• Red Cross blood drive, First Mennonite, Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m.

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$500 bonuses given to all village employees

Mayor Augsburger: “Payroll is down, it’s been a rough year for the staff and it’s a nice gesture.”

Employees of the Village of Bluffton will each receive a $500 bonus this month. On top of that each employee will receive a $20 Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificate.

Bluffton council approved the bonus plan on Nov. 27. The $500 bonuses cost the village $11,000.

According to Judy Augsburger, mayor, “Payroll is down, it’s been a rough year for the staff and it’s a nice gesture.”

She said that an approximate $40,000 surplus is in the payroll account due to the fact that the village went without a paid village administrator for several months.

Red Cross blood drive Dec. 14 at First Mennonite Church

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 1-6 p.m. 

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.”

First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton. Donors should enter by the Jackson Street entrance directly across from Bluffton Elementary School. An elevator is located at that entrance.

Bridge Bereavement Services hosting Living Through Loss “Will it be a Blue Christmas”

Bridge Bereavement Services will offer a presentation that focuses on how individuals can prepare for the holidays while allowing themselves to grieve in a healthy manner on Monday, Dec. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 S. Main St., Findlay.

The presentation is free, open to the public and registration is not required.

Attendees will be provided with the tools and assistance necessary to create a luminary to light in honor and remembrance of their loved one, if they choose to do so.

Here are recent births at Bluffton Hospital

Oct. 31 to Dec. 1

The following recent births were provided by Bluffton Hospital.

Oct. 31 – Elijah Scott Guerra, son of Maria Guerra and Tyler Larson, Ottawa

Nov. 1 – Kira Ava Henderson, daughter of Marcus Henderson and Isabella Anarado, Ottawa

Nov. 9 – Axel Raiden Szymczak, son of Nicholas and Rachel Szymczak, Findlay

Nov. 15 – Slade Allan Inbody, son of Michelle and Jordan Inbody, Findlay

Nov. 16 – Clark William Miller, son of Andy and Sarah Miller, Kalida

Nov. 18 – Haley Marie Wyant, daughter of Jeremy and Kelly Wyant, Bluffton

League play, tournaments and individual opportunities

BFR releases programming plans for first half of 2018

Bluffton Family Recreation announces its schedule of programming and tournaments for the first half of 2018, according to Amy Byers, sports coordinator.

The events in January, February and March are already set. Events in April through July are in the planning stages. Watch the Icon for more details on those.

Here’s the programming schedule: