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February 8, 2016

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Smith Realty announces two new residential listings

Smith Realty Professionals, 147 N. Main St., Bluffton, announce two new residential listings, according to Larry Smith.

103 Hawthorn Ct., Bluffton
The three-bedroom, ranch, has a $249,900 list price. Open the attachment below for more details. Contact Lorrinda Smith for details at 419-358-5450.

314 Lincoln St., Mt. Cory
The 1 1/2 story residence in the Cory-Rawson school district has a list price of $79,500. Contact Candace Myers for details at 419-358-4910. Open the attachment below for more details.


Citizens National Bank offers mobile banking for businesses on smartphones

Citizens National Bank now offers a service that provides mobile banking for businesses on smartphones.

This free service is available to any customer who uses Online for Business, CNB’s business online banking package. Authorized users can approve transactions, monitor accounts and even make mobile deposits.

Customers simply need to search the App Store or Google Play for “Citizens National Bank Business” and download the app, login with their current online banking credentials and begin banking.


Lu Lu's Diner owner: "We couldn't have asked for a better opening day"

“How exciting is this? Everyone is amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better opening day. We were busy all day.”

That’s how Justin Musil of Bluffton’s newest business, Lu Lu’s Diner, talked about the diner’s opening day on July 27.

The diner, at 114 E. College Ave., formerly housed Ideal Images. An earlier announcement of its arrival was reason for great conversation and anticipation in Bluffton.

Tom and Sheena Dotson, of Tommy Tires, own the building and are leasing it to Justin and Amy Musil of Elida.


They are making tortillas and tortilla chips in Ada

By Amy Eddings
FROM THE ADA ICON - After nearly three decades of watching others turn his corn into tortillas and tortilla chips, Hardin County farmer Denny Hensel is doing it himself, in Ada.

His Harvest Pride Tortilla Chips were featured in the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance’s annual Member Appreciation Day luncheon on Friday, at the chamber’s headquarters in Kenton. Chamber officials used the occasion to announce a new Farm-to-Table marketing initiative that they hope will spawn similar agribusiness efforts here.


Have outdoor grilling needs? Call The Dough Hook

Marlena Ballinger of The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., Bluffton, reminds viewers to get their outdoor grilling needs from The Dough Hook.

The Dough Hook
117 N. Main St.


First National Bank hosts Social Security Workshop Aug. 11

First National Bank and First National Financial Services will conduct a Social Security Workshop Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Findlay Inn and Suites, 200 E. Main Cross Street, Findlay.

The workshop features Matt Simpson from BlackRock, who will provide general education about Social Security benefits, strategies on how to receive Social Security benefits and will walk through individual options. The workshop is free, includes dinner, and is open to the public.


Shirley's expanding with fourth store - this one in Findlay

Fresh off its recent announcement of two franchise locations in the Toledo and Columbus areas, Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company announced that its fourth Ohio store will open in Findlay this fall.

Franchisees Jennifer and Jason Swartzlander, of Bluffton, will own and operate a store in the Interstate Plaza, just off of I-75 on Trenton Avenue in Findlay. They say their deep connections to the community, belief in the Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn concept, and an ideal location made them confident in joining the Shirley’s family of franchisees.


Firecracker Friday cookout at First National Bank

First National Bank celebrates July 4th one day early with its annual Firecracker Friday Cookout (on July 3). The cookout includes hot dogs, chips, drinks and more.

Open to the public, the cookout is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bank parking lot, 112 Cherry St., Bluffton.



Bluffton Farmers' Market vendor Anita Willow has a pie for you

500 pies a year.

That’s only an estimate of the number of pies Anita Willow, Bluffton Farmers’ Market vendor, bakes in a year. 

This is the 10th season as a Bluffton Farmers’ Market vendor for Willow of Arlington. 


What pie flavors might customers find - as these are in season or on a typical Saturday – at the market?

Here’s a sample list:


"Beat the Heat" sale underway at Stratton Greenhouses

Stratton's Greenhouses, 9915 Lincoln Highway, Bluffton, have a "Beat the Heat Sale," underway.

Susie Stratton asks: "Is your garden under water? Freshen things up with these specials."
• 10-inch hanging baskets - $10
• 12-inch hanging baskets - $15
• Burpee vegetables 4-inch and 6-inch pots (buy one, get one free)
• 209 carriers of Wave petunias - $6

Greenhouse hours:
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.