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February 27, 2015


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View an asteroid Monday night

The ONU Astronomy Club invites Icon viewers to a special event from 8 to 10 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, according to Jason Pinkney.

“Normally we meet on Fridays, but on this day, a small asteroid (0.3 miles across) will fly safely past the Earth close enough to be seen through our telescopes. The closest approach is about three times the distance to the Moon,” he said.

Asteroid 2004 BL86 will pass through the constellation Cancer during the evening, and its motion should be detectable to the eye (unlike most asteroids).

2015 looks like an exciting year for Bluffton - chamber has several new programs planned

This proves to be an exciting year for the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce as the chamber has several ambitious plans to promote the community, according to Fred Steiner, chamber CEO.

Among those include:
• launching a signage program,
• expanding social media to promote the community, and
• developing ways to make Bluffton a destination for visitors.

These three programs emerged from last winter’s chamber brainstorming session when the chamber board asked members for ideas on improving Bluffton.

Used shoe drive at BFR until January 31

This is an invitation to clean out closets, basements, garages of any used shoes or boots or sandals. BFR Sports & Fitness has partnered with Funds2orgs.com to collect used shoes that will be repurposed instead of going into landfills.  Shoes are collected by non-profit organizations across the country and then sent to community-based groups around the world to be repaired and resold or dismantled and recycled.

Bluffton HS sophomores visit Apollo Jan. 30

Bluffton High School sophomores will visit Apollo Career Center this month.

BHS students will be among the nearly 650 sophomores in Apollo Career Center¹s 11-member district to visit Apollo during 411Blast, Friday, Jan. 30.

Parents of sophomore students interested in attending Apollo for the 2015-16 school year are also invited to attend.

Bluffton Lions Club offers scholarships

The Bluffton Lions Club is offering two $500 scholarships to 2015 graduating seniors in local schools. The scholarships will be paid directly to the school or college where the winningstudents will be enrolled.

Applications for these scholarships may be obtained through the guidance counselors in Bluffton, Pandora-Gilboa or Cory-Rawson school districts. Applications received by April 15, 2015 will be considered.

Baby, it's cold outside

With the highest temperature reading in the past seven days at 32 and the highest “low” reading at 21, there’s lots of reasons for school delays and bundling up extra tight this month.

Here’s the January daily weather summary from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer. Open the attachment to this story for the weather summary.

Henry P. Huber Scholarship committee accepting applications

The Henry P. Huber Scholarship committee is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.

Applications may be acquired from the guidance counselor at Bluffton High School, the superintendent's office in the Bluffton Elementary School and from the Citizens National Bank in Bluffton.

Applicants are required to submit with their application, whether a high school senior or currently enrolled in college, the most recent transcript of their academic program. 

Applications must be filed with the committee by May 25, 2015.

Red Cross blood drive February 5 at First Mennonite Church

A Red Cross blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.

If you wish to schedule a blood donation, please call 1-800-Red Cross or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.”

The Mission, Peace and Service Commission of First Mennonite helps to organize a Red Cross blood drive twice each year.

Police warn residents about phone scams

Bluffton police ask Icon viewers to be aware of a potential telephone scam taking place in the area. 

"We had a couple come into the police station today because they were contacted saying a family member needed “bail” money.  The entire incident was a hoax, and fortunately, the local residents contacted police to clear things up before anyone lost any money," Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief told The Icon.

Sportsmen Club annual meeting Jan. 24

Bluffton Sportsmen Club Annual Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Clubhouse on North Spring Street, Bluffton.  Past and future members welcomed.  An All-you-can-eat fish fry is on the agenda.