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January 25, 2015


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BFR will hold Silly Saturday Dec. 13

Christmas Crafts is the theme of this month's Silly Saturday program at
BFR Sports & Fitness. Children ages 5-8 are invited to create
three craft projects that can be used as gifts this holiday season. Silly
Saturday will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13; leader
will be Kelly Honse. Cost is $12/$8 BFR members and covers all the
materials needed for the crafts. Call BFR, 419-358-4150, to register.

Send your letter to Santa and read it on The Icon

Get your Christmas list ready - young and old.

The Icon, in cooperation with the Bluffton Post Office has a special Santa mail box in the post office lobby.

Drop your Santa letter off in the box. All letters will be delivered with care from the post office to The Icon. Then watch the Icon to see it posted. Since we know Santa Claus reads the Icon, he'll see your letter.

For anyone not able to get to the post office, we'll accept e-mail letters. Send them to: info@blufftonicon.com.


Friday's chamber focus on 2015 fire department purchases - and more

Q: Do you know the cost of new Bluffton fire truck?
A: Try $310,200.

Q: How about the cost to dress one Bluffton firefighter?
A: $2,025.

Bluffton safety service officials, Jon Kinn and Rick Skilliter, will review with Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce members plans for fire department major purchases in 2015. Their presentation takes place at the Friday, Dec. 12, chamber breakfast in the Bluffton town hall.

Lincoln Highway Association meets Dec. 16

The Western Ohio Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16 in Delphos.  Members and guests will dine at 6 p.m. at The Grind Café and Coffee House, 226 N. Main Street and a short business meeting will follow.  Near 7 p.m., attendees will proceed to 241 N. Main Street, where they will tour the Delphos Canal Commission and Museum's 16th Annual Christmas Tree Festival and display.  The public is invited.

Bluffton Community Preschool still accepting students

Bluffton Community Preschool is still accepting enrollment for 2014-2015 program year, according to Shelly Matijevich, director.

"Stop anytime during hours of operation to check us out," she said. "We are excited to have your child for this program year or early sign up for 2015-2016 program year. Call us, email or look us up on Face Book-Bluffton Community Preschool."

Children need to be 3 years old on or before Aug. 1.

Here's more details about the preschool:

All happening this weekend: Gallery 323 open house, Santa at Greg's, Handel's "Messiah" and more

Bluffton has a calendar full of events taking place this weekend - everything from a visit from Santa, an art gallery opening and a performance of Handel's "Messiah."

Here's the list of events:

Santa Claus

BHS guidance office to hold financial aid meeting Dec. 17

The Bluffton High School Guidance Office is sponsoring a financial aid meeting for parents and students of juniors and seniors who are planning to continue their education beyond high school. The meeting will be held at the high school library, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.17. Lawrence Matthews, director of financial aid at Bluffton University, will be the presenter for the evening.  He will discuss financial aid and filing the FAFSA form.

Bluffton Pediatrics set to open in early January

Meet Bluffton's newest business of 2015 - that's right.

Bluffton Pediatrics will open on Jan. 5, 2015 at 505 E. Jefferson St., Suite A, in what most Icon viewers know as the front offices of the Diamond Manufacturing building.

Beth A. Bish, CNP, pediatric nurse pracitioner, is co-owner along with her husband, Jim Bish, RN. The business was introduced at a Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast earlier this fall, and Icon viewers will hear more about its services closer to its opening date.

Gallery 323 - featuring art and gifts - opens Saturday on North Main Street

A new Bluffton business, Gallery 323, will celebrate an opening Saturday, Dec. 6, from 4-7 p.m.  The studio store, located at 323 N. Main St., will feature art and gifts. The varied inventory includes ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, paintings and prints by area artists.

Saturday’s opening event offers patrons an opportunity for a first look and early selection, along with holiday treats and beverages.

The parade's over - but the Blaze continues all month; check out our photos

It was the largest Blaze of Lights parade ever. With temperatures in the mid-50s parade watchers were five-people deep along Main Street on Saturday night. 

Float winners were:
First place - Bethel Church of Christ
Second place - St. Mary's Catholic Church
Third place - Trinity Lutheran Church, 


CLICK HERE to view parade videos.