The annual ecumenical Cross Walk through Bluffton took place on a sunny and warm Good Friday morning. The Cross Walk began at 11:30 a.m. starting at English Lutheran Church and proceeded on to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Bluffton Presbyterian Church, St. Marys Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, and ended at First Mennonite Church where a community service began at 12:00 noon. The Cross Walk is held each year on Good Friday to remember Jesus’ steps to the cross, his crucifixion and death.
A number of capital improvement projects are taking place at Bluffton First United Methodist Church, some of which have been quite evident to those that have happened to pass by in the past week or so. According to Rev. Timothy Wilmetti, the main structure of the church building was built in 1916. With age, the exterior brick started to absorb moisture, which resulted in the deterioration of the plaster inside the church sanctuary. A campaign was started last year to raise funds to repair and seal the brick, re-plaster the interior walls, and eventually replace three entry doors, Wilmetti said.
by Paula McKibben The Bluffton Center For Entrepreneurs (BCE) 2017 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition was held the end of March after weeks of preparation. This year’s Small Business Improvement Division winner was The Food Store, with new owners, as of April 28, Jonah Agner and Nancy Corle, participating. The Small Business Improvement Division is open to established businesses located in the 45817 zip area. It offers a $1,000 first place cash award in addition to several in-kind prizes.
by Paula McKibben Cutting Edge WoodKRaft won the Emerging Business Division of the Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs (BCE), after weeks of preparatory classes. Luke Keuneke and Nick Recker entered the competition at the urging of Fred Steiner. According to Keuneke, “We wanted to get a better business plan.” He noted that when the plan is on paper, they could always refer back to it.