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July 31, 2014


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Letter: I enjoy your book "A Good Place to Miss"


I've been browsing in "AGood Place To Miss" and having a fine time remembering my younger years. It was a great idea to compile it.

Phil Yost


Letter: Small business Saturday is a good time to think about what Bluffton offers

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As we get closer to Christmas and all that gift giving, many Americans are becoming more concerned with "buying American." In Bluffton, buying American comes easy. There is an e-mail out in cyberspace that says gift certificates to small businesses are a good way to buy locally.

Everyone gets their hair done or needs their oil changed. Who doesn't like a night out to eat or see a movie? We could all use more time at the Gym (BFR) or if money is really tight, a certificate to the grocery store or gas station would be appreciated.


Letter: Social Work Club exceeds goal of collecting 500 canned goods

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Bluffton University's Social Work Club would like to extend a gracious thank you for all who were involved in our Trick-or-Canning event.

This was an extremely successful event and we were able to exceed our goal of 500 items for the West Ohio Food Bank. We even received more nonperishable goods after our deadline!


Letter: I really enjoy the Icon


REALLY enjoy the Icon. Read it before the local paper. THANK YOU, too, for writing your book. I just want to read more! I limited my self to reading a small section every night before bed. Now that it is finished I feel it was a book that anyone who has lived or still live would enjoy.


Thank you from Bluffton Fire Department

Chief Jon Kinn and the members of the Bluffton Fire Department would like to express our deepest appreciation for all of the Bluffton community for attending our recent open house held at the fire station.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy our chili lunch and demonstrations throughout the day to help make the day a success. At the completion of the open house, we raffled off a quilt that was won by Linda Rumer. The proceeds from both the chili lunch and quilt raffle will be used for training and equipment costs.


Letter: Choral opportunity in remembrance of Earl Lehman

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Anyone who sang with Earl Lehman in the past is welcome and encouraged to join the Chancel Choir at First Mennonite Church in order to sing at his memorial service, which will be held on Friday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m.

The rehearsal will be on Wednesday evening, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Mennonite Church.

The choir will be singing Mendelssohn's "He Watching Over Israel" and Rutter's "For the Beauty of the Earth."


Letter: Group interested in having a Bluffton High School swim team

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The Bluffton Summer Swim Coaches have tried yet again (with no avail) to persuade the Bluffton Exempted School District to allow a High School Swim Team the ability to perform with the sponsorship (non-monetary or the like) of Bluffton Schools.

The major argument against the installation of a Swim Team was that the District cannot fund another Varsity Sport. Our intent was to create a club team which would not require a financial backing from the school.


Letter: Heros


My son wrote this last year for English class at Trinity Lutheran School in Jenera. I thought it was very appropriate for the 9/11 anniversary. I think people should read it and realize our heroes are not football or basketball stars. They are ordinary people like you and me. It brings a smile to my face every time I read it so I thought it should be shared with the Bluffton community.

Linda Strahm



Letter: Thanks to all who supported the downtown flower pots

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We at Stratton Greenhouses would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2011 Bluffton Beautification Project. Because of your generous contributions, we were able to add five additional pots to extend the flowers throughout the entire streetscape project.

This year has been an extreme challenge with the heat. We have been watering every other day since May and fertilizing once or twice a week. We have used 6,300 gallons of water.


Letter: Bluffton American Legion Post 382 lists and thanks sponsors of golf outing

The American Legion Post 382 Bluffton, Ohio would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous donation's for our 2nd annual golf tournament.

Without donors such as those listed below the Bluffton American Legion Post 382 would not be able to support our charities.

A special thank you to Richland Manor and Stratton's Auto for their above and beyond support of our golf outing.

Also a big thank you to the Bluffton Golf Course and to all of volunteers who helped make this golf outing such a big success.