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June 30, 2015


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August 1963 - north Main Street Bluffton

This was North Main Street Bluffton in the summer of 1963.

You are looking at Curling Iron (Skelly Rexall Drugs), directly south of several buildings that are no longer standing. In their place is Luke's Bar and Grill and the bar and grill's patio.

Peeking at you on the far right side is the PromoHits! building.

Older Icon views (65 and up) can tell us the unnamed buildings in this photo.

Notice the height of the sidewalk. When this photo was taken there was a step up from the sidewalk to the drug store. 

Oh, the things going on in the public library in July...read on

Q: What does spray paint art, defying gravity, woodcarving and disaster preparedness 101 have in common?

A: Each topic is a program at the Bluffton Public Library in July.

That’s just the beginning.

Want to know all the interesting programs on the calendar?  All the answers are in the July BLP Update – also known as the Bluffton Public Library electronic newsletter.

Oh, and we forgot to mention a book signing by Pandora author Lloyd Harnishfeger on July 23.

CASE Fellowship aids University Student Alumni Association

A fellowship newly awarded to Bluffton University through the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) will help bolster the university’s Student Alumni Association.

The CASE ASAP (Affiliated Student Advancement Programs) Institutional Fellowship will support efforts to increase both student involvement and programs within the association, said Amy Byers, the group’s adviser and an associate in Bluffton’s alumni engagement office.

Bluffton University part of statewide family visit days July 13 and 14

Bluffton University is joining a collaboration among Ohio’s private colleges and universities, beginning with a summer program designed to allow families to visit up to four private schools over two days, July 13 and 14.

Ohio’s Independent College Visit Days are aimed at helping families understand how affordable a private college education can be. The days also highlight other benefits of attending a private institution, including a higher four-year graduation rate and a lower default rate on student loans.

Gardeners tour Person Co-op Garden July 7

Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will tour the Ray Person Co-op Garden at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 7.

Details on that tour and other club information is in the July Edelwiss News, the club newsletter. The newsletter is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Local students named to dean's list at Bluffton University

Bluffton University has announced its dean’s list for the spring term. Students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher are eligible for the dean’s list. Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 based on 20 semester hours received distinction for continued high achievement, indicated by *.

Local undergraduates include:

Devin Hitchcock *

Bridge Home Health & Hospice offers volunteer training courses in Bluffton

Bridge Home Health & Hospice, a non-profit organization providing home health care and hospice services, will offer training courses for prospective volunteers in Bluffton and Findlay.

The Bluffton training course will begin Tuesday, July 14. The training will be held at Bluffton Hospital in the Second Floor Conference Room, 139 Garau Street, Bluffton, and will take place for six consecutive Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Here's what's cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen June 30-July 3

We are open for breakfast at 8 a.m., Tuesday-Friday and serve breakfast all day! It’s fresh and homemade. Hope to see you soon.


Potato soup
Stuffed pepper with side salad
Fresh baked pork tenderloin

Italian chicken soup
Fish platter
Quiche with side salad

Stuffed pepper soup
Eggplant Parmesan
Turkey cranberry stuffing sandwich

Swiss Day carry-in dinner, program at Ebenezer Mennonite on Sunday

Swiss Day, a program of the Swiss Community Historical Society, holds its annual carry-in dinner and program 12:30 p.m., Sunday, June 28, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road.

Here’s the program announcement from the Society’s Facebook:

Please bring a hot or cold dish to share. We will enjoy the Swiss National Anthem, and hear a detailed report on Phase II of the Capital Campaign "Bringing alive the past by building for the future."

The band “Silver Threads among the Gold” will provide background music during the dinner.


You have until the end of this week to order blueberries from Marlin

Marlin Gerber will have 10 pound boxes of Michigan blueberries available in Bluffton on Tuesday, July 7  at 12:30 p.m.

The deadline for orders is Sunday, July 5.

Gerber said that there are about six rounding quarts of berries in 10 pounds and the cost is $25 per box.

E-mail orders at Marling7133@sbcglobal.net with an important  subject line: "Bluffton Blueberries." 

Orders may be picked up in the parking area behind Bluffton University’s Houshower House between 12:30 and 2 p.m. on July 7