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First National Bank to offer Social Security workshop

Do you go into a frenzy when you think about retirement? Do I have enough money to retire? Will Social Security be available? When should I collect Social Security? First National Bank and First National Financial Services will hold a Social Security workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Findlay Inn and Suites at 200 E. Main Cross Street in Findlay.


Bluffton schools holding volleyball camp July 8-9

Bluffton schools are holding a volleyball camp for girls going in to grades 4 through 8. The camp is designed to work on basic volleyball skills and knowledge. It will be held at Bluffton High School gym on Wednesday and Thursday, July 8-9. The schedule is as follows:


Steiner & Granger: Market review for second quarter 2015

Steiner & Granger
141 N. Main St
P.O. Box 28
Bluffton, OH 45817


The Markets

As winter weather finally lost its chokehold on the U.S. economy, investors grew increasingly comfortable with the Federal Reserve's slow-and-steady approach to determine when to raise short-term interest rates.


Here's what's cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen July 7-10

We are open for breakfast Tuesday-Friday and serve breakfast all day! It’s fresh and homemade. Hope to see you soon.


Italian chicken soup
Pesto chicken over penne pasta
Whole milk mozzarella panini
Strawberry spinach bacon salad

Potato soup
Perch platter
Chicken pot pie
Mediterranean Cobb Salad

Edward Jones: What are your excuses for not investing?

By Mark Alliman
Edward Jones Financial Advisor
107 S. Main St., Bluffton

We all make excuses. Most of the time, they’re pretty harmless. But you could be hurting yourself if you make excuses for not taking action in some areas — and one of those areas is investing.


College-Main intersection discussion on Bluffton council's Monday agenda

Bluffton council will address the College Avenue-Main Street intersection on Monday.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) removed the intersection’s traffic light when the streetscape program was created.  The stoplight’s absence has been a continual point of discussion from citizens and the village.

Bluffton resident Paula Scott is asking council to look into various options to create a safer intersection.

Council’s packet (an attachment at the bottom of this story) provides several pages of information and drawings pertaining to the intersection.

Free school supplies provided by Ministerial Association and Community Assistance Program

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and the Bluffton Area Community Assistance Program will again provide free school supplies to children who are on the free and/or reduced lunch program in the Bluffton school district.

The supplies will be provided from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to call the church to enroll your child in this program. Call 419-358-5641 for more information.


Senior Citizens Association 45th anniversary polo shirts now on sale

There's a new shirt in Bluffton and it's 45 years old.

Actually, it is in honor of the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association's 45th anniversary. The shirts are now at the Bluffton Senior Center, 132 N. Main St. The shirts are royal blue polos and are available in eight sizes: four for men and four for women.

Shirts are $16 each. The shirts have the Center logo and "45 years" embroidered on them. 

15 Minutes…Aaron Basinger on engineering, St. Francis, and the importance of nature

Interviewed by Sophia Marcum

Aaron Basinger graduated from BHS in the spring of 2013. I was able to get an interview after buying the last pint of strawberries from a Suter’s Stand he was working at. Talk about luck!

Where are you attending school now and what are you studying?

Iconic Bakery: Annette Stuckey's Raspberry Buttermilk Pie

Annette Stuckey’s Raspberry Buttermilk Pie
Serves 8

1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3/4  cup sugar
1/2  cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4  cup all-purpose flour
5  large egg yolks
1  teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4  teaspoon kosher salt
9-inch basic flaky piecrust, parbaked
1/3  cup raspberry jam
1/4  cup toasted sliced almonds