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February 20, 2018

Home school rec class

Bluffton Family Recreation hosted its first home school recreation class on Friday. The class is offered to home school families each Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. for the next six weeks and is for students Kindergarten age and older. Call BFR at 419-358-4150 for details.

New ambulance on order

Will replace EMS vehicle with 20+ years of service

Bluffton EMS will answer calls in a new ambulance by next year at this time.

Council’s safety services committee recommended to council and was approved to begin the bidding process for a new ambulance. Its estimated cost is $175,498. When it is in service it replaces an ambulances that served the community for over 20 years.

The ambulance purchase was approved at the Feb. 12 council meeting, following a recommendation from the safety service committee meeting on Jan. 24.

Several additional items were on the Jan. 24 committee agenda:

Infant swimmer classes starting

Infant Swimming Resources (ISR) at Maple Crest pool

Maple Crest Senior Living Village is providing its indoor pool to Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), a program for children six months to six years old to learn Self-Rescue skills. 

Certified instructor Annette Lazenby, along with her ISR partner Kym Cragel, will be teaching ISR lessons beginning April 9. 

Lazenby became a certified ISR instructor in 2017 after completing an intensive training program that included hands-on training with an ISR master instructor.

Latest Pirate sports stories

Bluffton High School spring sports schedules were released this week by Alex Hanna, athletic director.

Bluffton outscored Delphos early and was able to fend off the Wildcats in a 45-41 win.  Averey Rumer, pictured, poured in 18 points. Alivia Koenig scored 9 and Kayla White 8. 

Bluffton girls' and boys' basketball sectional drawings took place earlier this month. Here's Bluffton's opponents:

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It's been fun
No school on Thursday
Walk a mile in my shoes
Peacemaking like quiltmaking
Christmas is over
BHS vs. McComb today at 1:30 p.m. in Wapak
Tonight's school events still on!

History lesson

Here's a photo from "The Bluffton We Never Knew." It shows Main Street from the town hall clock tower. Visible are four...

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Yesterday's Top Story

Joe Sehlhorst hopes to expand village cultural affairs committee

He invites ideas and volunteers to expand committee beyond the Blaze of Lights

One of the Village of Bluffton’s little-known committees – Village Cultural Affairs – is returning to life after a long sleep.

Known best as the caretaker of the Blaze of Lights Ream Holiday Folk Art cutouts, the committee originated in the 1970s as a village committee to inspire arts in Bluffton.

At the beginning of 2018 council member Joe Sehlhorst asked to be council’s representative to the group. On Jan. 30 Sehlhorst and Mayor Richard Johnson met with a group of volunteers who indicated an interest in assisting the committee.

Newest Stories

Bluffton High School spring sports schedules were released this week by Alex Hanna, athletic director.

St. John Mennonite Church mission festival March 17 and 18 features Dan Wolgemuth, president of Youth for Christ-USA.

Wolgemuth will share about the ministry of Youth for Christ. In addition, other area mission organizations will be represented.

Mothers of Preschools (MOPS) will hold a mom-to-mom spring sale in early March.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 3, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church gymnasium, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.

Poetic License

The Icon spotted 4 DA BOYS on a black Dodge Ram 1500 truck on Church Street in Bluffton.

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