September 30, 2014


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Community meals at Senior Center on Oct. 2 and 16

Two community meals are planned in October. Both are at 6 p.m. at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.

The October 2 meal will be served by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. The October 16  meal will be served by St. John's United Church of Christ. Meals are open to the public with no admission charge. Donations are accepted and go to the Bluffton Food Pantry.


BFR Sports and Fitness indoor soccer and girls' volleyball tourney registration underway

Indoor Soccer League Session I
BFR Sports & Fitness has opened registration for its 2014 Indoor Soccer League. The registration deadline for Session 1 is Friday, Oct. 24.

If teams register before Friday, Oct 10, those teams will be given an option to reserve the arena for a free practice session. Fee is $400 per team with a $50 deposit due at registration. Call 419-358-4150 to reserve a spot.


Here's the fall festival schedule at Swiss Homestead on Saturday

The annual Swiss Community Historical Society Fall Festival at the Homestead will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8350 Bixel Road.  

The restored Schumacher House, 1840’s garden, barn, workshop, and summer kitchen will all be open for self-guided tours. Demonstrations of 19th-century handcrafts, horse plowing, hand milking, and other activities will be offered all day. Musical groups will perform and soup, bread, cheese, cider and popcorn will be available for a donation.


Book ReViews host to genealogy and family history roundtable discussion Saturday

Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., Bluffton, will hold a genealogy and family history roundtable discussion with Joanne Vercler Niswander from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, according to Dr. Christina Walton, manager.

"Discover more about genealogy, also called family history, the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history in this roundtable discussion of methods used by Joanne Niswander, author of four books on family research," said Walton.


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.