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Letter: Re Thin Blue Line

An open letter to the citizens of Bluffton:

Bluffton is a good town, a good place to live, a good place to raise children, a good place to retire.  Most recently, the tragic death of Officer Dominic Francis has simultaneously increased unity and also disparity within our community.


Letter: Fire chief thanks family, friends, co-workers

Letter to the Bluffton Icon:

I would like to thank my entire family especially my wife, Mandy, my parents, Larry and Barb and all my friends  for all of their prayers, support and words of encouragement during my recent medical issue. 

The words, cards and support have been both extremely appreciated and humbling to say the least.  A big thank you to my co-workers and “brothers” at the fire department for filling in for me when I was out on leave. 


Letter: Memories of Harmon Field baseball

Here is an addition to old friend and classmate Bill Herr's article on longest home runs at Harmon Field diamond. I witnessed two legitimate homers, including the Brad Komminsk blast over trees, Riley Creek and onto the Triplett parking lot.


Letter: Invitation to create regenerative agriculture discussion group

Dear Icon readers,

Hello, my name is Matt Burkholder. I am the owner of Burkholder Healthy Farms in Allen County. I have partnered with The Nature Conservancy in an effort to be an advocate to farmers in the Maumee River watershed. I planted my first cover crop of annual rye grass in the fall of 2009. I have been diligently learning about Regenerative Agricultural practices ever since. It is my goal to begin meeting with neighboring farmers and landowners who are interested in learning more about these practices.


A letter from Mayor Richard Johnson

To All Residents of the Village of Bluffton,

We are soon to be at the end of another year. We still face uncertainties with many cases of Covid 19 along with the new Omicron variant. As you celebrate Christmas and the New Year, stay safe and healthy. The Village continues to stay on top of the many unforeseen situations that can arise on a daily basis in the village.

We had the opening of State Route 103 with new sidewalks and curbing, and we continue to work on the next phase of 103 to Arby’s. There are businesses still struggling to stay open, as it has become difficult to keep employment to staff their place of business.


Thank you to Main St. flag sponsors

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton (Sharing Hopes And Nourishing Needs Of Neighbors) submitted the following thank you letter:

On behalf of the Village of Bluffton, the Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legion, the S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton gives a huge thank you for the fantastic outpouring of support for the 2021 Main Street Flag Project.

Flag sponsored by