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August 5, 2015


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Cores celebrate 50th Aug. 8

Larry and Ellen Core will be celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on
Saturday, August 8. A small family gathering is planned for the evening of
August 8th. They also took a family vacation to Northern California in early July.

Larry and Ellen were married August 8, 1965 at St. John's United Church of
Christ, Bluffton, by Rev. Ralph Quellhorst.

They have two daughters, Karen Core of San Mateo, CA and Kathy (Tim) Soper of
Bluffton. They also have three grandchildren, Madison, Mason and Carson Soper.


Beaverdam summer festival Saturday evening

Beaverdam's Summer Festival, sponsored by the Beaverdam Fire and EMS, takes place Saturday, Aug. 8, in downtown Beaverdam, according to Nick Nowlan.

The festival includes two live bands, free inflatable games for kids, homemade food and six grand prizes.

This year’s band will be Kevin Ash Band followed by That Lousy Band.

The grand prizes include:


Shannon Cemetery Commission's first meeting is Thursday evening

The newly-appointed Shannon Cemetery Commission’s initial meeting is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, in the first floor dining room of Maple Crest, just off Augsburger Road.

Mayor Judy Augsburger announced at Monday’s council meeting that Nathan Ulrey will chair the commission. She named the commission members in July.

Other members are John Murray, Evan Skilliter, Fred Rodabaugh, Bob Amstutz, Samuel Diller, Richard Boehr, Harriett Moyer, Jesse Blackburn, David Steiner and the mayor. Paula Scott, a non-voting member, is the commission recorder.

BFR volleyball camp underway

Area fifth and sixth grade girls are tuning up their volleyball skills this week. Bluffton Family Recreation holds a three-day camp. The camp is for youth who plan to play on a school team. 


Bring your lawn chairs - here's a map to know where to watch the fireworks

Where's the best place to watch tonight's fireworks? 

There's plenty of room in:

• the Bluffton swimming pool grass area,
• on the east side of BFR and
• on the east side of the Buckeye.

• Spring Street will be blocked off at Riley Street.
• No parking is permitted on Snider Road.

Fireworks takes place at 9:30 p.m. and will last for approximately 20 minutes. For a printout of the fireworks map click here.

Sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9 benefits back-to-school purchases

S.B. 243 enacted a one-time sales tax holiday to occur only in 2015. The holiday starts on Friday, Aug. 7, and ends on Sunday, Aug. 9.

During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:
•An item of clothing priced at $75 or less
•An item of school supplies priced at $20 or less; and
•An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less.

Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.

What items of clothing qualify?

State Representative Cupp in Bluffton Tuesday morning

State Representative Bob Cupp meet constituents in Bluffton at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the Bluffton Public Library second floor meeting room.

Rep. Cupp will provide a brief update on legislative activity in the Ohio General Assembly during the past several weeks – including results of the 2016-2017 State Budget process. 

He will then be available to listen to public concerns and ideas regarding pending legislation or other topics that may be of interest to attendees.

Mt. Cory UMC Vacation Bible School Aug. 4-7

Members of the Mount Cory United Methodist Church are transforming the santuary for next week's Vacation Bible School, "Son Rise National Park."

Pre-registration will be Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Mount Cory Church, 300 N. Main, M at 6 p.m.  Bible School will run Aug 3 - 7 from 6 - 8 p.m. There will be a VBS program for the parents during the regular services on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church, followed by a Community Picnic at the BFLC following worship services.


Drop everything and plan to attend National Night Out at swimming pool - Tuesday

• Nashville Crush Trio performs from 8-9:30 p.m.
• Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Bluffton's second National Night Out is from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, according to Matt Oglesbee of the Bluffton police department.

The department, in conjunction with the Pandora Police Department are in charge of the event and the Bluffton, Beaverdam and Pandora fire and EMS departments will participate.

Ka - BOOOOOOM! - 9:30 p.m. Tuesday - part of National Night Out (Free fireworks display!)

Bluffton’s fireworks, postponed in late June due to the weather, is rescheduled for 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Bluffton’s National Night Out celebration at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

The fireworks will cap off the National Night Out. The display should last between 20 and 30 minutes.

The National Night Out and fireworks will take place on Snider Road, Bluffton. Watch for a map indicating locations where people can watch the display.