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June 30, 2016


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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.  


Vedabelle McCluer had worked at Triplett and The Little Red Barn

Vedabelle McCluer, 98, of Bluffton died at 10:05 p.m. May 28, 2013 at Bluffton Hospital.  She was born March 15, 1915, in Pandora to Carl and Velva Cahill.  On April 12, 1940, she married Allan McCluer and he preceded her in death on July 26, 1995. They were married 55 years.

She was a life long member of the Methodist Church.  She was a Girl Scout Leader and worked on the Election Board for 25 years.  She worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton, and Rammel’s “Little Red Barn” Flower Shop, Bluffton.  


Summer fitness classes begin June 3 at BFR

BFR Sports & Fitness announced its summer fitness class schedule. According to Carole Enneking, director, “Group fitness is still a popular workout option even in the summer."  

This summer, an early morning Kettlebell Training class will be offered on Tuesdays beginning at 5:30 a.m. In addition, the 30-minute TBC (Total Body Conditioning) class will meet each weekday morning and the 8:30 a.m.

All Star Workout and YogaFit classes will continue.  Evening options will be more limited until July when several running programs are introduced.

Hey, is that a Chevy Nomad? I thought those were extinct: Wheels comes to Bluffton June 14

Muscle cars, heavy chrome, wide whitewalls, running boards… maybe, even Phil Weisenbarger's classic Franklin. Sounds like a convergence of classic automobiles. Right you are.

On Friday, June 14, Main Street Bluffton will be the scene of the 46th annual Bluffton Festival of Wheels Cruise-In. It is a program of the Bluffton Lions Club and should be a couple hundred museum pieces on wheels to Bluffton.


Selma Diller retired as a nurse's aid from Hilty Memorial Home

Selma L. Diller, 87, of Pandora, died at 5 p.m. May 28, 2013 at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Feb. 9, 1926, near Pandora to Edward and Mary Wenger Miller.

Mrs. Diller grew up on a cane mill farm in rural Pandora. She graduated from Pandora High School in 1944. After marriage, she worked at the Triplett Corp., Bluffton, the Amstutz Cannery in Pandora, Pandora-Gilboa Schools and retired as a nurse’s aide from the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.