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May 29, 2016


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Karen Fredritz turns on the "open" sign for Bluffton Barbers

Note: Two new businesses opened last week in the former Hopscotch Magazine and earlier, Bluffton News office, at 103 N. Main St.  They are Bluffton Barbers, featured here, and Studio Silhouette. Click here for that story. 
Karen Fredritz turned on the “open” sign in her barbershop for the first time on Friday.


Studio Silhouette brings new retail options to Main Street

Rachel Davis fulfilled a dream this month by moving her business from her home to Main Street.


Bluffton residents Scott - Banman's Talk in a Box game at Book Reviews' Saturday event

Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., celebrates Valentine’s Day all month with two special events plus a book discount, according to Dr. Christina Walton, store manager.

•  The creators of the game, “Talk in a Box,” Saturday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
• Jenny Frankart of Rustic Bendz, Saturday, Feb. 13,  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Feb. 6 event
Stan Scott and his wife, Nancy Banman of Bluffton, created a game that involves “more than small talk…talk that matters.” 


Best Friend's Day all month at Polished

It's "Best Friend's Day" all month at Polished Nails and Body Salon, 417 N. Main St., Bluffton.

Joan Frederick says that means there a 10 percent off opportunity for friends. Call or stop in at Polished for details at 419-358-0001.


Citizens National Bank named Bank of the Year by Ohio Statewide Development Corp.

Citizens National Bank was recently named Bank of the Year by the Ohio Statewide Development Corp. (OSDC), according to Michael Romey, CNB president and CEO.


New owners for Fortman Insurance, and company stays in the family

Jonathan Fortman and Zachary Fortman, sons of John and Catherine Fortman, recently purchased the Ottawa and Bluffton businesses of Fortman Insurance Services. 
Company founders, John and Catherine, will continue to stay active in the business. 
John Fortman started Fortman Insurance Services in November 1978, and his wife, Catherine, joined him in 1982.


Local Union 776 assists family of child stricken with cancer

The apprentices of Plumbers, Pipefitters & Service Technicians Local Union 776 along with a number of volunteers in the community are helping to update a Lima area home for the family of a child with cancer.

10-year-old Brandon Schindler was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes or MDS in March 2014. Brandon has undergone a bone marrow transplant and is now receiving treatments to stop his body from rejecting the new cells. Before he can return home from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital later this year, his Shawnee Township home must be germ free.


Shirley's celebrates National Popcorn Day Jan. 23 with several activities

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn is celebrating National Popcorn Day, with several activities on Saturday, Jan. 23, according to Peter Suter.

These include:
• Free theatre-style popcorn for everyone
• All bags of popcorn are Buy-One-Get-One free (equal or lesser value, limit 2)
• Employee popcorn cook-off

"Our associates are teaming in the store up to compete with their own flavor creations and you help determine the winner," said Suter.


Second floor, maybe third

A close-up photo of this scene is on the home page with the question, "where are these men working?" 

With this photo in view, it's now obvious that they are on the construction crew at the addition to Diamond Manufacturing on East Jefferson Street.


January True Value bargains of the month - bird seed, batteries, LED bulbs, gas cans

Jeff Kantner of Family True Value Hardware, 109 N. Main St., Bluffton, announces the store's January bargains of the month.

These include:
• Your choice, either 20-pound black oil sunflower bird seed,
   or 40-pound wild bird food, $9.99

• 2-gallon, 6-ounce, palastic gas can, $7.99

• Your choice, either 16-pack AA or AAA alkaline batteries,
   or 4-pack 9 volt alkaline batteries and 8-pack C or D alkaline batteries, $10.99

• Your choice, either 2-pack, 7.5 watts, or 13 watts LED bulbs, $5.99