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Father’s Day inspiration

By Paula Scott

Father’s Day shouldn’t pass without a mention in the Icons. I’m sorry to say that Mother’s Day 2022 passed without note on our Bluffton site, while Ada received a shopping countdown. Indeed, gifts and meals are often how we lavish love on family members. In my own family, Mother’s Day has been squeezed in between countless soccer tournaments and graduations, while Father’s Day in June seems a bit more leisurely.


Opinions and ideas welcome for Bluffton Beyond Tomorrow

The Village of Bluffton wants to know your ideas for “Bluffton Beyond Tomorrow.” Those engaged in the community, including residents, employees, are invited to complete an online survey HERE.

The survey is brief and uses check boxes and lists to speed up the experience. The questions aren’t hard. What do you love about Bluffton? What needs improving?

What would you prioritize when it comes to investing time, effort, money and land?

The results will help the Village of Bluffton create a planning document that in turn will help the community apply for funding.

The survey will be distributed online and at local events. You can pass along the survey with the attached QR code or send the URL above to your friends, neighbors and family in the area.


Put your garage sale on the Icon map

Free garage sale ads are listed on and on our map at

Viewers may post ads at no cost including garage sales, card of thanks, lost and found, free kittens, bake sales, and so forth. For cars, trucks, real estate or business services viewers may provide up to 50 words for $10 per ad.

E-mail ads to (no phone calls): [email protected].


Memorial Day speech, Memorial Day response

By Paula Scott

I attended Bluffton’s 2022 Memorial Day services at Maple Grove Cemetery as the Bluffton Icon, camera in hand. It’s hard to cover an event as a reporter and photographer, so I wasn’t taking notes or recording what transpired. And when the guest speaker began commentary that focused on religion and politics, I counted myself lucky that those are topics I consider off-limits for this website.


Wedding and anniversary announcements on the Icon

Planning to be a June bride or groom? Celebrating a June wedding from 25 or more years ago? The Icon will happily post your announcement.

For weddings, we recommend submitting:

  • An engagement photograph
  • Where the couple is from
  • Parents' names and hometowns
  • The couple's occupations and education
  • A general wedding timeframe

The Icon also posts cards of thanks on


May updates on

May is going to be a busy month for the Icon. How about you?

We've added the following to  Let us know if we need to add more! Send events of general public interest to [email protected].

May 1 - Sportsmen's Club annual Trout Derby at Buckeye Lake

May 7 - Weekly Bluffton Farmers Market begins / Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-noon at 102 S. Main St. (Citizens National Bank parking lot)

May 7 - Commencement at Bluffton University / 10 a.m.