July 22, 2014


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Bluffton's TV blitz start tonight on Fox


Bluffton's blitz on TV begins tonight. Fox TV, Lima, channel 9, Time Warner, will feature the community this week with several feature stories. In addition, several Bluffton area businesses, including the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, will air TV spots.

Lima Rotary Foundation presents quarterly grants

The Lima Rotary Foundation presented its quarterly grants to two non-profit agencies on  May 19 at  noon during the weekly Rotary Club meeting, held in the North Hall of the Civic Center at 7 Town Square.

Lima-Allen County Young Life is receiving $500 to provide scholarships for students to go to summer camp. 

High Octane Drum Line is receiving $1,500 to purchase instruments, uniforms and supplies.

Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (MESA) is receiving $5,000 to collect medical equipment and supplies and ship them to partner Rotary Clubs around the world.

Bluffton chamber launches free QR Code program for its members

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will launch a “QR Code” project for its members next week. The initial project will start with members who have businesses on Main Street. The popular code offer businesses several benefits in the emerging social media era.

What is a QR Code?

QR is short for Quick Response (they can be read quickly by a cell phone). QR Codes can be seen in magazine advertisements, on billboards, a web page, business card and even on someone’s t-shirt.

Bluffton-area Relay for Life promises a weekend with lots of events

Individuals and family are encouraged to participate in this year's Bluffton-area Relay for Life.

The event will be held on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21, at the Bluffton University Salzman Football Stadium. 

Opening ceremony begin at 6 p.m. following the survivor celebration dinner. Individuals and families are invited to walk the track in memory or honor of those battling cancer. The first lap of the evening, at 6:15 p.m. will include area cancer survivors and their caregivers. 

Bluffton Memorial Day observation includes parade, ceremony and chicken barbecue

Bluffton's Memorial Day observation includes its traditional parade and ceremony at Maple Grove Cemetary.

Here's this year's schedule:
• Parade line up at 9:15 a.m. at town hall
• Parade starts at 9:30 a.m.
• Program at Maple Grove at 10 a.m.
• Chicken barbecue, CNB parking lot, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
   (Persons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are on sale at the Bluffton Farmers' Market on May 24 or from any Legion member.)

Town hall receives serious water damage; building closed indefinitely


A significant water leak on Tuesday evening has closed Bluffton's town hall indefinitely. This morning the building has a strong moldy smell as fans are set up through the structure drying it out.

The Icon received the following message from Rick Skilliter, police chief, concerning the incident:

Weather summary: Suddenly it's in the 80s

Four of the past six days have had high temperatures in the 80s. The monthly low is 38 on May 6. Guess it's okay to quit worrying about the plants freezing.

Here's the weather summary for the first 12 days of May provided by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer. The summary is in the attachment at the bottom of this story.

New Beaverdam town hall open house, dedication on Sunday

The Village of Beaverdam will dedicate its new town hall at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 18, according to Roberta Beemer, Beaverdam mayor.

The new town hall is located at 101 W. Main St., Beaverdam and will be open to the public in an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Construction of the new town hall was begun in 2013 and was completed earlier this year.

Don't tell us that you didn't bring anything home from the arts and crafts show


Don't tell us that you didn't buy anything at the arts and crafts show! How about the farmers' market? How about some food?

Okay, then, did you listen to any of the musical entertainment? Did you think about riding the ponies, or talking with the llamas?

Certainly you drank a cup of coffee, sipped a snow cone or bought some gourmet popcorn - or just a $1 bag fo popcorn. Did you have some homemade ice cream? Did you win something from the fishing pond? 

What was your favorite craft booth?

Shuffleboard club invites adults to May 17 open house at the Buckeye

Shuffleboard anyone?

The Bluffton Shuffleboard Club will host a free demonstration and open house for all adult interested in learning the game of shuffleboard or more about the Bluffton club, according to Ralph Peterson, club president.

The event is at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 17, on the courts in Buckeye Park off Spring Street.

The club meets regularly throughout the summer for informal mixers on Mondays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., Thursdays at 4 p.m., and hosts seven tournaments during the season.

Contact Peterson, 419-348-9995 with any questions.