July 24, 2014


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Letter: Thanks to flag donors

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The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton, in conjunction with the Village of Bluffton, the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bluffton American Legion, says thank you to the many businesses and individuals who helped to sponsor the 2014 Main Street flag project. The cooperation among so many people who helped this project in so many ways is truly inspiring. And the stories behind the people who are honored and memorialized are heartwarming.


Try out the "I Spy" game at the library

Looking for something fun and free to do with the kids?

Visit the Bluffton Public Library and check out the I-Spy book display. It includes a game where each child who participates wins a prize. The display is located directly in front of the circulation desk, and library patrons can find all of the directions on the display shelf.

Feel free to ask staff members if you have any questions. Then, turn in your completed answer sheet for a fun, little prize.

Anyone for flag football, British soccer camp or a 5-K run?

There's plenty of sports opportunities at BFR Sports and Fitness this summer. Here's a sampling. (Visit www.bfronline.com or call 419-358-4150 for more information.)

Challenger British Soccer Camp returns from July 28- Aug. 1. British soccer players will lead daily skill camp for ages 4-18.  

Pandora ice cream social July 20

An ice cream social is planned from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 20, at the Pandora United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington St.

This event is hosted by Cub Scout Pack 3226 and Boy Scout Troop 226. The menu consists of your choice of sloppy joe, hot dog or chicken sandwich, plus cole slaw, baked beans, and/or chicken and noodles. Pies and ice cream will also be available.


Rockport United Methodist VBS July 28-Aug. 1

Rockport United Methodist Church, 5505 Rockport Road, will hold its summer Vacation Bible School from Monday, July 28 to Friday, Aug. 1. VBS is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church and is for youth in grades 3 to 6.

This year’s theme is  “Go Fish Backstage with the Bible.”
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Polished offers pedicures starting at $19

Polished Nails and Body Salon, 417 N. Main St., Bluffton, now offers pedicures starting at $19. 

Joan Frederick, owner, says to call for your appointment today. Other Polished offers are in the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Phone: 419-358-0001


Mustard Seed Cafe back from vacation with regular hours

Mustard Seed Café 562 N. Main St. Bluffton, is back from vacation with regular hours (see website mustardseedcafebluffton.com).

For dinner Friday and Saturday 5-8, the regular menu is available and the following features are offered:

DINNER: Seafood Stuffed Shrimp
LIGHT PLATE: Lobster Ravioli with Caribbean Lime Crème
DESSERT: Key Lime Crepe Cake

Both wine and beer are now available at the café and on the outdoor patio.  Reservations are suggested for dinner:  567-226-1120.

70 years ago Triplett softball was king in Bluffton


In 1944, the Triplett Corp's softball team was the team to beat in northwestern Ohio. The team compiled a 16-1 record, losing only to a Tiffin team.

Some familiar last names on the team included: Burkholder, Swank, Eikenbary, Ream, Gratz, Deppler, Berkey, Geiger, Luginbuhl, Moser and Basinger. The members are identified in the photo.

For a complete summary of the season with read the attachment at the bottom of this story.

10 students receive Henry Huber Scholarships, now in its 35th year

The Henry P. Huber Scholarship Committee has announced the recipients of the 2014-2015 Huber Scholarship grants.

Greg Denecker, Superintendent of Bluffton Schools and a member of the scholarship committee, reports a total of $18,750.00 was awarded to 10 students.

The scholarships are for students planning to major in vocational agriculture, or related fields of study. 

This year’s scholarship recipients are as follows.  An asterisk indicates the student was a Huber Scholarship recipient last year also.


Vera Core spent much of her career in Main Street businesses; was former senior citizens director

Vera Kathryn Gratz Core died at 12:10 a.m., July 9, 2014, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born on June 5, 1917, in Bluffton to the late Ernest and Lena Boegli Gratz. On Nov. 28, 1937 she was married to George Richard Core who died Feb. 24, 1997.