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April 22, 2019

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It's official: spring is here - the Dari Freeze is open for business

By Austin Arnold, BGSU Icon intern

Spring is quite literally a couple of days away and not only does that mean the return of warmer weather, but it also marks the return of some raved about treats from the Bluffton Dari Freeze, which opened its doors for the first time this season, 11th year overall, on Friday morning March 19.

Bill and Phyllis Marchal of Lafayette run the ice cream and food shop that offers some creative menu items like the reverse buckeye, which consists of peanut butter mixed with ice cream topped with fudge.

School board okays replacement of BHS air conditioning chiller; will examine bids for Harmon Stadium repair

Several contract agreements made up much of the March 15 Bluffton school board agenda, however the most important two items were the discussion of the Harmon Field stadium repair and the replacement of high school air conditioning chiller.

The board authorized the Bluffton firm of R.D. Neff & Associates to develop bid specifications, to advertise the project and oversee the bidding process for renovation of the stadium. The bid opening is April 6. The board set a special meeting for April 12 to accept the Harmon Field bid.

Three straight 60+ degree days

You'd think it was spring. The Bluffton area experienced three straight days of 60+ degrees and none were a record high.The high and low temperatures for the last seven days are provided by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Date High Low Prec.

9th 56 27 .03

10th 62 42 .05

11th 63 43 .07

12th 65 44 .19

School superintendent updates district on two major repair projects: air conditioning system at BHS and Harmon Field stadium

By Greg Denecker

Superintendent of Bluffton schools

There are two topics from the March 15 school board meeting on which I would like to provide updates.

Bluffton non-profit groups invited to take advantage of arts and crafts show

Bluffton non-profit organizations are invited to take advantage of a half-price booth cost for the May 22 arts and crafts show. Non-profit groups are invited to create a display about what their organization is all about. They may also sell items from their booth, if they choose.

"It's a great way for local clubs and organizations to share what they are all about to the community," said Jerry Burkholder, craft show vendor coordinator.

Groves' Bears business will relocate on South Main while building repairs underway

Groves Bears store will temporarily relocate the business and reopen for walk-In business the week of March 29, according to Robin Wilch, store owner.

The new location will be at 123 S. Main St., which is the former Wright's store. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has used that building as its office during the streetscape project.