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School Board schedules hiring session for July 6

The Bluffton Exempted Village Board of Education has scheduled a Special Board Meeting for Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. in the superintendent's office to hire personnel.


Summer Read makes me feel fine

"Adventure begins at your library" is the official motto of the 2024 Summer Read program at Bluffton Public Library. Substitute "read" for "breeze" in Seals & Crofts 1972 chart topper and you have an unofficial program theme song. Check out the library's calendar of events HERE.

Autism rock-painting event July 13

The Autism Life Center will host its sixth annual Autism "Rocks!" event Saturday, July 13, from 1-3 p.m. at the Ottawa Metro Park in the Wyandot Shelter house in Lima on Ada Road.


Volunteers are the backbone of Bluffton Fire Department

By Benji Bergstrand

When fighting a fire every minute counts. This is something Bluffton Fire Chief Jon Kinn knows all too well. “An active fire can double in size every 5 minutes. A small ‘room and contents’ fire can turn into a full structure fire in no time if no one is there to fight it.” Kinn said.

Letter: The Bill Garrett I knew

A letter from Icon founder Fred Steiner.

On June 6 a most memorable village personality left us. Bill Garrett, 1968 Bluffton High School graduate and long-time resident of the Riley Street neighborhood, died at Mennonite Memorial Home where he had lived for several years. A memorial service will be set at a later date, and I only learned of his death yesterday.

Bill was a part of the rich fabric of characters who stand out when the roll call of our most interesting residents are celebrated. Although not a village mover or shaker, he was a surprising person of letters, and his interest in world history was outstanding.

For those of us who knew him, much of this is common knowledge. For those who didn’t know him, here’s a glimpse of what you missed.



Swiss House event to feature "scherenschnitte"

The Swiss Community Historical Society will hold its next Second Saturday event on July 13, from 1-4:00 p.m., at the Schumacher Homestead, 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton.