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December 1, 2015


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Chamber's mayoral candidate forum Wednesday night in middle school

Bluffton voters have a chance to make an educated decision on who to vote for in Bluffton’s mayoral race on Nov. 3.

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce invites voters to a mayoral candidate forum at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Bluffton middle school cafetorium. Door open at 7 p.m.

Three candidates seek the mayor’s office in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election. The winner’s term begins Jan. 1, 2016. Candidates are Judy Augsburger, Jerry Cupples and David Steiner.

Van's corner fans - here's an update at the corner of Lincoln Highway and SR 325

By Monty Siekerman 

From the Ada Icon - That's David "Rico" Rodriguez waving from the cupola of Van's Corner at State Route 235 and Old Route 30 located north of Ada.

He's showing all Icon readers the major work that has been done on the building in recent weeks to turn the structure into a family restaurant called Cherico's.

Several historical parts of the building have been retained, such as the pine floor and cupola.

The photo shows an expanded dining area with the roofline extended on three sides for open air-dining.

Triple conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and Mars coming to a sky near you

October, November and December night time skies are worth watching. 

On the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 28, there will be a triple conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and Mars in the eastern sky. The three planets will form a tight, 1-degree triangle. It is an easy event to enjoy with the naked eye.

The Ohio Northern University Observatory, Ada, has several fall and winter programs planned related to the nighttime skies. Those programs follow:

It's getting closer - but still time to enter the Blaze parade

With the theme “A Christmas from the Past,” the 2015 Bluffton Blaze of Lights is getting ready for its Saturday, Nov. 28, launch.

The event, sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, should bring several thousand visitors to Bluffton.

Here’s the latest update:

Saturday, Nov. 28 schedule – all events on Main Street
• 4 to 5 p.m. – Parade forms at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool and The Centre on Snider Road

No, that's not snow

No, it hasn't snowed yet.

Here's a field on State Route 235 just south of U.S. 30. The farmer has applied lime on the fields to raise the pH of the soil.

According to Mark Badertscher of the Hardin County Extension office: Generally, fertilizers that are applied to soils for plant nutrition lower the pH of soils over time. Therefore, ag lime is applied according to soil test recommendations to raise the pH of the soil to a range that plants will grow better. 

Cultural Affairs Committee invites your help putting up Ream display

The Village Cultural Affairs Committee needs for help putting up the Ream holiday folk art display on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.

Tree lights will be hung on Saturday, Nov. 7. The cutout displays go in the yard on Saturday, Nov. 14.

This invitation goes out to businesses, church groups, families and individuals.

Moderator selected for Bluffton mayoral candidate forum; event moved to Middle School

Stanley Scott, Bluffton University adjunct faculty member, will moderate the Bluffton mayoral candidate forum on Wednesday, Oct. 28, according to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, forum sponsor.

The forum, open to the public, originally scheduled for the Bluffton town hall, has moved to the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium to allow for a larger audience than the town hall can accommodate. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the forum starts at 7:30 p.m.

3/50 Program returns - shop local and win prizes!

Shop downtown Bluffton this fall and have a chance to win – gift cards and prizes from local merchants.

Recently nearly 2,500 Bluffton postal customers received a post card inviting them to “shop, sip, eat, play, local.” In a nutshell its message encourages shopping locally.

The postcard makes area residents aware of a Bluffton merchants and Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce major fall promotion. It centers on a concept titled “3/50 Project.” The nationwide project carries the tagline: “Save your local economy three stores at a time.”

Blaze committee reminds groups to enter Nov. 28 parade

This year’s Blaze of Lights is fast approaching.

But, there’s still time to enter a float or parade unit in the parade that is one of the highlights of the event. This year’s Blaze, sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce takes place on Saturday, Nov. 28, in downtown Bluffton.


This year’s Blaze theme is “A Christmas from the Past.”

Earlier this month over 40 units were already registered for the parade, according to Junior Weihrauch, parade director.

DTR Industries hiring day held Oct. 24

DTR Industries, Bluffton, will host a hiring day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24.

The day includes plant tours, same-day application  and interviews. DTR Industries is located at 320 Snider Road, Bluffton.

For more information contact Jason Brandt at jbrandt@dtroh.com