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May 30, 2016


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Bluffton grain farmers will have challenging year

By Ed Lentz – OSU Extension, Hancock County
Grain farmers will have a challenging year in 2016 according to most forecasts. A large 2015 crop and weak world demand for grain has diminished the chance of significant increases in grain prices for the short term.

Farmers will try to reduce costs, but in many situations not enough reduction to offset low grain prices. Thus profit margins may be tight in the coming year.

Bluffton grade cards going home April 1 (no fooling)

April and its showers will be upon us soon. Here's a quick look at some of April's calendar listings at the Bluffton elementary school. It's from the school website.

Food Pantry provides its April-May "wish list"

The Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry provided the Icon with an April-May wish list.

According to Ed Yeager, president of the assistance program board, "The Food Pantry wishes to thank the Bluffton Boy Scouts and the generous people of Bluffton for the outpouring of support during the recent Boy Scout drive. 

"The pantry is nicely stocked, but, as always, there are several items that are needed and would be appreciated as you continue to pick up supplies for the Pantry."

Bluffton Kindergarten screening April 4-5

"It's time to think about Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year at Bluffton.

Any child who will be five years old by Aug. 1, 2016, is eligible to enroll.  Contact the elementary office at 419-358-7951 with the following information: 
• name
• birthdate
• parents' names
• address
• phone number 

Bluffton Dems pick Sanders; GOP go for Kasich

March 15 precinct results reveal interesting trends of Bluffton, Beaverdam and Richland Township voters.

For example, if Bluffton voters for president had their way it would be Kasich versus Sanders in November. If Richland Township voters had their way it would be a toss up between Clinton and Sanders versus Kasich. If Beaverdam voters had their way it would be a Clinton-Sanders toss up versus Trump.

School district voters were in near total agreement on the school levy and library levy, with each passing in the 70 percentile figure.

Kasich take Allen County and wins Ohio's GOP delegates

March 15 Ohio Primary Results - Allen County

• Bluffton tax levy renewal - passes 1,610 to 658
• Bluffton library tax levy renewal - passes 1,651 to 616

Republican presidential top 4 results
• Kasich 8,719 
• Trump 7,193
• Cruz 3,710
• Rubio 433

Democrat presidential top 2 results
• Clinton 3,670
• Sanders 2,736


Will it be Sanders or Clinton? Kasich, Trump, Cruz or Rubio on Tuesday?

For the first time ever, Tuesday's Ohio presidential primary carries serious ramifications into the November general election.

On the Republican side, an Ohio governor on the ballot makes this election significant to the front-runners. On the Democrat side, the state could be the end of the Bernie Sanders run - or it could prolong the Sanders-Clinton race for delegates.


Testing and more testing on the school calendar

What's happening this month at the Bluffton elementary school? Where do we start? Let's start with testing. 

TESTING DAYS:  Second grade students will take achievement tests in math and reading the week of March 14

New state tests will be given April 20-21 for grades 3-5 in English/Language Arts.  On April 22 and 27, grades 3-5 will take Ohio Math tests.

All-star cast on Friday's chamber breakfast agenda: Judge David Rodabaugh, Magistrate Richard Warren, Bill Triplett and more

Lima Municipal Court Judge David Rodabaugh, Magistrate Richard Warren, and former resident Bill Triplett are each part of the Friday, March 11, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast program.
In addition, the chamber will welcome Dr. Matthew Ellerbrock, of Ellerbrock Spine and Soft Tissue, as a new member.

Bluffton's spring and summer calendar - it's getting pretty full - and that's a good thing

Bluffton is becoming a destination for countless events this spring and summer. There’s everything from shuffleboard tournaments, swim meets, summer reading programs, ice cream socials, band camps and orientation for new students at Bluffton University.
Then come the larger attractions. To keep viewers in the loop, here’s a brief outline of reasons to stay in town and to invite friends to visit. Continue to watch the Icon for details on all of these events.
7 – Bluffton Farmers’ Market opens for the season