A Look Into The Bluffton Business Bonanza

by Average Joe   At a time when small town business districts are dying in droves, Bluffton’s business district is this phenomenal muscular economic anomaly.  Think about it…
   A town of 3,875 people support (Count ‘em!) seven downtown restaurants, two hardware stores, two “dollar stores” (modern version of general store), a pharmacy, a community grocery store, a busy bicycle shop, four car mechanic shops, a sporting goods store, antique/re-sale stores, and on …
   This phenomenon is not lost on Bluffton University Economics Professor Jonathan Andreas.  He said he’s actually quite blown away by it.

Rawson Has A Day Of Fun And Community

   All that’s left of the Rawson Proud Festival is the occasional styrofoam ice cream cup and trampled grass at the park.
   Each year the crowds have gotten bigger. According to Rick Essinger, president of the non-profit Rawson Proud organization, “I was told by the vendors there were more people this year than last.”
   So, what brings people in? It’s a homecoming of sorts. It’s the one time during the year when neighbors and friends who have moved in and out of the community can get together outside to visit and have a good time – all provided by members of the community.
   The committee members wore bright green tie-dyed t-shirts proclaiming Rawson Proud.

Bluffton’s New Postmaster Missy Lonsway Brings Lots Of Post Office Work Experience

by Paula McKibben   According to Missy Lonsway, new postmaster in Bluffton, “Upward mobility is always a goal. I like human resources. You can transfer anywhere.” However, to achieve a transfer, a person has to bid on the position.

Ride To Remember Sees Expansion Yet Again

by Paula McKibben   The Ride to Remember made its goal this year, over 200 riders. The ride has expanded by about 50 riders each of the last two years. All proceeds go to the Bluffton Lions Foundation's Pedestrian and Bikeway in memory of Ropp and Mary Emma Triplett who helped launch Bluffton's first pedestrian and bicycle path.
   Most of the Triplett clan, who suggested this ride activity, turned out for the festivities. Children, Nancy, Greg, Roger, Bill and Larry were there with their families, as well as Tomm and Tish, children of Morris and Jean Triplett.

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