April 16, 2014

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Food boxes available for Pandora-Gilboa residents

The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for households in the Pandora-Gilboa School District. The boxes are designed to provide nine meals for a family of four.

In order to pick up a box, you must register by calling 419-384-3038 by 5 p.m. on April 15th.  Boxes will be available to be picked up on April 26th, the last Saturday of the month, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church located at 502 East Main St., Pandora.


Purse Bingo event here April 24

Purse Bingo is coming to Bluffton at 7 p.m. on April 24, at the middle school cafetorium. 

Tickets, $30 each, are available at Riley Creek Pharmacy in Pandora or Greg's Pharmacy in Bluffton, or by calling 419-303-8262. All proceeds will go to the Stephanie Spielman Breast Cancer Research fund at OSU.


"Ducks of the Round Table" theme of April 12 Riley Creek Festival

Bluffton University will host the annual Riley Creek Festival beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education.

“Ducks of the Round Table” is the theme of this year’s festival, which includes games, inflatables, live music and other entertainment. The event is free—except for lunch—and open to the public. Lunch, to be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is $8.25 for adults and $4.50 for children.

Council amends sidewalk ordinance; entire text in attachment to this story

It’s clear that spring arrived in Bluffton as indicated by reports in Monday’s Bluffton’s council agenda.


   • Go Green is scheduled to begin grinding brush in the Spring Street brush dump.

   • The village service department will turn on water at the village parks this week.

   • Bluffton’s spring clean up is set for May 17-26. Dumpsters will be placed in the Spring Street brush dump.

   • On March 31 the last of the previously frozen service lines in the village finally thawed.

Bertie Swank will blow out 99 candles on April 13

Bertie Shrider Swank will celebrate her 99th birthday on April 10.  She was born in Allen County near Lafayette, in 1915, and has lived her entire life in the Bluffton area.

She married Fred Swank and they had three children: Nancy (and Ed) Yeager, Linda (and Tom) Benroth, and Bill (and Joan) Swank. The family, including nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, will honor her birthday on April 13. 

Anyone interested in sending birthday wishes to Bertie may do so at 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, Ohio  45817.


David Berger, Lima mayor, to speak at Bluffton University graduation

David J. Berger, the mayor of Lima, will discuss “Valuing Education” in his commencement address at Bluffton University on Sunday, May 4. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in Salzman Stadium or, in the event of inclement weather, in the Sommer Center for Health and Fitness Education.

Friday and Saturday dinner features at Mustard Seed Cafe

Mustard Seed Café, 562 N. Main Street, Bluffton, is open 5-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings with a full menu. This includes 7 appetizers, 8 main course items, soups, salads and house-baked desserts.  

In addition to the regular menu, the April 4-5 features include:

Entree:  Mahi Mahi Tacos with mango chipotle chutney and coconut rice
Dessert:  Margarita crème crepe cake


Pandora United Methodist performs Easter Cantata "Wondrous Love"

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will be presenting their Easter Cantata, “Wondrous Love,” written by Lloyd Larson, during the 9:30 a.m. worship serviceat on Sunday, April 13, at 108 E. Washington St., Pandora.

The worship service and refreshments in the fellowship hall afterwards are open to the public. The choir is directed by Pat Basinger and accompanied by Chris Meyer. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is the pastor. Go to www.pandoraumc.com for further information.


Author embraces Appalachian roots

Speaking to a Bluffton University audience on April 1, self-described “Affrilachian” writer Crystal Wilkinson shared her experiences of growing up black in rural Kentucky and learning to embrace her heritage.

Wilkinson came to Bluffton as guest author for the university’s 30th annual English Festival, an event that gives high school students the opportunity to read and write with working authors. Among Wilkinson’s work is “Blackberries, Blackberries,” which won the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature.

ONU to name stage in honor of former Bluffton residents Nils and Susan Riess

Ohio Northern University will dedicate the Freed Center for the Performing Arts’ stage in honor of former Bluffton residents Nils and Susan Riess on Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. prior to the ONU production of “Footloose.”