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February 6, 2016

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Etta Jo Huber was active in several local organizations

Etta Jo Huber, 86, died Feb. 5, 2016, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Dec. 27, 1929, in Circleville to Joliffe B. and Irene (Osborne) Maynard.  On Jan. 21, 1951, she married Dale L Huber, and he survives near Bluffton.
Etta graduated from Commercial Point High School in 1946 and Office Training School, Columbus in 1947.  She enjoyed raising her family, being a farm wife, and helping run the family business, Specialty Foods of Ohio, that she co-owned with her husband for 20 years before retiring in 1990.


Shirley Kirk had volunteered at Bluffton Hospital and Et Cetera Shop

Shirley J. Kirk, 88, of Ottawa, died at 3:25 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

She was born Dec. 1, 1927, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to the late Gordon H. and Gertrude (Spencer) Hosmer. Her step-father, Minor "Mac" McDougle is also deceased.

On June 1, 1947 she married William C. "Bill" Kirk at the First Baptist Church in Lima. After 57 years of marriage, he iedy on April 2, 2004.


MHCO accepting nursing scholarship applications

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Bluffton, is accepting applications for the Barbara Fleming Memorial Nursing Scholarship. 

The scholarship is meant to promote the career of nursing and the scholarship money may be used toward a degree as a licensed practical nurse, a degree as a registered nurse, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

The scholarship is to be used to pay school related expenses toward any of these degrees.

The scholarship offers a minimum award of $500, and will be paid directly to the vocational school or college where the student is enrolled.

Beaverdam-Richland Fire and EMS receives Community Investment funds

Beaverdam-Richland Fire and EMS was one of 12 area fire and EMS agencies that was a recipient of funds released at the EMS/FD Award Recognition Luncheon on Feb. 2 at St. Rita's Medical Center.

The event recognized the area EMS and fire agencies awarded Community Investment funds from St. Rita’s Health Partners.

The Community Investment funds assist local EMS and fire agencies with the anticipated costs of replacing or upgrading heart-related EMS equipment.

Apollo launches Career Tech Education Month

Apollo Career Center launched Career Tech Education Month with its annual all area boards meeting on Feb. 4.

The program highlights included an update by Superintendent Judy Wells on the progress of the seven-phase construction/renovation of Apollo Career Center.


Bluffton schools accepting 2016-17 open enrollment applications

The Bluffton Exempted Village School District is currently accepting applications from students interested in attending the school district through open enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year.
Students from any school district in Ohio may apply and enroll in Bluffton Schools tuition free.  Students are admitted on a full-time basis only.
Applications are approved annually on a first come, first served basis and approval is subject to grade level enrollment and educational programs.

Blanchard River Watershed Partnership newsletter on Icon

The winter newsletter of the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is now on the Icon.

The partnership is involved in several programs related to the Blanchard River watershed area.

Bob Antibus of Bluffton is one of the partnership's board members. The newsletter is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Maple syrup season celebrated soon in Metro Parks

Several events are planned in February by the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District. Those events follow:

On Saturday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m., the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District and will offer maple fest' volunteer training and pancake breakfast at McElroy Environmental Education Center.

Experienced and new volunteers are welcome to attend. Call 419-221-1232 to register by Feb. 18.


Bluffton American Legion observes Religious Emphasis Week by attending Baptist Church

The Bluffton American Legion will observe Religious Emphasis Week, Feb. 7 to  13. 
On Sunday, Feb. 7, Chaplain Donald Rock/ Morris Gorman of Post No. 382 announced that members of the Bluffton American Legion will attend services at Bluffton Baptist Church.

All Veterans and their spouses are welcome to addend the service, and the Legion asks veterans and spouses to be at the church at 10:30 a.m., services begin at 10:45 a.m.


BRWP sponsors rain barrel decorating contest

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is sponsoring a Rain Barrel Decorating Contest at the Greater Findlay Home Show Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, at the Findlay Village Mall.

Thirty-three Rain Barrels have been entered in this year’s contest.  All Rain Barrels will be on display at the Home Show on March 5-6.  Plan to stop at the Findlay Mall and vote for your favorite Rain Barrel.

The three categories this year are:
1). Agricultural Theme,
2). Watershed Theme and
3). General Theme.