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Dorothy Balmer will turn 95

Celebrate with a card shower

The family of Dorothy Balmer would like to honor her with a card shower in celebration of her 95th birthday, on Sunday, July 25.

Cards and memories may be sent to her at:

Dorothy Balmer
C/O Anne Geiger
16845 Road 3
Pandora, OH 45877


Betty Burkholder will turn 80

Celebrate with a card shower

The family of Betty Burkholder would like to honor her with a card shower in celebration of her 80th birthday, on Friday, July 23. Cards and memories may be sent to her at:

Betty Burkholder
18225 CR 15
Bluffton, OH 45817

On July 23 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Betty will be sitting on the front porch for anyone who would like to drive by and honk.


Beaverdam Bunch 4-H prepares for the fair

By Celia Smith
With the 4th of July just behind us, Bluffton and the surrounding areas of Allen County are already beginning preparations for the upcoming fair season!

The Beaverdam Bunch 4-H club has been busy with livestock, project books, and meetings since March! Club members of the Beaverdam Bunch range in ages from 3rd grade to 12th grade, and when it comes to leaders, some have been serving for years. Judging for many of the members' projects is just around the corner, Monday, July 19th.


Emily wants to design cool things

Bluffton second grader is statewide 3rd place winner in Imagine Engineering contest

Emily Byers, a Bluffton second-grade student this past school year, has placed 3rd in the statewide Imagine Engineering Coloring Contest out of more than 6,000

Emily, daughter of Justin and Karen Byers, was a student in Mrs. Fry's classroom when she entered the contest.

Her winning entry involved a picture of an engineer reviewing her roller coaster design plans at a site visit. For her efforts, Emy received the third-place prize, a MathShark skill-building game and calculator.


Send a birthday card to Kathleen Mikkelsen

Kathleen Mikkelsen will celebrate her 104th birthday on July 3.

Cards may be sent to: 
Kathleen Mikkelsen 
410 W Elm Street
Apartment 305
Bluffton Ohio 45817


Alven and Marilyn Osting celebrate 69th wedding anniversary

Marilyn Brunn Osting is a 1950 graduate of Bluffton High School

Alven and Marilyn Osting will celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary on July 4. Marilyn (Brunn) graduated from Bluffton High School in 1950.

Alven and Marilyn were married July 4, 1952, at Delphos St. John’s Church in Delphos.

They also will each be celebrating their 90th birthdays later this year. Marilyn was born Oct. 28, 1931, and Alven was born Nov. 15, 1931. They share four boys and one girl, Phil, Jeff, Rob, Chris, and Cheryl.