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John Ulrich Amstutz, an early entrepreneur

Our Swiss connection - part 18

This is the 18th installment in this series. See the map of the Amstutz farm at the bottom of this story. Click here for the previous installment.

This column features one of the most interesting Bluffton-Pandora area Swiss immigrants, John Ulrich Amstutz, and this column is a continuation of last week's feature.

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Icon music review: Top 7 songs about the Buckeye State

How many can you name without reading this column?

Reviewed by Craig Hoffman 
Ohio is famous for the first man on the moon, the Wright Brothers, and great musicians. Of course, this is a music column, so here are the best songs about the Buckeye State! Have you heard them all? 

“Beautiful Ohio”- Ballard MacDonald
No list of songs about Ohio would be completed without the official state song. This song was originally a waltz. The Ohio State Fair Band starts every performance with this tune. It was also part of Jo Stafford’s Do I hear a Waltz? in 1966.

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John Ulrich Amstutz and Katharina Amstutz

Our Swiss connection - part 17

This is the 17th installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.
This column’s focus is on John Ulrich Amstutz, a farmer and tradesman, whose farm was located on the south side of the Allen-Putnam County Line Road, just east of where the Suter Morning Star Cider Press is today.

On his farm, John U. had a jewelry shop, clock shop, cider press, cane press for sorghum and a machine shop. He was also an undertaker and made over 400 coffins in 43 years.

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Icon book review: The Great Influenza Of 1918

This book is about the heroes who worked tirelessly in labs and in the field to try to find a cure, or even better, a vaccine

Review by Robert McCool
This is a big book on a big topic. 745 pages plus 181 pages (large print) of references and bibliography covering two years of research and attempts for a cure to the worst pandemic we've ever had.

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Forgotten Bluffton: Our oldest living resident resides in Maple Grove

It’s birth occurred the same decade that Bach composed the Brandenburg Concertos, Russia’s Peter the Great ruled, Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels, and Europe explorers discovered Easter Island

Note: This is the 30th column in this series. For an index and link to the previous Forgotten Bluffton column go to the bottom of this story.

Q: What is the oldest living object in Bluffton?

Hint: It’s birth occurred the same decade that Bach composed the Brandenburg Concertos, Russia’s Peter the Great ruled, Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver’s Travels, and Europe explorers discovered Easter Island.

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What is anxiety disorder?

Someone with anxiety has intense feelings of fear and distress preventing them from being able to do everyday tasks

By Amelia Alexander
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness. You have probably heard of anxiety or know somebody that has anxiety. Everyone feels anxious, especially during stressful situations, but what is the distinction between having anxiety and not having anxiety?  

Somebody with anxiety has intense feelings of fear and distress preventing them from being able to do everyday tasks. People without anxiety only feel this way when they are in a particularly stressful situation.  

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