portion of the community.

The maps (posted as attachments to this story) are compiled by:
• Memorial and recognition trees
• Labeled gymnosperm (cone-producing) tree species
• Labeled angiosperm (flowering) tree species walk
• Angiosperm (flowering) tree species

Main-College crosswalk evolving

Village service department installing signs and lights today

The Main and College crosswalk improvement project continues this week.  The project involves designating a crosswalk on the north side of the intersection.

That crosswalk includes a button for pedestrians to push when wanting to cross the street. The button turns on a flashing beacon informing traffic that someone is crossing the street.

A map at the bottom of this story shows the crosswalk plan.

The project also removes the crosswalk on the south side of the intersection.

Bluffton Primary Care coming soon - office on Garau Street

Dr. Leah Eiden will be re-locating her medical practice to Bluffton

Blanchard Valley Medical Practices, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System will be opening a new office, Bluffton Primary Care, located at 161 Garau St.

Bluffton Primary Care will be open to serve patients in the coming months following building renovations.

“Blanchard Valley Medical Practices is proud to bring this service to our patients and the community, shared Kelly Shroll, president, Blanchard Valley Medical Practices. The opening of Bluffton Primary Care will continue our commitment to quality care.”

What a night!

Bluffton's 4th annual National Night Out - one huge success

Photos by Jamie Nygaard
Part 1 of a 2-part series -
Watch for part 2 on Friday

How do you top this? You don’t.

The Bluffton Police Department, in conjunction with the Pandora Police Department, and participation from Bluffton, Beaverdam-Richland Township and Pandora Fire and EMS Departments threw a party - and everyone came.

It was our 4th annual National Night Out at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool on Aug. 1.


Were there more than 2,500 who attended? Probably.