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August 18, 2019

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Saturday is Ada's Farmers and Merchants Picnic

Parade, tractor pull, kid's games, food, entertainment

FROM ADA ICON - It’s the second weekend of August. That means it’s time for the Farmers and Merchants Picnic. This year is the 106th annual picnic, held at the Ada park. And, as always, the schedule is full of family-oriented activities.


Stop and view the flowers

In bloom this month in the Ada railroad depot park

FROM ADA ICON - How does your garden grow?

A garden in Ada this summer puts on a one-of-a-kind show this month. It’s in the historic Ada railroad depot park on Main Street.

Certainly worth a trip to Ada, despite that it lacks silver bells, cockleshells and pretty maids all in a row. The flowers in bloom are inspiring. You'll find daylillies, rudbeckia, hydrangea, vinca, blue-eyed Mary, coneflowers, celosia, a red hibiscus and several unidentified beauties.


Meet the cast

“Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" performed next Friday-Saturday-Sunday

THE CAST: front from left, Fred Rodabaugh, Pat Rodabaugh, Sarah Lehman, Kara Zink, Heidi Steiner and Christy Garmatter. Standing from left, Everett Collier, Sam Brauen, Kevin Gratz, Jim Rieman, Dave Brauen and Randy Garmatter.

There's still time to get your tickets for  “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas," performed by the Ebenezer Drama Ensemble Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11.


August community meals set

Two free meals, open to the public, are set at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center in August. 

The meals are at 6 p.m.,Thursday, Aug. 1, hosted by S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club, and at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, hosted by Emmanuel United Church of Christ

The center is located at 132 N. Main St., Bluffton.



Summerfest's 1-K returns on Aug. 10

(That's 3,280 feet for a good cause - all proceeds go to BFR)

You remember last year's first-ever Summerfest 1-K, right?

It returns at noon, Saturday, Aug. 10, bigger and better than ever, according to Derek Dukes and Brandon Falk, the creators of the event.

CLICK HERE to register.


Invitation to community discussion Tuesday eveining

Transition Bluffton event at Buckeye park

Transition Bluffton invites the community to the Buckeye park at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, for an evening of fun and discussion. 

Bring any abundance of vegetables you would like to trade or share.  Join in a discussion about Robin Kimmerer's Potawatomi ideal of Honorable Harvest set forth in her book, Braiding Sweetgrass. "Let's explore what following such an ideal would mean for you, your neighbors and the community at large,”said Peter Badertscher of Transition Bluffton.