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Friends of the Library book sale May 13-16

Friends of the Library will hold the spring library book sale May 13-16 at the Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St. Among the many books for sale will be history, romance, mystery and children's books. Prices are by donation.

Browse the books and have a cookie while you read.



75-year Bluffton alumna, Margery Gregg, comes ‘home’ for May Day

Margery (Lecrone) Gregg has a simple answer to the question of what keeps bringing her back to the Bluffton campus where she graduated from college in 1940.

“It’s home,” says the Amsterdam, Ohio, resident, 96, who returned again with her daughter and son-in-law, Carol (Gregg ’66) and Jan ’69 Benroth, for Bluffton University’s annual May Day events on May 2.

Emma Burkholder April BHS student of the month

The April student of the month at Bluffton High School is Emma Burkholder, daughter of Steve and Laurel Burkholder.

Emma is a senior at Bluffton high school and has a 3.561 GPA.

She is involved in many activities including Chamber Choir, Show Choir, District 3 Honors Choir, National Honor Society, Drama Club, Latin Club, Academic Team, Teens for Christ, Ebenezer Mennonite Youth Group and Campus Life. Other interests include dancing, acting, singing and traveling.


Durand Dudley 1926-2015

Durand S. Dudley, 89 of Bluffton and formerly of Findlay passed away May 4, 2015 at Willow Ridge - Frieda House, Bluffton.  He was born February 28, 1926 in Cleveland to the late George and Corinne (Durand) Dudley.  On July 3, 1954 he married Dorothy Woolworth Dudley who preceded him in death on April 26, 1997.

Shannon Service Club accepting donations for downtown flags

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. (Sharing Hopes And Nourishing Needs Of Neighbors) Service Club of Bluffton invites Icon viewers decorate Main Street of Bluffton with American flags flying in the wind, according to Duane Bollenbacher of the club.

Edward Jones: Help Mom with her retirement income strategy

By Mark Alliman
Financial Advisor - Edward Jones
107 S. Main St.,
Bluffton, OH 348`7


May 12 invitation to contra dance; performance in town hall by local musicians

Silver Threads among the Gold, a group of Bluffton-area musicians, will perform at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, in the next Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick.

The Bluffton Cultural Affairs Committee sponsors the series. The program is free and open to the public.

Musicians include Jan Wiebe, Steve and Monica Harnish, Teri Friesen, Betty Sommer, Bruce Chesser, Ray Person, Jason Frisch and Chappell-Dick.


Bluffton's successful farmers' market started small in 2003

Do you remember Bluffton before a farmers' market existed? 

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce started the farmers' market in 2003 when Wendy Chappell-dick was CEO.

The first committee included Chappell-Dick, Alan Comesky, Pete Fleming and Jon Sommer.

"Our first vendors were TR Steiner, Bread Kneads, The Kitchen Co-Op (Linda Suter, Becky Kreider and myself) and Heather Theis. It took us two years to recruit the seven vendors we needed to start the market," she said. 

Food boxes available to families in the P-G school district

The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for households in the Pandora-Gilboa School District. The boxes are designed to provide nine meals for a family of four. In order to pick up a box, you must register by calling 419-384-3038 by 5 p.m. Friday, May 15. Boxes may be picked up at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30 Grace Mennonite Church, 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


Farewell reception for Trinity Lutheran pastor

There will be a farewell reception for Pastor Jeff and Arleen Bolwerk at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, May 10, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street,  Jenera.  They will be leaving for Benton Harbor, Michigan, where Pastor Bolwerk will be installed as pastor at St. Matthew’s on May 17.  Pastor Bolwerk has served Trinity for eight years.