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School's out but sounds of summer strings just getting started

The 2013 Summer Strings program will begin on Tuesday, June 4, according to Rachael Lewis of the Bluffton Music Boosters.  The summer strings program is for those students wishing to begin to learn or to continue to play their instruments during the summer months. 

The registration form for the summer program can be found attached to the bottom of this post.

The practice schedule will be Tuesdays June 4, June 11, June 18, July 2, July 9 and July 16.  The schedule includes practice for all age groups and includes fiddling.

Bluffton swim team dives in the pool this week

Bluffton swim team practice starts this week and kids of all ages are invited to participate.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the parent meeting on Tuesday, June 4 from 6 p.m.  unit 7 p.m.

The team is currently seeking members for the board of directors and are actively seeking parents to fill the positions of President and Secretary of the board. 

Additionally, volunteers are always needed.  The Bluffton Swim Team will be the host to area swim championships this year.

Gibsonburg, Fast and Furious, and Epic all at Shannon Theatre for June 7-13

There will be something for everyone at the Shannon Theatre. Three movies are starting on Friday, June 7 and playing through Thursday, June 13.  One of them even takes place in Ohio. 

Fast and Furious (PG13) will be shown every evening at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Epic (PG) will be shown on Saturday and Sunday during the 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. matinees.

Gibsonburg will be shown at 4 p.m on Friday and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Gibsonburg will also be shown on Saturday at 10 a.m.


And on the Elementary honor roll

Bluffton Elementary School has released its 4th quarter honor roll for the 2012-2013 school year.  

You will find it in the PDF attached to the bottom of this post.



On the BHS honor roll

Here is Bluffton High School’s 4th quarter honor roll for 2012-2013:

9th grade

All A
SaraElizabeth Bertka, Mark Bixel, Nikki Campbell, Samuel Crisp, Nicole Edelbrock, Anna Fredritz, Misha Groman, Brielle Hamilton, Jack Marcum, Elizabeth Nisly, Katherine Scott, Joel Siefker, Abby Tuttle

Pandora hosts town wide garage sale June 7 and 8

The Village of Pandora will once again be hosting it town wide garage sale.  The sale will be Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8.  There will be over 50 garage sales taking place in and around Pandora on these days.

The annual event is sponsored by Friends of the Library.


Free community meals scheduled for June

Community meals have been scheduled for Thursday, June 6 and Thursday, June 20. The meals are free and open to the public.

All meals are at 6 p.m. at the Bluffton Senior Center.

St. Mary's Catholic Church will be serving the June 6 meal with Bluffton Trinity United Methodist serving the June 20 meal.

All donations collected at the meals will go the Bluffton Food Pantry.



Senior citizens celebrate "game night" June 10; Mary Koontz retires

The Bluffton Senior Center will hold its June dinner meeting and game night on Monday, June 10 at 6 p.m.  The emcee will be Mary Hofstetter with hostess Deloris Herman.

The meal will be catered by Schnipke Inn and will consist of baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, cole slaw, dinner roll and strawberry short cake.  Tickets and $7 and must be purchased by Wednesday, June 5.

Lots of activities in Allen County in June

June 1: NWOFF-Grand Prix Tour 2013 @ Groamy's CDs & Tapes
June 1: Color Blaze 5K @ Allen County Fairgrounds
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Bluffton Farmers Market @ Parking lot next to U.S. Post Office
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Delphos Farmers Market @ Ace Hardware
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Summer Program Series @ Ottawa Metro Park Amphitheater
June 4, 11, 18, 25: M. Gardeners Brown Bag Lunch Series @ Children's Garden


"Susie": A Willow Ridge success story

Here's a story from the current issue of "The Visioneer," which includes project updates on Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio's New Vision Campaign. The compete issue of the newsletter is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

“Suzie” was among the first elders to move to Willow Ridge. Because of a stroke suffered five years earlier, Suzie had difficulty finding words, finishing thoughts and interacting with people. A few weeks after Suzie moved to Willow Ridge, she was enjoying the hearth room when she began speaking.