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August 2, 2015


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Council's safety services committee looks at College-Main intersection issues

Bluffton council’s safety services committee discussed the College-Main intersection during a noon meeting on July 28.

The minutes reflect several points discussed. Those include:

• Greg Denecker, Bluffton school superintendent, agreed to place information in a letter to school-age parents regarding cross walk safety.

• Requested the superintendent to talk with teachers and bus drivers to raise awareness of cross walk safety.

• The village will provide safety coloring booklets to students in grades one, two and three.

M and M Veggies: Brother and sister farmers' market team

It started out as a way to supplement the cost of college tuition. It did that and is now a successful and popular Bluffton Farmers’ Market vendor.

M and M Veggies, a Saturday morning farmers’ market fixture, is owned by brother and sister-team Mark and Meredith Bixel of rural Bluffton.


This is their ninth year in the Bluffton market for Meredith and the fifth year for Mark.


"Mike" Laudick 1924-2015

Mervin “Mike” Laudick, 91, of Spring City, Tenn., formerly of Delphos, died on Thursday July 30, 2015, at The Bridge at Rockwood in Rockwood, Tenn.

He was born June 19, 1924, at home in Delphos, to Alfred David and Adelyn Catherine (Reindel) Laudick. Who both preceded him in death. He married Patricia Adams on May 20, 1950; Patricia preceded him in death on April 28, 2003.


Citizens National Bank offers mobile banking for businesses on smartphones

Citizens National Bank now offers a service that provides mobile banking for businesses on smartphones.

This free service is available to any customer who uses Online for Business, CNB’s business online banking package. Authorized users can approve transactions, monitor accounts and even make mobile deposits.

Customers simply need to search the App Store or Google Play for “Citizens National Bank Business” and download the app, login with their current online banking credentials and begin banking.


Food Pantry benefits Ebenezer Drama Ensemble mystery dinner theatre

Ebenezer Mennonite Church Drama Ensemble presents a dinner theatre at the church in August. Proceeds go to the Bluffton Community Assistance Program’s food pantry.

The performance of “Suspect Hollywood,” by Nancy Bond, a one-act mystery, directed by Kevin Gratz, will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8-9, beginning at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Performances are in the Crossroads Center at the church, located at 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton. Tickets are on sale in the church office at $10 each.


71 years after graduating from BHS, the class of 1944 still gets together

They graduated from Bluffton High School 71 years ago.

• In 1944 the average cost of new house was $3,450.
• The average wages per year were $2,400.
• The cost of a gallon of gas was 15 cents.
• The average cost to rent a house was  $50 per month.
• The cost of a loaf of bread 10 cents.
• D-Day took place a few weeks after they graduated.
• The number one pop tune was "Swinging On A Star," by Bing Crosby


Blanchard River Watershed Partnership public service announcement wins Regional Emmy

“Remember Me,” a public service film highlighting the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership, was awarded a regional EMMY award for best Community/Public Service video. 

The award was presented at the Regional National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gala in Lexington, Kentucky July 25.

"It was an honor to bring this regional EMMY home to Findlay,” said production company founder Ben Severance of Timber & Frame.

Rally Point River Ride Aug. 8

The seventh annual Rally Point River Ride is set for Saturday, Aug. 8 at Heritage Park, Lima.  Many families with young children participate in the 20-
mile ride on the Rotary River Walk.  Young bikers and
parents with trailers ride the 10-mile trip from Heritage Park to
Ottawa Metro  Park. Afterward, participants may enjoy lunch,
live music, and the Kid's Zone. There will also be a drawing for
four bikes for children ages 0-12, courtesy of Barbers Give Bikes.


Dorothy Gay 1934-2015

Dorothy Lou Gay, 81, died July 30, 2015 at Lima Memorial Hospital.  Dorothy was born July 14, 1934, in Michigan to Allery  and Vera (Verbicht) Rice who preceded her in death.

On Nov. 10, 1956 she married James Gay who preceded her in death on June 13, 2013.
Dorothy had been a homemaker.

Survivors include a son James (Lorraine) Gay of Beaverdam; three daughters Vera (Anthony) Vernell of Delaware, Ohio, Jennifer  (David) Deeds of Lima, Nancy (Steve) Schramm of Beaverdam; 18 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.


Art camp for K-3rd takes place Aug. 6-7

Bluffton Family Recreation announces Art Explorer Camp registration is now underway.

The two-day camp is for youth from Kindergarten through third grade. 

The camp is held Thursday and Friday, Aug. 6-7 from 9 a.m. to noon at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.

Campers will make at least five art projects to take home. Also each day will include a snack and drink. Cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members.