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November 30, 2015

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Bluffton blood drive planned

An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled in Bluffton, Thursday, Dec. 6, from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. at First Mennonite Church, located at  101 S. Jackson St.

While walk-in donors are welcome, donors are encouraged to make appointments. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or go online at www.redcrossblood.org.

Written thanks and other basic rules for tax-deductible donations

Thanksgiving to New Year’s is a time for holiday generosity and tax-minimizing thrift.  Last year, about 25 percent of the Ohioans who filed federal individual tax returns claimed tax deductions for charitable donations, to the tune of $4.7 billion. 


Bluffton faculty to discuss restorative justice writing

Dr. Rudi Kauffman and Heather Koontz, assistant professors of restorative justice and social work, respectively, at Bluffton University, will present a program at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, on a chapter they co-authored in a new book about restorative justice.

The event is free and open to the public beginning with a 3:45 p.m. reception in the Musselman Library Reading Room on the Bluffton campus.

Speaker to share technology stories from Africa

Khanjan Mehta of Penn State University will discuss social entrepreneurial ventures and how technology has impacted Africa during a Bluffton University Forum on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Mehta’s presentation, “Solar Stews and Digital Funerals: Stories from East Africa,” is free and open to the public beginning at 11 a.m. in Founders Hall.

Mehta is director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program at Penn State, where he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

Pandora community meal planned

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a FREE Community Meal on Wednesday, Dec. 19,  from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora.

The meal this month is provided by the Hilty Home, the menu will be roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, dinner roll, fruit, cookies and beverage.  Everyone welcome!


An Old-Time Christmas at the Swiss Homestead Saturday afternoon

“An Old-Time Christmas at the Homestead” is the theme of the Christmas Season open house to be held by the Swiss Community Historical Society of Bluffton and Pandora at its historic 1843 Swiss Homestead, 8350 Bixel Road, on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 6 p.m. 

Christmas decorations of the 19th century will highlight the occasion, which will also feature live music and needlework in the parlor, hearth-cooking at the large kitchen fireplace, and candle-making in the basement of the recently-restored Schumacher House. 


Lease agreement with railroad could lead to bike-walking path to SR 103 restaurant area

In a relatively light agenda, Bluffton council meets Nov. 26 with two ordinances to consider.

The first ordinance under consideration involves a lease agreement between the Norfolk Southern Railroad and the village. The village is considering a lease with the railroad, which could provide for a biking and walking path from the County Line Road to the restaurant area along State Route 103.

More details on the path will follow on The Icon.

Maps showing Bluffton's holiday lights distributed around village

Over 200 holiday maps showing where to view Bluffton holiday lights were distributed over the weekend around Bluffton.

The free maps, provided by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, are avialable at:
• Greg's Pharmacy
• Bluffton Marathon
• The Ream display red mail box on the Presbyterian Church lawn
• Service stations on State Route 103

The map is also avialable in a printer-friendly format on the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce website.

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Lions holiday party Dec. 4

Joseph Helfrick will provide the program for the Bluffton Lions Club holiday party. The event is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Maple Crest.

Several other items of interest are available on the Bluffton Lions Club newsletter, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.