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The Icon spotted "CHEER 63" in the Ada school parking lot in September. Look for it in a white Chevy Traverse LTE. Does it belong for a former cheerleader born in 1963? That's our best guess.

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Is it autumn yet? Temperatures tell us it's still summer

Is it autumn yet?

This past week's high temperatures makes us think it's still summer. Highs in the past seven days were in the 70s and 80s. Lows were in the 50s and 60s. Rain didn't reach 1 inch.

The September weather report is in the attachment.

Bonfire Wednesday kicks off BHS homecoming celebration

Don't forget the 5:30 p.m. Friday parade and pre-game king and queen announcement

Bluffton High School is in the midst of one of its most exciting weeks of the fall: Homecoming Week. Several events take place that are open to the public:

Wednesday bonfire

A homecoming pep rally bonfire takes place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the parking lot across from Harmon Field on East College Avenue.

Sponsored by the BHS Football Moms, the event includes introduction of the football team. The marching band and cheerleaders will lead the charge.

We can't wait for "next" Saturday - it's Bluffton's Fall Festival

Here's the schedule of activities

It's still one week away, but just to get your juices flowing, here's the schedule for the 13th Bluffton Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24.

All activities are free unless otherwise designated. Food and other items are available for purchase at multiple locations. There will be busses traveling between all locations at scheduled intervals. 

PTO holds bake sale during Sept. 26 school open house

Inviting all bakers to donate a baked good item

The Bluffton Elementary PTO will hold a bake sale during the Monday, Sept. 26, school open house.

The sale is from 6 to 7 p.m. in the elementary multi-purpose room. Persons willing to donate a baked good item may drop it off anytime during the day on Sept. 26. Drop off items in the teachers' lounge in the elemntary

Suter's corn maze opens Saturday

Morning Star side press also open - all details below

Just when you think they run out of ideas, the Suter corn maze opens with something so complex you wonder if you could ever escape.

The corn maze and Morning Star Cider Press are located at 8250 Road R, Pandora.

Suter's 2016 corn maze theme is "Twists and Turns in Transportation." That means there's a:
• Steam locomotive
• Ocean liner
• Race car
• Semi-truck
• Helicopter
• Jet
• and, yes that's blimp in the top left-hand corner.

1.93 inches of rain recorded on Saturday

Saturday's rain reached 1.93 inches in Pandora, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer. Until Wednesday, it was the only rain measured in September.

For a complete daily summary of weather from Sept. 1 to Sept. 12, open the attachment.

Pedestrian safety focus of new Facebook page in Bluffton

There's a new Facebook page in town and the Icon invites viewers to "like" it.

Created by Paula Scott, the page's purpose is to share ideas and experiences concering: Share the Road - Bluffton, Ohio.

Scott says that the intent of the Facebook is to promote pedestrian safety, particularly at the intersection of Main and College.

Here's the Facebook link - CLICK HERE.

Still room for crafter and home businesses at BFR expo during Fall Festival

Bluffton Family Recreation will hold a crafters and home business expo during this year’s Bluffton Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

Booths are still being accepted for the event, held at BFR, 215 Snider Road. Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Booths 6 feet by 12 feet are $30 each. The registration deadline soon, so crafters and home business persons should register now.

Contact BFR at 419-358-4150 or www.bfronline.com for registration details.

Post office holds passport fair Sept. 17

Bluffton post office will hold a passport fair from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept.17, at the post office, 132 S. Main St.

Items needed for a passport included proof of citizenship (birth certificate) and proof of identity (driver's license or identification form).

Cost for passports:
• Adult - 16 and up - passport book $135
• Adult - passport card - $55
• Minor (15 and younder) - passport book - $105
• Minor - passport card - $50
• Photos - $15

So much to remember at the beginning of the school year - here's some elementary tips

Now that school is in session, it's a time to remind elementary parents of several important pieces of information involving the new school year.

Here is a summary of that information from the elementary September newsletter. A copy of the newsletter is a printer-friendly attachment.

SCHOOL DAY:  School begins at 8:10 a.m. daily.  Parents should drop off their students in front of the elementary school between 7:55 and 8:10 a.m.  Students that ride buses will be dropped off at the south entrance of the middle school.