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Bluffton and many midwesterns took a history course this weekend. We lived like pioneers. Many are still roughing it. The history lesson reminded was how our great-great grandparents lived without electricity, air conditioning, telephone service, internet service, freezers and many other wonders of the 21st century.

In Bluffton at 4 p.m., Friday, June 28, the wrath of Mother Nature struck with high winds some speculating 85 miles per hour, and torrents of rain.

AEP issues severe weather warning

Northwestern Ohio will be in an active severe weather pattern late today through the weekend, according to AEP.

The combination of unstable air, a stalled front, and several upper-level disturbances moving along the front will result in the severe storms. Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon over Illinois. These storms may develop into a complex of severe storms - or even a squall line with widespread damaging winds - as they track across Indiana & Ohio this evening into tonight.

U6 soccer registration underway at BFR

U6 Soccer registration is now open at BFR, according to Amy Byers, sports coordinator at BFR Sports and Fitness. Children ages 4-6 may sign up. The fall league begins Sept. 11 and registrations are due by Sept. 3. Call 419-358-4150 for more information.


Library trustees okay bids to add automatic door openers

The Bluffton Public Library Board of Trustees approved bids to move forward with its "Access for All" project at its June 26 meeting. The project includes adding push-button automation to entrances on both levels, a curb cut-out on the lower level and magnetic devices to hold open a set of heavy, fire-rated doors to improve access to the elevator from the lower level.

The final project cost is expected to be between $10,000 and $11,000, and the work is expected to be complete by the end of summer.

Bluffton pastor author of book aimed at children - book signing July 12

Steve Yoder

A book signing party in July at Common Grounds will launch a children's book titled "Look For Something Good," written by Bluffton resident Steve Yoder.

Yoder says the book is a story with a lesson, adding, "It's a parable, which deals with a tough set of circumstances involving a young boy." Yoder, who is lead pastor of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, says that the book is written for youth, particularly at the fourth grade level.


Thank you to Dick Boehr from BCE

Brendon Matthews and Richard Boehr

On June 11 the Bluffton Industrial Expansion Corp. presented a transfer of its funds to Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs. The transfer took place at a Bluffton council meeting. Click for a video.

Following the council meeting BCE gave a thank you to Boehr of the Industrial Expansion Corp. It consists of a smiley face, which, when a switch is pressed it proclaims: "Thank you."

Brendon Matthews of BCE (left) made the presentation to Boehr. Ropp Triplett created the award.


Hey, that's Don Staley...and isn't that a '49 Cushman Pacemaker scooter?

Richland Manor held its fifth annual car cruise eariler this month. According to Barry Schneck, over 50 vehicles entered.

Richland Manor also raised $182 and had 261 pounds of food donated at the event. The donations go to the Manor's Independent from Hunger Food Drive.

In addition, Richland Manor partnered with the Alzheimer's Association for its Walk to End Alzheimer's. The event raised $192 for that organzation.

This year's cruise-in winners follow:
Don Staley, Bluffton- 1949 Cushman Pacemaker Stepthru Scooter.


Krysti's Music Studio offering free trial music lessons through July 31

Krysti's Music Studio, South Main Street, Bluffton, offers free trial lessons through July 31.

Persons wanting more information may contact Krysti Schey at 419-233-5255 or e-mail at: gromankj@bluffton.edu.

Click here for the studio website.


Two more university soccer camps for youth this summer

Bluffton University continues its summer soccer camps, according to Rick Nussbaum, men's and women's soccer coach.

The next camp is for kindergarten to sixth graders and is held July 8-12. A registration deadline is July 1. The camp takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and registration is $60 per camper. This camp replaces the Grace Mennonite Soccer Camp held in previous years.

The final camp of the summer is for kindergarten to sixth graders. It is held Aug. 15-17. Price is $30 and the registration deadline is Aug. 3.

For details:

Rich Nussbaum


Fischer Michael Fortman born June 25

Fischer Michael Fortman was born to Jonathan and Branden Fortman, Rawson, on June 25, 2012, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. At birth he weighed 8.4 pounds and measured 21 inches.