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May 5, 2015


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"Normal" April with average temps and rainfall

Looks like we experienced a “normal” April. According to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, April's average daily temperature was 50.9 while the normal average is 49.7.

April’s precipitation was 3.41 inches while the normal average is 3.48 inches. April’s high temperature reading was 78 on April 18. The low was 27 on April 4 and April 24.

For the entire month’s daily summary, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Here's what's cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen May 5-8

We are open for breakfast Tuesday-Friday and serve breakfast all day!


Cinco de Mayo soup
Fish taco
Pork tenderloin

Broccoli cheddar soup
Perch platter
Lemon chicken over rice

Farmhouse ham chowder
Lasagna Florentine
Personal pan pizza

Tomato bisque
Ham loaf with scalloped potatoes
Grilled cheese tomato and bacon
3-salad platter

It's all about the public library at Friday's chamber breakfast

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce members will hear about summer reading programs and lots more activities planned this summer at the Bluffton Public Library during the Friday, May 8, chamber breakfast.

The free breakfast is served from 7 to 7:30 a.m. The program is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the third floor of the town hall. Richland Manor will cater the breakfast.

Jessica Hermiller, library director, will tell about programs and services the library offers and will share information about this summer’s reading program.

Community VBS hosted by Bluffton Presbyterian July 19-23

Seven area churches are again partnering in the community-wide vacation Bible school program. This year’s event will be hosted by Bluffton Presbyterian Church July 19-23 from 6-8 p.m. Children age 4 through fifth grade are welcome to attend, at no cost. Children need not be attenders of any of the seven churches.

Durand Dudley funeral service May 6

Durand S. Dudley, 89 of Bluffton, died May 4, 2015, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. 

A memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday May 6, at Willow Ridge - Frieda House, 103 Willow Ridge Drive, Bluffton. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Mary Lou Blosser 1933-2015

Mary Lou Blosser, 81, died May 4, 2015, at 2:57 a.m. at  Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.  She was born Aug. 29, 1933, in Findlay. She was raised by the late Edgar and Maude (Pore) Marquart. On June 15, 1952 she married Marlin Blosser who preceded her in death on March 18, 2001.

Mary Lou was a homemaker.  Shewas a graduate of Arlington High School.


Generous Living Seminar Tuesday at town hall

A free seminar offered to anyone interested in learning more about ways to support one’s church, charity or other non-profit organization.

Generous Living: Tools for Giving, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, at the Bluffton town hall, third floor.

The presenters will be Vyron Schmidt, Charitable Services Advisor with Everence Financial of Goshen, Ind., and Scott Basinger, attorney from Bluffton and Pandora. Schmidt and Basinger will talk about a variety of planned giving opportunities that provide tax advantages to donors as well as maximize a donor’s gift.

Meet the prom king and queen

Bluffton High School's 2015 prom was April 25. Makayla Smith, daughter of Larry and Heidi Smith was selected as the prom queen and Skyler Noble, son of Pam Marsh, was the prom king.
(Photo by Troy Breidenbach)


Richard Johnson will join Bluffton council tonight

Richard Johnson will be sworn in as Bluffton's newest council member on Monday. He was selected to replace Everett Collier who resigned in April.

Several other reports are on the agenda. Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator, will update council on the following:

• Beaverdam Contracting has completed the water line replacement projects on Kibler and Garmatter. Both Kibler and Garmatter are scheduled to be resurfaced in 2016. Bluffton Paving will perform some sealing of joints to help the surface maintain until the resurfacing.

Bluffton University commencement 2 p.m. in Sommer Center

Dr. Karen A. Longman, program director and professor of doctoral higher education at Azusa (Calif.) Pacific University, will be Bluffton University’s commencement speaker on Sunday, May 3. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education.

At Azusa Pacific, Longman directs a program that serves just over 100 doctoral students from around the world. She teaches courses including Higher Education Administration, Introduction to U.S. Higher Education, Policy and Politics, and Higher Education Ethics.