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West Elm Street project starts in early October

After a winter break, the project is slated for a June completion

Roadwork will begin on the West Elm Street project in early October, according to Jesse Blackburn, village administrator. The project covers Elm from Spring to Rosenberger Drive.

Blackburn brought Bluffton council members up to date on the project on Sept. 10.
The project has two phases.

• Water work phase
October to December –
• Installation of an 8-inch water main, creek crossing, new service lines, new meter settings where required and new fire hydrants.

Douglas MacDonald 1931 - 2018

Douglas G. MacDonald, 87, died Sept. 13, 2018, at Lima Memorial Health System.  Douglas was born Jan. 2, 1931, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to the late Gordon and Eugenia (Brizzolari) MacDonald. On May 26, 1950, he married Joanne Clutinger MacDonald and she survives.

Douglas served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant where he had been an electrician. 


PAX team from Hiroshima, Japan, presents programs here

Sept. 27 at Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center and at First Mennonite

On that fateful day, Aug. 6, 1945, Emiko was eating breakfast with her mother and older sister when suddenly there was a brilliant flash of light. The next thing she knew was that she was pinned to the tatami mat with a door on top of her.

Area residents will have the opportunity to hear stories like this when a PAX team of four from the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima, Japan, visits Bluffton on Thursday, Sept. 27.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Tommy Jennings

Tommy Jennings, 72, died Sept. 12, 2018. at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.  Arrangments are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Sultans of String perform on Town Hall Series Oct. 13

Canadian musicians are three-time JUCO nominees

Canadian musicians Sultans of String will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series, according to Jeff Yoder.

The Sultans are three-time JUCO nominees (Canada’s Grammy) and have charted songs on Billboard.

Folk Radio UK recently described their music as “an enthralling, adventurous celebration of the power music has to transcend geographical and cultural boundaries, and Sultans of String wield that power with grace, eloquence and spirit.” 


Combined class reunion planned for BHS 1983 and 1982

Bluffton High School Class of 1983 and 1982 will hold a combined 35-year class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Bluffton Golf Club.

The evening will start with a tour of Bluffton High School (Jackson Street entrance) at 7 p.m. followed by hors d'oeuvres and drinks at the Golf Club.

Please RSVP Julie Oberly (class of 1983) at oberlyj@blufftonschools.org or John Cramer (class of 1982) at John.Cramer@pgs.com  by Friday, Sept. 21.