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Weekend Doctor: What's Recreational Water Illness?

By Gina Bailey, BSN, RN
Infection Preventionist, Quality/Infection Control, Blanchard Valley Health System

Summer is here, and now is the time to enjoy the weather and get into the water. But many do not know that while you are in the lazy river or perfecting your cannonball, you are coming into contact with bacteria, viruses and parasites. Most of these will not cause you to become sick, but some can cause what is known as Recreational Water Illness (RWI). 


July 12: Classified ads update

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Our newest classifieds 

NOTICE Beaverdam Planning Commission hearing, July 25

GARAGE SALE on N. Dixie Hwy - June 13

EVENTS Free Pool Party at Bluffton Community Pool, July 19-20

HELP WANTED Special Event reporters

HELP WANTED Truck Driver at Diamond Manufacturing

HELP WANTED CPA firm seeks FT administrative assistant

HELP WANTED PT Custodian at First Mennonite


July 18 watercolor workshops with local artist

The Bluffton Public Library will host two watercolor workshops entitled “Ladybugs” Thursday, July 18. With the guidance of local artist Jeanne Beutler, participants will create their own finished 8” x 10” watercolor art piece, complete with mat board.

Plant mounting workshop July 23 at BPL

Register by July 16

Stir up some summer fun at a Plant Mounting Workshop Tuesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. in the Bluffton Public Library. Kim Beckmann of Stratton Greenhouses and Roots will help guide participants in creating their own plant-mounted decorative wall hanging.

2024 Ride to Remember 10-community tour

By Paula Pyzik Scott

The 10th Bluffton Ride to Remember is this Saturday, July 13, starting and ending at Bluffton Community, 601 N Main St. At the time of this article, the forecast is for mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon, according to

Whatever the weather, Bluffton Lions organizers are ready with swag bags, rest areas with snacks, emergency rider pickup, dissolving route markers, GPS maps and commemorative t-shirts.

Registration increases to $35 per adult on July 13, 2024. Cinch sacks are limited to the first 250 registered in-person riders. Riders may register online HERE.

The event opens at 6:30 a.m. and the last start is 9:00 a.m. Routes close at 4:00 p.m.



Wetlands mitigation project underway at Motter Metro Park

Nature Conservancy is funding creation of cascading pools

By Paula Pyzik Scott

From the front entrance of Motter Metro Park, a Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District property just outside of the Village of Bluffton, everything looks like business as usual on a sunny July morning. But if you are someone who regularly explores the 105 acres and 1.5 miles of mowed grass trails adjacent to Little Riley Creek, you may have discovered that changes are afoot.