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August 16, 2017


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An Update on Bluffton Library's Solar Eclipse Program

Eclipse glasses are only available to registrants. Put your name on waiting list to be one of 200 to receive glasses.

The library is making the following changes to our Solar Eclipse programming (due to its extreme popularity, the possibility of overcast conditions on Monday, and for ease of planning/preparation):

The program will be held on the lower level of the library. 

Opening remain at BCDC for 3-year-olds

Other classes are filled and have waiting lists

Some spaces are still open for the 3-year-old class at Bluffton Child Development Center for this school year, according to Francine Donathan, director.

She said that parents and caregivers wanting more information should call or visit the center at 325 County Line Road, Bluffton, 419-358-8222.

Other classes are filled and have waiting lists.

The center also has openings for part-time teacher aides from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Ada music studio accepting registrations for fall group and individual lessons

Vicki Mills of Miss Vicki’s Music Studio, Ada, is accepting registrations for the fall semester.

This fall Mills offers group classes for babies to age 10 and private piano and/or voice lessons for ages 10 to adults.

The studio is located at 2613 State Route 81 (North Street), Ada. The semester begins Sept. 11. 

Mills said that she is offering a weekly special in the group keyboard class. Persons who register by Aug. 31 have a 10 percent class discount.

“To secure your place in class, registration should include a $100 tuition deposit,” she said.


Ada's 32nd Harvest and Herb Festival Sept. 16

Still time to register for a craft booth and parade unit

The next big event on Ada's calendar is the 32nd annual Ada Area Chamber of Commerce's Harvest and Herb Festival in downtown Ada, according to David Dellifield, chamber president.

This year’s festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. As in past year’s, it will fill Ada’s Main Street from Highland to College. Main Street will be closed at State Route 235 all the way to State Route 81.

The festival has 180 spaces available for vendors and so far over 80 spaces are signed-up. Crafters are encouraged to register as soon as possible to insure a booth.


Restoration agriculture weekend workshop planned here

Of special interest to homesteaders, organic farmers, community activists, small and large-scale farmers

A restoration agriculture weekend workshop featuring nationally-acclaimed author Mark Shepard takes place in Bluffton next month.

Hosted by brothers Jerrod, Joel and Jonah Agner, the weekend enables participants to immerse themselves in two days of hands-on restoration agriculture learning.

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The weekend is designed for homesteaders, organic farmers, community activists and small and large-scale farmers.

Village fiscal officer resigns

Nancy Kindle held the post since 2006

Bluffton village fiscal officer, Nancy Kindle, has resigned from the village, effective Aug. 14. Mayor Judy Augsburger made the announcement during Monday’s Bluffton council.

Augsburger said that she received Kindle’s letter of resignation “as of this morning.” Council members and the mayor expressed surprise at her immediate resignation. One council member asked if the council could refuse to accept it.

Kindle’s duties of taking council minutes were handled by Jesse Blackburn on Monday.

Bluffton, Grove respond to rural fire call

Bluffton, Columbus Grove and Allen County Sheriff's Department responded to a farm fire call at 8530 Columbus Grove Road at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The farm is just west of Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

Bluffton received the 911 call and through mutual aid requested assistance from Columbus Grove's department.

No flames or smoke were evident from Grove Road and it appears that fire personnel focused on a barn on the property.


University announces Moyer Nature Center

Investment in environmental science education for region

A new 1,800 square foot Moyer Nature Center has been funded and is scheduled for completion later this fall within the Bluffton University Nature Preserve, Bluffton’s president, Dr. James M. Harder, announced today.

Village park pond "fill in" on hold

16-page EPA requirement forces council to rethink the project

The Bluffton village park pond isn’t dead yet – nor is it filled in yet.

Last fall Bluffton council, on the recommendation of the parks and recreation committee, voted to fill in the pond. The area would be used for either additional parking or another ball diamond.

The pond discussion came up at Monday’s council meeting and some new information has the council re-thinking filling in the pond.

The village learned it would be required to develop a storm water pollution plan covering 16 pages of requirements before the pond could be filled in.


Bethel Church of Christ "URGE" back-to-school event Aug. 26

Bethel Church of Christ, 4014 County Road 304, Ada, will hold a free community-wide student event “URGE,” from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, at the church.

According to event sponsors: “The focus of URGE is to encourage students (junior high through college age) to do well in the upcoming school year, but more importantly, to urge them to be who God wants them to be in their schools.”