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August 26, 2016


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A very quiet building - elementary school

The bells ring to announce lunch, period changes and school out for the day - but no students are present to listen.

Here's a view of the Bluffton elementary main hall way this summer as room floors are waxed and everything is in the works to prepare for late August.

Otherwise, it's a pretty quiet building.

Pokémon Go - it's the newest game in Bluffton, in case you didn't know

The newest game in town is Pokémon Go.You read it first on the Bluffton Icon.

You, too, can play.

Here’s how: Join for some hunting around town from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays starting at the Bluffton post office. All ages are welcome. For more information contact Noah Friesen at: noahfriesen2292@gmail.com or 541-912-3970.

He added: “Bluffton residents have been hunting high and low for wild Pokémon using the Pokémon GO mobile-app. You know who you are!”

Get on your bike and join..."Ride to Remember;" sign-up still open

This year’s Ride to Remember bike ride is this weekend. And, there's still an opportunity for Icon views to participate. Don't worry about your biking expertise. There's a route that fits your skill level.

Last year’s inaugural ride attracted 100 bikers to Bluffton. This year hopes to have more riders, plus activities for the community.

Here’s the plan:

You've always wanted to play shuffleboard - here's your chance

You've watched the shuffleboard matches at the Buckeye Park courts. Here's your invitation to learn the game.

On Saturday, July 9, at 1 p.m at Buckeye Park, the Bluffton Shuffleboard Club will host clinics for anyone interested in learning how to play shuffleboard.  

Clinic instructors are Steve Slaughterbeck and Jim Zink. Some of the topics to be covered include basic strategy, court preparation, shooting form and game rules.

The club encourages everyone to come and join in the fun.

It rained in June, but nothing like June 2015

June 2016 rainfall was nothing – nothing – like June 2015.

This June Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, reports 4.36 inches of rain fell.  Most of that came over the two-day period of June 22-23 when 1.04 inches fell on the 22nd and 2.32 inches fell on the 23rd.

Compared June 2016’s 4.36 total inches to a two-day spread of June 15-16, 2015, when 3.34 inches fell, flooding much of Bluffton’s flood plain area.

June 2015 rainfall was slightly over 10 inches. June’s normal average rainfall is 4.15 inches.

Yes, Bluffton has fireworks and they're Aug. 2

Bluffton's most asked question (after: "When in Halloween?") is: "Will there be fireworks?" This year is no exception. The Icon is already receiving emails and phone calls asking the fireworks question.

Here's the short answer:

Q: Will Bluffton have fireworks this summer?
A: Yes.

Q: When?
A: Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Blufton Community Swimming Pool during National Night Out. (Same as in 2015.)

Here's the long answer:

Ride to Remember also a "community fun day" on July 16

This year’s Ride to Remember bike ride on Saturday, July 16, has several new features with special invitations to the community that turns the event into a community fun day.

Last year’s inaugural ride attracted 100 bikers to Bluffton. This year hopes to have more riders, plus activities for the community.

Here’s the plan so far:

• An 8 a.m. mass start takes place at Bluffton Family Recreation on Snider Road.  The mass start includes a “parade” of riders southbound on Main Street to the Dairy Freeze where various routes split.

WOAL swim championships bring 2,500+ to Bluffton on July 8-9

With an expected attendance of more than 2,500 people, the Western Ohio Aquatics League (WOAL) swim championships will return to the Village of Bluffton July 8-9. Bluffton is the host site for the WOAL every three years.

“We are excited to be the host pool for the 2016 WOAL swim champs,” said Jennie Wilson, president of the Bluffton swim team. “The WOAL summer swim program has more than 600 swimmers across eight teams, and with these swimmers come families, friends and grandparents.

Pool closed July 8 and 9

The Bluffton Community Swimming Pool will be closed Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, for the Western Ohio Aquatic League (WOAL) championships.

Apollo board has contract night June 27

The Apollo Career Center board, meeting June 27, will act on several contracts for the 2016-17 school year.

The agenda is an attachment at the bottom of this story.