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July 5, 2015


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Thursday afternoon cash mob at Curling Iron

Curling Iron, 129 N. Main St., hosts the Thursday, May 21, Bluffton downtown cash mob. Watch for the "Cash Mob" banner hanging in front of the store as a reminder.

Also watch The Icon for special offers provided by Curling Iron during cash mob hours of 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

In addition, all visitors to the store during cash mob hours may register for a $50 shopping spree.

Cash mobs are sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. The intent is to encourage shopping local and highlighting items and services available in Bluffton businesses.

Captain Aaron Schmutz speaker at Memorial Day ceremony

Bluffton's traditional Memorial Day activities take place Monday, May 25, according to Dennis Morrison of the Bluffton American Legion Post 382.

A parade will form at 9:15 a.m. at the Bluffton town hall, with a starting time of 9:30 a.m.

The American Legion  honor guard will lead the parade followed by the Bluffton High School band. Additional parade units will follow the band.

Dumpsters will remain for village residents until May 25

Dumpsters are filling up at the Spring Street Recycle Center.

The village placed two dumpsters center on Friday and both were completely overflowing by Saturday.

Those dumpster will be replace and residents of the village may continue to dump appropriate trash there until Monday, May 25. Items not accepted include hazardous including paint and motor oil, vehicle batteries and tire.

Appliances that use Freon will not be accepted unless it is certified that the Freon has been legally removed and disposed of. The dumpsters are for village residents only.

Click it or ticket - there - don't say we didn't warn you

Bluffton Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket.

As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18 to 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. 

“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Sergeant Matt Oglesbee. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”

85 booths will line Main Street, plus farmers' market, music, food, animals and more...on Saturday

It's Arts and Crafts Show Saturday.

This year’s event includes 85 booths featuring area crafters plus Bluffton businesses. The show, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will stretch along Main Street from Elm Street to the post office.

Here’s what the day involves:
• Booths on Main Street, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Farmers’ market from 8:30 a.m. to noon
• Pony rides at south end of Main, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Local food vendors, during the day
• Entertainment, late morning and early afternoon

Lots of end-of-year events at middle school

There's lots of news on the Bluffton Middle School website concerning students. Here's a sampling of those items:

High school girls' tennis
Any 8th grade girl interested in playing high school tennis in the fall, please stop by the middle school office to sign up.

Three mayoral candidates, three council candidates on November ballot; but that's only part of the story

Bluffton's November general election will be the most interesting on record. On the ballot are races for mayor and council.

Three mayoral candidates are:
• Judy Augsburger, independent
• David Steiner, Republican
• Jerry Cupples, independent

Three council candidates are:
• Joseph Sehlhorst, independent
• Shawn Burrell, independent
• Richard Johnson, Republican

Donations needed to make Bluffton go "Ka BOOM" on June 27

Q: Who can help?
A: Individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations and industries (anyone).

Help Bluffton explode with color and sound on Saturday, June 27. 

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperating a major sponsorship with Springfield Firework, chamber members and you, will bring a fireworks display to Bluffton for the second year.

This year’s display takes place at dusk in the Bluffton University football stadium area. The show costs $8,000+ and the chamber has its hand out seeking help to pay for the show.

United Way at 80% of goal...getting closer and closer

The United Way of Bluffton, Beaverdam, and Richland Township current 2014-2015 campaign has raised $20,233.49, out of the campaign goal of $25,000, according to Neil Reichenbach, treasurer  

The percentage amount raised is 80.93%.  Persons may continue to make contributions at Citizens National Bank, or print the attachment at the bottom of this story and mail it to the United Way.


Elementary PTO updates viewers on many successful spring events

As the 2014-15 school years winds down, Bluffton Elementary PTO offers this summary of its spring activities, according to Melissa Knauss, president:

"With only a few weeks left of this school year, the PTO committee wants to thank everyone who made this year such a success for us, allowing the committee to do so many things for our school, it's teachers, and students. Whether you volunteered your time or donated items, we appreciate each and every one of you.