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August 3, 2015


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M and M Veggies: Brother and sister farmers' market team

It started out as a way to supplement the cost of college tuition. It did that and is now a successful and popular Bluffton Farmers’ Market vendor.

M and M Veggies, a Saturday morning farmers’ market fixture, is owned by brother and sister-team Mark and Meredith Bixel of rural Bluffton.


This is their ninth year in the Bluffton market for Meredith and the fifth year for Mark.


71 years after graduating from BHS, the class of 1944 still gets together

They graduated from Bluffton High School 71 years ago.

• In 1944 the average cost of new house was $3,450.
• The average wages per year were $2,400.
• The cost of a gallon of gas was 15 cents.
• The average cost to rent a house was  $50 per month.
• The cost of a loaf of bread 10 cents.
• D-Day took place a few weeks after they graduated.
• The number one pop tune was "Swinging On A Star," by Bing Crosby


Everett Collier brings the Ride Across America to Bluffton for a day

7 p.m. program at First Mennonite Church, open to the public, enables bikers to share their stories.

Bluffton is Wednesday’s stop on the 2015 cross-country Fuller Center Bike Adventure: Ride Across America.

Nearly 50 bicyclists will pedal into town mid-morning from Winchester, Indiana, where they spent yesterday. The trip covers about 90 miles. They will be in Bluffton overnight.

Their Bluffton visit is thanks to Everett Collier, who rode the 2014 adventure from coast to coast.


American Legion installs new officers on July 6

The Bluffton American Legion Post 382 held a banquet for members and their spouses July 6.


Following the dinner James W. Campbell, Department Commander of the American Legion of Ohio, swore in officers of the Post for 2015-2016.

Members sworn in are from left, Fred Rodabaugh, Thom Craig, Mike Zimmerman, Bob Amstutz, Department Commander James W. Campbell, Ed Amstutz, Sam Reineke, Donald Rock, Morris Groman, Tom Benroth and Dennis Morrison.


Bluffton Seniors to award life membership to Jean Snyder

Jean Snyder will receive a life membership into the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association during the Monday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. dinner meeting. Jean turns 90 this month.

The Aug. 10 program is about the centennial year of the Dixie Highway, that once included Main Street Bluffton.

For details on the dinner and lots of other August events at the Center, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Gardeners to tour Brauen's gourd farm Aug. 4

Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will tour Don and Jody Brauen’s gourd growing and crafting farm business at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Details about the tour are in the August Edelweiss News, the club newsletter, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


$100,000 scholarship goes to PGHS's Olivia Velasquez

A Pandora-Gilboa High School graduate is headed to Harvard thanks to a $100,000 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship.

Olivia Velasquez, the 2015 PG valedictorian, is the scholarship recipient. She is the daughter of Rick and Amy Velasquez of Gilboa. She is one of only four students to receive the national scholarship.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and Jerry Lewis McDonald’s representatives presented Velasquez in a formal ceremony last week in the Ottawa McDonald’s.


American Heritage Girls Troop finishes first full year

Bluffton’s American Heritage Girls Troop OH2505 finished their first full year in May. 

This photo, taken at the May awards ceremony, includes,fFront row, left to right: Kya Hixon, Kynzie Ewing, Kaylee Fensler, Aubrey Clevidence, Grace Lemley, Eliana Hixon.

Back row, left to right: Zoe Shank, Abbie Lemley, Adelaide Kinn and Ivy Augsburger

They recently took advantage of one of the recent rain-free days to earn much of their Outdoor Skills badge.  


Bluffton has never been the same since the Golden Swingers left town

You may consider yourself a swinger, but area you a "golden swinger?"


As the Bluffton Senior Center’s front window display commemorates its 45th anniversary, its former Golden Swinger Band takes center stage this month in the Center's window.

The band was started by Vera Core in 1979. She was director of the Senior Center at the time and thought a band would be a fun activity for the members.


Schweingrubers celebrate 50th anniversary July 17

Don and Nancy Schweingruber of Bluffton are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary July 17.

Don Schweingruber and the former Nancy Hoeltje met while attending Miami University (OH) and married in 1965 at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. They moved to Bluffton in 1972 when Don was hired as Bluffton College’s Dean of Students.