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Take a summer art walk through Bluffton

Second installment of a weekly series featuring art of John Peter Klassen

Summer is a great time to explore the art spread across the Bluffton community – especially for viewers unable to visit art galleries elsewhere in Ohio.

As a weekly series, The Icon will feature the art created by John Peter Klassen, a long-time Bluffton College art professor.

For some viewers, this series is familiar. For others, it may be a first-time experience.

Your second video dive into local history

Swiss Historical Society's weekly video tour with Ron Lora talking about an 1854 barn

Volunteer docents at the Schumacher Homestead, a property owned and operated by the Swiss Community Historical Society (SCHS) of Bluffton and Pandora, were disappointed when the historical facility was unable to open on schedule in early June.

You may watch the video of Ron Lora giving a tour of the barn on the homestead at the bottom of this story -

However, they decided that they show must go on and are now producing weekly video tours of the historical facility.

Public hearing set July 6

Bluffton Board of Zoning and Building Appeals will hold a public hearing Monday, July 6, at 7 p.m., in the town hall third floor community room.

The discussion centers on a resident at 356 S. Main St. request for a variance. The request is a dimensional variance from the required side yard and dwelling setback for the addition of a carport, according to Bryan Lloyd, assistant village administrator. 

SHANNON Service Club invites flag sponsors

Flag sponsorships assist club's community service projects

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club invites viewers to be a 2020 Main Street flag sponsor, according to Duane Bollenbacher of the club.

The purchase of flags, a $25 per flag, is open to businesses, organizations, or to individuals.

Bollenbacher said that sponsors may name someone that you wish to honor or memorialize with each flag sponorship.

All proceeds from the sponsorship of flags help the S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club in its quest to make Bluffton a better community for its children, its elderly, its needy families, and all the citizens of Bluffton. 

Southbound I-75 off ramp closures start Monday

Read this carefully - may affect your driving pattern

Interstate 75 road work will impact six Bluffton and Beaverdam southbound off ramps in the next few weeks. The ramp closing schedule follows: 

5 day closures at Bluffton 103:
SR 103 SB Off Ramp: Close Monday, June 29
SR 103 SB On Ramp: Close Monday, June 29

14 day closures at Beaverdam:
SR 696 SB Off Ramp: Close Monday night, July 6
SR 696 SB On Ramp: Close Sunday night, July 12

Bentley Road closed Wednesday from Augsburger to Riley

Bentley Road from Augsburger Road to Riley Street will be closed on Wednesday, June 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., according to Brion Rhodes, Allen County engineer. The closing is for drainage work, weather permitting. During closure there will be no access.