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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.

Pandora cruise in the park July 4

The Four Deuces Car Club will hold a cruise-in-the-park Saturday, July 4 at the Pandora Park, State Route 12, Pandora. Awards will include top 20 plus six specialry awards, and dash plaques to first 100 entries.

Registration is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with a $10 entry fee. Awards will be named at 3:30 p.m.

There will be food, including a chicken barbecue. Pre-sale tickets for the barbecue are available at Ted's Market, 419-384-3407. The event also includes crafts, vendors, a bake sale, and a 50/50 drawing.


Hancock County Firefighters award scholarship

The Hancock County Firefighters' Association is pleased to award the 2015 Potts/Parcher Memorial Scholarship to Brent Warren of Jenera. Warren will be a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University in the Fire Protection - Fire Safety Engineering program. He is a 2014 graduate of Cory-Rawson High School where he was a member of the FFA and achieved his State Degree in 2014.  Brent is currently the Hancock County Junior Fair King and  is a member of the Jenera Volunteer Fire Department.

He is the son of Bob and Becky Warren of Jenera.


Elementary summer academy staff and fall coaches offered contracts

A host of fall 2015 coaching positions were approved at the June 25 Bluffton school board meeting.

In addition, the board approved several classified substitute custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria works, secretaries and educational aides.

The board also approved elementary summer academy certified contracts. Those contracts, at $21.15 per hour, were awarded to Janelle Bogart, Christine McCafferty, Heidi Steiner, Ryan Dunlap, Barbara Maag, Linda Sycks, Christy Garmatter and Brandie Stackhouse. Summer academy is from Aug. 10 to Aug. 21.