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Bluffton chamber gift certificates - for the difficult person on your list

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce reminds Bluffton shoppers that chamber gift certificates make great Christmas gifts.

Chamber gift certificates are available from any Citizens National Bank teller. Certificates may be purchased in any dollar amount. The certificates are good for 12 months from the date of purchase.

The certificates may be used in any Bluffton chamber business. Click here for the membership directory.

For questions about chamber gift certificates contact the chamber at: blufftonchamber@gmail.com.

Luke Denecker BHS student of the month

Luke Denecker is the Bluffton High School December student of the month.

He is the junior class vice president, is a member of the Student Senate, Latin Club and the National Honor Society. He is a member of the Allen Lima Leadership team and is in Ocean Focus. He attends St Mary's Catholic Church and is in its youth group, 

He has received multiple Student of the Year awards throughout high school including Science 9, Latin I, Geometry, Algebra II, World History, Health, and English 9 and 10.


Louis Barth visitation Saturday at St. Mary's

Louis Barth Jr., 80, died Dec. 12, 2018, at his residence in Lima.  Lou was born April 16, 1938, in Cincinnati to the late Louis and Leona (Carter) Barth.  On Feb. 6, 1959, he married Janet Barth who preceded him in death on Sept. 25, 2009.

Lou was a butcher at Kroger in Cincinnati and later retired from Dana Corporation.  He was a member of St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Lima and Loyal Order of the Moose #199, Lima.  


This concert is always a sell-out

Elementary musicians share the holiday spirit - Part 1

All photos by Jamie Nygaard

PART 1 (Click here for part 2 photos) - A highlight of the Christmas season in Bluffton is the all-elementary school afternoon concert.

Talk about a "sold out" gymnasium, this is it. Kindergarten through fifth grade musicians, under the direction of Alice Basinger, performed their tradition holiday concert selections plus new works.


Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Women’s Wellness Center accreditation renewal

Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Wellness Center was recently granted a renewal of its three-year/Full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.   

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. 

Still room in Saturday's Christmas cupcake workshop

The Frosting Studio, Bluffton, wants you to be ready for Christmas.

"Join us in our Christmas cupcake workshop," says Debra Stockford, shop owner. "You'll take home a Christmas cupcake 6-pack when the workshop is completed."

Stockford said the next workshop is at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at her business location, 142 E. Jefferson St., Bluffton - located in Tommy Plaza.

To join the workshop text, call or e-mail her to sign up at:
or debthecakequeen@hotmail.com