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March 28, 2015


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Gardeners of Bluffton/Pandora to discuss composting April 7

The Gardeners of the Bluffton/Pandora Area will be talking about composting: what to use, and how to construct at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday April 7, at the Bluffton Public Library. Visitors are welcome.

Greg Probst named Bluffton Farmers' Market manager

Greg Probst will serve as manager of the Bluffton Farmers’ Market this year.

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment. This year the chamber took over the responsibilities of the popular downtown Saturday market. The market will enter its 11th season when it opens on Saturday, May 2.

What do you want to know about Suter's Produce? Answers given at Senior Center April dinner

Jerry Suter will share some of Suter’s Produce trade secrets with members of the Bluffton Senior Citizens during its April dinner meeting, according to Tonya Meyer, director. He is the guest speaker at the dinner meeting.

The dinner, at the Center, is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 13. Tickets are $7.50 and must be purchased by Wednesday, April 8. The dinner is catered by women of the Mt. Cory United Methodist Church. Roger Edwards is the master of ceremonies.

"A Night at the Museum" includes international display and famous people at Middle School April 1 - you are invited

Sixth and seventh graders at Bluffton Middle School have been working on a cross-curricular research project that will culminate in a fun evening of students presenting their findings to their families and community, according to Jackie Bourassa, teacher.  

She told the Icon: "The standards for both Language Arts and Social Studies require students to conduct a research project, gather relevant information from multiple sources, present information in a formal style and share it with an audience. 

Water Resource Plan details potential threats to Ada's drinking water

The following story was posted in Ada Icon in the interest of Bluffton viewers.

By Amy Eddings of Ada Icon
The latest phase of Ada's Water Resource Plan has identified scores of potential sources of contamination to the village's drinking water, including large-scale animal farms, crude oil pipelines and privately-owned injection wells.

Village Administrator Jim Meyer provided updates on the nine-year-old project for Ada’s Community Improvement Corporation during their meeting last Wednesday at Ohio Northern University.

Chamber invites sponsorships for June 27 fireworks

Fireworks will light up Bluffton’s nighttime sky as a pre-Fourth of July weekend celebration again this summer.

Bluffton fireworks, hosted by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, takes place the evening of Saturday, June 27, in the outdoor athletic field area of Bluffton University at the corner of Bentley and Augsburger roads.

The chamber currently seek donations from area businesses, industries, organizations and individuals to help support the fireworks.

It's time to think about Bluffton's downtown flower garden (this is where you come in)

When you think of Main Street Bluffton in the spring and summer do petunias come to mind? While it’s mid-March, it’s time to stop what you are doing and think about smelling the flowers.

According to Susie and Steve Stratton of Stratton Greenhouses, “This will be the ninth year for providing the potted plants on Main Street.”

To make this happen, according to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, Steve and Susie are asking for contributions to keep the program going. This year the sponsorships are $100 per pot.

Ride to Remember bike event meeting Saturday AM

A planning meeting is set for 9:45 a.m., Saturday, March 21, in the History Room of the Bluffton Public Library (main floor) for persons interested in volunteering for the Ride to Remember bicycling event planned in Bluffton on Saturday, July 11.

The Saturday, July 11, event offers short bike routes for families interested in biking together all the way to a 100-mile route for experienced riders.

Beth Bish, Bluffton Pediatrics, first place BCE Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition winner

Beth Bish, owner of Bluffton Pediatrics, LLC, is the first-place winner in the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs 2015 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, according to Brendon Matthews, BCE board president. This is the sixth year for the competition named in honor of former Bluffton entrepreneur, Ropp Triplett.

First place receives $4,000 in business-start up costs that may be spent over the next 18 months.

Alice Essinger, owner of Fresh Modern Fabric, Bluffton, is second place winner and recipient of $1,500 in business start-up costs.

About those yellow bags - fill them with canned food and the Scouts will pick them up

What are those yellow bags?

On March 15, Bluffton Boy Scout Troop 256 members placed yellow bags on the doors of Bluffton residents for the Scouting for Food drive, according to Mike Metzger, Bluffton Scoutmaster. 

"If you would like to contribute, please place non-perishible items in the bag and leave on your door step on Sunday March 22," he said.