October 25, 2014



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Leaf pick-up will start within next two weeks - here's the details

Within the next two weeks, the Village Service Department will begin the annual leaf pickup throughout town, according to Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator. He will provide leaf pick-up details during Monday's Bluffton council meeting. 

The entire council agenda is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

"As the mowing duties begin to slow down, we will begin picking up leaves on a part-time basis," he said.  "Depending on the weather and the leaves, we anticipate the leaf pick-up will last through the end of November."

Allen County Visionaries honor Jim Reber, Hary Shutt

The Allen County Visionaries presented the prestigious Visionary of the Year Awards at their annual dinner Thursday night.  These awards are given to members of the Visionaries and members of the community who have worked to promote economic development and the betterment of our community.  All proceeds from the dinner go to fund economic development efforts in Allen County.

The Visionary of the Year Award was Jim Reber.  Reber is President/CEO of Health Innovations Ohio.  He retired as President/CEO of St. Rita's Health Partners in 2012 after 24 years with the hospital. 


Tree walk on university campus Oct. 24

Icon viewers are invited to a tree walk on the Bluffton University campus. Meet at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in front of Marbeck Center. Joanne Antibus will lead the walk. Participants may admire and identify trees. The walk is open to the public.




Public library holds food drive through Nov. 18

Bluffton Public Library will hold a fall food drive from Oct. 21 to Nov. 18 for donations to the West Ohio Food Bank.

Suggested donations include: canned meat, canned fruit, canned soup, canned vegetables, boxed instant potatoes, gravy mix packages, pasta and rice.

Donors may place food items in the food barrels provided at the library.

Church-pop culture examined in Oct. 28 forum

Ken Heffner, director of student activities at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., will reflect on the relationship between the church and popular culture in a Bluffton University forum Oct. 28.

Speaking at 11 a.m. in Founders Hall, he will address “Why Should We Care About Arcade Fire? A Christian Approach to Popular Culture.” His presentation is free and open to the public.

Boston-based artist featured in Albrecht gallery

Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center will host “Time/Line,” drawings by Boston-based artist Kevin Townsend, beginning Oct. 27 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery.

The exhibit is free and open to the public through Nov. 25. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. on opening day, Oct. 27.

It's Bluffton 61 and 6-1 WRA 13

Bluffton High School whipped Western Reserve Academy (6-1) in a non-conference Saturday night game 61-13.

The game stats are below.


Auditions sought for Ohio Has Talent!

Auditions for the eighth annual Ohio Has Talent! competition will be held Nov. 14 and 15 in Van Wert.

The top 20 acts will take part in the Feb. 28, 2015, Ohio Has Talent! show at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. All entertainment talents are welcome – single and group acts – especially those other than singing and dancing, to provide variety for the show.


University offers mediation training

Bluffton University will host a 20-hour mediation training program for interested community members, as well as Bluffton students, faculty and staff, from Oct. 24-26.

The trainers, Lorraine Stutzman-Amstutz and Jackie Wells, will focus on basic principles of restorative justice and mediation, and will wrap up by sharing ways to implement practices in community, prison and educational settings.

Blanchard Valley Health Systems implements Ebola response

In response to growing national and statewide concern, Blanchard Valley Health System recently activated the Ebola response preparations protocol that it began developing this summer.