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Here's an overview of Swiss Community Historical Society's capital campaign

This week's gift to the Swiss Community Historial Society from Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio assists the Society's current capital campaign. Here is an overview of the Society's expansion plans.

The historical society’s expansion has three parts.

1 – Construction of a “heritage building.” The building, located at 8350 Bixel Road, will be constructed on the land of the 1840s Schumacher homestead. It will house local antiques, artifacts and archives of the society. It will have rooms for meetings and a children’s museum area.

MHCO provides Swiss Community Historical Society with $4,000 Heritage Center gift

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) presented a $4,000 gift to the Swiss Community Historical Society for its Heritage Center capital campaign.  The gift was made during the Society’s annual Swiss Day program.

Laura Voth, CEO of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, presented the check to Gary Wetherill of the Society.

The occasion was the fulfillment of a 2010 commitment when MHCO unexpectedly received a large gift from the estate of James and Frieda Basinger. 

Lima Symphony Orchestra performs free patriotic pops concert July 4 at ONU

FROM THE ADA ICON - Patriotic classics, American standards, and popular movie and Broadway tunes will highlight the Lima Symphony Orchestra’s Fourth of July “Patriotic Pops” celebration on the campus of Ohio Northern University. The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will take place on the sculpture mall east of McIntosh Center between Presser and Weber halls. This will be a fun-filled family event exploding with patriotic music and a tribute to our armed services. The concert begins at 7 p.m.


Firecracker Friday cookout at First National Bank

First National Bank celebrates July 4th one day early with its annual Firecracker Friday Cookout (on July 3). The cookout includes hot dogs, chips, drinks and more.

Open to the public, the cookout is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bank parking lot, 112 Cherry St., Bluffton.



Community VBS invites all youths ages 4 through fifth grade to attend

Seven area churches are preparing for a community-wide vacation Bible school program to be held Sunday, July 19, through Thursday, July 23, at Bluffton Presbyterian Church. 

Children age 4 through 5th grade are welcome to attend without any fee.  The VBS program will meet each night from 6-8 p.m. 


Early registration is recommended by Sunday, July 12; registration will be available on the first night of VBS.  Forms are available at each church and on Facebook.


June rainfall reached 10.24 inches; normal is 4.15 inches

Exactly how much rain did we receive in June?

According to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer: "A lot." The June 2015 weather summery follows:

June 2015 rainfall: 10.24 inches
Normal June average: 4.15 inches

Maximum June temperature: 89 on June 11
Minimum June temperature: 46 on June 2

Average June temperature: 69.6 degrees
Normal average June temperature: 69.4 degrees

Normal Avg. Temp

Normal Avg. Prec

Max Temp
on the 11th

Min Temp
on the 2nd


Maple Crest antique appraisal program July 13

Do you have a family heirloom in the closet? Do you wonder what it’s worth? 

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, 700 Maple Crest Court,  Bluffton, will host an “Antiques Roadshow” style program on Monday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. in its Patio Room. 

This free event is open to the public. Guests are invited to bring one or two items to be appraised. (No coins, stamps, or weapons.) Items will be placed on display in the front of the room. 

Guest antique appraiser Anne Stratton will be present and will randomly select items on display to discuss and appraise.   

Check the air in your tires and get ready for the inaugural Ride to Remember bike ride July 11

Bikers from across Ohio are registering for the Saturday, July 11, inaugural Ride to Remember. The ride starts and ends at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road.

Bluffton community bikers - whether you bike for recreation or serious excersise - are encouraged to register to ride.

The event offers short bike routes for families interested in biking together all the way to a 100-mile route for experienced riders.


Bluffton Farmers' Market open on July 4

The Bluffton Famers' Market will be open on Saturday, July 4. The market is located at the Citizens National Bank parking lot on South Main Street.

Market hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon. Persons wanting information about being a vendor can contact Greg Probst, manager, at blufftonfarmersmarket@embarqmail.com.

Area farmers: Concerns about wheat harvest

Extension Office news release - Because of the continued rains in the area, wheat harvest will likely be late again this year.

Throughout the state, the crop is now ready for harvest in some fields, but will likely not be cut until the first or second week of July or even later, depending on weather and field conditions.  A late harvest combined with excessive rainfall will mean more time for late-season mold growth, mycotoxin accumulation, test weight reduction, and sprouting, all of which together could result in poor overall grain quality.