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If history is the guide look for Bluffton-Richland Township to vote Republican for president

However, the May primary shows there is room for doubt

If history is the guide, the majority of Bluffton and Richland Township voters will support the Republican presidential candidate on Nov. 8.

But, as the May primary results show, there is room for doubt in the election.

However, The Icon’s analysis of presidential voting patterns here since 1908 reflecting history as the guide will probably mean a Republican win.

Consider the following show of Republican political strength in this community:

Ream folk art display lights set up on Nov. 5; cutouts on Nov. 12

Volunteers needed - contact Lynda Best

Lynda Best of the village cultural affairs committee invites anyone from the community to help setting up the Ream holiday folk art display on the Presbyterian Church lawn.

"We are getting ready to set up the Blaze and could use some help," she said. "The lights go up on the Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the display is set up on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m."

Lunch will be provided to volunteers.

"We can use the help very much if someone can only give us a couple hours we would appreciate it," she said. Contac Best 419-296-2790.

Power pole at high school explodes

Center of Bluffton without power this morning

It was the sound of three “booms” and then the lights went out, at approximately 9 a.m.


A center section of Bluffton is without electrical power this morning. The outage covers the area between Main, Grove, Lawn and Elm. The two largest areas affected are all businesses on the west side of Main Street and the Bluffton elementary, middle and high school.

The stoplight at the intersection of Main and Cherry is also out of power.

Unseasonably warm, but who is complaining?

Temperatures in the past week have been unseasonably warm, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

In the past seven days the “lowest” high degree was 61 on Oct. 13.

Meanwhile, the lowest temperature seemed more seasonable at 42 on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15.

The attachment to this story lists daily weather temperatures so far in October.

Watershed group annual meeting Nov. 10

The annual meeting of the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership (BRWP) is Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Hancock Ag. Center, 7868 County Road 140, Findlay.

A continental breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. with the meeting portion starting at 7:30 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 9 a.m. A RSVP is required for breakfast only; please respond to brwp1237@gmail.com or call Phil Martin, Watershed Coordinator at 419.422.6487.

Hospital offering community da Vinci surgical robot demonstration at middle school Nov. 3

Robotic surgery to be offered as part of the Women’s Center of Bluffton Hospital

Bluffton Hospital invites community members to experience a demonstration of the da Vinci Surgical Robot and learn about the new Women’s Center of Bluffton Hospital on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bluffton Middle School Cafetorium.
The event will begin with an introduction and overview of the Women’s Center of Bluffton Hospital presented by Chief Administrative Officer Chris Keller.

Bluffton Hospital moves main entrance to Emergency Department

The Garau Street main entrance to Bluffton Hospital is officially history.

This month the hospital announced that all patients, except those receiving physical therapy, should now enter through the Emergency Department entrance. The Garau Street entrance should only be used for those with physical therapy appointments.

The move is part of the addition of The Women's Center at Bluffton Hospital.

Bluffton Hospital was constructed in 1937 and has had a Garau Street street main entrance since its construction.

Fire department will hang garlands Nov. 12

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...even though temperatures feel like summer.

Jon Kinn, Bluffton fire chief, set Saturday, Nov. 12, as the day that the fire department will hang holiday garlands on Main Street businesses.

He asks that businesses place their garlands outside their door by 8 a.m. on Nov. 12.

A rain date for hanging garlands is the following Saturday, Nov. 19. This year's Blaze of Lights is Saturday, Nov. 26.

Lima Symphony field trip, Red Ribbon Week, book fair week, just for starters

All kind of learning experiences in October at Bluffton elementary

A field trip to the Lima Symphony, Red Ribbon Week, book fair and a trip to Kewpee are event on the Bluffton elementary school calendar in October.

Here's details on those events and additional October activities from the Bluffton school website. The October elementary newsletter, which also lists November events, is an attachment.

ELEMENTARY BOOK FAIR: Book Fair begins Monday, Oct. 24.  Daily hours will be 8 a.m. until  p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. until p.m. on Friday.  Family Night are Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 6 until 8 p.m.

Bridge Hospice offering volunteer training courses in Bluffton

On two consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5

Bridge Home Health & Hospice, a non-profit organization providing home health care and hospice services, will offer training for prospective volunteers for two consecutive Saturdays - Saturday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 5,  from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bluffton Hospital, 139 Garau St.
Courses will cover the basic principles of hospice, understanding the needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patient care, pain and symptom management, spiritual care giving and understanding grief and loss.