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May 22, 2018

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Nestled on a bend in the Upper Iowa River

Here's some photos of our vacation in Bluffton, Iowa

Ever visited Bluffton, Iowa 52101?

We have. And we have photos and a couple tee-shirts from Randy’s Campgrounds in Bluffton to prove it.

Earlier in this summer we settled on a vacation week in early September.

Where to take it?

First choice: St. Petersburg, Florida - where Mary spent her sophomore year in high school, while her father, Richard Pannabecker, was on a Bluffton College teaching sabbatical.

Second choice: Key West, Florida. We wanted to see why Hemmingway liked it.


Bluffton loves parades and you can enter this one

BHS homecoming parade is Friday, Sept. 22

Bluffton Football Moms invite participants to join the Friday, Sept. 22, Bluffton High School homecoming parade.

The parade forms at 5 p.m. at The Centre on North Main Street. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and passes through Main Street to Harmon Field on East College Avenue.

"All organizations, businesses and families are invited to participate," said Tracie Bricker. "Please use the Main Street entrance of The Centre for participant drop off and float entries."


Raffle of locally-created quilt benefits St. John's UCC missions

Tickets are now on sale for a “Let’s Be Civil” 91-by-103-inch quilt with proceeds going to St. John’s United Church of Christ local missions, which include the Bluffton Community Assistance Program food pantry.

The quilt was assembled by Connie Kempf and machine quilted by Forever In Stitches of Bluffton.

The quilt is created with Civil War-era fabrics, appearing as stars and Irish Chains. 

Tickets are six for $5 or 1 for $1. Persons wanting tickets may contact St. John’s UCC at 419-358-5641 or Kempf at 419-358-5173.

The drawing takes place on Jan. 2, 2018.


Bet you can't dribble a football

Here's the current message on the St. John's United Church of Christ message board.


Brauen's Gourds open house Sept. 2-3

Don and Jodi Brauen will host a fall open house for Brauen's Gourds on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3.

The open house is at their farm at 7140 Tom Fett Road, Bluffton. Hours are:
• Saturday, Sept. 2 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 3 - 1 to 4 p.m.



Friday night at Harmon Field

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