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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


Your assignment: Taste 25 different pies and pick three winners

A chocolate pecan pie won this year's Relay for Life pie-baking contest. 

Judges were: Jeff Stratton from Citizens National Bank, and Michael Donley, Bluffton Family Recreation sports coordinator and office manager. Their assignment covered 25 delicious homemade pies.  


It's Bingo every night in July in Ada

FROM THE ADA ICON - Ada Bingo plays every Thursday at the Alumni N-men’s Building in downtown Ada in July.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bingo begins at 6:55 p.m. Ada Bingo uses new, radio-controlled electronic machines, as well as, traditional paper packages. Proceeds from Ada Bingo benefits the Ada Lion's Club, Ada Music Boosters and the Ada-Liberty Volunteer Fire Department.

And, on the third Thursday of each month, the special Bonus Nights continue at Ada Bingo. These hugely popular Bingo Bonus Nights are held on the third Thursday of each month.


Bluffton Hospital sponsors outdoor movie "Toy Story" tonight in Ada

FROM ADA ICON - You can watch a free outdoor movie in Ada on Friday night.

That's right. And, Woody and Buzz Lightyear will be there.

The movie, Toy Story, will be shown on a 40-foot screen on the Ohio Northern University tundra. This is the second of three free outdoor summer movies sponsored by The Freed Center for the Performing Arts and Bluffton Hospital.

The movie starts at dusk. ReStore will sell pop, popcorn and candy during the movie. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the movie under the stars.


Here's an overview of Swiss Community Historical Society's capital campaign

This week's gift to the Swiss Community Historial Society from Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio assists the Society's current capital campaign. Here is an overview of the Society's expansion plans.

The historical society’s expansion has three parts.

1 – Construction of a “heritage building.” The building, located at 8350 Bixel Road, will be constructed on the land of the 1840s Schumacher homestead. It will house local antiques, artifacts and archives of the society. It will have rooms for meetings and a children’s museum area.

MHCO provides Swiss Community Historical Society with $4,000 Heritage Center gift

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) presented a $4,000 gift to the Swiss Community Historical Society for its Heritage Center capital campaign.  The gift was made during the Society’s annual Swiss Day program.

Laura Voth, CEO of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, presented the check to Gary Wetherill of the Society.

The occasion was the fulfillment of a 2010 commitment when MHCO unexpectedly received a large gift from the estate of James and Frieda Basinger. 

Lima Symphony Orchestra performs free patriotic pops concert July 4 at ONU

FROM THE ADA ICON - Patriotic classics, American standards, and popular movie and Broadway tunes will highlight the Lima Symphony Orchestra’s Fourth of July “Patriotic Pops” celebration on the campus of Ohio Northern University. The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will take place on the sculpture mall east of McIntosh Center between Presser and Weber halls. This will be a fun-filled family event exploding with patriotic music and a tribute to our armed services. The concert begins at 7 p.m.


Firecracker Friday cookout at First National Bank

First National Bank celebrates July 4th one day early with its annual Firecracker Friday Cookout (on July 3). The cookout includes hot dogs, chips, drinks and more.

Open to the public, the cookout is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bank parking lot, 112 Cherry St., Bluffton.