October 25, 2014



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Bluffton man launches "Single Dad's United" organization for divorced fathers

A Bluffton man is launching an organization that is relatively unique, not only to Ohio, but perhaps the entire country. Eric Wagner heads up the new organization called “Single Dad’s United: Standing Stronger Together.”

According to a recent Huffington Post article, the number of single father households in America has risen nine-fold since demographers began measuring it more than 50 years ago. Also according to the article, one of the biggest reasons for this phenomenon is simply the increase in the divorce rate.

Lions Way bike and Pedestrian Pathway open for business after five years of planning

Over 80 persons attended a windy and cold but exciting ribbon cutting on Oct. 21 for Lions Way Bike and Pedestrian Pathway. 

CLICK HERE for a story on the history of bike paths in Bluffton.


Lions Way was named to recognize the efforts of the Bluffton Lions Club and Bluffton Lions Foundation, which spearheaded the project.

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.