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Dancers' Elite 33rd annual recital June 7-8

Dancers Elite of Bluffton will hold their 33rd annual recital on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8.

Shows are held at Bluffton Middle School at 7 p.m. each evening.

Ticket price is $6, with ages 2 and under free.

The recital will feature students from Bluffton as well as Ada, Lima, Findlay, Arlington & Parkway.

For more info or to purchase tickets ahead, please contact Debbie Garlock @ 419-358-0900.


Luis Torres, Bluffton visitor with many local connections, performs at Maple Crest

A beautiful tenor voice floated out through the Maple Crest halls last Friday afternoon as Luis Torres led a hymn sing for residents. 

His wife, Pearl, accompanied the singers on the grand piano. Luis and Pearl, from Puerto Rico, are personally connected with Bluffton and with the Maple Crest community. 

In the 1940s, several Mennonite couples from Bluffton served under the Civilian Public Service program in a hospital in Puerto Rico and made an initial contact with Luis’ church. 

Bluffton woman $5,000 BCE Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition winner

Bluffton resident Rebekah Gambrell’s idea of a woman-owned aviation maintenance business is the winner of Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur’s Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, according to Denise Durenberger, BCE director.

Gambrel, who has a background in avionics, will receive $5,000 towards business start-up costs and a one-year BCE client program membership. She intends to launch Gildeslope Aviation, which will service the northwest Ohio avionics market.

Gardeners of the Bluffton-Pandora Area meet June 4

The Gardeners of Bluffton Pandora Area will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, in the lower level of the Bluffton Public Library. The program title is "What Have They Done To My Food, Ma?"

The program is on industrial agriculture and GMOs. Jon Sommer of The Food Store, will make the presentation.


The presentation is free and open to public.


June 4 PrimeTimers is old-fashioned hymn sign

This month's PrimeTimers program is Tuesday, June 4, which features  an old-fashioned hymn sing with Joyce Jackson on piano and Debbie Mohr leading singing.

Meat, beverages and table service will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

PrimeTimers is for adults age 55 or older. It will meet the first Tuesday of each month (except January or July) at St. John Mennonite Church at noon. For more information, please contact Dave Stratton at 419-384-3680.

Darwin Hauenstein, former resident, dies at age 100

Darwin Wilmot Hauenstein, 100, formerly of Allen County died March 25, 2013, at his daughter's home in Descanso, Calif.

He was born in Allen County, Jackson Township, on Dec. 20, 1912, to Lewis C. and Jennie Mae (Stober) Hauenstein. 

He is survived by his daughter, Karen (Lynn) Price, his son-in-law, Lynn, a sister Betty (Delmar) Schulze of Chula Vista, grandson Darren Price and granddaughter Debbie Wetzel.


Letter: Mustard Seed will reopen on Sunday

Icon viewers:

The Mustard Seed will reopen Sunday June 2nd with regular hours, 7-3.  We want to thank everyone for their support and understanding.

Jayne and Dick McGarrity

Free succession planning seminar offered June 5 for all business types

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program of Findlay•Hancock County Economic Development, will host a free program on Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

The program will answer questions relating to succession planning, including family ownership, sales, transition planning, and legal and tax requirements Seating is limited. All business types are welcome to attend. 

Part 2: More summer fitness opportunities from BFR

This is the second of a two-part series on BFR Sports and Fitness summer fitness classes. Click here for the first part.

In July, two running programs will be offered by BFR. The Walk to Run program meets twice weekly for eight weeks to prepare new runners for a 5K event. Walk to Run groups will be offered in the mornings and in the evenings. 

Man in custody in Family Dollar and Mustard Seed Cafe break-ins

Bluffton police were busy earlier this week as two businesses were broken into. The follow account is from Sgt. Matt Oglesbee of the police department:

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 29, Bluffton police officers responded to breaking and entering complaints at the Mustard Seed Café on North Main Street and the Family Dollar on Cherry Street.