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June 25, 2019

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Bluffton Sesquicentennial

Community choir forming for sesquicentennial worship service

A sesquicentennial community choir is organizing for the community worship service planned June 26 in the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.

Mark Suderman, music director of First Mennonite Church, will direct the choir. The choir will have two rehearsals. The first is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 15. The second is Friday, June 24, with the time of that rehearsal to be announced.

Rehearsals at in First Mennonite Church. All singers in the community are welcome to participate.

Businesses invited to have employees dress in period costumes for sesquicentennial

During the sesquicentennial week, June 24 to July 2, the Bluffton sesquicentennial planning committee is inviting business owners to encourage their employees to dress in old-fashioned clothing. These may represent any past decade.

Businesses are also encouraged to have their windows decorated. Keith Sommer is one contact for businesses interested in displaying historic items. He may be contacted at either 419-384-3412 or 419-236-9154.

You'll want to enter this parade: It only comes around every 150 years

A parade entry form is available for printing at the bottom of this story.

You'll only see this parade once in 150 years. And you may be a part of it!

Bluffton's sesquicentennial parade, planned for Saturday, July 2, is now accepting entries.

Junior Weihrauch of Arlington, one of the best parade coordinators in northwestern Ohio, is the parade director. He handles the Bluffton Blaze of Lights parades.

Boy Scouts seek assistance with their American Indian village project

Help a Bluffton Boy Scout become an American Indian this summer.

Members of the Bluffton Boy Scout Troop 256 seek some financial assistance for a sesquicentennial project they are involved with this summer, according to Gary Wetherill, assistant scoutmaster.

"The troop has been asked by the sesquicentennial committee to build and staff an American Indian village for the two weekends of the sesquicentennial celebration," Wetherill told The Icon.

Historical sesquicentennial "ball' planned June 25 at The Centre

Bluffton's historical sesquicentennial ball will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 25, at The Centre.

"Look through your wardrobe and find some period pieces or perhaps you can sew or rent a costume. Any era will do from the 186's through 2000.,"said Beverly Amstutz of the planning committee.

There will be an 1860 instrumental group, beautiful decorations, and dancing. Also refreshments and all for $10 per person.

"Ask your friends and relatives to attend this fabulous representation of an era from our past," she said.

Sesquicentennial art exhibit-contest; special women's program part of this summer's activities

With the schedule of Bluffton sesquicentennial now published, The Icon will continue to update viewers of specifics program information and opportunities that residents have to participate in these program.

For further information on any of the sesquicentennial contact Beverly Amstutz, director of the committee at 419-358-0334.

Here is The Icon's first installment of Bluffton sesquicentennial information in specific detail:

Community art exhibit

Calling all artists.