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Jaime Nuzum

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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ODOT work on SR 103 (Bentley Road) bridge coming

Work begins May 30 - bridge could close for up to 4 months

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation Interstate 75, State Route 103 will be affected at times for bridge deck replacements on Napoleon Road over Interstate 75, Beaverdam, and State Route 103 (Bentley Road) over Interstate 75, Bluffton. The following are upcoming impacts related to the project:

Bentley Road (state Route 103)

• Two bridges on Bentley Road (one over Interstate 75 and one over the railroad north of Interstate 75) will close May 30 for approximately four months.

Legion holds Memorial Day parade and program May 29

Chicken barbecue from 11:30 to 1 p.m.

Bluffton's Memorial Day observance is Monday, May 29. Here is information about the day from the Bluffton American Legion Post 382.
• Anyone wishing to be in the parade, be in line by 9:15 a.m.
• Time of the parade: 9:30 a.m.
• Parade line up: Bluffton town hall
• Ceremonies: Maple Grove Cemetery

• Memorial Day speaker: Tim Wilmetta, pastor of the Bluffton First United Methodist Church and chaplain for the 489th Civil Affairs Battalion, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Swiss society opens Schumacher homestead for tours

Saturdays in June, July and August

Beginning in June, and through the months of July and August, the Bluffton Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society will be open for self-guided or docent led tours every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Schumacher Homestead. 

Visitors will be able to tour the house, garden, summer kitchen, and workshop. 

In addition, the barn will be open on the last Saturday of each of the three months. Public admission to the Homestead is $5 per person; however, current members of the Society and children 16 and under are admitted free. 

Dumpsters at recycling center starting Friday

Spring clean-up for village residents runs through May 30

Spring clean-up for Village of Bluffton residents begins Friday, May 19.

Dumpsters will be located in the Spring Street recycling center, 455 N. Spring, from May 19 to May 30.

Items that may not be disposed of include hazardous material (motor oil, paint, ect.), vehicle batteries and tires.

Appliances that use Freon, such as refrigerators, will not be accepted unless the item is certified that the Freon has been legally removed and disposed of.

July 8 Ride to Remember online registration open

Third annual event offers bike routes from 2 to 112 miles

Online registration is now open for the third annual Ride to Remember, set for Saturday, July 8, in Bluffton.

The bicycle ride offers routes from 2 miles all the way to 112 miles.  Depending upon which bike route a rider takes, routes go from Bluffton through Rockport, Pandora, Gilboa, Benton Ridge, Rawson and Mt. Cory.

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.

Book ReViews donates 100 children's books

To Hilty Preschool and Child Care Program In collaboration with Bluffton Lions

Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., Bluffton, in collaboration with Bluffton Lions Club, recently donated 100 like-new children’s books to Hilty Preschool and Child Care Program at Hilty Home, Pandora.

The donation helps to celebrate the Lions Clubs International Centennial, according to Christina Walton, store manager and Bluffton Lion Club board member.

Big Bluffton weekend planned

Arts and crafts show, soccer tournament, bike rodeo, used book sale, farmers' market

Bluffton will be busy on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday is the 46th annual arts and crafts show on Main Street. The Friends of the Library used book sale concludes, Bluffton Farmers’ Market is open in the morning and a bike rodeo for youth takes place at the Buckeye park.

And, on Saturday and Sunday is the Bluffton Soccer Club two-day tournament at Bluffton University.

Mayor Augsburger provides state of the village update

During Friday's chamber breakfast

Judy Augsburger, Bluffton mayor, will provide a state of the village update during the Friday, May 12, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast, according to Phil Zimmerly, chamber director.

Breakfast is provided by The Dough Hook and is served from 7 to 7:30 a.m. in the third floor of the town hall. The meeting, sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, begins at 7:30 a.m.

Music is provided by Kristy's Music Studio and the coffee sponsor is Twisted Whisk Cafe, opening soon.

What can you do to protect water quality

Blanchard River Watershed Partnership offers some suggestions

Blanchard River Watershed Partnership provides some actions that all residents can take to protect water quality. The actions are spelled out in the current partnership newsletter.

The newsletter is attached at the bottom of this story.

Auxiliary donation goes toward UV-C Cleaning Robot

Used at Bluffton Hospital and at Findlay

BVH Auxiliary Presents Check to Hospital

The Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary held its annual volunteer recognition banquet April 27.

At the banquet, the Auxiliary presented a check for $220,000 to Blanchard Valley Hospital leadership. The donation will be used to purchase a second UV-C Cleaning Robot. In addition to the second robot, the gift will also be used toward the purchase of a sponge detection system.