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Southgate Lanes expands with summer lunch, announces live music

This past week, Southgate Lanes reopened for the summer season and announced that it will be open for lunch Tuesday-Friday.

The venue also has live entertainment lined up every Friday on the patio:



June 9 chamber breakfast: Benefits and bylaws

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly breakfast meeting at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, June 9. The meeting will be held on the third floor of Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. 

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is the sponsor and McDonald's of Bluffton will be providing breakfast. Members are asked to RSVP to [email protected]


Farm to table at Black Bird Farm

A Columbus Grove business that also serves as a wedding venue is expanding their offerings to include a special farm-to-table dinner series. Black Bird Farm, located at  20875 Road 14, is extending an invitation for five monthly dinners with select guest chefs. So you could actually call it a farm-to-farm opportunity.

The setting is a 113-year-old barn that has served as a venue for six years and is owned and operated by mother-daughter team Deb Rhodes of Columbus Grove and Nicki Bybee of Bluffton.

The meals will feature local produce, wineries and breweries, and musicians. Manager Kathy Soper calls it something new: a new place and new experience. The setting in a historical barn is  “Intimate and informal.”

On June 22, Cork and Knife Provisions will serve a “Strawberry Patch” dinner with bread and desserts from The Baking Company of Findlay and wine and beer pairings from Rose Acres and 1820 BrewWerks.



Rain barrel sale in Lima

Based on the average rainfall in Allen County, a 1,000 square foot house could potentially harvest 7,650 gallons of water each year just from the amount of rain that falls annually on its roof.

For over ten years, the Allen Soil and Water Conservation District has been selling rain barrels to those who wish to take advantage of this free source of water. This collected water can be used to hydrate gardens, lawns, wash off equipment, and more.


Ohio floriculture production dropped in 2022

Ohio floriculture was worth more than $240 million in 2022, according to the USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Field Office.

Ohio floriculture producers sold nearly $244 million worth of floriculture commodities in 2022. This was down 10 percent from the $269 million sold in 2021.


Community Foundation awards $915K in grants

FINDLAY—The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $915,189 at the May board meeting. This total includes 17 responsive grants and 41 donor advised fund grants.

“These grants represent the investment of generous local philanthropists in the community,” said Brian Treece, President & CEO of the Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with these donors to award these grants and improve the quality of life for all in Hancock County.”