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June 30, 2016


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YFC pool parties continue in July and August

Bluffton-Pandora YFC weekly pool parties are underway at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, according to Jeremy Basinger.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer:

July 6
July 20
July 27
Aug. 3
Aug. 10
Aug. 17

Parties are open to next fall’s sixth graders through high school seniors. Admission is $3 each. Parties are from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

The July 6 party has the following extras: more games and prizes, ga-ga ball, corn hole and kan jam tournaments, YFC t-shirt tie-dye, outdoor movie and more.


Ohio Mennonite annual Relief Sale Aug. 5-6 in Wooster

The Ohio Mennonite Annual Relief Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster.

Food and booths open at 4 p.m. Friday, with the evening program at 6:30 p.m. Saturday begins with breakfast at 7 a.m., following by the 5K run and walk at 8 a.m., the woods, tool and art auction at 9 a.m., and the quilt auction at 10 a.m.


First National Firecracker Friday cookout July 1

It's cookout and you are invited.

First National Bank, 112 Cherry St., will hold its annual Independence Day Firecracker Friday cookout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 1.

The menu includes hot dogs, chips, drinks and more. The event is free and open to the public.


Register for Ride to Remember before June 30 and get in on the early-bird discount

Bluffton’s 2nd annual Ride to Remember bike ride on Saturday, July 16, offers several new features, according to the planning committee.

This year’s ride begins and ends at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool at Main and Snider Road, Bluffton.

Registrations are being accepted at www.ridetoremember.net. A ride flyer in an attachement at the bottom of this story.

The bike event offers several routes, including those for families wanting a biking experience together all the way to serious bikers wanting a 100-mile route.


Cars and coffee Saturday morning at Heated Vehicle Storage

The second Bluffton cars and coffee event of the season is from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 25, according to Tim Boutwell of Heated Vehicle Storage, 906 N. Main St.

“Cars and coffee is a gathers of auto enthusiasts where drivers congregation to enjoy a cup of coffee and kick tires,” said Boutwell. “There is something for everyone including classics, exotics, sports cars, luxury cars, imports and domestics.”

The event is open to the public. Coffee and pastries are provided by Common Grounds.

Door prizes are awarded every 15 minutes.


ONU Piano Camp accepting students ages 6 to 14

ONU's Piano Camp (July 25 - 29) is accepting registrations for pianists ages 6 - 14. 

Music can be used to tell stories of all kinds. From folk songs to symphonic poems, music can be a powerful language to communicate a narrative.

This year, our campers will explore composers who have told stories through their works. They also will learn ways of creating dramatic effects to tell a story at the piano.


Swiss Day June 26 - here's the schedule

The Swiss Community Historical Society will celebrate a prominent local farmer, entrepreneur and community servant at its annual June Swiss Day event, Sunday, June 26.

John U. Amstutz, who lived and worked in the late 19th and early 20th century, was a coffin-maker and undertaker for the local region.  

In addition, he provided a variety of community services from his property including a sorghum cane mill and press, a cider press, wood and metal-working shops, a clock shop and general store, a photography studio, and a weighing scale for produce loaded farm wagons.


Ada is Model A Ford capital of Ohio on Thursday - 40 cars in town

FROM ADA ICON - Watch for an invasion of Model A Fords in Ada on Thursday.

Ada will be visited by nearly 40 Model A Fords, ranging in model year from 1928 to 1931.

They will be on exhibit in the Ada depot parking lot and are part of an all-day celebration.

In cooperation with the Buy Ada First and Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, several activities are planned to entertain the visiting Model A drivers. Some of these activities are open to the public.


Summer ‘Family Day’ June 25 at The Quarry Farm

The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm, Pandora, is holding the Summer 2016 Family Day on Saturday, June 25, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


"Courage" theme of this weekend's Relay for Hope

It's all about courage.

This wekend's Bluffton Area Relay for Hope uses "courage" as its theme for activities held at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road on Friday and Saturday, June 24-25. Proceeds from the event assist the American Cancer Society.

This year's schedule is listed in an attachements at the bottom of this story.

Events begin on Friday at 4:30 p.m. with a drive thru on dine in lasagna dinner. That is followed by a survivor's meal at 5 p.m. and a silent auction.