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Steve Angel

August 18, 2017


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We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

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Friends of the Library announce fall book sale

Friends of the Bluffton Public Library will hold their fall book sale from Wednesday, Sept. 20, to Saturday, Sept. 24, in the library.

Watch for more details on the Icon coming soon.


Presbyterians open "A Little Free Pantry"

A Little Free Pantry is now open in downtown Bluffton.  It is located on the grounds of the Bluffton Presbyterian Church near the Family Dollar parking lot.  The community is invited to donate food or personal products. 

Anyone needing these products is welcome to take them at any time. No registration is necessary.

The pantry contains canned vegetables and proteins, pasta, powdered milk, personal care products and other shelf stable items. Selection will vary.


Amy Byers returns to BFR as sports coordinator

Amy Blackburn, board president: "“It’s wonderful to have Amy back with us"

Amy Byers is no stranger to Bluffton Family Recreation.

The 2009 Bluffton University Health, PE and Recreation graduate, previously served as BFR’s sports coordinator, was a member of BFR’s board, and as a university student, worked the BFR front desk.

Upon the recent resignation of Joseph Beagle, BFR director, the BFR board approached Byers to return as its sports coordinator. She accepted and her first day on the job was Monday.

Everything you need to know about Bluffton elementary

Class lists posted at 5 p.m., Wednesday

Ready for school? Here's the Bluffton elementary August newsletter, which includes all the back-to-school information parents need.

• Class lists will be posted on Wednesday, Aug. 16, after 5 p.m. on the elementary front entrance doors.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  The school supply list is posted on the school website.  Kindergarten student supplies will be furnished in their classrooms.

MEET THE TEACHER:  We will hold our “Meet the Teacher” on Friday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the elementary school.

BHS class of '63 in 7th grade

Here's the Bluffton High School class of 1963 as seventh graders during the 1957-58 school year - a mere 60 school years ago. Names of the students are under the photograph.


We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.


Here there are, Mr. and Mrs. F&M Picnic

The annual Ada event couldn't go on without their assistance

By Monty Siekerman - Ada Icon
Here they are, Mr. and Mrs. F & M Picnic, for many years now. Kenny Wolke, longtime Ada War Memorial Park superintendent, and his wife, Eva, have a lot to do with the success of the annual festival, not for all of its 104 years of existence, but for several decades. Kenny explains some of what it takes to prepare for the multi event extravaganza. 


Saturday summerfest benefits fire department

Takes place from 1 to 10 p.m. at Southgate Lanes

A benefit event for the Bluffton Fire Department is set for Saturday, Aug. 19, at Southgate Lanes, 9700 Dixie Highway, according to Jon Kin, fire chief.

Here’s a schedule of events:

1 p.m. – Double elimination corn hole tournament – limited for 30 teams, $20 per team registration fee, cash prizes for top three teams, business sponsorships available.

To sign up your team call the village office at 419-358-2066, extension 292, Southgate Lanes at 419-258-6966, or any member of the fire department.


Mobile food trucks, police pay ranges, village park pond, Shannon Cemetery

Several items on Monday's council agenda

Several items are on Monday’s Bluffton council agenda. These include consideration of:

• First reading of ordinance creating licensing and regulation of mobile food providers in the village

• Final reading of resolution calling for demolition and removal of a structure at 145 W. Riley St.

• Ordinance setting pay ranges for members of the police department

• Shannon Cemetery update – the first tombstone will be returned to the cemetery

• Update on filling in village park pond

• Report on 2017 sidewalk program summary

Dr. Amber Patterson joins ENT & Allergy Specialists of Northwest Ohio

Amber Patterson, MD, has joined ENT & Allergy Specialists of Northwest Ohio, 1110 West Main Cross St., in Findlay. Dr. Patterson specializes in treating allergies dealing with the environment, food, venom and penicillin. She also specializes in allergic asthma, hives and recurrent infections.