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Letter: Voice concern and possible solution to lack of stoplight at Main and College

May 26, 2015

Dear Village of Bluffton council members, Mayor Augusburger, and Mr. Mehaffie,

Thank you so much for listening to my concerns about pedestrian safety at the intersection of College and Main at your streets and alleys committee meeting on May 18.

Since that meeting, I have observed vehicle and pedestrian traffic before and after school. On Tuesday, May 19, I counted 200 cars in the intersection in the 15-minute span between 3 and 3:15 p.m. Only two drivers stopped to allow pedestrians to use the crosswalk.


Triathletes taking to the streets (and pool) in Bluffton

The second annual Be A Beaver Triathlon is set for tomorrow (May 30) in Bluffton.

Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, the event will include a 400-meter pool swim, a 20-kilometer bike on nearby country roads and a 5K run through village streets and the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.

Proceeds will help the university’s cross country and track and field teams cover their costs to attend out-of-state invitational meets.

Richard Sheneyfelt was retired from Phillips, Ottawa

Richard A. "Dick" Shaneyfelt, 79, of Pandora died May 28, 2015, at 12:49 a.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.

He was born July 19, 1935, in New Carlisle to Richard V. and Zelma Gheen Shaneyfelt. On March 23, 1957, he married Carol Jean Brokschmidt and she survives.

He retired from Phillips ECG, Ottawa. He was a member of St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, and was active with Gideons International, Bill Glass Prison Ministries, and Beaverdam Transport for Christ. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. 


BFR summer Adventure Camps start next week

Bluffton Family Recreation announced its June Adventure Camp schedule, according to Joseph Beagle, director.

This year BFR offers camps for two age groups. The first is for youth 3 ½ to 5. The second is for youth ages 6 to 9.

“At Adventure Camp your children will learn while having fun,” said Kelly Honse, lead instructor, who has a degree in art education. “The camps include theme-based activities, crafts and snacks.”

Rep. Cupp legislative update at public library on June 1

State Representative Bob Cupp will hold four legislative update meetings across Allen County on Monday, June 1.

His Bluffton meeting is at 11:30 a.m., at the Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St.

Cupp represents the 4th Ohio House district, which is comprised of all of Allen County. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Bluffton Public Library announces June program schedule

June 2015 is a SUPER month for Bluffton Public Library!  This month marks the start of Summer Read Program, which is titled “Every Hero Has a Story.”  BPL has designated themes for each week of this year’s program in order to support and advocate for its community.  June’s themes are as follows:
● June 7-13: “Community Heroes” Week
● June 14-20: “Be a Hero” Week
● June 21-27: “Be a Green Hero” Week

Plenty of Pirate sports camps this summer

Several summer Pirate sports camps are on the calendar. Here's the schedule:

Bluffton Soccer Club
Open registration May 29-June 27
Register for fall play

Junior high basketball
Open gyms Sundays and Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Summer league starts June 1
Bluffton University shootout: June 8
Pirate camp: June 15-18
Contact: dunlapr@blufftonschools.org


Pool opens Friday: Here are swim lesson and pool details

Now let's tread water.

Sign-up for swim lessons at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool is now underway.

Swim session dates follow:
• First session, June 15-26
• Second session, July 6-17
• Third session, July 27-Aug. 7

Sessions are offered in ages groups from babies to age 5.

Lessons take place from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Friday are used as make-up days.

Swimming lesson costs are $30 for Bluffton taxpayers, $40 for persons who do not pay village income tax and $50 for private lessons. 

Drum roll for final fourth and fifth grade honor roll

Here's the final honor roll of 2014-15 for Bluffton fourth and fifth graders: 

Fifth Grade

All A Honor Roll

Fourth Grade


Trinity Lutheran graduation May 31

Trinity Lutheran School’s graduation will be held on Sunday, May 31, during the 10:30 a.m. service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera.  Pre-service music will be by members of the graduating class. Wesley Below is the class speaker. The class members include Wesley Lane Below, James Steven John Miles, Amelia Grace Mitchell, Logan Nicholas Stuckey and Korey Lynn Strahm. The students in kindergarten through eighth grade will sing.

There will be a regular service at 8 a.m. The public is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible.