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August 12, 2020

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Health order will require K-12 children wear face coverings in school

Announcement from Ohio governor's office

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine provided the following updates on the status of the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health will issue a health order requiring that K-12 children wear face coverings while at school. The new mandate comes after the Ohio Children's Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics Ohio Chapter issued a joint letter  recommending widespread use of masks in schools with the following exceptions: 

• Children under the age of 2 years old

So, you think you know Bluffton - the answer

Where is the fire escape? On College Hall at Bluffton University.

It's U6 soccer and 3rd-4th grade volleyball time

BFR accepting registrations until Aug. 17

Bluffton Family Recreation is now accepting registrations for its fall U6 soccer leagues, and its third and fourth grade developmental volleyball leagues, according to Amy Byers, BFR sports coordinator. 

Registration deadline for both is Monday, Aug. 17. Click here to register.

“BFR is working hard to stay up to date with the current protocols to provide a safe opportunity for young athletes to participate in their favorite sports,” Byers added.

So, you think you know Bluffton?

So, you think you know Bluffton? Is there really a fire escape in the village? Watch the Icon tomorrow for the location.

No Fall Festival this year

But, it will return in 2021

What would have been the Bluffton community’s 17th annual Fall Festival has been cancelled due to the ongoing threat of Coronavirus.  

Usually taking place on the fourth Saturday of September, Fall Festival Committee members have been monitoring the situation and discussing plans for weeks, and ultimately came to the difficult decision to cancel the event.  

All participating organizations have expressed their desire to continue the Festival in 2021.


Several new Help Wanted ads now on the Icon's Classified Page

Local openings for part-time and full-time

Several new “Help Wanted” advertisements are now listed on Bluffton and Ada Icons.

These range from part-time to full-time openings and include:
• New Leaf Landscape and Garden Center
• Bluffton University
• Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio
• GROB Systems
• Mercy Health
• Machine operators through Patrick Staffing
• Bluffton law office
• Viva Maria Pizza and Pasta
• The Dough Hook
• Wendy’s Restaurant
• Blanchard Valley Heath Systems
• Ohio Northern University
• Ohio Means Jobs