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January 21, 2017


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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Jeff Bridgewater

Jeff Bridgewater, 47, of Bluffton died Jan. 20, 2017 at his residence.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Several council, school board, township trustees races in 2017

4 council, 3 school board, 2 township trustees

Several seats will be on the November 2017 ballot in Bluffton village, Richland Township and school board races. The general election is  Nov. 7.

According to the Allen County Board of Elections, the following seats will be on the ballot this year.

Community Assistance Program involves the entire Bluffton community

Perfect example - the birthday cake mix story posted below

A Bluffton Community Assistance (CAP) food pantry volunteer assisted a client whose young child was having a birthday.

The client couldn’t afford a birthday cake. When the mother came to the food pantry and discovered boxed cakes supplies and frosting, there were tears in her eyes.

Bluffton middle school and high school students, who brought donations from Christmas food drives, learned about this story.

As Ed Yeager, CAP board president, shares: “Following that, ‘whooom’ - bunches of baking supplies and cake mixes came pouring in.”

Master gardening classes accepting students

The Master Gardeners Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock counties will
offer the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima
Campus this spring.

This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county  assisting with Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored educational programs and activities for residents. Volunteer opportunities and projects vary by county.


ODOT long-range bike route plan will begin this spring

Bluffton could be part of a Cincinnati-Toledo route

This is the second in a two-part series on a proposed national and statewide bicycle route network that could pass through Bluffton’s Main Street. It needs Bluffton council’s support for it to take place. That second reading of legislation on the route is on the Monday, Jan. 23, council agenda. CLICK HERE for the first story in this series.

CNB presents '17 ag outlook free seminar

Byrce Knorr featured speaker

Citizens National Bank and Williamson Insurance Agency will hold a free seminar for farmers and ag businesses at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Delphos.

The program is held at the Delphos Eagles Aerie #471, 1600 E. 5th St.

A continental breakfast will be served prior to a presentation by Williamson Insurance describing an overview of annual crop insurance changes and what farmers can expect in the upcoming year.


BHS girls move to 10-4 overall and 4-0 in NWC

Bluffton stops Paulding 55-42

Averey Rumer was leading scorer for the Bluffton High School girls' basketball team tonight in a win over Paulding.

It was Bluffton 55 to Paulding's 42 and BHS moved to 10-4 overall and 4-0 in Northwest Conference action.

Paulding moves to 4-11 and 3-2 in NWC play.



Your chance to become the artist you always wanted to be

3:30 p.m. on Friday - it's Art fun for the family - at the library

Here's you chance to be the artist that may be hiding inside you.

You (and any family member) have an invitation from the Bluffton Public Library to participate in Art Fun for the Family. It's from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, in the Richland Room (lower level).

Art and crafts activities for all ages. Make a balanced mobile after reading about Alexander Calder, or a drip painting inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock.

All participants should wear old clothes. Please note that children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

BFR indoor soccer Session III sign-up underway

5-week schedule include tournaments at session's end

Soccer fans can now sign-up for Session III Bluffton Family Recreation indoor soccer league play, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

The session runs five weeks from Feb. 19 through April 1 and the sign-up deadline is Sunday, Feb. 12.  Players should note that Session III starts one week earlier than originally posted in the fall.

The session includes a tournament at the conclusion of league play and the team registration fee is $475.

Players may register online by clicking here.

Zoning hearing Jan. 24

 Bluffton Board of Zoning and Building Appeals will hold a public hearing  at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the third floor of the town hall.

The hearing is to consider a request for the approval of a Conditional Use of a hospital-owned parcel at 565 Harmon Road, currently zoned in the R-II Residential District.

The Conditional Use reqeust involves this property being used as a parking area for medical office use.