Raymond Harner has been a serious cyclist since age 13, and has always wanted to ride a race in Italy. On April 28, 2013, he will realize his dream. Fizik, an Italian manufacturer of racing shoes and saddles, will host its annual Granfondo race through the beautiful Italian Alps. Harner, who owns and operates CG Pro Bikes, in Columbus Grove, Ohio was the lucky recipient of this opportunity, among a handful of Fizik’s Italian bicycle shoe dealers, to spend several days in Italy. The ride will begin and end in Marostica, Italy, in the Vicenza province, known for a yearly live action chess event at the Piazza del Castello da Basso.
by Austin Arnold Recently, the Bluffton Lions Foundation kicked off their fourth Corvette Charity Raffle campaign at the organization’s annual sausage and pancake dinner held at the Bluffton Senior Center. This year’s car is a 1995 torch red Chevrolet Corvette. The car has 70,000 miles and features new torch red sport leather and carpet in the interior as well as a removable roof coupe, four-speed automatic transmission and new tires.
On Good Friday, March 29, ministers of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and community members began a procession of a cross, starting at English Lutheran, and stopping at several churches along the way including St. John’s UCC, Bluffton Presbyterian, First Mennonite, First United Methodist and finally to St. Mary’s Catholic Church where a service followed. A prayer was said at each stop to remind participants of Jesus’ own journey.
by Austin Arnold The arrival of spring annually carries the symbolism of new life and hope. Just in time for the season, Dick and Jayne McGarrity have brought new life to the old depot building at 562 North Main Street in Bluffton, as they have spruced up the place into a cozy dining spot they have dubbed the Mustard Seed Café.