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May 22, 2018

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Bentley Road Pathway construction begins Monday

Will link Augsburger path to bridge on Bentley, connecting to Parkview Development and on to the Dari Freeze

Construction on the Bentley Road Pathway will begin Monday, May 7, according to Jesse Blackburn, interim village administrator. 

Bentley Road will be closed from Elm Street to the access road for Bluffton University Buildings and Grounds. 

When completed, this project will extend Bluffton’s existing bicycle and pedestrian pathway network to the north westside of Bluffton near Bluffton University from where the recently completed Lions Way Augsburger path begins at the intersection of Augsburger Road and Bentley road and ends at the Maple Crest retirement community.

Meet Bluffton 's newest police officer

He has 4 legs, speaks German, and has a Japanese-sounding name

Bluffton elementary, middle school and high school students met the newest member of the Bluffton Police Department in assemblies today.


He has four legs, speaks German (as a German Shepherd he understands German language commands), has a Japanese-sounding name and loves doggie treats. He also has the ability to assist the police in several ways.

He is Kato, the department’s K-9 officer, now on duty.

Some tough competition at this year's trout derby

Icon viewer Karolyn Gossard sent the Icon this cell phone photo of what appears to be an American bald eagle in a tree in the area of the Buckey park.

Additional eagle sightings near the Buckeye have been reported in recent years, including one by the Icon.

Viewers who have bald eagle photos from the Bluffton vicinity or sighting reports, please contact: info@blufftonicon.com.

(This year's Bluffton Sportsmen's Club trout derby is Sunday.)



Farmers' market opens Saturday AM

The Bluffton farmers' market opens for the season on Saturday. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Citizens National Bank parking lot. This is the market's 12th year. Greg Probst is the market manager and the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce operates the market.

Volunteer speed dating

May 11 chamber breakfast theme; nine groups participating

Want to become a volunteer for a local group, but don’t know where to start?

The Friday, May 11, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast offers some help.

The program theme is Volunteer Speed Dating, according to Paula Scott, CEO.

Breakfast buffet: 7 to 7:30 a.m.
Program: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Third floor town hall
To attend RSVP to blufftonchamber@gmail.com

State Route 103 road work scheduled

Ohio Department of Transportation announces the following road project affecting Bluffton area drivers:

• State Route 103 between county Road 9 and township Road 65, between the villages of Jenera and Arlington, will close May 23 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement.

Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 68, U.S. 30 and state Route 235 back to state Route 103. Work is being performed by Miller Contracting Group, Ottoville. (see map)