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Watch the latest pathway ribbon cutting

It connects Riley Street to the Dari Freeze

Ribbon-cutting video is 
at the bottom of this story –

The Sept. 14 dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest extension of the Lions Way bike and pedestrian pathway can now be viewed on the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel.

Bluffton Lions Foundation president Dick Ramseyer is emcee for the program, which includes:

•Invocation by Rev. Jeremy Mann of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association

Forgotten Bluffton: What's the story of the bell in front of the middle school?

It called Bluffton students to school from 1884 to 1954

What’s the story of the bell located near the entrance of the middle school?

A close examination of it reveals it was made at the Buckeye Bell Foundry in 1884 by the firm of Vanduzen and Tift of Cincinnati.

It was originally housed in the belfry of an 1875-constructed three-story Victorian school building on Jackson Street. The doors to that building faced Church Street, just as the elementary building doors to today. (see photos below)

Anna Ruth Reichenbach was active in many community organizations

Partner in Reistman's store, worked at the library, managed hospital gift shop

Anna Ruth Reichenbach, 95, died Sept. 24, 2020, at Lima Memorial Health System. Anna Ruth was born April 27, 1925, in rural Pandora to the late Albert and Pauline (Zimmerly) Lehman.  On April 16, 1949, she married Dale Reichenbach who preceded her in death on March 11, 2005. 


It's a special Saturday in downtown Bluffton

Cars and coffee, farmers market and Discovery Day with 12 businesses supplying prizes

A fall-themed Discovery Day with prize drawings and a business decorating contest will be hosted by Bluffton merchants on Saturday, Sept. 26.

It also hosts a Saturday morning Cars & Coffee gathering and farmers market.

Nearby, Suter’s Produce has opened their seasonal corn maze, hayride shuttle service to sunflower and pumpkin patches, and cider press shop.

“Bluffton isn’t hosting the annual fall fest this year, but there are fun opportunities in and near the village,” said Paula Scott, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce CEO.

Bluffton shuts out Ottawa Hills at home 2-0

Meeting between Division III 2nd and 5th state ranked teams

Story by Cort Reynolds
Photos by Rae Staton

 BLUFFTON - The host Bluffton boys soccer team blanked Ottawa Hills 2-0 in a much-awaited showdown between the two top-ranked Div. III teams in the northwest region Thursday night at Steinmetz Field. 

Prior to the contest, Bluffton was ranked number 2 in Division III in the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association poll. Ottawa Hills was ranked 5th.

The unbeaten Pirates improved to 9-0-1 overall with the big victory. The Green Bears fell to 4-3-1 after the defeat.


This week's job openings on the Icons

Several new “Help Wanted” advertisements are now listed on Bluffton and Ada Icons. Check Icon Classified Ad pages at: www.blufftonicon.com/classifieds.

New opening are added to this list daily. Businesses interested in listing postions available should contact info@blufftonicon.com.