Bluffton is now a host-town for the nationwide program “Cars and Coffee.” Meeting every fourth Saturday morning at 906 N. Main, the parking lot of Masterpiece Signs and Heated Vehicle Storage, this is a “meet up” of car buffs and their cars – with spectators welcome. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., the show features a “display area” for any sort of vehicle – not just classic, historical, and whatnot – although there are a good number of these. But it is also for your, oh, well-polished “average Joe” vehicle. Event coordinator Tim Boutwell is trying to create another Bluffton signature tradition with the event.
by Ron Geiser Two ordinances pertaining to vacating alleys and a resolution authorizing an application for a state grant were given first reading at the Sept. 8 meeting of Bluffton Village Council. Meeting on Tuesday night instead of Monday because of Labor Day, village leaders were presided over by David Steiner, council president, in the absence of Mayor Judy Augsburger. First ordinance approved a request by Chris and Rhonda Wenger and Michael and Amy Marcum to vacate an alley adjacent to their properties on Main Street. The second ordinance provides for a procedure to follow for anyone seeking to vacate an alley in Bluffton, including the application process and rules for maintaining the property vacated.
Lions Way Trailhead Park will be dedicated at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, according to Richard Ramseyer, chair of the Bluffton Pathway board and president of the Bluffton Lions Foundation. The event takes place at the trailhead picnic shelter near Comfort Inn on Commerce Lane and will include a ribbon cutting. The Trailhead park project involves construction of a picnic shelter with concrete pad and wheel chair accessible ramp, picnic tables, identification signs, bike stand on concrete pad, drinking fountain, plantings and landscaping. Future phases could include park benches, shade trees, restroom, parking and prefabricated play structure.
by Average Joe The Bluffton Family Recreation Center has started a drive to fund new, and long-overdue, indoor artificial turf for their soccer arena. If the fundraising continues at the pace it’s going – they should have the new turf by, like, 2024. According to BFR Director Joe Beagle, the going rate for new synthetic grass, padding, and whatnot for an arena the size of the BFR’s is some $50,000. (It’s a specialty market.) And the first fundraiser toward that goal, which was a recent chicken dinner with mashed potatoes, a roll and, okay, just a few green beans, raised $316.