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September 27, 2020

Meet the 2020 BHS royalty

Laykin Garmatter was crowned the 2020 Bluffton HS homecoming queen and Tré Bender, king, in a pre-game homecoming ceremony Friday night at Harmon Field. Other seniors on the homecoming were were Bella Basinger,Julia Smallcombe, Grant Klinger and Simon Derstine. Click here for the entire homecoming court list. (Jamie Nygaard photo)

Forgotten Bluffton: What's the story of the bell in front of the middle school?

It called Bluffton students to school from 1884 to 1954

What’s the story of the bell located near the entrance of the middle school?

A close examination of it reveals it was made at the Buckeye Bell Foundry in 1884 by the firm of Vanduzen and Tift of Cincinnati.

It was originally housed in the belfry of an 1875-constructed three-story Victorian school building on Jackson Street. The doors to that building faced Church Street, just as the elementary building doors to today. (see photos below)

Watch the latest pathway ribbon cutting

It connects Riley Street to the Dari Freeze

Ribbon-cutting video is 
at the bottom of this story –

The Sept. 14 dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest extension of the Lions Way bike and pedestrian pathway can now be viewed on the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel.
[https://youtu.be/w-pVyQWnOLE]

Bluffton Lions Foundation president Dick Ramseyer is emcee for the program, which includes:

•Invocation by Rev. Jeremy Mann of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association

Hot off the press

Anna Ruth Reichenbach, 95, died Sept. 24, 2020, at Lima Memorial Health System. Anna Ruth was born April 27, 1925, in rural Pandora to the late Albert and Pauline (Zimmerly) Lehman.  On April 16, 1949, she married Dale Reichenbach who preceded her in death on March 11, 2005. 

Several new “Help Wanted” advertisements are now listed on Bluffton and Ada Icons. Check Icon Classified Ad pages at: www.blufftonicon.com/classifieds.

Dynamic Ag will host a harvest party at 6705 Tom Fett Road, Bluffton from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27.

The event includes live music, food, hayrides and pumpkins. Shifferly Road Band will perform beginning at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public.

The Bluffton "pop-up shop" returns to The Centre, 601 N. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26. 

"Your favorite direct sales companies are gathering together in one location to share products and services," said Cindy Luginbuhl, one of the event planners.

Pirate spikers swept by Panthers
By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The host Bluffton volleyball team lost in straight sets to Paulding in a Northwest Conference match Thursday night. 

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It's a special Saturday in downtown Bluffton

Cars and coffee, farmers market and Discovery Day with 12 businesses supplying prizes

A fall-themed Discovery Day with prize drawings and a business decorating contest will be hosted by Bluffton merchants on Saturday, Sept. 26.

It also hosts a Saturday morning Cars & Coffee gathering and farmers market.

Nearby, Suter’s Produce has opened their seasonal corn maze, hayride shuttle service to sunflower and pumpkin patches, and cider press shop.

“Bluffton isn’t hosting the annual fall fest this year, but there are fun opportunities in and near the village,” said Paula Scott, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce CEO.

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Anna Ruth Reichenbach, 95, died Sept. 24, 2020, at Lima Memorial Health System. Anna Ruth was born April 27, 1925, in rural Pandora to the late Albert and Pauline (Zimmerly) Lehman.  On April 16, 1949, she married Dale Reichenbach who preceded her in death on March 11, 2005. 

Several new “Help Wanted” advertisements are now listed on Bluffton and Ada Icons. Check Icon Classified Ad pages at: www.blufftonicon.com/classifieds.

Dynamic Ag will host a harvest party at 6705 Tom Fett Road, Bluffton from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27.

The event includes live music, food, hayrides and pumpkins. Shifferly Road Band will perform beginning at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public.

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