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December 16, 2017

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$2,495.78 in loose change

Elementary students' collection total for Adopt-A-Family at Christmas

Ask elementary students to collect loose change for a good cause and watch what happens.

The challenge was put to Bluffton Kindergarten through fifth graders during the past three weeks.

On Friday, Dec. 15, students took the coins collected to Citizens National Bank. They watched as the coins dropped into the coin counter.

The result: $2,495.78 collected!

Red Cross helping Forest family after fire

The American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter responded to a fire on Hardin County Road 205 in Forest on Wednesday evening.

The Red Cross provided assistance to the family of five for their immediate needs, such as food, clothing and personal hygiene items.

“We’re deeply saddened for those who were impacted by this fire,” said Todd James, Executive Director, North Central Ohio Chapter. “As we continue to help them, we urge everyone to take steps to minimize the risk of a fire occurring in their home.”

To provide assistance contact the Red Cross at 419-422-9322.


It's open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year

Bluffton Hospital ER sees 6,000 people in a typical 12-month period

While most of Bluffton shuts down after midnight, one important community service never closes.

It’s Bluffton Hospital’s Emergency Room.

Its traditional busy times are from 3 to 11 p.m., but the door is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

While many reading this story may have used the ER – even at some odd hours – here’s some details most persons in the hospital service area may not realize.

Craig "Chip" Brown, Jr., dies in Houcktown house fire

Craig A. "Chip" Brown, Jr., of Houcktown, died in a house fire in Houcktown on Dec. 10, 2017 along with his partner Katherine Anne "Katie" Bernot.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1992, in Findlay to Craig A. Brown, Sr. and Elizabeth Wilkins. He is survived by his father, Craig A. Brown, Sr., mother Elizabeth Wilkins both of Houcktown, two brothers: Eric (Jenna) Wilkins of Rawson, Elijah (Kassandra Girdler) Wilkins of Mt. Blanchard, two sisters: Emily (Devin) Lucius and Nicole Brown both of Findlay.


James Garmatter was a Cory-Rawson and Bluffton University grad

James “Jim” A. Garmatter, 46, of Perrysburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at Toledo Hospital. Jim was born Oct. 11, 1971 in Bluffton, Ohio, to Marvin D. and Karen S. (Anderson) Garmatter.

He graduated from Cory-Rawson High School in 1990 where he played football, basketball and ran track. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University.

Jim married Antoinette “Anne” Sherman on Sept. 30, 1995, at Hope Lutheran Church in Fostoria. Their family was complete after the birth of their two children, Noah and Rachel.


Adult volleyball league starts in early January

Register by Dec. 29 at BFR

Bluffton Family Recreation is taking team registrations for a winter adult volleyball league to begin in January.

Games are Thursday evenings from Jan. 4 through Feb. 8. Games begin at 6 p.m. The final week of play is a single-elimination tournament.

Registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 29. Register online by clicking here or call BFR at 419-358-4150. A $50 team deposit is required. The cost for each team is $150.