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Election day lunch and dinner at Methodist Church

Eat in or carry-out

First United Methodist Church, corner Church and Jackson, will hold an election day lunch and dinner Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Dinner is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Lunch menu includes: homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, dessert and beverages. Lunch items are priced separately.

Dinner includes baked steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, dessert and beverage. Dinner is $8 for adults, $4 for youth ages 5-10.

Carry-out is available for both meals.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Bluffton food pantry.


The 7 O'clock Icon over-ripe pear-apple pie

A pie can't distinguish between over-ripe fruit and ripe fruit

The Iconoclast baker saw that pears were on sale over the weekend.  The price was right because the pears were pretty darn soft.

However, knowing that a pie can’t distinguish between over-ripe and ripe fruit, four large, over-ripe, red pears went to the Icon kitchen.

To make things interesting we also bought 2 large apples that weren’t too soft or too stiff.

Here’s what happened next.

• Peel four large pears and slice into small chunks
• Peel two large apples and slice into small chunks
Mix the slices

In a separate bowl add:


Gardeners make seasonal flower dried arrangements on Nov. 1

Seasonal flower dried arranging in the theme of the Tuesday, Nov. 1, Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area. The meeting is at  6:30 p.m., in the Bluffton Public Library and is open to the public.

The club’s November newsletter is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Pizza planetarium party Nov. 4

Oakwoods Nature Preserve, rural Findlay

A Pizza Planetarium Party will be held at Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Cente, rural Findlay, on Friday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. 

The moon and Mars will soon be close to each other and the Taurid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity on this night. Pizza will be served and a stellar craft will be available for children to make and take home.


Junior bowling program has free practice Oct. 29

Leagues formation is now underway at Southgate Lanes

Southgate Lanes Saturday morning junior bowling program signups are underway, according to Derek Dukes. The bowling alley is at 9700 Dixie Highway, on the south edge of Bluffton.

Free practices from 10 a.m. to noon takes place for youth on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Youth leagues will form and information will be gathered on Saturday.

Dukes said that every bowler in the program will receive awards and prizes based on individual skill levels. A party at the end of the season takes place.  Every bowler has the same opportunity to improve.


Bluffton fifth grade girls' winter basketball program signup underway

A fifth grade girls' basketball program will be held this winter in Bluffton schools, according to Wesley Klinger.

The team will practice twice a week starting Nov. 20 and continuing through February.

"Practices will focus on individual player devleopment, and we will also teach more advanced team basketball concepts, plus sportsmanship and teamwork," he said.

An attachment to this story includes a registration form plus additional information. Contact Klinger at 419-296-0056 for more informstion.


Boys' soccer: Bluffton advances to district finals after stopping Ft. Jennings 3-2

Pirate goals by Smucker, Schwaab and Kingsley

Bluffton Pirates boys' soccer team took on the Ft Jennings Muskateers Tuesday evening the in the early game at Kalida District semi-final. Bluffton won 3-2.
Bluffton advances to the Kalida district final against the Temple Christian – Continental winner (Temple Christian) on Saturday.
Scoring for Bluffton started with a shot by Tristan Smucker at the 3rd minute, assist by Luke Young; next Isaiah Schwaab scored at the 27th minute; and finally Antony Kingsley put in a bouncing ball at 34 minutes.


Temperatures start feeling more like autumn

It’s starting to feel more like autumn. Temperatures in the past seven days dipped into the 50s, 40s and 30, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

The attachment at the bottom of this story reveals daily weather conditions in Bluffton for October.


Pandora Methodists hold election day dinner

The Pandora United Methodist Church, State Route 12, Pandora, will serve and election day dinner featuring chicken/beef noodles, mashed potatoes, full salad bar, dessert and beverage  on Tuesday, Nov 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.  The cost of the meal is: adults $8, 3-12 yrs. $4 and under 3 free.


Betty Reed previously worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton

Betty J. Reed, 89, died on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at 6:26 a.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1927, in Kinniconick, Ky., to Ernest and Dorothy (Pell) Rhoden who preceded her in death. Betty married Elvin Reed and he preceded her in death in 1986.

Betty formerly worked for Triplett Corp. of Bluffton, Westinghouse of Lima and prior to her retirement she worked at the Marysville Correctional Facility. Betty was a homemaker. She was a USO volunteer and a member of the Kenton Moose Lodge #428 Ladies Auxiliary.