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April 27, 2015


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Bluffton host to one of six OHSAA discussion meetings on April 28

Annual referendum voting period is May 1-15,
with six meetings scheduled around Ohio
to discuss ballot items and other current topics

Bluffton hosts one of six athletic discussion meetings sponsored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) that review the items on which member schools will vote in May.

The meeting take place at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, at The Centre at Bluffton.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s annual referendum voting period is May 1-15.

175th anniversary of Swiss Mennonite initial congregation observed this summer

This summer marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of the first Mennonite church in the Bluffton and Pandora communities. 

Several events will commemorate the anniversary. The Swiss Community Historical Society of Bluffton and Pandora is the sponsor of the celebration.

The Icon will provide historical material, which retells the story of these early pioneers. This is the first installment.

Chamber prepares for Bluffton Farmers' Market opening on May 2

As May 2 approaches final plans are being put into place for this year’s Bluffton Farmers’ Market, according to Greg Probst, manager.

This is the 11th year for the market and the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will oversee the Saturday morning market for the first time in several seasons this year.

Here are some of the market details:
• First day is Saturday, May 2. The market will run each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Citizens National Bank parking lot.

PrayerFlight, which started in Bluffton, meets its "50 Capitals" goal

PrayerFlight, a program that started in Bluffton, recently announced that it met its goal of “50 Capitals."  

This effort was begun by a group of pilots and prayer warriors at the Bluffton Airport.

Here's the story:

Saturday's Arbor Day celebration includes planting of three trees at Shannon Cemetery

Tree planting for Bluffton's Arbor Day 2015 will highlight the Shannon Cemetery Park project, according to Joanne Antibus, of the Bluffton Tree Commission.

The celebration takes place at the cemetery on Jefferson Street at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 25. It is open to the public.

Bluffton Tree Commission members will enhancing this native woodland environment with the planting of three native trees:
• Pin Oak,
• American Elm (Dutch Elm resistant variety) and a
• Sugar Maple.

"Big Andy" tagged trout number 1 at 71st trout derby May 3

Anglers at the 71st annual Bluffton trout derby will be aiming for “Big Andy,” the number one trout named so in honor of Andy Herrmann, longtime Bluffton Sportsmen’s Club director.

The trout derby will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Buckeye Quarry, Main St., Bluffton. The derby includes more than 200 tagged trout with prizes to be awarded. Additional prizes will be awarded to the person who catches the longest trout and the person catching the first trout limit of four.

Dumpsters at recycle center May 16-25

Bluffton village spring clean-up takes place Saturday, May 16, and continues through Monday, May 25.

Dumpstsers will be located at the Spring Street recycle center during this period. Items that may not be disposed of include hazardous materials including motor oils, paint vehilcle batteries and tires.

Appliances that use Freon, such as refrigerators, will not be accepted unless these items are certified that the Freon has been legally removed and disposed of.

Public invited to view prom decorations Saturday night

The Bluffton High School prom will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 8-11 p.m.at The Centre.

The theme this year is "Red Carpet Premiere." The public is invited to tour The Centre from 6:45-7:15 p.m.

Some GOBA bikers looking for overnight stay in area homes

Sunday, June 21, the GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure) comes to Bluffton for an overnight stay. The estimate of the total number of bikers is around 2,500. Most of these bikers will tent on the Bluffton University campus or sleep in Burcky Gym.