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October 27, 2021

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Art work by Colton Klingler

Colton Klingler, student in the pre-kindergarden class at Blufton Child Development Center shows Icon readers a piece of his recent art work. He is the son of Stephanie Klingler


Jeff Laing launches contracting business

Jeff Laing

Jeff Laing says he started building houses in Mrs. Emmert's Bluffton kindergarten class. If that is true, his involvement in the construction trade is a truly life-long love.
After graduating from Bluffton High School and attending the University of Findlay, Laing worked the counter at Carter Lumber in Columbus Grove. Then he worked for Lima Lumber Co., with Mike Steiner and Kevin Gratz. Following that he joined Alexander Homes where he worked from 1994 to 2007. In 2007 he joined Stan Clemens in Clemens Construction Group where he worked until earlier this year.


Welcome viewer number 5,500!

The Icon is happy to announce that sometime during the morning of Friday, Oct. 30, we will witness the 5,500th visitor to our site. Our site officially opened on Oct. 1. Since that time we have seen daily views grow from 75 a day at the start. During the week of Oct. 25-20 our average daily view is 250. The lowest daily view was on Oct. 26 with 226 views. The highest view day was Oct. 29 with 297.


Peter Pan and friends

Peter Pan and friends

When the doorbell rang in Bluffton homes on Oct. 29, well, you never knew who would be at your door. The village celebrated Halloween on the 29th.

Among candy seekers were these Bluffton High School students, front from left, Emily Krabach (Peter Pan), Miranda DeLoera (Wendy) and Taylor Humphreys (Mary Poppins.


Artist Julie Mehaffie

Julia Mehaffie peeks through an art creation she made at the Bluffton Child Development Center, where she is a student in the pre-kindergarten class. Julia is the daughter of Jamie and Jill Mehaffie.


BFR Halloween winners announced

BFR Halloween winners

The party invitation read: Wear a mask. Over 75 area youngsters attended BFR's Oct. 25 Halloween party. Custume winner follow (not standing in order):

o 0-3 years Chloe Kosch (Lima/Elida) black/purple witch
o 4-6 years Olivia Smallcomb (Bluffton) green/pink fairy
o 7-10 years Julia Smallcomb (Bluffton) puppy
o Family team 1st place, Jasi and Javen Crawfis (Bluffton) cowboys
o Family team 2nd place, Little Red Riding Hood, Wolf and Grandma