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Summer ‘Family Day’ June 25 at The Quarry Farm

The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm, Pandora, is holding the Summer 2016 Family Day on Saturday, June 25, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


Virgil Studebaker's Studebaker takes the show

When your last name is the same as an antique vehicle and you are an antique vehicle collector you certain have to own one.

Take the case of Virgil Studebaker from Spencerville.

He owns a 1930 Studebaker Dictator. It won Best of Show in this year’s Bluffton Lions Club Festival of Wheels.

There are all the winners from last weekend’s show:


"Courage" theme of this weekend's Relay for Hope

It's all about courage.

This wekend's Bluffton Area Relay for Hope uses "courage" as its theme for activities held at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road on Friday and Saturday, June 24-25. Proceeds from the event assist the American Cancer Society.

This year's schedule is listed in an attachements at the bottom of this story.

Events begin on Friday at 4:30 p.m. with a drive thru on dine in lasagna dinner. That is followed by a survivor's meal at 5 p.m. and a silent auction.


Annie Stocking 1924 - 2016

Annie Leishman Stocking, 92, of Bluffton and formerly of Brook Park, Ohio, died June 20, 2016, at 3:25 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Annie was born June 15, 1924, in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, to the late Albert and Jessie (Leishman) Unwin.  Annie was the youngest of seven children and immigrated to the United States in 1948. On Sept. 11, 1954, she married Robert Stocking who preceded her in death on June 27, 2011.


Next "cars and coffee" is Saturday morning

The second Bluffton cars and coffee event of the season is from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 25, according to Tim Boutwell of Heated Vehicle Storage, 906 N. Main St.

“Cars and coffee is a gathers of auto enthusiasts where drivers congregation to enjoy a cup of coffee and kick tires,” said Boutwell. “There is something for everyone including classics, exotics, sports cars, luxury cars, imports and domestics.”

The event is open to the public. Coffee and pastries are provided by Common Grounds.

Door prizes are awarded every 15 minutes.


Emmanuel UCC ice cream social July 22

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton, will hold an ice cream social on Friday, July 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.


Free yoga class Thursday at BFR

Want to try yoga, but never had the opportunity?

Bluffton Family Recreation offers a free yoga class open to men and women from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 23.

The class, instructed by Erica Sheehan, takes place at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton. Call 419-358-4150 for more details.

BFR 5-K moves from Labor Day weekend to Fall Festival in late September

Runners on your mark.

Bluffton Family Recreation moved its traditional Labor Day 5K, to the weekend of the Bluffton Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 24, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

Except for the date change, this year’s race is very similar to previous races. The race starts at 9 a.m. A kid’s fun run and walk is at 10 a.m.

Age groups in the run are:
14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60 and up.

Race day registration starts for the 5K at 8:30 a.m. and for the fun run at 9:30 a.m.

Here's the registration form for Community VBS in July

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, is the host congregation to this summer's community Vacation Bible School.

VBS is from Sunday, July 24 through Thursday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening.

It has classes for preschool through fifth grade. This year's theme is "Deep Sea Discovery - where kids will know that God is always with them!"

Children in VBS will sing at the community worship services on Sunday, July 31, on the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.

A registration form is an attachment to this story.


Trevor Bassitt Division III state champion 110-meter hurdles

Bluffton High School track fans have lots to look forward to next season.

Competing in the Division III Ohio High School Athletic Association state track meet in Columbus earlier this month, the boys' team scored 15 points placing 12th overall.

• Trevor Bassitt, junior, won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.53 seconds.

• The 4 by 800-meter relay made up of one senior, two juniors and one sophomore finished fourth in a time of 8:08.15.