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Meet your elementary teacher on Friday!

Elementary students with their parents or caregivers have an opportunity to meet their new teacher on Friday, Aug. 26.

The meet-the-teacher open house is from 2 to 3 p.m. in the elementary classrooms.


Beaverdam Veterans Memorial brick paver deadline Sept. 1

The Beaverdam Veterans Memorial is nearly all in place, according to Gary Crawfish.

"As a reminder, the deadline for ordering a brick paver is Thursday, Sept. 1," he said.

 "We must have the order by then to ensure the engraved brick paver will be in place for our memorial dedication, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12," he added.

An order form is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Ada gets ready for 31st Harvest and Herb Festival, craft booths still available

Booth space and parade entries are being accepted for this year’s Ada Area Chamber of Commerce’s 31st annual Harvest and Herb Festival, according to David Dellifield, festival director.

This year’s festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, in downtown Ada.

The festival is open to the public with no admission charge. Proceeds are used to promote Ada chamber activities during the year.

As in past years, it will fill Ada’s Main Street from Highland to College. Main Street will be closed at State Route 235 all the way to State Route 81.


David Hooley teaching in Kenya: When teaching has an impact you can see

By Jennifer Steiner
MCC, Great Lakes communications coordinator

Bluffton High School graduate David Hooley knew education was important, but not until he taught in Kenya did he really see the impact of his work.

He recently completed a one-year Serving and Learning Together (SALT) assignment with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Songhor, Kenya, where he taught physics and math to students at Songhor Secondary School.


Over 1,200 students enrolled in Bluffton schools; largest enrollment since 2002-03

By Greg Denecker, Bluffton school superintendent

Bluffton schools summer district newsletter was mailed to district residents eariler this week.  The following includes some of the information provided in the supertendent's column. The entire column is in the newsletter attached at the bottom.

On Monday, Aug. 29, we will welcome over 1,200 students into our district. This will be our largest enrollment since 2002-2003 school year. 

Bright Pink 5K and fun run Sept. 17 at ONU

The second annual Bright Pink 5K and family fun run takes place in Ada during Ohio Northern’s Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 17. The race starts at 3 p.m., according to Carley Strzalka.

The event begins with registration at 2:15 p.m. at the ONU Pavillion. The race is held on The Green Monster on the ONU campus.

Registration is $15, which includes a t-shirt and raffle ticket. Participants must register by Sept. 1 for a guaranteed t-shirt. The $15 fee is waived for youth under 10 who are with a participating parent or guardian.


Take a trip to Holmes County in September with the Senior Center

Interested in visiting the Holmes County Amish area?

The Bluffton Senior Citizens Association has a trip with Bob and Bev planned in September. Registration is now underway.

On Friday, Sept. 16, Bob and Bev Painter will take the Association bus to Holmes County. Departure from Bluffton is at 7:30 a.m.

Stops include The Farm at Walnut Creek via horse and wagon. Participants will visit a couple typical Amish homes. Next is an Amish dinner theatre. It includes an Amish buffet and a comedy titled “Somewhere over the silo." Cost is $86 per person.


Adam Craig named head golf coach at Bluffton

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University has named Adam Craig as head golf coach. Craig will be responsible for setting up the men’s and women’s program as well as recruiting during the 2016-17 academic year with team competition to begin the following year. 

Here are your Bluffton elementary school forms

Attention parents of Bluffton elementary students.

Do you need a school form? These are each on the school website. You'll find:
• Bus pass form
• Kindergarten bus form 2016-17
• Medication form
• Records release
• Registration form
• Student vacation form
• Transportation form.

To download any of these forms, click here.

Marlena Ballinger: "What's for dinner? Ask The Dough Hook to prepare it for you!"

The Dough Hook introduces a new option for dinners in Bluffton, according to Marlena Ballinger.

The Main Street meat market, deli and bakery is located at 117 N. Main St., Bluffton. Phone orders are accepted at 419-369-4264.

“If you are tired of going through a drive-thru for dinner, call us and we’ll provide a hot, delicious dinner for you,” she said, introducing The Dough Hook’s home cooked meals.

Ballinger said that orders should be placed by noon of the day of the dinner. All meals are prepared in a disposable pan.