by Ivy Keller On Monday, April 20, Brendon Matthews and his younger brother Devon ran the Boston Marathon. Brendon is the Sales Director at First National Bank in Bluffton, and his brother is an alumnus of Bluffton University. Both brothers did quite well in the race, as Brendon placed 5,272, and his brother placed 1,113. According to the Boston Marathon website, there were 30,251 runners who entered the race, while only 27,165 actually started it, and 26,610 finished the race.
Saturday, April 25, marked Arbor Day, and members of the Bluffton Tree Commission, and community members, celebrated by planting four trees at the old Shannon Cemetery site. A red maple, hackberry, pin oak and shag bark hickory were put in the ground in observence of the national holiday and to spruce up the open area as well. Dick Boehr, who has taken on the project of revitalizing the old cemetery, shared some history on the area of the cemetery. Boehr is shown above (and to the left) with Jon Summer and Joanne Antibus.
To say that receiving an Outstanding Achievement Award from an organization with over 2000 members in 44 states is quite an accomplishment is an understatement. Gregg Luginbuhl will receive this 2015 honor from Ohio Designer Craftsmen (ODC), May 3 at 3 p.m. at the Ohio Craft Museum located at 1665 W. Fifth Avenue in Columbus. This honor is determined by the Board of ODC and is given to one fine crafts professional each year. According to Luginbuhl, “it represents the respect of other Ohio Craftsmen members.” Darvin Luginbuhl, his father, received this same award about 20 years ago. Now his name will join that of his father’s on the plaque for Outstanding Achievement Award winners.
In what has become an annual occurrence in spring, typically in mid to late April, the Bluffton Lions Club gathered once again to honor their most recent selection for the Citizen of the Year Award. This title is given to a member of the community that the Lions Club determines as a person who has selflessly donated time, energy and personal talents that have resulted in the betterment of the village and/or surrounding area. The latest to receive this honor is Dennis Morrison, who was recognized on Tuesday evening (April 21) during a special banquet held by the Lions Club on the third floor of Town Hall.