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2010 holiday postage shipping cut off dates listed

The Bluffton post office has released 2010 holiday shipping cut off dates for overseas, military mail and domestic mail.

Please open the attachment at the bottom of this story to view the shipping dates.

It's a BIG Blaze parade on Saturday - over 80 units!

Saturday's Blaze of Lights parade will be one to remember. Over 80 units will make up the parade, according to Junior Weihrauch, parade coordinator. Weihrauch has been working on this year's parade since this summer.

The parade forms at 4 p.m. on Saturday at The Centre, 601 N. Main St. The parade starts at 5 p.m. and the route is south on Main Street through the business district where it disbands at College Avenue.

Here's the parade list as of Friday, Nov. 26:

Late mail causes problems for village utility department

The United States Postal Service's elimination of the Lima processing facility is causing problems with the Village of Bluffton.

Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, told council on Nov. 22 that problems began when mail started going to Toledo instead of Lima for processing.

The specific problem centers on mail payments from customers paying online. Those payments, at no fault of the utility customers, are notoriously late from the online payment source. An automatic late fees kicks in against the utility customer on those late payments.

Lions chicken barbecue dinners 4-7 p.m. on Nov. 27

The Bluffton Lions Foundation Blaze of Lights Harlan's barbecue chicken dinner will be served at the Bluffton Elementary School, 102 S. Jackson St., from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.

The price of each dinner is $7. Dinners may be eaten inside the school or persons may use the carry-out service lane by accessing the entrance to the drive through lane at the intersection of Jackson and Vine streets.

The carryout drive through lane will be marked by a series of red cones and illuminated signs.

This one's a stumper

This one's a stumper. The Icon spotted this plate on South Lawn Avenue. Anyone with a clue to its meaning, please comment.

Texas Roadhouse gift card fundraiser begins at BFR

For the second yearin a row, BFR will sell gift cards for Texas Roadhouse Restaurants. This year, $15 and $25 value cards are on hand at the facility. In addition,pre-paid orders can be made at the building for $50 gift cards or for a large quantity of $15 and $25.

Pre-paid orders will be returned within aweek of the order. BFR, a non-profit organization, will receive 10% for each card sold.

Gift Cards can be purchased at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton between from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday through the holiday season.