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Several council, school board, township trustees races in 2017

4 council, 3 school board, 2 township trustees

Several seats will be on the November 2017 ballot in Bluffton village, Richland Township and school board races. The general election is  Nov. 7.

According to the Allen County Board of Elections, the following seats will be on the ballot this year.

Community Assistance Program involves the entire Bluffton community

Perfect example - the birthday cake mix story posted below

A Bluffton Community Assistance (CAP) food pantry volunteer assisted a client whose young child was having a birthday.

The client couldn’t afford a birthday cake. When the mother came to the food pantry and discovered boxed cakes supplies and frosting, there were tears in her eyes.

Bluffton middle school and high school students, who brought donations from Christmas food drives, learned about this story.

As Ed Yeager, CAP board president, shares: “Following that, ‘whooom’ - bunches of baking supplies and cake mixes came pouring in.”

ODOT long-range bike route plan will begin this spring

Bluffton could be part of a Cincinnati-Toledo route

This is the second in a two-part series on a proposed national and statewide bicycle route network that could pass through Bluffton’s Main Street. It needs Bluffton council’s support for it to take place. That second reading of legislation on the route is on the Monday, Jan. 23, council agenda. CLICK HERE for the first story in this series.

Chamber goes green in 2017

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce goes green in 2017.

Membership window stickers were handed out at the Jan. 13 chamber breakfast. Members not attending the breakfast will receive the 2017 window stickers soon.



Bluffton PTO seeks basket donations for Bakery Bingo

Next week is donations deadline for Feb. 4 Bingo

One of the most popular winter family-oriented activities in Bluffton is coming soon.

Bakery Bingo, hosted by the Bluffton PTO, takes place Saturday evening, Feb. 4, in the middle school cafetorium

But for the event to succeed, the PTO needs your assistance.

“One of the most popular aspects of bakery Bingo is the basket raffle, where chances to win themed gift baskets are sold through tickets,” says Crystal Camper, of the PTO.

101 fire calls in 2016, down slightly from previous year

July was busiest month for the department

Bluffton Fire Department responded to 101 fire calls in 2016, six lower than the previous year, according to Jon Kinn, fire chief.

A monthly report of fires by type of call is attached at the bottom of this story. July was the busiest month for the department as it had 13 calls. Of those, five were accidents.

The lowest month was January with only four calls.

The department responded to 30 fire alarms, 19 accidents and 15 mutual aid calls from other departments.

Bluffton Community Preschool moving to Presbyterian Church

Offering classes for area 3- and 4-year-olds

Bluffton Community Preschool, one of the many important non-profit organizations in Bluffton, will soon have a new home.

The preschool is currently located in First United Methodist Church. Due to the church's need for additional classroom space, this fall the preschool went in search of a new home.

That new home, beginning next school year, is Bluffton Presbyterian Church. Members of the preschool board recently signed a lease with the church.

Here's an ODOT update on expenses this winter in clearing roads

The Ohio Department of Transportation Distrtict 1 has used 3,552 tons of salt on Allen County roads this winter, according to its initial 2016-17 winter expense report.

In addition, in Allen County, ODOT vehicles have registered 30,531 miles, used 30,735 gallons of deicing liquids, for total labor, equipment and material costs of $459,371.

The chart attached reveals information in each of the counties covered by District 1.

Access Ohio 2040 has Bluffton in its sights

Main Street could be on national bike route

This is the first in a two-part series on a proposed national and statewide bicycle route network that could pass through Bluffton’s Main Street. It needs Bluffton council’s support for it to take place.

If Bluffton council agrees, the village will be on “the map.”


Want to go on a one-of-a-kind plane ride?

Join Bill Suter as he flys over Bluffton, following the Riley to Pandora

If you are lucky, he'll fly
over your house in this video -

Not everyone is a fortunate as Bill Suter. He can fly his airplane over Bluffton whenever he wishes.

Late in the fall Suter "flew the Riley" all the way from Anderson Tractor Supply in Orange Township, past Bluffton, to Pandora and back to the Bluffton Airport.

Suter invited the Icon to post the video. We've watched it and we encourage viewers to sit back and enjoy Bluffton from several hundred feet in the air.