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Pathway extension underway along North Bentley

Project involves five contractors to extend pathway from Richland Drive to Riley Street

Bluffton’s pedestrian and bike path way is moving ahead with its 2020 project, according to Richard Ramseyer, board chair.

This year’s project extends the North Bentley Road path from Richland Drive to Riley Street, on the east side of Bentley. Currently that area has no public sidewalks. This project involves five different contractors.

Bluffton pool now open to all swimmers

And, season passes now on sale

Bluffton Community Swimming Pool is now open to the general public – meaning an expansion from the initial limitation to Bluffton-only swimmers.

The decision to open the pool to the wider community came from the village park and recreation board late last week.

The decision came after assessing patron admissions in its first week of swimming.

The pool will still remain limited to 100 swimmers at a time and 125 persons in the pool area.

Check out the newest Ada-made Wilson football

It's the football with a brain

FROM ADA ICON - Check out the newest Wilson football.

It’s the ball with the brain. Wilson calls it the world’s first and only comprehensive connected football system. Watch the video with this story. (The footballs are made in Ada.)

Described in the video below this way:

Built for today's up-tempo RPO offenses, the GST Prime slows down the game so you can play faster. Easier to prep, see and pass, hear why coaches love the new GST Prime Football and its innovative technology. 

Watch Friday's chamber breakfast video here

Lots of community announcements on the video

If you missed Friday's Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce meeting, no problem. A video of the virtual meeting is attached below. This is the final meeting of the summer. The next meeting is in September.

Here's what you'll discover by watching the video:

Program: Staycationing panel disussion: -
    Chris Fetzer, Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District  
Ron Headings, Ride to Remember (Bluffton Lions) 
Raymond Harner, Bike Crazy LLC - Bike fun and safety
Jesse Blackburn, Village of Bluffton - Village parks and community pool

A video dive into local history

Swiss Historical Society creating weekly video tours of Schumacher homestead

Volunteer docents at the Schumacher Homestead, a property owned and operated by the Swiss Community Historical Society (SCHS) of Bluffton and Pandora, were disappointed when the historical facility was unable to open on schedule in early June.

You may watch the video of Gary Wetherill at the bottom of this story -

However, they decided that they show must go on and are now producing weekly video tours of the historical facility.

Program in place for 30 years

GROB welcomes 19 new apprentices on Monday

GROB welcomes 19 new apprentices on Monday, June 15. 

The GROB apprenticeship is a four-year program that combines on-the-job training, hands-on learning, and a company-paid college education through Rhodes State College. The addition of the 2020 apprenticeship class will bring the total number of current apprentices at GROB to 92.