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Bluffton's favorite fall event: Fall Festival, Sept. 24

Bluffton’s favorite fall event, the Fall Festival, takes place here Saturday, Sept. 24.

This is the 13th annual Fall Festival, and it offers many family-oriented activities throughout the community, according to Daren Lee of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, who coordinates the festival.

Activities include an antique tractor show, lots of music and food, pony rides, inflatable bounce house, craft show and home expo, farmers’ market, historical exhibits, and horse and wagon rides between Mennonite Memorial Home and downtown.

Over 1,200 students enrolled in Bluffton schools; largest enrollment since 2002-03

By Greg Denecker, Bluffton school superintendent

Bluffton schools summer district newsletter was mailed to district residents eariler this week.  The following includes some of the information provided in the supertendent's column. The entire column is in the newsletter attached at the bottom.

On Monday, Aug. 29, we will welcome over 1,200 students into our district. This will be our largest enrollment since 2002-2003 school year. 

Here are your Bluffton elementary school forms

Attention parents of Bluffton elementary students.

Do you need a school form? These are each on the school website. You'll find:
• Bus pass form
• Kindergarten bus form 2016-17
• Medication form
• Records release
• Registration form
• Student vacation form
• Transportation form.

To download any of these forms, click here.

Ride to Remember donates approximately $3,000 to pedestrian-bike pathway project

Last month’s Ride to Remember bicycle ride, with over 150 riders, generated approximately $3,000 for the Bluffton Pedestrian and Bike Pathway project.

That total was announced at this year’s Aug. 22 wrap-up meeting of the ride planning committee.

This year’s ride increased in riders and amount donated as last year’s first-ever ride had 101 participants, generating approximately $1,600 to the pathway project.

Bluffton food pantry in needs of supplies

The Bluffton Area Food Pantry has distributed food and other essential supplies to approximately 50 area families this summer.

The panty’s supplies are running a bit low and could use some reinforcements, according to Ed Yeager, board president of the Bluffton Community Assistance Program.

Item may be delivered to St. John’s United Church of Christ. The next distribution day is Saturday, Sept. 17.

Temperatures in the 70s and 80s - that's more like it

Highs in 70s and 80s; lows in the 50s and 60s.

That's more like it. Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, provides the daily weather summary for the past seven days.

Details are on the attachment below.

TOPS invites new members for weight-loss support

Bluffton's TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss support group, meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., in St. John's United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton.

Persons are invited to join at anytime. Call Sue at 419-358-4168 for details.

Parkview Development launched on Monday

It wasn’t a conventional groundbreaking.

Parkview Development broke ground on Monday (Aug. 22), as the Three S Development Group used a 300g John Deere excavator, which gobbled up 3 cubic yards of ground in one bite.

Three S Development Group, LLC, owners Jeff, Derek and Dan Snyder, will begin immediately developing the site. Lots are now available for sale.

Chamber's map project created to help visitors find their way around town

Have you seen the maps?

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce recently installed the second of several Bluffton maps created in an effort to help visitors find their way around town.

More maps are in the works.  These will be placed in different areas of Bluffton. Each map is full color and is three by two feet.


1.37 inches of rain fell from Aug. 12-15

It rained!

According to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, over the period Aug. 12 to 15 1.37 inches were recorded.

Meanwhile, the temperatures have moved into the 80s from previous highs fo 90s.

For a weather summary covering Aug. 1 to Aug. 15 open the attachment.