BU̓s President Harder Announces Plans To Retire In 2018

   At the June meeting of the Bluffton University Board of Trustees, board chair Kent Yoder announced that Dr. James M. Harder, Bluffton’s ninth president, has shared his plans to retire on June 30, 2018, after serving in that role for 12 years.
   “President Harder is a servant leader who faithfully continues to carry Bluffton University into the 21st century during a time of significant change in higher education,” said Yoder. “His steady leadership has positioned the university to move forward with new academic programs, global relationships, major campus facility enhancements and to achieve the largest fundraising campaign success in the university’s history.”

Bluffton To Celebrate The 50th Festival Of Wheels On Friday

   The 50th Bluffton Festival of Wheels Cruise-In will be Friday, June 16, on Main Street, in downtown Bluffton with antique cars, classic cars, trucks, tractors, golf carts, fire engines, motorcycles and Cushman’s.
   Main Street will open for parking at 2 p.m. with registration from 2-5 p.m., rain or shine. The registration fee will be $12. Registration can be mailed to Festival of Wheels, P. O. Box 223, Bluffton, Ohio 45817 and can be accessed at www.blufftonlionsfoundation.org
Judging of cars will begin at 5 p.m. with trophies awarded at 7:30 p.m.
   The cruise down South Main Street will begin at 8 p.m., and all vehicles must be removed from Main Street at that time.

Mayor Augsburger “Hopeful” That New Village Administrator “On Board By July”

by Sarah Beechboard   The Village of Bluffton Council met on the second Monday of June at 8 p.m. on the third floor of Town Hall. After the opening ceremonies, the mayor commented that she had been asked to keep the meeting short. “I think the Cavs are playing tonight,” she said while laughing. It was not to be, however. The meeting lasted an hour.
   The bills were passed by motion. Two items were up for readings. Ordinance No. 07-17 passed the first of three readings and Resolution No. 12-17 passed the first reading by emergency. 
Mayor Augsburger then gave the Administrator’s Report. Her report included a “thank you” to all involved in getting the Bluffton pool ready for use. There has been a lot of positive feedback from swimmers lately.

Bluffton Recently Named A Purple Heart Community

   In a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Findlay on Tuesday, June 6, Bluffton mayor Judy Augsburger presented a proclamation, along with the Hancock County Commissioners and mayors of the other Hancock County communities, to the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1974.
   At the ceremony, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1974 presented the commissioners with a Purple Heart flag.

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