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May 22, 2018

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BHS band with first-ever uniforms

Bluffton High School's marching band history goes at 90 school years. The first band, according to the Bluffton High School yearbook, was organized in 1925-26.

Here's the band in 1930-31, wearing the first-ever uniforms of the band.  This band placed second in the Northwestern Ohio Instrumental Eisteddof held at Ada.

Band competing at that event were Bowling Green, Ada, Fostoria, Lima Central and Bluffton. Fostoria's band won the contest.

The band members are identified by instrument they play, not in their standing order. Sidney Hauenstein directed the band.

LouAnn Osborne 1937-2016

LouAnn Osborne of Columbus Grove, 79, died Oct. 7, 2016.  LouAnn was born June 8, 1937, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Edwin and Marcellina (Haselman) Palte. She married Donald Osborne who preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2012.

Survivors include daughters Amy (Paul) Shoppell of Van Wert, and Anne Osborne of Columbus Grove; a son, Donald Osborne of Columbus Grove; a grandson, Joseph Shoppell; a granddaughter, Marcy Shoppell; a sister, Rita Plaugher of Harrod; a brother, William (Nancy) Palte, and a sister-in-law Doris Palte.

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Allen County Visionaries annual dinner Oct. 13

Visionary of the year and visionary citizen of the year awards to be presented

The Allen County Visionaries will hold their annual dinner on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Shawnee Country Club. The Visionaries is the private arm of Allen County’s economic development efforts. The nearly 100-member companies and individuals provide half the funding of the Allen Economic Development Group.

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Letter: We have ODOT's eyes and ears right now

Perfect time to voice your concerns about pedestrians and driver safety at Main and College

Dear Bluffton friends, neighbors, and business owners:

We have ODOT's eyes and ears right now. Please email Kirk Slusher at kirk.slusher@dot.state.oh.us. or call (419) 999-6804 (closed on Columbus Day) about the dangerous conditions at Main St. and College Ave.

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Let's polka!

6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at the public library; call to register your spot on the floor

Let’s polka!

Bluffton Public Library opens a new chapter in its history on Thursday with a polka party.

The library staff invites patrons to a polka party at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, in the lower level of the library.

Elaine Wehri, local realtor, auctioneer and accordion player, will keep the party moving. In addition to live music there will be food, games and lots of other activities.

The library asks persons planning to attend to register. Call the library at 419-358-5016 or visit the library at 145 S. Main St.

School board action involves winter coaching supplemental contract action

13 contracts on the agenda Monday

Several winter supplemental coaching contracts are on Monday’s Bluffton school board agenda.

Thirteen contracts to be acted upon involve boys’ basketball, freshman boys’ basketball, middle school boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and wrestling. The list is in the board agenda, an attachment at the bottom of this story.

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