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August 17, 2017

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Nathan Whitaker, Bestselling author speaks on campus

On integrity, truth and virtue to Bluffton’s class of 2021

Nathan Whitaker, a six-time “New York Times” bestselling author, will be the featured speaker at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29, in the Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education as Bluffton University welcomes the class of 2021 during its annual Opening Convocation. 

Whitaker has co-written several books with leading sports figures including “Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life,” the memoir of Super-Bowl-winning NFL coach Tony Dungy. “Quiet Strength” also served as this year’s summer reading for first-year Bluffton students. 

Bridge offering “Sew Many Memories” Grief Support Group

Bridge Bereavement Services is offering a “Sew Many Memories” grief support program on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay. 

The Sept. 21 session will be for planning purposes and the Sept. 30 session will be used for sewing. This program will offer participants the opportunity to turn their loved one’s clothing into a keepsake.

MMH concert on the lawn Sunday evening - 5 Myles High performing

5 Myles High, a Bluffton-based jazz combo featuring a trumpet, bass, vocals, piano and drums, will perform during this year's Mennonite Memorial Home concert on the lawn ice cream social.

The social, free and open to the public is at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20. It takes place on the back lawn of the Mennonite Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton.

Members of the group are Myles Bowers, trumpet, Sean McNeal, percussion, Krysti Schhey, piano and vocals, and Philip Schey, bass and vocals.

Phill Talavinia updates Lions on Beaver athletics

Phill Talavinia talked Bluffton University athletics to the Bluffton Lions Club on Aug. 15. He told members that many students pick a school depending upon what athletics are offered.

He was featured in the current Lions newsletter, which is attached.

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Come see what’s new in agriculture

Shaping the Future: 2017 Putnam County Ag Tour Aug. 19

The public is invited to see what’s new in farming and water quality monitoring around the county on Saturday, Aug. 19 during “Shaping the Future: 2017 Putnam County Ag Tour.”

The event is free and includes a catered breakfast followed by stops at four locations around the county where you will see and learn about dairy, beef and poultry farming, water quality monitoring and treatment, hydroponic farming and local wine making.

Guests will ride in air conditioned buses from Excursions Trailways for the tour.

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Library updates its details for solar eclipse watching

Due to the popularity of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, the Bluffton Public LIbrary is making some changes to its program that afternoon.

Here's the details from the library:

The library is making the following changes to its 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.

Beyond MedSpa opens in Bluffton Hospital

Offering a selection of cosmetic treatments and spa services

Blanchard Valley Health System has opened the second “Beyond MedSpa” located at 139 Garau St., Bluffton. It opened earlier this week.

The new service is located in the former Garau Street main entrance lobby. The hospital's main entrance is now through the emergency room.

Beyond MedSpa offers a selection of cosmetic treatments and spa services including:
• Facials
• Chemical Peels
• Dermaplane
• Injectable Services
• Facial Plastic Surgery
• Laser Skin Rejuvenation

2017 sidewalk connectivity price tag: $48,408

Roughly 2,017 linear feet of 4-foot sidewalks involved

Bluffton council approved a 2017 sidewalk connectivity plan anticipated to cost $48,408. The plan was approved on Aug. 14.

Projects in this year’s plan call for 4-foot sidewalks in the following areas:
• East College Avenue gap
• Cherry Street – 465 Cherry to County Line
• Augsburger Bike Path – Riverbend to Hawthorn
• Jefferson Street – beside 204 N. Jackson

This project includes roughly 2,017 linear feet of connectivity. This year’s budget for the project was $50,000.

West Riley Street structure now in 30-day waiting period

On Aug. 14, Bluffton council passed the third reading of a resolution for demolition of the structure at 145 W. Riley St. A 30-day waiting period take place for the resolution to take effect.

Bluffton council set the following meetings for August:

• Monday, Aug. 21, personnel, 4:30 p.m.
• Monday, Aug. 21, council meeting, 8 p.m.

America in Bloom report expected by October

Village self-nominated for Floral Displays and Urban Forestry

America in Bloom judges spent two days in Bluffton in mid-July and the village should expect its report by the end of October.

"The judges were not only inquisitive, but informative, as a lot of information has already been shared on how Bluffton can improve," Judy Augsburger, mayor, wrote in her report to Bluffton council.

In addition to receiving a report from judges, the village is eligible to receive awards in several areas.

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