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School board agenda focus on final preparations for 2014-15 school year

Bluffton schools start on Monday, Aug. 25, and the Bluffton school board will act on several items tonight (Aug. 18) to finalize preparations for the new school year.

On the board agenda includes:
• Executive session to discuss employment of personnel
• A long-term substitute teacher contract to Erin Oberly, effective Aug. 22
• Service resolution with Lugibihl Spray Service
• Substitute teacher action for 10 persons
• Approval of transportation routing plan
• Contracts and assignments for eight coaches

Insurance carrier's initial payment on town hall damage reaches $146,645

The Village of Bluffton's insurance carrier has okayed an initial payment of $146,645.64 for the damage caused to the town hall as a result of the sprinkler head that broke in May.

AUG. 18 COUNCIL AGENDA AT BOTTOM OF STORY

In his report to council, Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator,  will inform council that this amount was based on an initial claim of $174,378.98 submitted by the adjustor. It was reduced by the village's $1,000 deductible and $26,733.34 in depreciation.

Meet lifeguard Anna Crisp

Anna Crisp is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.

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Meet lifeguard Anna Fredritz

Anna Fredritz is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.

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Meet lifeguard Brittany Hover

Brittany Hover is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.

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Meet lifeguard Clay Wilson

Clay Wilson is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.

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Shirley's will soon be selling popcorn in Maumee's The Shops at Fallen Timbers

Bluffton's Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co., is completing construction on a new store in Maumee’s The Shops at Fallen Timbers, and plans to begin serving its popcorn snacks and gift tins in September.

“Our business was born in northwest Ohio, and The Shops at Fallen Timbers are the perfect family environment for our next step,” said Pete Suter, co-founder and CEO of Shirley’s. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with folks in the Toledo area to create happiness through fundraisers, gifts and anytime snacks.”

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Junior Brain Builders ready for some fun at the library

Bluffton Public Library announces its Junior Brain Builders fall schedule.

Junior Brain Builders is a fun early learning experience for young children aged 1-3. Each J session lasts for 30-plus minutes and consists of a story, games, songs and building time with construction blocks.

"Our aim is to provide creative activities for the development of social and motor skills in young children," said Esther Birkey, youth services coordinator.

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Bluffton men sport improved depth on pitch

With the 2014 season rapidly approaching, the Bluffton men’s soccer team will rely on its experience and depth as it prepares for another exciting campaign on the pitch. A squad that includes 13 juniors and seniors, the Beavers are primed to leave it all on the field after battling through a 2013 season in which victories struggled to maintain pace with the effort.

Meet lifeguard Cobie Mikesell

Cobie Mikesell is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.

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