Good Friday procession of the cross

The annual Good Friday procession of the cross through town began at 11:30 at St. Mary's Catholic Church and ended at noon at English Lutheran Church.

The group stopped at six churches during the half hour procession to say a prayer. A Tennebrae contemplative service, focusing on the seven words of Christ from the cross, began at English Lutheran at 12:05 p.m.

Unlike last year's rainy Good Friday, the weather this Friday, April 2, was unusually warm, with temperatures into the 80s.

Groves Bears to relocate this week

Groves Bears will be opening for business early next week in a new location.

The new home of Groves Bears is 142 E. Jefferson Street, formerly the Movie Gallery (north of Community Market), at the corner of Jefferson at St. Rte. 103.

"We signed the lease on March 26 and took possession of the building on Monday, March 29," said owner Robin Wilch.

"The space is huge with wonderful lighting, customer parking, and many other features that will accommodate our needs perfectly," said Wilch.

Groves Bears has been closed for in-store sales since February 18, when a dip in the middle of the roof caused the building to be permanently closed for business. Snow piled on the roof was cited as the cause of the damage.

Wilch had planned to move her merchandise into another storefront on Bluffton's Main Street, 204 N. Main, but the space is currently being occupied by another tenant.

"We will move back to our Main Street address at the end of July, once repairs are completed," said Wilch.

Repairs on the Groves Bears building, 123 S. Main, will take about four months to complete.

"We are so grateful to the Village of Bluffton and want to express a huge thank you to all of our friends and customers who have offered to help in any way, expecting nothing in return," said Wilch.

Procession of the cross and Good Friday service

The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) invites the community to join the annual community Good Friday observances on Friday, April 2.  
The event will begin with the procession of the cross through town at 11:30 a.m. The procession will start from St. Mary's  Catholic Church and will end at English Lutheran Church, the host site for the  worship service (located at 111 Grove St.).  
A prayer will be said at each of the six church stops along the route. Those wishing to participate in the procession may join at any point along the route.
Following the procession of the cross through town, a Tennebrae contemplative service focusing on the seven words of Christ from the cross will begin at English Lutheran Church at 12:05 p.m.

Velasquez to paint new mural

Bluffton resident Oscar Velasquez will begin work on his newest mural, View of Yesterday, in the approaching weeks.

The scene will be reminiscent of the train depot that was once in Bluffton. Velasquez researched his newest mural by looking at old photos and talking with different people around town.

Velasquez has been arranging to begin work on another mural in Bluffton for about a year. With the uncertain future of his Groves Bears mural, in place since 1995, Velasquez decided now would be the right time to search out a new location for another.

Forever in Stitches owners, Rick and Ruth Grihalva, said that they would allow Velasquez to paint his new mural along the side of their Main Street building.

April is the approximate start time for the mural; it will take two to three months to complete. Velasquez will use outdoor acrylic paints to complete the mural, which will cover much of the brick wall.

The public is invited to stop and watch Velasquez as he works on the building in the coming warmer months.

Sponsorships for the mural are available in varying amounts. Please contact Velasquez at 419-358-0533 with inquiries.

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