Matthew Spallinger, a 2013 graduate of Bluffton High School and a 2015 graduate of the University of Rio Grande, took first place for his highboy dresser in the Case Goods category in the Association of Woodworking Furnishings & Suppliers (AWFS) Fresh Wood competition for North American students considering a career in woodworking held in Las Vegas. The biennial event, held as part of the AWFS Fair, an international trade show featuring all products and supplies for the woodworking industry, attracted 169 entries from nearly 50 different post-secondary and high schools in the United States and Canada with only 40 applicants chosen.
Toledo Diocese Bishop Daniel Thomas made his first trip to Bluffton since being installed last year, just in time for the climax to St. Mary’s Church’s “150th Year Anniversary Celebration.” “I just hope it’s not 150 more years before I’m invited back again,” he joked. Parishioner Judy Lester did the initial “reading” of the service. It was from the Book of Proverbs and it started, appropriately enough for the occasion: “Wisdom has built her house ... .” During his homily, the Bishop said the first St. Mary’s Church building was constructed in 1865. And it was built demographically, he said, by people who were, much like today’s parishioners, farmers, merchants, parents.
by Paula McKibben Vance Street apartments are getting an overhaul. According to managers Sarge Toth and Kristine Light, all of the windows have been changed out; all of the rooms have been remodeled with new flooring; new paint; ceiling fans; granite counter tops; full-size appliances; a microwave; a dishwasher; marble countertops in the bathrooms; and new toilets. Outside, there will be new siding and landscaping, an improved parking lot, a generator for the elevator and a four-season patio.
by Ron Geiser With the start of school just weeks away, the word “homework” will soon become a “four-letter word” to a number of children. But for the newly appointed Shannon Cemetery Commission, the word also applies as it takes initial steps in trying to solve the controversy that has arisen over the preservation of Shannon Cemetery. At the end of the commission’s first meeting last Thursday night (Aug. 6), chairperson Nathan Ulrey directed the 11-member group to study a detailed notebook he had prepared for each.