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March 23, 2019

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First National Bank introduces Kasasa as alternative to "mega" banks

First National Bank of Pandora asks consumers, "Do you Kasasa?" as it becomes the newest financial institution in Ohio to launch one of the country's most innovative financial products.

Kasasa is a new brand of free checking and savings accounts that pays consumers to use their account with what interests them most - high interest, automatic savings or digital downloads from iTunes or Amazon.com.

These accounts offer residents a better checking account option than the mega bank experience.


"Fast Five," (PG-13) showing at the Shannon May 13-19

"Fast Five," rated PG-13 is showing at the Shannon Theatre, Bluffton, May 13 through 19.

Shows are nightly at 7 and 9:30 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 and 4 p.m.


Preparations underway for BCE's third annual art auction

Preparation for Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs third annual art benefit auction has begun with a call to artists.

The event is an opportunity for artists to increase their visibility among local buyers. A 25 percent commission is returned to participating artists. The art auction is held at The Centre, Bluffton, on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Artists whose works are selected with be invited to attend the auction and dinner as a guest of BCE.

Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 28. A preview day will be held one week prior to the auction.


Applications now available for McDonald's MAC grants

Area teachers can now apply for a McDonald's MAC Grant, which offers financial support to help teachers Make Activities Count for their students.

Local McDonald's owner, Jerry Lewis, is offering this educational initiative to assist area elementary and middle school teachers.

"Recognizing that lessons often become more meaningful when demonstrated with hands-on experiences, McDonald's supplements regular classroom curriculum by supporting activities that the school's budget may not allow," said Lewis.


Bluffton's favorite spring and summer Saturday morning past time opens May 7 - the farmer's market

Bluffton's favorite spring and summer Saturday morning past time, the Bluffton Farmer's Market, launches its 2011 season on Saturday morning, May 7.

According to Peter Previte, market coordinator, the familiar downtown market will once again be located in the Citizens National Bank parking lot between the bank and the post office.

"We anticipate 17 vendors on Saturday," said Previte. "We have some new vendors this year, and once the season gets rolling customers may select from meat products, flowers, vegetables, jams, bread, pies, eggs, honey, you name it."


Mennonite Mutual Aid Society experienced growth in policyholder equity during 2010

Bluffton's oldest continually operating business, Mennonite Mutual Aid Society, held its 144th Annual meeting on April 30 and reorganized its board for 2011-12, according to Lynn Mohler, manager.

The insurance company, with headquarters at 208 S. Main St., Bluffton, reported assets in 2010 of $1,270,185 with 1,404 policies in force.

Current board members are, Paul King, Lawrence Matthews, Joe Saltzman, Jr., Dan Fultz, Del Gratz, E Keith Brauen, Larry Crates and Lori Goldsberry.