August 21, 2014


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Bluffton chamber announces ambitious fall schedule; invites individuals to become members

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce has ambitious plans as it launches its 2014-15 year. In addition to annoucing these plans, the chamber extends an invitation to individuals to become a chamber member for $50 per year. Here is an overview of projects in the works this fall.

• Fall chamber events calendar
• List of chamber benefits and member application form
• List of  NOACC member benefits

Here's all the info you need for Bluffton Elementary this school year

Everything you need to know is here - if you are a parent, student or caregiver to a Bluffton elementary student. The following information is from the August elementary newsletter.

MEET THE TEACHER:  We will hold our “Meet the Teacher” on Friday, August 22nd, from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. in the elementary school. 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  The school supply list is posted on the school website.  Kindergarten student supplies will be furnished in their classrooms. 

Thunderstorms likely late afternoon and evening

This report from AEP:

A weather disturbance over Missouri will track toward Indiana today. Thunderstorms associated with the disturbance will encounter increasingly warm, unstable air over eastern Illinois and Indiana this afternoon.

AEP meteorologists expect a broken line of strong thunderstorms currently in western
Illinois to gradually intensify and expand northeast into I&M Power by late afternoon and 60
mile per hour wind gusts are likely with the most severe storms in the line. The storms will reach western Ohio this evening.

"A Matter of Balance," classes hosted at Senior Center

The Bluffton Senior Center will host classes on balance put on by the Area Agency on Aging.

"A Matter of Balance" can help reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falling. Classes will start Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Weather summary: Not the usual August, but we'll take it

It's not the August weather we are used to, but we'll take it: highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s and 60s.

Here's the daily weather summary so far in August, provided by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

United Way feature agency of the week: Weekday Christian Education

This is part of a series of stories featuring local organizations that received Bluffton, Beaverdam, United Way funding.

The Bluffton Release Time/Weekday Christian Education (RT/WCE) classes were introduced in the fall of 1924. The first teacher was Miss Ruth Yoder who had training and a master’s degree in religious education. She taught in the classroom for the grade school children at Bluffton.

Elementary PTO ready for the new school year

One of the most active support groups to Bluffton schools is the Elementary PTO. Here is an overview of their plans for the coming school year and a summary of activities performed last year. For more information contact Melissa Knauss, president, 419-659-5436 or tfknauss@hotmail.com.

Ready for a shower? How about one outside at night? It's the Perseid meteor shower

The 2014 Perseid meteor shower will peak between Aug. 10 and 13. A waning Gibbous Moon (the Moon's phase after a full moon) may make it harder for observers to see the shower.

This information is compliments of the website: timeanddate.com 


Despite this, astronomers suggest that observers try their luck to catch some Perseids before dawn on Aug. 11, 12 and 13.

Lincoln Highway Buy Way sale Thursday to Saturday (translation: more garage sales than you can possibly visit)

It’s a garage-saler’s dream.

The 2014 Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 7-9 is here. This is the 10th year for the sale that stretches across Ohio and touches the Icon viewing area big time.

The Ada community alone has 34 garage sales. For locations of those 34 sales, open the printer-friendly attachments at the bottom of this story.

• One attachment is a map of Ada and of Liberty Township. It shows registered garage sale locations.

Weather summary: It wasn't your normal July

It wasn’t your normal Bluffton July.

While the normal average July temperature is 72.8 degrees, this year’s average temperature was a cool 68.7 degrees.

July 2014 precipitation totaled 2.99 inches with the normal July average precipitation at 3.85 inches.

The high reading of the month was 88 on July 22 and the low was 48 on July 29. The accompanying chart lists the daily weather summaries, provided by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.