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March 26, 2015


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Would you believe up to 200 tons of salt go on village streets in the winter - but wait, there's also beet juice

How much salt goes on Bluffton’s streets each winter? What does it cost? And, what's this about beet juice? The Icon asked Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, these questions. Here’s his responses:

The salt used this winter season is leftover from last year. Near the end of the season last year, the Village of Bluffton still had a reserve amount of salt to purchase based on our contract and we were able to fill our salt storage bins to capacity at last season’s prices of $38 per delivered ton.

Senior Center collects Community Market and Great Scott receipts

The Bluffton Senior Citizens Center collects Community Market and Great Scott receipts. The center receives 1 percent back on receipts. In 2014 the Center received $200 for its collection efforts.

If you shope on line, you can now give to the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center when you shop on Amazon. Go to www.smile.amazon.com/ch/34-1058372.



80-deer herd

On Tuesday evening the Augsburger Road forest deer herd had supper on the corn stubble of Judy and Larry Diller's field. This scene, taken with a cell phone from Bentley Road is taken from the east. The Icon counted over 80 deer in the field.

Bluffton community, businesses, university featured in new "WeAreLimaAllenCounty" website

You'll discover Bluffton in several places in the new website www.WeAreLimaAllenCounty.com, which is part of the Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce website. 

Here are directions on locating the Bluffton portions of the site.

• Once on the site, click on the “Convention and Visitors’ Bureau” link. From there, click on “Our Communities.”

Cardiologist joins BVHS HeartCare Center

Dr. Pamela Reed has joined Blanchard Valley Health System’s Jane & Gary Heminger HeartCare Center. Dr. Reed’s specialties include care for coronary artery disease, heart attack treatment, coronary stenting, women’s heart care and cardiovascular evaluation and testing.

Reed received her medical degree from Michigan State University. She completed an internal medicine residency, cardiology fellowship and interventional cardiology fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Annual senior citizens garage sale Feb. 27 and 28

The Bluffton Senior Center will break tradition by holding its annual garage sale a few months earlier than usual. This year the sale will be held from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fridayk, Feb. 27, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

Chamber sponsors free real estate workshop on Friday AM

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a free real estate workshop on Friday, Feb. 13, following the chamber monthly breakfast.

The workshop, open to the public, is from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall. CCR RealLiving realtors will lead the session.

Bluffton nurses graduated from ISU school of nursing; now ranked one of best

A local contingent of longtime nurses -- all graduates of the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University -- are cheering the recent ranking of ISU's online nursing program as one of the Best Online Nursing Programs. U.S. News & World Report ranked ISU's online program as 93rd on their list and the only public institution in illinois to be ranked.

Bluffton music teachers earn certification

Krysti and Philip Schey of Bluffton, Ohio have recently been recognized as Nationally Certified Teachers of Music (NCTM) by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). They are certified as piano teachers.

Krysti Schey earned her B.A. in Music from Bluffton University in 2008, then earned her Masters in Piano Pedagogy from Bowling Green State University in 2010. Krysti is the Independent Music Teachers Forum Chair (IMTF) for Ohio’s MTNA, and is the co-vice president for marketing and membership for Middle West Ohio’s Music Teacher Association.

Apollo all-area board meeting Feb. 5

Apollo Career Center will kick off Career Tech Education Month with the annual  All Area Boards Meeting held Thursday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Apollo Commons.

The program highlights include a presentation by Superintendent Judy Wells and Nate Neuenschwander, President of Touchstone CPM, on the progress of the seven-phase construction/renovation of Apollo Career Center.

Following will be the induction of three alumni into the Apollo Hall of Fame:

• Chris Buell, Welding Supervisor, Crown Equipment, Perry