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January 23, 2021

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Dr. Howard Shelly tells about starting his general practice in 1957

I was new and modern, so I was going to have people call for appointments

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Dr. Howard Shelly remembers – Dr. Rodabaugh and Dr. Travis, the two general practitioners in Bluffton, were both were good to us. Dr. Rodabaugh took me under his wing and I took my internship at Memorial Hospital in Lima.

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The 1950s were dangerous times for kids growing up in Bluffton

Rudi Steiner remembers the 1950s

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Rudi Steiner remembers Bluffton in the 1950s – The 1950s were dangerous times for kids growing up in Bluffton.

We grew up in homes and went to school in buildings painted with lead paint and floors covered with asbestos tiles. The air we breathed was filled with smoke from houses heated by Little Joe, Black Star, Jewel and Pocahontas lump coal.

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How can a guy from a place called Zelienople have so many friends in a place called Bluffton?

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Column about Don Schweingruber – How can a guy from a place called Zelienople have so many friends in a place called Bluffton?

That guy, let’s call him “The Donald” – he would have thought it funny – showed up here about the time Nixon was in the White House.

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Gregg Luginbuhl played basketball with the artistic ability that he threw pottery

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Portion of a column on Gregg Luginbuhl - A little sports explanation. Gregg played basketball with the artistic ability that he threw pottery.

Point in fact: he had natural athletic ability. He could dribble a basketball in the middle of a crowd and escape with ball in hand. Try it. You’ll probably fail. He didn’t.

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The late Robert Kreider provides 15 images of Riley Creek from the 1930s

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The late Robert Kreider provided 15 images of Riley Creek that he remembered while growing up in Bluffton in the 1930s. Here are five of those images:

• Told of a tribe of gypsies camping along the creek for a day under a weeping willow tree, fashioning chairs and baskets from the willowy branches.

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Dave Essinger on a winter liminal - no one knows I am here

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Dave Essinger shares his experience walking in the Bluffton University Nature Preserve: Winter Liminal - No one knows I am here.

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