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ODOT announces SR 235 ramp closures at U.S. 30 during week of June 17

U.S. 30 between Interstate 75 and State Route 235 is restricted to one lane for concrete pavement repairs. The following ramp closures will also take place:


Gerding awarded Barbara Fleming Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Emma Gerding is the 2024 Recipient of the Barbara Fleming Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO). 

Emma is a 2023 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School and is attending Ohio Northern University, pursuing a degree in nursing. Emma has been working at MHCO for 2 years and is appreciated for her polite, courteous interactions with other staff and Elders. Emma shows leadership by training new employees and treating everyone with respect.

This award of $1000 provides scholarship support to an MHCO employee pursuing a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse, a Registered Nurse, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master’s of Science in Nursing. 

Barbara Fleming, in whose honor the scholarship is made possible, was a resident of Mennonite Memorial Home from 1997-2000, was trained as a nurse and throughout her life exhibited the caring nature that characterizes the profession of nursing. 



Submissions for Open Wall at ArtSpace accepted June 25-29

ArtSpace is excited to introduce its inaugural 'Open Wall' event, offering a unique opportunity for emerging artists to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting.


Johnny Appleseed photography tips and contest

Ready to capture the magic of the Park District? JAMPD naturalist Dan Hodges has a special video with tips and tricks to take your nature photography to the next level. The photos you snap today at Bluffton's Motter Park could be winners in the JAMPD Nature Photography Contest. Watch the Facebook video HERE.

Six Bluffton gardens featured on Et Cetera Shop Inc. tour, June 29-30

Et Cetera Shop, Inc. of Bluffton, will hold a garden tour June 29-30. The tour is one of several events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the organization which created a network of nonprofit shops in Bluffton.

Tickets for the garden tour are $5 per person and are available at Et Cetera Thrift Shop (327 N Main), Bluffton Ten Thousand Villages (115 S. Main) and Book ReViews (123 S. Main).

Gardeners hosting stops on the tour: 

  • JP and Tim Schumacher, 127 Riley St.
  • Tim Byers, Et Cetera Shop Cozy Garden, 327 N. Main St. (near the drop-off platform on Washington St.) 
  • Beth Boehr, 126 Jackson St.
  • Jodi and Dave Miller, 207 Swiss Circle
  • Larry and Bev Armstrong, 203 Swiss Circle
  • Bruce and Keith Augsburger,  217 S. Main St.

Representatives from all three shops will be at the gardens.



Letter: Around the world with your five senses

By Wendy Chappell-Dick
Manager of Ten Thousand Villages Bluffton

In the last weeks before school let out, Ten Thousand Villages hosted four classes of 2nd graders who were able to “travel around the world” using sight, smell, sound, taste and touch.

“We may seem like a store, but we are so much more,” I told the children. Ten Thousand Villages is actually a non-profit, with a mission to help some of the poorest people in the world earn a living. By providing a market for international handmade crafts and gifts, Ten Thousand Villages empowers people to help themselves. 

Volunteers who work at Ten Thousand Villages set up the store in order of continents. The children could see colorful crafts from Asia, India, Central and South America, Africa and the Middle East.