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May 24, 2015


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Phillip Kingsley taught psychology at Bluffton University for 18 years; was president of Swiss Community Historical Society

Phillip R. Kingsley, 72, died May 22, 2015, at 9:55 a.m. at Frieda House, Willow Ridge Drive, Bluffton, Ohio. For the past two years he suffered the progressive diminishments of ALS.

He was born Oct. 21, 1942, in Kendallville, Ind., to Leonard and Velma (Emmert) Kingsley who preceded him in death. On Dec. 27, 1966, he married Judith Hilty Kingsley.


Four concerts on the lawn planned at Presbyterian Church

Bluffton Presbyterian Church has four concerts on the lawn planned this summer and fall.

Feature performers include Jayne McGarrity, piano; Dave Sycks, trumpet; Linda Sycks, oboe; Jerry Szabo, oboe; Julia Szabo, voice; and Dave Good, keyboards.

The free concerts are at 9:30 a.m. on the third Saturdays in July through October. The dates are:
• July 18
• Aug. 15
• Sept. 19
• Oct. 17

This summer the congregation will host the Community Vacation Bible School, sponsored by Bluffton Area Ministerial Association. VBS is from July 19 to 23.


Dorothy Town, 1932-2015

Dorothy Faye Town, 83 died May 22, 2015 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Dorothy was born January 16, 1932 in Tippecanoe, Ind. to the late Charles and Donnis (Smith) Fisher. On October 18, 1951 she married Robert Town and he survives.

Dorothy was an amazing homemaker.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, vacationing, her flowers and was a graduate of Tippecanoe High School in Indiana.


Planning underway for September Bluffton fall festival

Planning is underway for Bluffton’s 11th annual fall festival held Saturday, Sept. 26, according to Daren Lee of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio.

“We ask groups who participated last year to contact us about participating again this year,” said Lee. Contact Lee at Maple Crest, 419-358-1015, ext. 101, or dlee@mhcoliving.org.

The event has a Facebook page “facebook.com/BlufftonFallFest.”  It continues to be viewed and gain “likes.”

July 11 Ride to Remember beckons to families for short rides all the way to those who "want to go the distance"

Bluffton's title of Bike Capital of Northwest Ohio becomes a reality this summer.

Bicycle enthusiasts may register for the inaugural Ride to Remember bicycle ride scheduled Saturday, July 11, in Bluffton. 

The event offers short bike routes for families interested in biking together all the way to a 100-mile route for experienced riders starting and ending at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.

Funeral arrangements incomplete for Phillip Kingsley

Phillip R. Kingsley, 72 of Bluffton died Friday, May 22, 2015 at Willow Ridge - Frieda House, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Letter to the editor: from Senior Citizens board

The Board of Directors and the staff of the Bluffton Senior Center would like to thank Rick and Ruth Grihalva from Forever in Stitches for the very generous donation after they closed the retail side of their business. They gifted the Senior Center with much fabric, kits and sewing notions. The sewers at the Senior Center will be set for quite a while.

Thank You,

Bluffton Senior Citizens board


Ada farmer's market returns on Thursdays

By Monty Siekerman of the Ada Icon
Yes, the Farmers Market will return to Ada this summer, but in a new location.

The market will operate from the Railroad Depot parking lot from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning June 4.

VENDORS: Call ReStore Community Center, 419-558-1015 for vendor details.

There was a question about its operating this year due to new restrictions, regulations and requirements demanded by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which now oversees farmers markets.

Stratton Greenhouses open Memorial Day

Stratton Greenhouses, 9915 Liincoln Highway, Bluffton, is open Memorial Day from noon to 5 p.m., according to Susie and Steve Stratton.

There are several weekend specials including:
• $10 off all $39.89 mixed planters
• $5 off all $19.89 and $16.89 mixed planters

Stratton Greenhouse hours are:
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays in May noon to 5 p.m.


Open tennis court practice begins June 1

Starting Monday, June 1, at 7 p.m. Bluffton boys interested in playing tennis will have an opportunity to learn the sport. Every Monday night we will have free instructions at the Howe Tennis Courts on East College Avenue, according to Mike Hilty, BHS head boys tennis coach.