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June 25, 2019

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Bluffton Sesquicentennial

Also on Sunday: Swiss Day, Old Settlers' Reunion; Bridenbaugh country school open house

The Swiss Community Historical Society shares its traditional, Sunday, June 26, Swiss Day schedule this year with the Old Settler's Potluck & Reunion organized by the Bluffton Sesquicentennial.

Both groups are invited to bring food and attend the noon potluck meal at 12:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, as well as the afternoon program time.

The Bluffton Sesquicentennial Planning Committee developed a plan for a potluck and get-together of descendants of the early settlers of the Bluffton area on June 26 at Ebenezer Church.

Bluffton artifacts offered at the Boy Scout Indian Village's trading post

Old bricks from Bluffton's Main Street will be available as souvenir items during Bluffton's sesquicentennial celebration at the Boy Scout Indian Village's Trading Post.

The old Main Street was removed for the new Streetscape in 2009. Many of the bricks are embossed with "Convict Made 1927 Ohio State Brick Plant."

The bricks were laid on the street alongside the Western Ohio Railway electric interurban streetcar line, which ran on Main Street from 1906 to 1932.

The party we've waited 150 for begins on Friday!

Seven score and 10 years ago Allen County's Shannon, Ohio, became Bluffton, Ohio. Friday, June 24, the celebration we've waited 150 years for begins.

After over three years in the planning stage, Bev Amstutz, chair of the Bluffton cultural affairs committee, breathes a sigh of relief, seeing the events she spearheaded come to realization.

Mayor Fred Rodabaugh appointed Amstutz as chair of the sesquicentennial planning committee for good reason. Her father, the late Eugene Benroth, was known as "Mr. Bluffton" in his time.

Bluffton Boy Scouts set up Indian village and trading post

From left: Austen "Feared Bear" Herron, Jack "Big Foot" Burrell, Misha "River Trout" Groman and Christian "Red Hawk" Groman.

For the past eight months, the Bluffton Boy Scouts have been actively preparing for the Sesquicentennial Indian Village and Trading Post at the Buckeye.

Under the direction of Assistant Scoutmaster and American Indian historian Gary "Book Reader" Wetherill, 20 scouts have been making authentic costumes, typical of the Indian tribes of this area of the late 1700's to early / mid-1800s.

Bluffton Amerifest helps launch sesquicentennial party on Friday

Bluffton knows how to throw a party. From June 24 to July 2 it will be one very large party. The party starts with Bluffton's Amerifest 2011 on the Bluffton University football field.

Here's the schedule:

Relay for Life of Bluffton - Bluffton University

"Little Schoolhouse on the Black Swamp" - Breidenbaugh school open house Sunday

The public has a rare chance to visit the beautifully restored Breidenbaugh Schoolhouse on, Sunday, June 26 from 4-6 p.m. The open house will be at schoolhouse on the corner of Road 6 and Road M6, near Pandora.

A Girl Scout Troop from Bluffton has been meeting throughout June to learn pioneer survival skills, and they will be sharing the songs, games and activities they have learned with other children or adults who stop by.