December 21, 2014


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Cory-Rawson Impressions offer gift wrapping Dec. 20

Hate wrapping presents? Not sure how to wrap that weirdly shaped gift? Tired of fighting with the scotch tape?

The Cory-Rawson Impressions will hold a gift wrapping fundraiser in the new cafeteria at Cory-Rawson Elementary School from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.

They also encourage parents to bring their children along, because they'll have Christmas movies playing in the choir room while the gifts are being wrapped.

There is no charge for gift wrapping, but donations would be extremely appreciated.

Bluffton University announces January forums

Bluffton University has announced the following forums for January. All forums are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 6              Art exhibit: Opening of “Stations,” drawings and paintings by Chicago-area artist Jacob van Loon, Grace Albrecht Gallery, Sauder Visual Arts Center. Hours through Jan. 25 are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.

Riley Creek Baptist cantata Sunday, Dec. 21

Riley Creek Baptist Church will present the Christmas cantata "Mary, Did You Know?" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. This presentation will include well-known carols and newer songs along with narration. The cantata will be directed by Carl Snare. 

The public is invited to attend. The nursery will be well-staffed.

Riley Creek Baptist Church is located at 4950 Township Road 27, Bluffton.


And the Santa letters keep coming in

The Santa letters continue to arrive at the special Icon-Santa postal box at the Bluffton Post  Office.

Recent letters are posted below.


When Old Man Bluffton talks, I listen

Old Man Bluffton stopped in for a visit last Saturday. Since he retired to some place south of the Mason-Dixon Line – he won’t tell me where – I never know when to expect him. He looked good, though.

(I think he lives in Bluffton, South Carolina.)

Usually he makes a December trip here to pick up the usual Bluffton-made products for Christmas gifts.

You know, peanut brittle, Bluffton Icon coffee and the latest Bluffton Pirate and Bluffton Beaver sports ware.


500 to 600 wrestling fans come to Bluffton on Saturday; BHS host to county tournament

From 500 to 600 high school wrestling parents and fans will be in Bluffton on Saturday, according to Alex Hanna, Bluffton High School athletic director.

Bluffton High School will host the 2014-15 Allen County wrestling tournament. Ten schools will bring wrestlers. Those schools are:
• Bluffton
• Allen East
• Bath
• Delphos Jefferson
• Delphos St. John’s
• Elida
• Lima Central Catholic
• Lima Senior
• Shawnee
• Spencerville

Construction in Bluffton during 2014 totaled $9.9 million

Building permits in Bluffton in 2014 totaled $9,912,909, according to figures released this week by Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator.

The total includes:
• Commercial and industrial at $9,200,000
• Residential                           at    $712,909

The largest construction project involved GROB Systems, with its $8.2 million expansion. The second largest was Hancock Investor Group, which constructed a multi-family development at 44 State Route 103, listed at $900,000.

107 years ago on the Bluffton hard court


Here's a Bluffton basketball team from 1907 - perhaps is a town team. The only player identified and there's a question mark beside his name is Dr. J.S. Steiner (second from left). On a stretch, could the man in the center wearing a tie be a Hauenstein? Was he the coach? 

Any ideas from Icon viewers are welcome.




Council's Monday agenda loaded

It’s a packed agenda for Bluffton council on Monday. In addition to regular agenda items, Monday agenda includes:

• Final reading of 2015 appropriations
• Action that amends the sidewalk ordinance
• First reading of legislation proposing a water rate increase
• First reading of legislation proposing a sewer rate increase
• Fixing rates for Spring Street recycle center
• Action to vacate an alley on North Main Street.

Details on Monday’s meeting can be found in the agenda, which is an attachment to this story.

Monday's Christmas concert should be standing-room-only

Expect a standing-room-only crowd in the Bluffton High School gym on Monday. It's the date of the annual Bluffton elementary Christmas concert set for 1:30 p.m.

Here's the schedule, according to Alice Basinger, music teacher.