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January 18, 2019

Food pantry wins when businesses battle

When Bluffton businesses battle the Community Assistance Program wins. In the recent battle of the businesses held at Southgate Lanes $2,400 was raised as a donation to the program's food pantry. Sponsors of the event included the bowling alley, Lisa Wenger of CCR Realty and Stratton Auto Sales. From left are Brandon Falk, Jami Crawfis (food pantry director), Jesse Owsley, Lisa Wenger and Derek Dukes.

He pulled a trapped woman from a vehicle before it exploded

Bluffton police name Kenneth Dotson of Vaughnville, its 2018 Citizen of the Year

A Vaughnsville man with a Bluffton connection is the Bluffton Police Department’s 2018 Citizen of the Year.

The honor goes to Kenneth Dotson, coincidentally the father of Tom Dotson, who owns Tommy Tire. Kenneth Dotson works at Tommy Tire. He was recognized during the Jan. 14 Bluffton council meeting.

Here’s the circumstances surrounding the award:

On Nov. 8 Kenneth Dotson and his wife, Rebecca, were southbound on Interstate 75 near mile marker 138 when they witnessed a two-vehicle accident on the Interstate.

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80 years combined...and counting

Dyck and Sue Richard: Four decades have flown by for these MHCO employees

When they accepted jobs at Mennonite Memorial Home, neither Rodney Dyck, nor Sue Richard anticipated that they would still be at MMH four decades later!  Richards recently celebrated her 40th anniversary as an employee of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, while Dyck had that honor in 2017. 

Working in two different departments, the long-term employees have similar feelings about working at MMH … Do a good job.  Get to know and understand the residents, and be willing to change to meet the needs of the organization.

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The Bluffton HS girls' basketball team defeated Spencerville tonight  44-43. The Pirates are now the only undefeated team in the NWC. The Lady Pirates move to an 11-3 record and 5-0 in the Northwest Conference. 

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Ralph Reichenbach, David Little and Larry Smucker became Bluffton Eagle Scouts in 1955.

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The Bluffton HS girls' basketball team defeated Spencerville tonight  44-43. The Pirates are now the only undefeated team in the NWC. The Lady Pirates move to an 11-3 record and 5-0 in the Northwest Conference. 

Check out the new 16-page events planning  menu and and the new menu at The Inn at Ohio Northern University. The Inn is located at 401 W. College Ave., Ada.

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The Allen County and Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will partner to host a master gardener volunteer training course for new master gardener volunteers this spring.

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Calling all farmers' market vendors

Vendor meeting in March; application forms here

It doesn’t open until May, but plans are already underway to launch this season’s Bluffton Farmers Market.

One of the largest small-town farmers’ markets in northwestern Ohio, the market celebrates its 19th year in 2019. It offers a variety of locally-grown produce, plants and food in addition to being a great social meeting point on Saturdays.

A vendor meeting is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, in the third floor of the town hall, 154 N. Main St.

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Poetic License

The Icon spotted DUDLBUG on a vehicle that describes this plate very well (see the next photo). The plate was spotted in the parking area behind Twisted Whisk in Bluffton.