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That's a Hawkeye plate - not a Buckeye plate

Iowa 696 SZT

We found this car waiting in the Kirtland Auto parking lot, all the way from Washington County, Iowa.


Ice storm of the century?

Ice storm of the century?


If there's such a thing as a "100-year flood," meaning a flood that only occurs every 100 years, then this photo must be the "100-year winter ice storm." Nothing is written on the back of the photo, but there are several things to point out to tell the story to viewers in 2010.

First, the photo was taken in Bluffton by an unknown photographer. The scene is South Main Street, looking south. The house on the left appears to be 321 S. Main, what is today The Lamplighter Bed and Breakfast, owned by Joan Bauman.

Community celebrates ML King Day several ways

Several community events are planned to celebration Martin Luther King Day in Bluffton.

Daniel Hughes of Bluffton is the featured speaker of the Bluffton Inter Church Board's Martin Luther King Day celebration. The event is Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.A community meal is at 6 p.m. The King program follows the meal. Both are open to the public.

Hughes will give a tribute to King with a speech Crossing Over Into the Promised Land.


"The Shack" Maple Crest book discussion Jan. 25

"The Shack," byWilliam P. Young, is this month's Maple Crest Living Community's discussion book. Copies of the book may be picked up at the circulation desk of the Bluffton Public Library.

The book discussion is at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, at Maple Crest. The monthly book discussion is held on the fourth Monday of each month. More more information contact the Bluffton Public Librayr.


It's a Putnam County plate for certain

JR 86

It's from Putnam County. That's obvious. But who is JR and what does 85 represent? JR's year of birth, graduation from high school, marriage or football jersey?


Winter storytime attacks the blues

Winter storytime themes are set at the Bluffton Public Library, according to Rikki Steingass. Storytime is for pre-schoolers ages 3 to 5. Sessions are Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

"The winter themes are designed to chase seasonal blues away," said Steingass. They include stories, songs, fingerplays, snacks and other activities."

Each session last about 45 minutes. Parents or caregivers must register their child at the front desk to participate.

The schedule by themes:

Jan. 11 - Sneezes and wheezes

Jan. 18 - Winter bugs and blues