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February 9, 2016

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Elementary Christmas concert Monday afternoon

Here's some news from the Bluffton Elementary School, taken from the school website:

CHRISTMAS CONCERT:  The Bluffton Elementary Christmas concert will be held on Monday, Dec. 14, at 1:30 p.m. in the High School gymnasium. 

ELEMENTARY SERVICE PROJECT: Our Christmas service project for Bluffton Elementary staff and students is “Coins for Kids.”  We will hold a coin drive in cooperation with the Bluffton Food Pantry to “Adopt a Family” for Christmas. We  hope to collect enough money to adopt a number of families. 

Bluffton schools ranks 11th among 608 Ohio schools as "Best School Districts for Your Buck"

NerdWallet, an internet company has identified Bluffton school district as its 11th “Best School District in Ohio for Your Buck.” That ranking includes 608 Ohio school districts. Those top 11 districts are listed in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Here’s how Bluffton’s ranking was determined:

Watch for these stickers on member windows and doors

The 2016 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce membership window stickers are starting to appear on member doors and windows. The stickers were distributed at the Dec. 11 chamber breakfast. 

Members who did not attend will have stickers mailed to them next week. The 2016 sticker is a change from the previous sticker. The new one, in Bluffton High School red and white colors, features the chamber's new "Explore Bluffton" logo. 

Like previous stickers, it features the clocktower of the town hall.

Donate now to 2016 fireworks and National Night Out and receive a 2105 tax deduction

Plans are already underway for the 2016 Bluffton National Night Out and you can get in the act before Dec. 31, according to Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief.

The 2016 event takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. It is a joint project between Bluffton and Pandora police departments in cooperation with Bluffton, Pandora and Beaverdam-Richland Township EMS.

To cap off the evening, at dusk on Aug. 2 will be a fireworks display, sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bluffton's 2015 preliminary school test schools impressive

Bluffton students experienced outstanding scores in the Ohio Department of Education’s 2015 spring tests, according to figures released in November by the ODE.

Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent, told The Icon: "We are very pleased with our results and are continuing to work hard to prepare our students, not only on these assessments but to help prepare our students for success after graduation.

"These scores are a real tribute to our student, staff, parents, and community which all work together to have an excellent educational environment."

Saturday Christmas open house at Swiss homestead

The Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas open house, “Christmas at the Homestead,” will be on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Schumacher Homestead on Bixel Road. 

The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season.

Guests can watch food being prepared in the fireplace, hand dip a candle, play a game of checkers, shop in the gift shop and chat with staff about the history of the house and typical life in the 1840s.

Here's Webb's winning window - inside and outside

Webb Insurance, North Main Street, is the second place winner in the downtown Christmas window decorating contest. This year's theme was "A Christmas from the Past." Downtown business owners voted on the top three windows.

The Icon provides two views of the window: one taken from outside and the other inside. Both are in attachments below.

First place was Curling Iron. Third place was Town and Country, which will be posted tomorrow.

The guy in the red suit will show up several times this month in Bluffton

Santa Claus, aka St. Nicholas, aka Kris Kringle, aka Father Christmas has scheduled some quality time in Bluffton during December.

You've already met Mr. C and his wife at the Blaze of Lights. Here's his Bluffton schedule:
• Friday, Dec. 11, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast

• Saturday, Dec. 12, Bluffton Family Recreation, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30-noon downtown

• Saturday, Dec. 19, The Dough Hook, 10 a.m. to noon.

Santa's visits are sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bluffton Community Pre-School featured program at Friday's chamber breakfast

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce members will hear about the Bluffton Community Pre-School during its Friday, Dec. 11, breakfast meeting.

Shelly Matijevich, director of the pre-school, will present the program. The free breakfast is from 7 to 7:30 a.m. The program is from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Following the program persons may meet Matijevich to learn more about the pre-school that is housed in First United Methodist Church.

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant will provide the breakfast.

McDonald's cookies that care returns to support local Ronald McDonald House Charities

During the month of December, McDonald's restaurants in Lima, Bluffton, Ada, Delphos, Van Wert, and Beaverdam will raise money in support of the local Ronald McDonald House Charities in Dayton through the Cookies That Care program. Customers may purchase three soft baked cookies for one dollar ($1.00), and McDonald's will donate ten cents of each purchase to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region. McDonald's will be offering a Sugar Cookie this year, in addition to the classic Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin.