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Make plans to be in Bluffton for the Blaze on Nov. 25

And, there's still time to enter the parade

Final plans are underway for this year’s Blaze of Lights according to Paula Scott of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s event is Saturday, Nov. 25.

Here’s the schedule:

There’s still time to join the parade. A parade application is attached at the bottom of this story.

Junior Weihrauch, parade director, said that over 75 units are already registered. The parade forms at 4 p.m. on Snider Road at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. The parade starts at 5 p.m.

“Crisis of the Day”

From Faith Investment Services

By Gary Reese
Faith Investment Services
Bluffton, 419-358-4207


When the evening news dishes up a “crisis of the day” it is very easy to feel like nothing is secure.

The political world has upheaval, the economic world is uncertain and confusing.  It can be very easy to feel afraid. However, fear can cause us to make irrational decisions that are not good for us in the long-term.


Puerto Rico benefit concert next on Town Hall Series

A Puerto Rico relief benefit concert is set for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, on the Town Hall Concert Series, according to Jeff Yoder.

Performing is a Lima band called Raincoat. It includes Mike Huffman, Dayton Fandray and Yoder

Donations will be accepted for  Mennonite Disaster Service to help with relief in Puerto Rico.


All tied up

Dennis Morrison said that he couldn't resist taking this photo on a recent Saturday morning downtown. He calls it "all tied up." The dog's owner was getting some coffee.



Bluffton junior represents student voice in Mennonite committee

Hernandez: “I thought this would be a good opportunity to meet people and be able to be involved more in Mennonite society"

By Cara Echols,
PR student news writer

Maria Hernandez, a mathematics and physics double major, is engaging and growing in her Mennonite faith while offering her voice and insight to the community.

he junior from Alamo, Texas, serves as a student representative for Bluffton University on the Mennonite Central Committee’s Great Lakes Board.

“I thought this would be a good opportunity to meet people and be able to be involved more in Mennonite society, as I grew up Mennonite,” she said.

Bluffton Primary Care opening Monday

Bluffton Primary Care, part of Blanchard Valley Medical Practices will open to see patients Monday, November 13. Bluffton Primary Care is located at 161 Garau St. and beside Bluffton Hospital.

“We are pleased to welcome Bluffton Primary Care to our professional family at Bluffton Hospital,” said Chris Keller, president of Bluffton Hospital.

Office Hours:

Monday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Chamber will get update on police department K-9 unit

Friday's breakfast also has Veterans Day recognition, Farmers' Market report and Blaze of Lights update

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce members will hear about the Bluffton police department K-9 unit during Friday's chamber breakfast, according to Paula Scott, interim director.

Breakfast is served from 7 to 7:30 a.m. The meeting is at 7:30 a.m., in the third floor of the town hall, 154 N. Main St.

Also on the program is a Veterans Day recognition, report about this year's Farmers' Market and a Blaze of Lights update.

JV Bucs Super Bowl runners up

Watch this group of 3rd and 4th graders as they move up to high school

The Bluffton Bucs JV team (3rd and 4th grade) are the 2017 Junior Buckeye
League Super Bowl runners up, played at Allen East HS Field on Nov 4. 

Bluffton  played a great game, but ended up giving the lead to the Cridersville Rams in the few remaining minutes of the contest.  The final score was Cridersville 7
- Bluffton 6.


University recognized for Learn and Earn program

Tyler Avila: "Learn and Earn program has helped me get a head start in my field”

By Jena O’Brien,
public relations student assistant

Bluffton University was highlighted in a new study by The Student Loan Report for its participation in the Federal Work-Study program.

The study ranks Bluffton 78 out of more than 400 private institutions who offer Federal Work-Study jobs to students on campus. This program is enormously beneficial to students looking for ways to limit student debt and gain work experience within their degree field.

ArtSpace/Lima home for the holidays art sale starts

ArtSpace/Lima announces Home for the Holidays 2017 art sale, held Nov. 10 through Dec. 22,according to Bill Sullivan, operations manager.
For the fifth consecutive year, ArtSpace will host the art sale, featuring all original art from local artists and craftspersons. Works in 2D (paintings, watercolors, collage, prints, drawings) and 3D (sculpture, ceramics, glass) will be on display, as well as a large selection of hand-crafted jewelry.  All the art is one-of-a-kind and original.