September 19, 2014


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PTO bake sale during Sept. 22 open house

The Bluffto PTO will hold a bake sale at the elementary from 6 to 7 p.m. during the Sept. 22 open house, according to Melissa Knauss of the PTO

"The PTO committee will be selling baked goods by donation. Anyone, who wishes to donate a baked good, can drop it off at the school on Monday, during school hours, and place in the teachers' lounge, or just bring the baked good to the start of open house at 6 p.m. that evening," she said.  


Andromeda Galaxy star party Friday at ONU Observatory

Interested in star gazing? Ohio Northern University's Observatory will hold a star party celebrating galaxies -- in particular, The Andromeda Galaxy -- on Friday, Sept 19 between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.


Ada Harvest and Herb Fest' on Saturday

It’s a downtown festival in Ada on Saturday.

It’s the 29th anniversary Ada Area Chamber of Commerce Harvest and Herb Festival. Over 175 booths with offer their products, stretching from Quest Federal Credit Union on the north to the Disciples of Christ Church on the south.

Here’s what’s in store during the day:
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. booth display open
• 10 a.m. Main Street parade


Lincoln Highway chapter meets Sept. 16

The September meeting of the Western Ohio Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Van Wert County Historical Museum, 602 N. Washington St., Van Wert.

After dinner at 6 p.m., a history of the museum will be presented and guests will tour the collection.  Suggested donation for the dinner is $6.00. The public is invited.


Bluffton Bucs bake sale and raffle Sept. 13

Bluffton Bucs midget football team will hold a bake sale on Saturday. The event is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 13, in front of Chase bank on Main Street. The bake sale will also include several raffle items from local businesses.




Brauen's gourds open house this weekend

Brauen's Gourds will have a fall open house on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Don and Jodi Brauen, 7140 Tom Fett Road, Bluffton, have hundreds of seasonal decorative gourds for sale.

An attachment to this story shows additional photos.


Runners on your mark! BFR 5K Aug. 30

There's still time to enter BFR Sports and Fitness 5K Run or Walk, which features a Pump and Run on Saturday, Aug. 30.



The race course: begins and ends at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton. 


Sept. 2 tree walk allows you to learn about campus trees

On Tuesday, September 2, gardeners of the Bluffton-Pandora area will meet for a tree walk presented by Joanne Antibus. Join the Club at 6:30 p.m. in front of Bluffton University's Marbeck Center to discover the campus's variety of trees and learn of their attributes and benefits.

The public is invited to attend: parking is available off Elm Street at the university gymnasium.


Town Hall Concert Series opens Wednesday evening

The Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series for 2014-15 will launch with a performance by Andru Bemis and Tomo Brosseau at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the town hall, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick.

There will be an opening act by Sam Stuckey, of Bluffton University.

Here's what Wendy says about the performers:

"Andru has performed in Bluffton several times, and his musicianship, unique sound and songwriting genius keeps him one of our all-time favorite performers.


Labor Day Weekend 5K and Pump 'n Run planned Aug. 30

Competitive and recreational runners are welcome to participate in the annual 5K Run/Walk held by BFR on Saturday, Aug. 30. 

The Labor Day weekend event will include a 5K road race/walk, a Pump n Run Challenge and a Fun Run. The 5K course begins at BFR and ends at the Buckeye Park and is a measured 3.1 distance over fairly flat, paved surfaces.