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July 28, 2015


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Aug. 15 deadline to register teams for BFR sand VB tourney

BFR will host a best-of-three adult coed sand volleyball tournament Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Bluffton University sand volleyball courts. Games begin at noon.

Teams must have at least three women on the court at all times. Rally scoring takes place and team members must be 18 as of Aug. 1. Cost per team is $100 and the registration deadline is Aug. 15.

Registration details

Bluffton Seniors to award life membership to Jean Snyder

Jean Snyder will receive a life membership into the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association during the Monday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. dinner meeting. Jean turns 90 this month.

The Aug. 10 program is about the centennial year of the Dixie Highway, that once included Main Street Bluffton.

For details on the dinner and lots of other August events at the Center, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Bluffton Public Library has busy August planned

On Saturdays, August 1st, 15th, and 29th at 10am stop by the library to read a book to a certified therapy dog.  Teddy loves hearing stories or just getting a friendly cuddle from children, teens, college students, or whoever.  This program supports literacy, the humane treatment of animals, and healthy stress relief practices.

The Dulcimers @ the Library continue to meet at the library on Tuesdays-- now starting at 1pm.  Come to any meeting to join. 

Emmett Todd funeral Aug. 1

Emmett W. Todd, 93, of Baltimore, Maryland, died July 26, 2015. 

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 1, at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Public library's August digital newsletter now on the Icon

August is a busy month for the Bluffton Public Library.

There's a Bigfoot night, three visits from Teddy of Paws to Read, an opportunity to make a boat, create some spray paint art, and lots more.

To view the library's August digital newsletter to see all that's happening in the library click here.

Gardeners to tour Brauen's gourd farm Aug. 4

Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will tour Don and Jody Brauen’s gourd growing and crafting farm business at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Details about the tour are in the August Edelweiss News, the club newsletter, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Free school supplies available on Aug. 1

Free school supplies are available to children on the free and/or reduced lunch program within the Bluffton School District.

Distribution is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. John's United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton. Call 419-358-5641 for details.

This is a program of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association.

Can you identify this intersection? It's from 1973

This photo requires a little imagination. Dick Boehr snapped the picture on Feb. 17, 1973. His view is from what is today the A to Z Meats property on the southwest corner of Main and Jefferson.

He is aiming at the Sohio service station, across the street (most recently Kirtland's Auto Sales). the two houses north of Sohio are about to be razed. In their place will be a Lawson's   store. It eventually will be owned by Kirtland's Auto.

Those are some pretty big gas hogs in the photos.


$100,000 scholarship goes to PGHS's Olivia Velasquez

A Pandora-Gilboa High School graduate is headed to Harvard thanks to a $100,000 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship.

Olivia Velasquez, the 2015 PG valedictorian, is the scholarship recipient. She is the daughter of Rick and Amy Velasquez of Gilboa. She is one of only four students to receive the national scholarship.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and Jerry Lewis McDonald’s representatives presented Velasquez in a formal ceremony last week in the Ottawa McDonald’s.


Lu Lu's Diner owner: "We couldn't have asked for a better opening day"

“How exciting is this? Everyone is amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better opening day. We were busy all day.”

That’s how Justin Musil of Bluffton’s newest business, Lu Lu’s Diner, talked about the diner’s opening day on July 27.

The diner, at 114 E. College Ave., formerly housed Ideal Images. An earlier announcement of its arrival was reason for great conversation and anticipation in Bluffton.

Tom and Sheena Dotson, of Tommy Tires, own the building and are leasing it to Justin and Amy Musil of Elida.