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April 29, 2016


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Stratton Greenhouses spring open house this weekend

It's time to get serious about spring flowers and veggies.

Stratton's Greenhouses will hold a spring open house Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, at the greenhouses located at 9915 Lincoln Highway, Bluffton.

According to Susie and Steve Stratton, "We have an entire line of vegetables, proven winner plants, wave petunias, trees and shrubs for all your landscaping needs."

The open house includes drawings, food and special offers.


Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co. expanding to Lima

Bluffton-based Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co. is announcing plans to open a Lima store in the fall of 2016.

The store, co-anchoring a newly-constructed retail plaza at 435 S. Eastown Rd., will be the company’s fifth location overall, and second corporate store alongside the flagship location in downtown Bluffton.

Co-founder and CEO Pete Suter said the newest location is the result of a history of strong ties between the Shirley’s brand and the Lima community.


Louise Cantwell volunteered over 2,000 hours at Bluffton Hospital

A. Louise Cantwell, 91, died April 27, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Louise was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Three Rivers, Michigan, to the late Lester and June (Baxter) Luse.  On April 29, 1950, she married Leslie Cantwell, Jr. who preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1989.


Homer Miller was a WWII Army Air Force pilot

Homer Edward Miller, 92, died April 28, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Homer was born May 27, 1923 in Gomer, Ohio, to the late Homer and Cecile (Rigdon) Miller who preceded him in death. On May 2, 1947, he married Dorothy (Davis) Miller who survives.

Homer was a lifetime farmer and retired as a tool and die maker from Superior Coach in Lima.  He was a pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II.  Homer was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge #72 in Delphos and member of the Allen County Farm Bureau.  He was a graduate of Gomer High School.


Softball splits at Manchester

April 27, 2016

Game 1 Stats  I  Game 2 Stats

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The Bluffton University softball team lost a 1-0 decision to Manchester in game one before snapping a five-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the Spartans in the nightcap. Bluffton moved to 15-21 overall and 3-11 in the Heartland Conference, while Manchester stands 19-15 and 8-8 in the HCAC.

Arrowheads, si fi, music, Teddy and lots more in May at the library

Bluffton Public Library is the place to be in May, as the library calendar is full of programs. Here's a brief overview.

For a complete schedule, click here.

Just an elementary Skype - from New Zealand to Bluffton

A former Bluffton elementary student, Mia Pannabecker, moved with her family to New Zealand this past fall. Her older brother is Seth, and older sister is Kate.

Beth and Ray Raeburn recently arranged for a time for Mia to Skype with her former class at Bluffton elementary.  The photo shows Mia Skyping.

Mia's parents, Tim and Jo Pannabecker, wrote on Facebook: "We woke Mia soon after 6 a.m., so she would be ready at 6:20 a.m.. Was great to hear Mia talking with her former teacher and classmates."


Community preschool seeks assistant teacher

The Bluffton Community Preschool is hiring an assistant teacher, according to Shelly Matijevich, director.

"We're looking for a reliable individual who can adapt to a changing working environment, is friendly, take directions, child oriented and able to work flexible hours," said Matijevich.

Resumes must be submitted to the Bluffton Community Preschool by Monday, May 9. The preschool is located at First United Methodist Church, 116 Church St., Bluffton.

Shaw features repurposed items at the R Coop

Jane Shaw has opened a new business in a chicken coop behind her home at 2168 Rd R, Bluffton. The R Coop features lawn, garden and floral items for inside and outside. Most are unique items that Shaw has repurposed. 

The seasonal store hours are Thursday 1-7, Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-1.

Shaw and her husband, Steve, owned and operated Deer Creek Antiques, Bluffton.



Four Bluffton HS students are Allen Lima Youth Leadership grads

Four Bluffton High School students, Gabe Meyer (also an Apollo student), Haley Baker, Jadyn Barhorst and Zane Myers are members of the Allen Lima Youth Leadership Class of 2016.

Gabe's name was accidentially omitted from a previous news release about the event.

The class graduated April 27, at the Allen County Sanitary Engineer’s Office, ALL Executive Director Heather Rutz announced.