Memorial Day weekend 2023 news schedule

The Bluffton Icon has a holiday schedule for Memorial Day weekend 2023. New content will appear on Friday and, except for breaking news, pause until Tuesday morning. Newsgathering will continue through the weekend, including Bluffton High School graduation on Saturday evening and the Memorial Day parade (9:30 a.m.) and ceremonies at Maple Grove Cemetery on Monday. ***A Toledo Air National Guard F-16 flyover has been announced for 10:12 a.m.***

Tours and Summer Saturday events at the Schumacher Homestead

Schedule a visit or stop in on June 3, July 1 and August 5

The Swiss Community Historical Society has announced that tours may be scheduled now through the fall of 2023. The Schumacher Homestead, also known as the Swiss House, offers a glimpse into the lives of Swiss immigrants in an area of Allen and Putnam counties known as the Settlement during the mid 19th century. 

Visitors may tour the house, summer kitchen, workshop, and barn—which are filled with original and period items—as well as the garden. 

Plans are underway this summer to begin reconstruction of the Basinger barn as the new Heritage Henter. Visitors may view, from a safe distance, the progress of that project. 

“In 2022 we hosted many individuals, families and reunion groups, along with Bluffton first graders and some Ohio Northern students. We are truly a place for all ages,” reports Susie Gratz, Interpretation Committee Chair and Board member.



Letter: S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club thank you to donors

From the S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton

As you have seen, the American Flags are again flying in the breeze on the Main Street of Bluffton. For the past 16 years, the S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton has solicited sponsorship of those flags, and the Bluffton American Legion has installed and maintained them. 

This year 2023 the American Legion has again installed those flags.  The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club thanks Jerry Cupples and the American Legion for all their wonderful help throughout the years. 

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club (Sharing Hopes And Nourishing Needs Of Neighbors) also wishes to gratefully thank all the many, many wonderful sponsors of the flags throughout these 16 years. Your donations have been received each summer by the SHANNON CLUB and also by the community of Bluffton with great gratitude. 

To show our sincere thankfulness to all of you, the S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club wishes to give back to the community by donating the flags this summer and will NOT be soliciting sponsorship of the flags.  We have truly valued your wonderful support.

Duane Bollenbacher


Yesterday's Top Story

Summary of May 22 Bluffton Council meeting

By Andy Chappell-Dick

The Monday, May 22 meeting of the Bluffton council proceeded with dispatch, as councilors and administrators covered a lot of ground in only forty minutes.


Several Committees presented reports of their meetings from the last two weeks. Joe Sehlhorst said that Streets and Alleys had met for five minutes to discuss vacating an alley.  

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