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Dr. Justin Kantner Friday chamber breakfast featured speaker

Dr. Justin Kantner, O.D., Bluffton optometrist, is the guest speaker at the 7 a.m., Friday, Feb. 12, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast. The free breakfast is in the Bluffton town hall.

Kantner will tell about his plan to step away from his small-town practice and move with his wife, Elya, and their young son, Caleb, to southern rural Paraguay. There, he will become an optometrist and church planter. Elya will become a Bible translator.

Attention elementary parents: Memory book order deadline Feb. 11

Attention parents of Bluffton elementary students. The deadline to order a 2015-16 school memory book is Thurday, Feb. 11. According to the elementary school website the price is $18 per book or it can be upgraded to a hardcover for $23.  

Here's some additional elementary school news from the website:

TESTING DAYS:  Second grade students will take achievement tests in math and reading the week of March 14.  New state tests will be given April 20-21 for grades 3-5 in English/Language Arts. 

Women's Center highlight feature of Blanchard Valley Health Foundation newsletter

The recently announced Women's Center at Bluffton Hospital is the feature article in the current Blanchard Valley Health Foundation's newsletter.

Will your child be 5 by Aug. 1? Then Kindergarten approaches

It’s time to think about Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year.

Any child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2016, is eligible to enroll. In order to develop a Kindergarten mailing list, parents and care-givers should contact the Bluffton elementary office at 419-358-7951 or email to marquartt@blufftonschools.org.

The following information is needed:
• child’s name,
• birthdate,
• parent(s) names,
• address, and
• phone number.

Beaverdam-Richland Fire and EMS receives Community Investment funds

Beaverdam-Richland Fire and EMS was one of 12 area fire and EMS agencies that was a recipient of funds released at the EMS/FD Award Recognition Luncheon on Feb. 2 at St. Rita's Medical Center.

The event recognized the area EMS and fire agencies awarded Community Investment funds from St. Rita’s Health Partners.

The Community Investment funds assist local EMS and fire agencies with the anticipated costs of replacing or upgrading heart-related EMS equipment.

Bluffton schools accepting 2016-17 open enrollment applications

The Bluffton Exempted Village School District is currently accepting applications from students interested in attending the school district through open enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year.
Students from any school district in Ohio may apply and enroll in Bluffton Schools tuition free.  Students are admitted on a full-time basis only.
Applications are approved annually on a first come, first served basis and approval is subject to grade level enrollment and educational programs.

Blanchard River Watershed Partnership newsletter on Icon

The winter newsletter of the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is now on the Icon.

The partnership is involved in several programs related to the Blanchard River watershed area.

Bob Antibus of Bluffton is one of the partnership's board members. The newsletter is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Teens for Jeans collections in middle school this month

The Teens for Jeans campaign is happening right now in Bluffton Schools.

Donate your new or gently used jeans to help homeless youth in the area. You can donate every day during school hours, by stopping by the middle school office. You can also donate every morning at 7:30 a.m. in the MS lobby. 

The drive started Feb. 1 and continues until Feb. 26.


Ada's Gallery for the Arts - it's worth a trip to Ada

Gallery for the Arts, 115 S. Main St., Ada, is a new Bluffton Icon advertiser. The gallery opened in 2015. Here is a summary of the feature story posted in the Ada Icon when the gallery opened.

“I set the stage. The artists are the performers.”

That’s the way Ruth Roider describes her vision for Gallery for the Arts, which opened at 115 S. Main St., Ada. The gallery serves two purposes: as a place for local artists to display and sell their creations and as Roider’s own working art studio.

Scammers target AEP Ohio customers

Customers encouraged to call AEP Ohio for verification

Scammers are at it again. They are hitting up AEP Ohio customers this week, demanding immediate payment. AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), says beware and be suspicious of these demands.