• Next community meal at 6 p.m., Thursday, at Senior Center

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August 16, 2017


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Possible SR 103 projects could start in 2022

Choice One holds second public meeting on State Route 103 corridor study

Although it sounds like a very long way off, it is possible that in 2022 two separate projects from the current State Route 103 corridor study could get underway.

Choice One Engineering hosted the second public meeting on July 6 of its corridor study. The entire project is still in the early planning stages.

The study was funded by $50,000 from Allen County Regional Planning and $15,420 from the Village of Bluffton.

The study considered points on State Route 103 from the Norfolk Southern Railroad to Pocono Drive on the east side of the interstate.

Here's area road work from ODOT

The following is work scheduled to occur in the coming week on state highways in the Bluffton area.

Interstate 75 southbound ramps at Bluelick Road will be closed for one day each for sealing of bridge decks. The closures will occur generally from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day according to the following schedule. Work is being performed by the ODOT roadway services department:

Exit ramp from Interstate 75 southbound to Bluelick Road will close July 11.

Entrance ramp from Bluelick Road to Interstate 75 southbound will close July 12 

Icon continues to gain readers at a phenomenal pace

36,000 people viewed Icon stories in first 6 months of 2017

The results are in: the Bluffton Icon continues to gain readers at a phenomenal pace.

In the first six months of this year, 36,193 people viewed Bluffton Icon stories, up compared a year ago. Our viewers read 131,000 pages, also an increase from last year.

Fred Steiner, owner of the online newspaper, said, "We strive to serve the Bluffton community, and beyond, with important information whether it be government, sports, campus, school, civic groups, library, churches, even crime."

2,500-plus expected for Aug. 1 National Night Out

Chamber seeks sponsors for fireworks

The biggest event of Bluffton’s summer is Tuesday night Aug. 1. And, as always, it’s all free.

It’s the fourth annual National Night Out celebration held at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

The Bluffton Police Department, in conjunction with the Pandora Police Department, sponsor NNO. Bluffton, Beaverdam and Pandora Fire and EMS Departments also participate.

NNO is held from 6-9 p.m. with free pool admission all day (rain date Wednesday, Aug. 2).

The writing is on the wall

Bluffton Airport terminal now officially Dottie Anderson Terminal

The writing is on the wall.

In 2016 the Bluffton Airport Advisory Commission requested the village to name the Bluffton Airport terminal as the Dottie Anderson Terminal. That request was approved and the sign is now on the terminal.

Anderson, a lifelong pilot at Bluffton Flying Services, died Dec. 8, 2012.

She graduated from Bluffton High School and Bowling Green State University. She began her flying career as a pilot of small aircraft while still in her teens and at one time built her own plane, a Pitts Special.

June weather was "normal" all over

Icon viewers experienced "average" June weather this year.

Here's the figures from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer:

• Average June 2017 temperature: 70.8 degrees
• Normal average June temperature: 69.4 degrees

• June 2017 precipitation: 4.17 inches
• Normal average June precipitation: 4.15 inches

• Maximum temperature was 94 degrees on June 13
• Minimum temperature 48 degrees on June 27

The daily weather summary is in the attachment.


State Route 103 corridor update Thursday

Choice One Engineering, Sydney, handling the study

Bluffton residents have a chance to get an update on the State Route 103 corridor safety study this week. A public meeting is at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 6, in the town hall. (The Icon earlier incorrectly listed the meeting as taking place on Wedneday)

This is a follow-up meeting from one held in February. At that time one suggested fix resulting for the corridor totaled $10.4 million. Here's a review of the February study session report

That solution considers solving the following:

Handmade in Bluffton - available at senior center

The Bluffton Senior Center has a variety of handmade, one of a kind greeting cards to suit any occasion, according to Tonya Meyer, director.

"At just $1.50 per card, sending a unique greeting to a loved one has never been as easy," she said.

The Senior Center, 132 N. Main St., is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4  p.m.

Bluffton's newest sign will carry our oldest year

Bluffton’s newest sign will carry our oldest year.

The village has contracted with Kohli and Kaliher Associates of Lima to provide the Ohio Department of Transportation with details, drawings and notes for a new sign on the Bentley Road – Interstate 75 overpass.

Cast in cement, the sign will read: “BLUFFTON est. 1861.”

According to the Lima firm, the letters will be formed into the concrete parapets (walls) and will be painted to stand out from the wall.

The price for this project is not to exceed $5,000. The formation of the sign might be in place by August.

Ride to Remember early-bird registration discount ends July 1

July 8 bike ride offers routes from 2 to 112 miles

Bicycle riders planning to participate in the third annual Bluffton Ride to Remember bike ride in July can save money by registering by July 1. The ride takes place Saturday, July 8.

Registration through July 1 is $20 for an individual, $15 for the second family member and $5 for each additional family member. After July 1 registration is an additional $5 per category.

The Ride supports bike and pedestrian path construction in Bluffton. The ride starts and ends at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.  A mass start for bikers is at 8 a.m.