July 24, 2014


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Want to take a bike ride? The next "group" ride is Thursday at 6 p.m.

Want to go for a bike ride?

Raymond and Liz Harner of CG Pro Bikes, Bluffton, have started their group bike rides this month.

The next group ride starts at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 24, at CG Pro Bikes, 127 N. Main St., Bluffton.

“We held our first group ride last week and it was something people have been asking for, but we’re still very busy, so we just decided to go for it!” said Liz.

No rain in sight and then suddenly...

No rain in sight and suddenly that changed last night. Here's the July daily weather summary from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

National Night Out comes to Bluffton Aug. 5 - and it looks like lots of fun

National Night Out is coming to Bluffton.

Icon viewers are invited to join forces with communities nationwide for the 31st annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. Bluffton observes the event on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Sergeant Matt Oglesbee of the Bluffton Police Department is the local coordinator.

United Way feature agency of the week: Bluffton Community Preschool


This is part of a series of stories featuring local organizations that received Bluffton, Beaverdam, United Way funding.

Where would Bluffton Community Preschool be without the United Way?

Area wheat harvest: "Good quality wheat and above average yield"

“Good quality wheat and an above average yield.”

That’s one way to describe the 2014 wheat harvest in the Icon viewership area.
Larry Kaiser, manager Ada grain branch of Heritage Cooperative, provide the Icon with some of this year’s harvest figures.

Kaiser reports yields ranging from 65 to 90 bushels per acre, with an average of about 80 bushels per acre. Moisture content average was 15.2 percent mostly (13.5 percent is dry).
The first wheat arrived at the Ada elevator on July 5 and the harvest should be completed by the end of this week.

The major weather number: 85

The magic number: 85. For the past three days, 85 was the high temperature reading in the area, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Here are the daily weather summaries for the past seven days.

Pedestrian and bike path groundbreaking launches $123,000 project from CL Road to Comfort Inn

Once upon a time, a railroad hauled passengers and freight just north of the National Quarry.

The railroad, now abandoned, has a second life – this time as a walking path and bike path.


Groundbreaking occurred July 14, for the .6-mile, 8-foot wide asphalt pathway along the abandoned Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad, that will link the heart of the village to the high-traffic business district near the I-75 interchange.

Some openings remain for Bluffton Community Preschool

Bluffton Community Preschool is accepting enrollment for the 2014-15 program year, according to Shelly Matijevich, director. Classes are for preschool youth ages 3 to 5. Classes are held in First United Methodist Church, 116 Church St., Bluffton.

Matijevich said that the first day of school for children are different, depending upon what day they attend school.

Monday and Wednesday students will start on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Friday students start Friday, Aug. 29. Tuesday and Thursday students start Sept. 9.

United Way feature agency of the week: BFR Sports and Fitness

BFR Sports & Fitness is proud to be a United Way Agency. BFR started as a grass-roots organization striving to keep our community active. Through the support of United Way, individuals and families with limited finances can take part in BFR programs.

Bluffton pool season passes half-price on July 13

The Bluffton Community Swimming Pool's season is at its mid-way point. That means that season passes are half-price starting Sunday, July 13.

Here are those prices:

Family pass $65
Single pass $40
Senior single $20
Senior couple $37.50
College student $20

Make checks payable to Village of Bluffton.