August 20, 2014


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Bluffton Area Relay for Life starts tonight- here's the schedule

The Bluffton Area Relay for Life begins at 6 pm. tonight with an opening ceremony at the Bluffton University football stadium.


Ka-BOOM! Fireworks return to Bluffton June 28 after a one-year absence

After a one-year absence, fireworks are returning to Bluffton.

The free community display takes place at dusk, which is approximately 9:30 p.m., Saturday, June 28, at the Bluffton University football stadium.

In addition to the fireworks, the Bluffton-Beaverdam-Richland Township United Way will sell 50/50 raffle tickets. The drawing for the 50/50 winner takes place at the stadium prior to the fireworks getting underway.

June's daily weather summary


Here’s the June daily weather summary provided by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer. The summary is in the attachment at the bottom of this story.

How many vehicles can you fit on Main Street and side streets in Bluffton? How about 220

220 cars, tractors, golf carts, fire trucks. In case you counted.

That's the number of vehicles on Main, Elm Church and Cherry Street on Friday, according to Denny Morrison, director of the 47th annual Bluffton Lions Club Festival of Wheels. 

Tom Selhorst of Columbus Grove went home with the best of show trophy. He entered his red 1967 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Cutlass.

Other winners were:

Property valued at $50,000 on Commerce Lane gifted to Village of Bluffton

The Village of Bluffton is the new owner of property between Taco Bell and Comfort Inn. The land was presented to the village as a gift valued at $50,000 from its owner, George Kentris of Findlay.

Richard Ramseyer, president of the Bluffton Pedestrian and Bike Pathway steering committee and a member of the Bluffton Lions Foundation, made the announcement during the June 13 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Ramseyer handed the deed of the property on behalf of Kentris to Mitch Kingsley, who represented the village at the breakfast.

Those car fins seem to get longer each year: Fest of Wheels downtown Friday

One of Bluffton's signature summer events - 47th Bluffton Lions Club Festival of Wheels Cruise-In takes place on Main Street Friday.

The show includes antique cars, classic cars, golf carts, tractors, fire engines, motor cycles, Cushman's plus an arts and crafts area.

Weather summary: It feels like June

Here’s the weather summary for the area provided by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer. Open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Lots of sports camps starting at BFR

In mid-June BFR begins sport programs and camps, including tennis, basketball, t-ball, volleyball, field hockey and soccer. A family scavenger hunt and pre-school adventure camp are also scheduled.

June 16 is the start date for summer tennis lessons at BFR. Youth entering grade 2 or above are invited to register for the 6 week lesson package. Tennis groups are assigned based on skill levels; classes meet on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Cost varies depending on the level ($55-70).

Still time to sponsor a Main Street flag

There is still time to sponsor a flag flying on Bluffton’s Main Street this summer.  The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. (Sharing Hopes And Nourishing Needs Of Neighbors) Service Club of Bluffton is accepting donations for the Main Street Flag Fund.

With each donation of $25, you may name someone who you wish to honor or memorialize. For more information, or to request a flag form, call Duane Bollenbacher at 419-358-7365.  The names of donors and those people honored or memorialized will be recognized this summer through several  outlets.

Summer strings program starts June 10

Bluffton stringed instrument players will be in tune this summer as the summer strings program gets underway later this month, according to Rachael Lewis, teacher.


The program begins on Tuesday, June 10, and continues on Tuesday, July 1, July 8 and July 15. (No strings on June 17 or 24.)