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Take a trip to Holmes County in September with the Senior Center

Interested in visiting the Holmes County Amish area?

The Bluffton Senior Citizens Association has a trip with Bob and Bev planned in September. Registration is now underway.

On Friday, Sept. 16, Bob and Bev Painter will take the Association bus to Holmes County. Departure from Bluffton is at 7:30 a.m.

Stops include The Farm at Walnut Creek via horse and wagon. Participants will visit a couple typical Amish homes. Next is an Amish dinner theatre. It includes an Amish buffet and a comedy titled “Somewhere over the silo." Cost is $86 per person.


Adam Craig named head golf coach at Bluffton

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University has named Adam Craig as head golf coach. Craig will be responsible for setting up the men’s and women’s program as well as recruiting during the 2016-17 academic year with team competition to begin the following year. 

Here are your Bluffton elementary school forms

Attention parents of Bluffton elementary students.

Do you need a school form? These are each on the school website. You'll find:
• Bus pass form
• Kindergarten bus form 2016-17
• Medication form
• Records release
• Registration form
• Student vacation form
• Transportation form.

To download any of these forms, click here.

Marlena Ballinger: "What's for dinner? Ask The Dough Hook to prepare it for you!"

The Dough Hook introduces a new option for dinners in Bluffton, according to Marlena Ballinger.

The Main Street meat market, deli and bakery is located at 117 N. Main St., Bluffton. Phone orders are accepted at 419-369-4264.

“If you are tired of going through a drive-thru for dinner, call us and we’ll provide a hot, delicious dinner for you,” she said, introducing The Dough Hook’s home cooked meals.

Ballinger said that orders should be placed by noon of the day of the dinner. All meals are prepared in a disposable pan.


Football capital of America in Bluffton's backyard

FROM ADA ICON -There's a new paint job on a neighboring village water tower and it promotes something unique to that community.

Here's the Ada water tower looks, repainted this summer with the Wilson and NFL logos. The logos face toward the football factory so that all who enter the building will see them.

In the photo below:

Tim Reilly, a producer for Banner Collective in Chicago, videotapes the Wilson/NFL logos which are being painted on a water tower in Ada earlier this week.


Ride to Remember donates approximately $3,000 to pedestrian-bike pathway project

Last month’s Ride to Remember bicycle ride, with over 150 riders, generated approximately $3,000 for the Bluffton Pedestrian and Bike Pathway project.

That total was announced at this year’s Aug. 22 wrap-up meeting of the ride planning committee.

This year’s ride increased in riders and amount donated as last year’s first-ever ride had 101 participants, generating approximately $1,600 to the pathway project.

Bluffton food pantry in needs of supplies

The Bluffton Area Food Pantry has distributed food and other essential supplies to approximately 50 area families this summer.

The panty’s supplies are running a bit low and could use some reinforcements, according to Ed Yeager, board president of the Bluffton Community Assistance Program.

Item may be delivered to St. John’s United Church of Christ. The next distribution day is Saturday, Sept. 17.

Musical Jam at The Quarry Farm Sept. 10

Music of all kinds will fill the air on Saturday, Sept. 10, as The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm hosts the organization's annual Jam from 6 to 10 p.m. 

Whether you play an instrument like a virtuoso or just like to pretend, sing along or listen, people of all ages are invited to spend a sweet late summer evening with music under the outdoor pavilion's big red roof, alongside the calls from the nature preserve. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome as they support The Quarry Farm's educational programming.


Kennedy Coughlan's 48 takes medalist honors in BHS win

Bluffton High School girls' golf team defeated North Baltimore on Aug. 22 by a 204 to 208 score. Kennedy Coughlan was medalist with a 48. Individual results follow:

Golfer                                     9-Hole Score
Alivia Koenig                         50
Kayleigh Coughlan               54
Kennedy Coughlan               48
Mara Minnig                         52
Lily Shadle                              58
Natasha Smith                         71
Top Four Score Total           204


Football: Under helm of Jeff Richards, Pirates travel to C-R on Friday

By Sam Brauen
Under direction of new head coach Jeff Richards, the Bluffton Pirate football team opens their season Friday night at Cory-Rawson.  Bluffton will be looking to continue the momentum of a 7-3 season in 2015 but must replace many lost senior starters to do so. 

Head coach Jeff Richards was hired in January to replace Kyle Cutnaw who resigned after going 10-10 over two seasons at the helm of the program.  Richards graduated from Bluffton High in 2004 and played center on the football team under Dennis Lee.