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PAX at home presentation Feb. 20

In Bluffton elementary

A PAX at Home presentation is set for 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Bluffton elementary fourth-fifth grade lab room.

The program is a hoome version of the Good  Behavior Game children play in Kindergarten and first grade classrooms.

According to Tim Closson, elementary principal, "What better way to help with problem behaviors at home and do the same thing your children already do at school."

The presentation will include distribution of free material involving the program.

No longer the butt of jokes

Buckeye Park restroom is gone - new facility on the drawing board

There’s one less restroom in Bluffton, but no one is complaining.

The building – if you’d call it a restroom – at the Spring Street side of the Buckeye Park was removed earlier this month by village employees.

Its condition was the butt of jokes during a recent Bluffton council meeting, when one village employee stated, “We ought to pay people to use it,” noting its condition.

While it’s not cheap to go to the bathroom, Bluffton council’s park and recreation board, meeting on Jan. 29, flushed out ideas for a replacement.

Dotsons open Tommy's Place in Columbus Grove

Available for parties and to groups interested in a regular event location

Tom and Sheena Dotson, owners of Tommy Tire Sales, Bluffton, recently purchased the former The Fun Zone in Columbus Grove and have turned it into a rental hall called Tommy’s Place.

The facility at 304 Delphos Road, Columbus Grove, has several functions, according to Tom Dotson.


Henry's Restaurant, Ottawa, named Ottawa Large Business of the Year

Henry's Restaurant, Ottawa, was recently named the Ottawa Large Business of the Year by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

Bluffton residents John and Joyce Harris own the restaurant, located at N. Locust St., Ottawa. The restaurant is known as a full-service family-style restaurant with banquet facilities and catering service.

The restaurant phone number is 419-523-5656.


56.7 tons of salt used this winter on Allen's roads

Ohio Department of Transportation released its salt usage for 2017-18 winter as of Feb. 14. Details follow:

Salt used:  56,769 tons
Liquid de-icer:  901,834 gallons
Miles driven for snow and ice:  747,999
Total cost:  $7,001,851

Totals versus last year same time:
Salt used: 29,198 tons
Liquid de-icer:  373,502 gallons
Miles driven for snow and ice:  371,777
Total cost:  $3,761,193

Grace Albrecht Gallery to host senior show

Senior artists and graphic designers from Bluffton University will showcase their most prominent work in their combined exhibit “Branching Off.” Amanda Diller, Bluffton, Miriam Fike, Lima, Tyler Frank, Maumee, Alissa Hauke, Leesburg, and Chase King, Cairo, will have work on display. 

The exhibit opens March 1 and runs through March 28 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center.