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December 12, 2018

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Bluffton is on the Ohio holiday lights map

State-wide map highlights 30 holiday lights to view

New this year, Bluffton’s Blaze of Lights is featured on the Holiday Lights Trail at Ohio.org/Holidays.

“The map will lead travelers to Bluffton’s Blaze of Lights, which includes the Ream folk art display, downtown holiday lights, and residential lights,” says Paula Scott, CEO of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We are thrilled that Bluffton’s cherished traditions are now part of the Holidays In Ohio campaign.

No surprise here - GOP candidates win in Bluffton and Richland

However, Democrat Senator Brown's totals indicate his popularity

It was no surprise that Republican candidates for state office swept Bluffton, Richland Township and Beaverdam voters on Nov. 6.

Bluffton voters supported Mike DeWine, Republican, over Richard Cordray, Democrat, in the governor’s race. Only once since 1936 have Bluffton voters supported a Democrat governor candidate. Watch the Icon for details on this historic trend.

Here's Bluffton council's committee schedule

Here is the schedule for future Bluffton council committee meetings:

• Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Tree Commission, 7 p.m.
• Thursday, Nov. 15 - Utilities, 1 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 20 - Street and alley budget meeting, 5:30 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 22 - next council meeting, 7 p.m.

It's Bluffton's favorite holiday candy - senior center peanut brittle

Watch for black walnut brittle available soon

If prevailing wages were required no one could afford Bluffton Senior Citizens Center peanut brittle. Especially, with all the seniority levels involved in production.  The junior member of this year’s crew was 70 years old, we think.

Fortunately the crew consists of volunteers. That means one pound of the locally-made candy is affordable at $5 a pound. And, it’s available each November.

It takes a crew of 30 or so volunteers for a full morning of work to create 184, or so, pounds of Bluffton’s favorite holiday candy, according to Tony Meyers, director of the center.

100 years after the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918

Here's some Bluffton stories from Nov. 11, 1918

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th year, The Great War came to an end. The year was 1918 - 100 years ago.

The following are note from an interview Fred Steiner conducted several years ago with Rolland Stratton concerning Bluffton’s celebration of the conclusion of World War I.

Stratton remembers:
I was a 7-year-old boy in November 1918. We lived at 118 E. Elm St., where I was born. On Nov. 11, I remember coming out of the house and every bell in town was ringing and the fire whistle at the light plant was blowing.

Ohio Holiday Light Trail includes “Blaze”

First time listing for Bluffton’s holiday lights

For the first time, the Ohio Holiday Lights Trail will lead travelers to Bluffton’s Blaze of Lights, which includes the Ream folk art display, downtown holiday lights, and residential lights.

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