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7.5 inches of snow in two days

Seven and one-half inches of snow fell in the Bluffton-Pandora between Dec. 10 and Dec. 12, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Here's the daily report for the past seven days:

Date High Temp Low Temp. Rain Snow

Village hit with 49% increase in health insurance costs

The cost of health insurance hit home on Dec. 13. Bluffton council renewed its health insurance for 2011 with Medical Mutual of Ohio. The cost increase to the village is 49 percent over 2010 rates.

Council also approved a three-year contract extension Stephen Chamberlain as village solicitor at the same compensation level as the previous contract.

Both those actions followed a 20-minute executive session by council.

Icon classifieds now accept photos at no extra cost

Photo example acceptable for our classified ads

The Icon now invites persons listing items for sale in Icon classified ads to also add a jpeg photo of the item for sale. There is no extra charge for this service.

Simply send a jpeg along with the ad. The Icon will post it with your ad.

All classified ads continue to be free, with the exception of vehicles for sale and houses for sale. We charge for these ads because we have advertisers who also pay to list houses and vehicles for sale.

Persons placing house for sale or vehicle for sale ads may send jpeg photos at no extra charge.

BFR selling Texas Roadhouse cards as fund-raiser

BFR invites Icon readers to help it during a holiday fundraiser with Texas Roadhouse. Gift cards for meals at Texas Roadhouse are now on sale at BFR.

BFR receives 10 percent of each card sale. Persons may buy cards for buy-on at $15 and $25, pre-pay for $15, $25 or $50 options. To view a flyer with card options, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Three school concerts delayed until later

Due to the snow, the three Bluffton school concerts scheduled for Monday, Dec. 13, have been rescheduled.

The afternoon all-elementary concert scheduled for 1:30 p.m. has been rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 20.

The two middle school concerts (one at 6 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m.) have been moved to Thursday, Dec. 16.

Lots of other holiday activities are going on this week. Here's a sampling

Blaze of Lights and The Gift of Giving

Both lights displays continue through Jan. 1.

Traces of snow - must be December

Trace of snow. That must mean it's December. Here's the high, low and precipitation recorded by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, for the first six days of the month

Date High Low Rain Snow

Dec. 1 31 23 0.03
Dec. 2 31 23 trace
Dec. 3 34 24
Dec. 4 31 26 trace
Dec. 5 31 20 0.01
Dec. 6 25 16 0.01