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Dumpsters at recycle center May 16-25

Bluffton village spring clean-up takes place Saturday, May 16, and continues through Monday, May 25.

Dumpstsers will be located at the Spring Street recycle center during this period. Items that may not be disposed of include hazardous materials including motor oils, paint vehilcle batteries and tires.

Appliances that use Freon, such as refrigerators, will not be accepted unless these items are certified that the Freon has been legally removed and disposed of.

Public invited to view prom decorations Saturday night

The Bluffton High School prom will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 8-11 p.m.at The Centre.

The theme this year is "Red Carpet Premiere." The public is invited to tour The Centre from 6:45-7:15 p.m.

Some GOBA bikers looking for overnight stay in area homes

Sunday, June 21, the GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure) comes to Bluffton for an overnight stay. The estimate of the total number of bikers is around 2,500. Most of these bikers will tent on the Bluffton University campus or sleep in Burcky Gym.

Generous Living: Tools for Giving seminar May 5 in town hall

A free seminar offered to anyone interested in learning more about ways to support one’s church, charity or other non-profit organization. 

Generous Living: Tools for Giving, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, at the Bluffton town hall, third floor.

Lima union Local 776 featured in UA Journal

Plumbers, Pipefitters & Service Technicians Local 776 is featured in the March 2015 issue of UA Journal, the union’s national magazine.

The article is titled, “The Value of the Tripartite Approach for Local 776 in Lima, Ohio” and it highlights the strong working relationship between Local 776, local industries and contractors.

Local 776 Business Manager Mike Knisley credits this tripartite approach for the union’s success.

ODA launches “Ag is cool” creative expressions contest

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced it will begin accepting entries for the 2015 “Agriculture is Cool!” Creative Expressions contest. Ohio children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2014-2015 academic year have until June 5, 2015, to capture their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is cool for their chance to win prizes including tickets to the Ohio State Fair.

Happening in downtown Bluffton on Thursday...and Friday and Saturday

Two downtown Bluffton-chamber related events take place on Thursday and are of interest to Icon viewers. Then on Friday and Saturday, the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center offers its spring crafts supply sale.

* Cash mob, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Town and Country Flowers, 121 S. Main St. This event includes 40 percent off all in-store merchandise during cash mob hours and your chance to win a $50 shopping spree at the store.

Testing is on the minds of elementary students and teachers

Lots of events are planned in April at the Bluffton Elementary School. The big news in third through fifth grade involves testing.

Third grade students will take the Reading Ohio Achievement Assessment on April 21.  New state “End of the Year” exams will be given on April 27 in English/Language Arts for grades 4-5. 

Ada offers medication disposal location on Saturday

Medication Disposal Day is Saturday April 11, from 9 a.m. to noon in Ada.

• Ada location: South Main Street and East College Avenue, parking lot between RiteAid and Northern on Main.

Enter off Main Street and exit onto College Avenue. Acceptable items include household generated pharmaceuticals, prescription drugs, liquid medications, household pet medications, medicated lotions and sunscreens.

Bluffton personnel committee to meet April 16

According to Nancy Kindle, village of Bluffton's finance director, the village of Bluffton’s personnel committee will meet on Thursday, April 16 at 4:15 p.m.