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June 28, 2017

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Here's a plate frequently seen on West College Avenue across from St. John's United Church of Christ. It belongs to Rev. Carol Clements, pastor of the church. It's on a grey-blue GMC Terrain.

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Bluffton's newest sign will carry our oldest year

Bluffton’s newest sign will carry our oldest year.

The village has contracted with Kohli and Kaliher Associates of Lima to provide the Ohio Department of Transportation with details, drawings and notes for a new sign on the Bentley Road – Interstate 75 overpass.

Cast in cement, the sign will read: “BLUFFTON est. 1861.”

According to the Lima firm, the letters will be formed into the concrete parapets (walls) and will be painted to stand out from the wall.

The price for this project is not to exceed $5,000. The formation of the sign might be in place by August.

Ride to Remember early-bird registration discount ends July 1

July 8 bike ride offers routes from 2 to 112 miles

Bicycle riders planning to participate in the third annual Bluffton Ride to Remember bike ride in July can save money by registering by July 1. The ride takes place Saturday, July 8.

Registration through July 1 is $20 for an individual, $15 for the second family member and $5 for each additional family member. After July 1 registration is an additional $5 per category.

The Ride supports bike and pedestrian path construction in Bluffton. The ride starts and ends at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.  A mass start for bikers is at 8 a.m.

Revolutionary War reenactor July Senior Center speaker

Rob Glenn will show his Revolutionary War reenactment uniform and weapons during the Monday, July 10, Bluffton Senior Citizens monthly dinner meeting at the Center.

Glenn will also talk about the reenactments that he has participated in.

The dinner is at 6 p.m. and tickets of $8 each must be purchased by July 5.

Pauline Klingler who turns 90 in July will receive her life membership into the association.

Several additional programs are held at the center in July. Open the attachment for the July newsletter.

Three apple pies that are works of art

Relay for Hope pie auction generates record-setting $2,014 for American Cancer Society

Would you like a piece of a $2,104 pie? If so, you’d need to taste 25 different pies, but for pie lover that would be perfect.

This past Friday’s Bluffton Relay for Hope’s pie auction generated $2,104 for the cause. Dave Warren was auctioneer of the pie event with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Jeff Stratton and Matthew Gillett were pie contest judges and after sampling the 25 enter pies decided on these three winners:

Lions plant three trees and bushes at Trail Head Park

Three large trees and three bushes were added to the grounds of the Lions Way Trail Head Park this spring by the Bluffton Lions Club.

Those helping with the planting were Colleen Lazar, Arliss Plaugher, Gene Long, Dick Ramseyer and Christina Walton.

The Lions Club has several other programs underway this summer. Those are explained in June newsletter attached to this story.

July 23 Green home tour hosted by Transition Bluffton

Three area homes on the tour

Transition Bluffton hosts a Green Home Tour from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 23, according to Peter Badertscher.

Three homes in the Bluffton area are featured. Visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes on the 12-mile route; a prize drawing will be held for those who collect colored tickets at all three locations.

The tour showcases homes in the Bluffton area that emphasize energy efficiency and sustainable building.

Tour organizers explain, “It might be through clever design, technology, or just plain hard work, but it's inspiring to see what others have done.”

Wie gehts!

Swiss Day brings out the best in local heritage

Wie gehts! or Vie gehts, or "how goes it?"

The Swiss Community Historical Society’s annual Swiss Day is Sunday, June 25, according to Gary Wetherill, president of the society.

This year’s event includes:
• 12:30 p.m. potluck at Ebenezer Mennonite Church
• 2:30 p.m. program – “Letters from the Swiss Settlement 1840-1860.”
• Following the program – Schumacher homestead open house

Here's ODOT construction projects in Allen County

Here's Allen County's ODOT repair schedule:

Pavement repairs
U.S. 30 westbound, just east of state Route 309, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge deck repair one day of the week, likely Monday, June 26, weather permitting. Work is being performed by ODOT roadway services.

Pavement repairs will reduce traffic to one lane through the work zone at the following locations. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage:

State Medical Board suspends license of Bluffton rheumatology physician

Dr. James Alan Gideon, M.D, Bluffton rheumatology and internal medicine physician, whose office is at 132 Garau St., has been suspended from medical practice and surgery after he admitted to sexual misconduct with patients.

The State Medical Board of Ohio has banned him from medical and surgery practice until it holds a hearing on his case. No hearing date has been set.

The suspension follows a June 14 board meeting where members determined that Dr. Gideon had violated a section of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Ride to Remember keeps bikers chuckling

Burma-Shave style signs pop up along the routes

This year’s third annual Ride to Remember takes place on Saturday, July 8. Registration is at Bluffton Family Recreation and bikers may opt for several routes covering 2 miles all the way to 112 miles.

There’s never a dull moment for Ride to Remember bikers.

With the help of some clever statements – remember Burma-Shave signs? – bike riders will find many chuckles along bike routes.

“Boomer” bikers will understand; younger bikers will catch on quickly.

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