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Letter: Some information about 1965 tornado cleanup by NYC Jewish youth

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Here are some recollections about the April 11, 1965, Palm Sunday tornado from Icon viewer and former Bluffton resident, Anne McGinnis Parker.


Bluffton area was declared a disaster area by the federal government. Unfortunately, the declaration was not accompanied by funds. Mutual Insurance companies were left bankrupt by the many claims. A small sum from the State of Ohio was far from enough to repair the wide-spread damage.


Letter: 50th anniversary celebration of BHS street painting this year

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the "Painting of the Street" in front of the high school.  As one of the original "artists" I'm considering getting the band back together. We could just show up that day and enjoy the tradition that it has become; from it humble and clandestine beginnings.

I do not know the date of this year's festivities.  Can yIcon viewers help me with that?  Also, I have not mentioned this to the other band members.

Thanks for your help.


Senior Center thanks Forever in Stitches

The Bluffton Senior Center would like to thank Forever In Stitches and Rick and Ruth Grihalva for the very generous donation of a Pfaff hobby 1022 sewing machine. This great donation valued over $100.00 will be used during Deb Beer’s Sewing Workshops at the Senior Center were members learn to make new items which are then sold in the Senior Center gift store. March 11 will be the next workshop where the machine will get plenty of use making oven mitts. If you have any questions about Deb’s Sewing Workshops, contact Deb mornings at the Senior Center, 419-358-8971.


Letter: Legion thanks United Methodist Church

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All members of the Bluffton American Legion Post 382 would like to thank Pastor Kim Miller and the congregation of the Bluffton First United Methodist church for honoring the Four Chaplains who so bravely gave their all for their Country, in a ceremony Feb. 1, 2015

Chaplain Donald Rock, Sam Reineke and Jerry Cupples led the services for the American Legion.

Again, Thank You to Pastor Kim Miller and the congregation for honoring all service men and women who have given their all for our Country.


Letter: Library thanks all sponsors, donors and supports in 2014

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The Bluffton Public Library wishes to thank the wonderful patrons, community members and businesses who sponsored, donated time and gifts, and supported the library during 2014 - through your generosity we are able to offer successful programs which encourage reading, education, and community awareness. 

We had wonderful programs and presentations which helped the community discover new things (and revisit old classics) which were provided by:


Letter: Did you know there are rails under Main Street?

Note: This letter is in response to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce's program on the Dixie Highway Centennial on Friday, Jan. 9.

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Did you know the rails ran right down the center on Main St? I grew on 668 S Main in the 1920s, Watching for the trains was a big excitement. Played 'hide and seek' running with the freight car across the street to a new destination.Watched for the group of new cars being driven from Detroit to unknown. What wonderful memories!


Letter: Some additional thoughts about Old Man Bluffton


Nice story on old man Bluffton.So start a list/a section. Things to work on to improve divided by sections. In any town there are a lot of small things that can be done to make things better.

• Easy/inexpensive things to change

• More difficult things to change to improve

• Grand plans/strategies:  Long term goals

• Let residents have their input and recommendations.

Keep track of what they recommend and what is accomplished.  Keep chipping
away on the list.


Letter: Thanks to all those volunteers who helped set up the Ream display

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The Village Cultural Affairs Committee would like to thank the following volunteers who assisted in placing the Ream Holiday Folk Art cutouts on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.


Letter: American Legion hosts several Veterans Day services

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The Bluffton American Legion Post 382 will be holding services at Richland Manor, the Mennonite Home in Bluffton and  Maple Crest on Veterans Day.  

Larry Core, Tom and Cheryl Craig will be demonstrating to all 4th graders how the American Flag should be folded and Mrs. Craig will tell what each fold of the flag means.  


Fair Trade jewelry party Oct. 24 at public library

Dear Friends

Please support Fair Trade in Bluffton and encourage community members to attend planned programs to raise awareness.

This Friday, October 24th between 11:00am and 1:00pm the library will partner with Ten Thousand Villages to host a special Fair Trade Jewelery Party.

Esther Birkey
Youth Services Coordinator
Bluffton Public Library