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July 26, 2016


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Free showing of "The Secret Life of Pets" at Shannon Theatre for library's Summer Program Grand Finale

Come watch THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS free!  Sadly, Bluffton Public Library's Summer Program is nearly over, but everyone who completes the program is invited to the Summer Program Grand Finale on July 28th at 10 am at the Shannon Theater!  The last day to turn in entry forms or get your reading log checked is July 26th.

So, how can you receive a ticket?  Did you:

Oh, deer! They are also in Ada!

FROM ADA ICON - On Tuesday morning, The Icon, heading east on Lima Avenue near Ohio Northern University, spotted a deer family traveling from the south side of the avenue to the north side and toward the woods on campus.

In addition to the deer, a flock of Canada geese stood ready to fend off anyone who came too close.

After stopping to watch, the Icon took the following photos of the deer crossing the street.

We've enhanced some of the photos to viewers can see the deer outlines - because we were shooting into the sun.


Cleaning off your bookshelves? Friends of the Library would appreciate your donations

"The Friends of the Library are planning the fall book sale and we need books!" Sallie Jones of the Friends told The Icon.

Q: What type of books?
A: Histories, mysteries, novels any or current books. 

She asks that persons do not donate text books or encyclopedias. Proceeds ffom the book sale provides programs and projects for the library. 

Last year the Friends' projects enable the library to purchase a new overhead projector system. 

Books for future book sales may be dropped off at the library, 154 S. Main St., Bluffton.

United Way $26 shy of 2016-17 $25,000 goal

$26 puts the current United Way campaign on top.

Who will make the donation putting the campaign at 100 percent?

Neil Reichenbach, Bluffton-Beaveram-Richland Township United Way treasurer, told The Icon the good news about how close the United Way is to reaching its $25,000 goal.

And, there's still time to buy 50/50 tickets.

"We want to thank everyone who has purchased 50/50 tickets. The prize money is $208. If you would still like to purchase 50/50 tickets you can still do so  Saturday, July 23, or Saturday, July 30 at the Farmers' Market downtown," he said.

Letter: United Way says still time to buy 50/50 tickets; campaign at 99.9%

Icon viewers:
The United Way of Bluffton, Beaverdam, and Richland Township would like to thank everyone who has purchased 50/50 tickets.

The prize money is $208. If you would still like to purchase 50/50 tickets you can still do so this coming Saturday, July 23, and Saturday, July 30, at the Farmers' Market in Bluffton.

Or you can contact the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, BFR, or Bluffton Child Development Center for tickets. The drawing is scheduled for Saturday, July 30.


Lions Club newsletter now on Icon

The Bluffton Lions Club newsletter is now on the Icon.

It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Fall sports meeting at BHS July 28

A mandatory meeting for middle school and high school parents and athletes playing fall sports in Bluffton takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 28, in the BHS gym.



Over 300 voters call for referendum on water-sewer surcharge ordinance

Over 300 signatures of registered Bluffton voters were delivered to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer, on Monday.

The signatures are part of citizen-led initiative to referend Bluffton council’s Ordinance 9-16, passed on June 20.  The ordinance establishes a surcharge on water and sewer accounts in the village.

Those passing the petitions provided the following statement:

“If the ordinance went into affect a typical Bluffton family using 400 cubic feet of water per month will experience a 28 percent increase in their monthly water and sewer bill.

Several Bluffton artists in next ArtSpace Lima show

ArtSpace/Lima announces the opening of ArtSpace/Pops 2016: A Fine Craft Invitational in The Ellen Nelson Gallery, on Sunday, July 31. Several of the artists are from Bluffton.
ArtSpace/Pops 2016 features all new works by 22 area craftsmen and -women in a joint showing which builds on the success of its predecessors. 

Artists on display work in wood, metal, clay, paper, fabric and various jewelry-oriented combinations of metals and beads. 


Chief Skilliter says residents need to work together concerning recent break-ins

Bluffton Police Chief Rick Skilliter is advising Bluffton residents to be on the alert for potential break-ins this summer.

Skilliter provided the Icon with the following statement concerning recent thefts and burglaries in the village.

Since the first of June, the Bluffton community has seen an inordinate number of thefts and burglaries. 

This uptick in crime is disconcerting to residents as well as law enforcement officials.