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Rawson Proud Festival Expands in This Year’s Celebration

by Paula McKibben   The Second Annual Rawson Proud Festival was Saturday evening from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Rawson Park. Organizer Rick Essinger and his committee knew last year that the event was too big to hold downtown again.
   Rawson Proud had it all this year –pulled pork sandwiches sponsored by the FFA, ice cream, snow cones, parade (loaded with emergency vehicles and police units), Zenobia clowns, pony rides, cane toss, pop toss, baseball toss, dunk tank, singers, a band, vendors, parade marshals, princesses, antique tractors and cars, raffles and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Plane Crashes Near Snider Road in Bluffton

   An ultralight aircraft, flown by Steven F. Taylor, Elida, struck an electrical wire and crashed in a field east of Snider Road on July 8 at 8:25 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Taylor, 51, was taken to St. Rita’s Hospital by Bluffton EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Taylor had built the plane himself and had taken off from a private airport 10 miles outside of Bluffton

Parkview Development Back as Family Project for D & J Snyder Excavating

by Paula McKibben   Family pride is the impetus for building the Parkview project which will fill up the land between the homes on South Main Street and the Motter Metropark with entrances at Bentley and South Main and Jackson Street.
   According to Derek Snyder of J & D Snyder Excavating, “We wanted something that the three of us could build together and put our three names on it.” The three would be Derek, his brother Dan and their father Jeff.

You Can See the World by Helping Others to See the World

by Paula McKibben   Want to volunteer and see the world? You can work for a cause and see Mexico, India, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ukraine, Honduras, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Venezuela, Poland, Romania, Tanzania, Ecuador and Panama. But, you aren’t going to see the sights; the people you have come to help will get to see the sights clearly for the first time in a long time. Become a volunteer for Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH, pronounced to rhyme with Josh).

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