On a hot afternoon and evening, Bluffton held its 45th Annual Festival of Wheels on Friday, June 15 2012, which was hosted by the Bluffton Lions Foundation. Cars lined Main Street all the way from outside the Town Hall building to the end of the Citizens National Bank Parking lot. A handful of cars were parked along Church Street and Vine Street as well. This year’s Festival of Wheels Chairman, Dennis Morrison, said he was pleased with the event.
by Kendra Olson On Saturday night, the Lima Area Concert Band performed their Sousa Spectacular at the civic center in downtown Lima. Before the band performed El Capitan March by John Sousa, fourteen high school students were called to the stage. They came from all over the Lima area for one common reason: all of them had won the John Philip Sousa Award at their respective schools. The Sousa Award is given to a student who stands out in his or her school band as one who works hard, is committed, and excels with the instrument he or she plays.
by Austin Arnold “It takes two weeks to get what they call ‘trail hardened,’ except we’re never out there that long to get tough enough,” Bluffton resident and hiking enthusiast Denny Sheidler said. Although his hiking trips may not exactly be two weeks long, they are very close to that, and considering the total amount of time Sheidler has spent on the Appalachian Trail, it is probably safe to say he is trail hardened. The same can be said for his hiking partner, Phil Blount, also of Bluffton, as over the course of three and a half years, they have completed three extensive hiking trips on the Appalachian Trail (AT).
by Kendra Olson It was a fresh, sunny morning when I pulled into the driveway of the Twin Lakes Park campground. The clock said that it was almost nine—almost time for my interview with Elaine Harris. We were meeting to talk about the story behind the campground, which she and her husband own and operate. I had met her briefly on the phone a few days before and her enthusiastic manner peaked my interest. I was excited to meet the lady behind that voice.