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September 3, 2015

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All that rain...weather report for first 20 days of July

Twenty days into July and the Pandora-Bluffton area has already experienced 6.64 inches of rain. All the that rain fell in a 13-day period from July 7 to July 19.

During that stretch Bluffton was without rain on only three days.

The heaviest rainfall was 2.92 inches on July 9.

Here’s the weather report (attachment at the bottom of this story) for the first 20 days of July from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Bluffton fireworks concludes National Night Out on Aug. 4

Bluffton’s fireworks, postponed in late June due to the weather, is rescheduled for 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Bluffton’s National Night Out celebration at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

The fireworks will cap off the National Night Out. The display should last between 20 and 30 minutes.

The National Night Out and fireworks will take place on Snider Road, Bluffton. Watch for a map indicating locations where people can watch the display.

Bluffton Community Preschool enrollment for fall underway

The Bluffton Community Preschool program year begins Wednesday, Sept. 9, Shelly Matijevich, director, told The Icon. 

There are still some openings available for new students. 

Children must be 3 on or before Aug. 1. Classroom sessions are Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.

Both morning (8:05 to 10:45 a.m.) and afternoon (12:05 to 2:45 p.m.) class sessions are available.

A third day, Friday morning is potentially an option as well. A sibling discount is available.

Fresh water shark spotted in Riley Creek

An Icon viewer confirmed rumors floating around that fresh-water sharks have, in fact, entered the Riley Creek stream system.

Earlier this week, the Icon obtained this photo sent by Tricia Burkholder from her cell phone with the proof.

"I spotted this on my way home from my mom's house. As we drove across the bridge by Buckeye Lake, we spotted a shark swimming in the Riley Creek," she informed the Icon.

Several unconfirmed sightings of large creatures with fins in the Riley have, up to this point, been poo-pooed.

It is time to build an ark yet? Wettest June since 1901

Story and photos by Amy Eddings
Heavy thunderstorms Monday night. Periods of pouring rain on Tuesday. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect into Tuesday evening.

All this, after a record wet June in nearby Lima, where 12.67 inches of rain fell. It was the wettest single month since 1901, according to the National Weather Service.

Area residents may be asking themselves, “Is it time to build an ark yet?"
Farmers may want to petition Noah for a spot in the hold for their corn and soybeans. Many area fields show rows of yellowing plants.

"Sensory-friendly" screening of "Minions" on Saturday AM benefits Bittersweet; followed by noon concert on Presbyterian lawn

The Shannon Theatre and The Heart of Rock Foundation present A Day Out At The Movies for Special Needs on Saturday, July 18.

The day will begin with a special “sensory-friendly” screening of the new Universal Studios release, "Minions" to benefit Bittersweet, Inc. Families with loved ones or children with Special Needs or Disabilities can register online for free admission at: http://heartofrock.org/DayOut.

Get ready for Spectrum Salon cash mob July 16

The July Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce cash mob features three area businesses.

Spectrum Salon, 442 N. Main St., hosts the cash mob from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, according to Mandy Kinn of the salon.

She said that several Joico hair care products will be 40 percent off and selected other products will be listed at $5 each during cash mob hours.

“In conjunction with our specials and a drawing for a gift card, two other businesses will be showcasing what they have to offer,” she said.

National Night Out is coming Aug. 4 - and volunteers are needed

Bluffton's second National Night Out is from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, according to Matt Oglesbee of the Bluffton police department.

The department, in conjunction with the Pandora Police Department are in charge of the event and the Bluffton, Beaverdam and Pandora fire and EMS departments will participate. 

Senior Citizens Association 45th anniversary polo shirts now on sale

There's a new shirt in Bluffton and it's 45 years old.

Actually, it is in honor of the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association's 45th anniversary. The shirts are now at the Bluffton Senior Center, 132 N. Main St. The shirts are royal blue polos and are available in eight sizes: four for men and four for women.

Shirts are $16 each. The shirts have the Center logo and "45 years" embroidered on them. 

Here's an overview of Swiss Community Historical Society's capital campaign

This week's gift to the Swiss Community Historial Society from Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio assists the Society's current capital campaign. Here is an overview of the Society's expansion plans.

The historical society’s expansion has three parts.

1 – Construction of a “heritage building.” The building, located at 8350 Bixel Road, will be constructed on the land of the 1840s Schumacher homestead. It will house local antiques, artifacts and archives of the society. It will have rooms for meetings and a children’s museum area.

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