October 22, 2014



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Bluffton's Fall Festival offers lots of family-oriented events Sept. 27

The Bluffton community’s 11th annual Fall Festival, with many family-oriented activities, takes place throughout the community on Saturday, Sept. 27, according to Daren Lee of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, who coordinates the festival.

Here’s the schedule:

Elizabeth Kelly leads care of cancer survivor workshop

Clergy, social workers, counselors, nurses, physicians and community health workers are invited to attend a workshop on providing psychosocial and spiritual care to cancer survivors from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 S. Main St., Findlay. Social work continuing education credits will be offered to those in attendance.

Morning Star cider press opens Wednesday; Suter corn maze opens Saturday

It is officially fall in Bluffton.

The Morning Star cider press will open on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The cider press is one of the oldest-continually operating businesses in the Bluffton-Pandora community.

Then on Saturday, Sept. 20, the Suter Produce corn maze, at the cider press, will open and attempt to get people lost in a field of corn. The maze is an annual Suter Produce tradition since 1999.


The cider press and corn maze are located at 8250 Road R, Pandora.

Saturday open house at Grob invites community to tour its state-of-the-art facility

Grob Systems of Bluffton invites the community to an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20.

The open house enables the community to learn more about Grob's products and workplace. The plant is at 1070 Navajo Drive, on the east side of Interstate 75.

Apollo Career Center offers services to community

Apollo Career Center's Garden Cafe will open for business Tuesday, September 23, and will serve lunch from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The all-you-can-eat buffet is $6 and includes a salad and hot bar with an assortment of desserts, and choice of beverage. The restaurant is student-run and designed to be a teaching lab as well as a restaurant. For reservations call 419.998.2945.

Coffee with a cop on Saturday - and you are invited

Coffee with a cop Saturday morning in Bluffton.

Law enforcement officials from the Bluffton Police Department, Allen County Sheriff, Lima Police Department and Shawnee Township Police, along with members of LACNIP, will come together in an informal gathering to discuss community issues, build relationships, and enjoy a free cup of McDonald’s coffee this weekend.

It all takes place starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Bluffton McDonald's restaurant, State Route 103.

Friends of Santa seek gifts for under-privileged youth

Each fall, Corey and Miranda Greer, formerly of Bluffton and now of Findlay, host a party designed to raise money, which provides Christmas gifts to under-privileged children registered with Friends of Santa.  Here's their information: www.friendsofsanta.org.

"A group of guys who I went to high school with, and their wives, congregate at our house for golf and to watch an Ohio State football game. We raffle tickets off to win door prizes and use 100 percent of the proceeds for the children," said Greer.

New flooring installed in third floor of town hall late September-early October

A new floor is coming to the third floor of the Bluffton town hall.

As a result of the spring water damage that occurred to the town hall a new floor overlay is required. The village has reserved the last week in September through the first week in October for Diller Flooring to install the new floor, according to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator.

“They are updating their previous estimate to include the installation of a sound dampening membrane under the proposed tile floor to reduce the noise infiltration on the second floor,” said Mehaffie.

BHS Football Moms invite groups to join Sept. 26 homecoming parade

The 2014 Bluffton High School Football Moms invite community groups to join this year's BHS homecoming parade, on Friday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m.

The parade forms at The Centre and Bluffton swimming pool on North Main Street and Snider Road at 5:15 p.m., and will end at Harmon Field on College Avenue.

Bluffton is rest stop on Horizontal Hundred bike event on Sunday

Bluffton is on the route of the Hancock Handlebars 44th annual Horizontal Hundred on Sunday, Sept. 7.

The event will bring hundreds of bicyclists through Bluffton. A rest stop for the bikers is at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church, according to Paul Craun of the organization.

This year’s event has rides of 20, 32, 62 and 100 miles. Bluffton is on the 100-mile route.

“Join us for one of the flattest rides in Ohio. Great ride for your first 100 mile “Century” attempt,” said Craun.