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July 5, 2020

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Are you Bluffton street smart?

Identify the streets and you may win a 14-inch, 1-item Padrone's Pizza

Are you Bluffton street smart?

Here’s a chance to prove it by traveling Bluffton’s street without getting on your bike or car. And, if you are fortunate you could win a 14-inch, 1-item, Padrone’s Pizza.

Below this story, the Icon provides nine photographs of streets in our village.  Each photo is inside the village limits. It is possible that the same street could be pictured more than one time.

All you need to do it to identify each street, fill out the entry form, e-mail your answers to the Icon by 5 p.m., Sunday, June 28, and see how really street smart you are.

Bluffton joins United Way of Greater Lima

Local UW has struggled to meet its goal in recent years

The Bluffton-Beaverdam-Richland Townhip United Way, perhaps the smallest United Way in Ohio, will join the United Way of Greater Lima this fall, according to Erin Bukholder, the local board's executive director.

CLICK HERE to read the Icon's opinion in favor of this action.

The local United Way has struggled in recent years, failing to meet its annual goal of $26,000. 

Take a summer art walk through Bluffton

First installment of a weekly series features the 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.

Volunteers invited for several "hands-on" projects

MHCO needs assistance with flower planting, painting and landscaping

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio invites area volunteers to assist in several "hands-on" projects this summer, according to Jessica Strahm, volunteer coordinator.

Ohio's "Responsible Restart Ohio Plans” moving forward for businesses meeting mandatory safety requirements for customers, employees and volunteers enables MHCO to invite persons for volunteer projects.

$1,500 to Bluffton schools for safety equipment

Donation comes from police department via attorney general's office

Bluffton’s Police Department received $1,500 to donate to the Bluffton schools for safety equipment, according to Ryan Burkholder, police chief.

Police department members Officer Hope Hannah, Lt. Mathew Oglesbee and Chief. Burkholder took an online training course, offered by the Ohio Attorney General Office, to help keep children safe while learning. 

Mosquito spraying on Wednesday evenings

The village of Bluffton is now spraying for mosquitoes. The spraying takes place on Wednesday evenings, depending upon the weather conditions.