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Pool closed July 8 and 9

The Bluffton Community Swimming Pool will be closed Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, for the Western Ohio Aquatic League (WOAL) championships.

Does anyone recognize this Bluffton structure?

First, some hints. It's doubtful that anyone under 55 can identify this building. That means it was razed sometime in the 1960s.

With a smokestack like this, it must have produced lots of power for several buildings.

Too bad there aren't other clues in the photo, except for what appears to be a 1950 or '51 Chevolet parked near the building.

Here's what we have: the Bluffton College power plant. It was located on the Riley floodplain facing College Avenue. Founders Hall would be on the left and up the hill.

The "ultimate" in Bluffton summer sports - it's the Ultimate Frisbee reunion

Bluffton University's 2016 Ultimate Frisbee reunion offers a chance for university alumni to show off their skills of the game.

This year's reunion contest is from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, July 9, in the Musselman Library green, also known as the Ultimate Field.

There is not charge of the family-friendly tournament for alumni and current students. Bystanders are invited to bring friends, family and lawn chairs to watch the games.

Alumni interested in playing click here to register.

First National Firecracker Friday cookout July 1

It's cookout and you are invited.

First National Bank, 112 Cherry St., will hold its annual Independence Day Firecracker Friday cookout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 1.

The menu includes hot dogs, chips, drinks and more. The event is free and open to the public.


Clubhouse gives Shirley's a "10" for promoting literacy

While University of Findlay tutors’ reading ability was ranked by their students from 1 to 4 on the last day of the Clubhouse’s summer session, a local business received a resounding “10” from all attendees.

Bluffton-based Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company’s Findlay store presented a check for $3,455 to the Clubhouse, UF’s free literacy outreach service for kids in Hancock County and surrounding areas.


Ada caboose renovation underway

Soon, the caboose in Ada Railroad Park will be back to its original color of deep red.

TJ Painting is finishing the exterior painting, having repainted the inside earlier. The 1941 Pennsy rail car was placed in the park in 1989.

Over the years, it faded to a rusty pink. The caboose is a main attraction in the park and photographed quite often.

The lettering will be applied in the near future. Pennsy caboose #477779 will look as good as new. (Monty Siekerman photo)


Paul Cramer was a former Bluffton schools superintendent

Paul H. Cramer, Jr., 82, died on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 3:15 a.m. at Blanchard Place in Kenton, Ohio.

He was born on Oct. 19, 1923, in Lima, Ohio, to Rev. Paul H. and Mildred (Hullinger) Cramer who preceded him in death. His stepmother was Edna Christmer Cramer who also preceded him in death. He married Patsy Cox Cramer on Dec. 7, 1956, and she died on March 22, 1988.


Latest Judy Clemens book launches at Book ReViews on July 9

Local author Judy Clemens launches her most recent book “Tag, You’re Dead,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 9, at Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., Bluffton.

The book will be available for sale and for autograph signing at the party.

Clemens is best known for her Stella Crown series, the Grim Reaper mysteries, and the stand-alone, “Lost Sons.” Her new book goes in another direction from previous books.


Register for Ride to Remember before June 30 and get in on the early-bird discount

Bluffton’s 2nd annual Ride to Remember bike ride on Saturday, July 16, offers several new features, according to the planning committee.

This year’s ride begins and ends at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool at Main and Snider Road, Bluffton.

Registrations are being accepted at www.ridetoremember.net. A ride flyer in an attachement at the bottom of this story.

The bike event offers several routes, including those for families wanting a biking experience together all the way to serious bikers wanting a 100-mile route.


Six area high school grads receive Lions scholarships

Bluffton Lions Club presented six scholarships to 2016 area high school graduates earlier this month.

Scholarship winners (not in photographed order):
• Bluffton High School: Saraelizabeth Bertka, Maggie Fett and Misha Groman
• Cory-Rawson: Rebecca Schutz
• Pandora-Gilboa: Cole Alexander & Karissa Dorn.

Members of the scholarship committee in the photo are John Rich, Barbara Plaugher, Ron Lora and Colleen Lazar. Other scholarship committee members Jo Croft, Jesse Blackburn and Kyle Leatherman.