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Blanchard Valley Hospital earns Top Performer on Key Quality Measures Recognition from The Joint Commission

Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.


Two Bluffton area open houses on Sunday hosted by CCR Realtors

Two residential open houses take place on Sunday, Nov. 16, in the Bluffton area, according to Kate Shulaw, CCR realtor.

• 1 to 3 p.m. at 137 Villanova Dr., Bluffton. The four-bedroom residence is on 0.48 acres 

• 3 to 5 p.m. at 10100 E. Lincoln Highway. The three-bedroom residence was built in 2014.

For details on these residences contact:


Cherne makes $10,000 donation to West Ohio Food Bank

 Cherne has donated $10,000 to the West Ohio Food Bank as part of the work it is performing at Potash during the current turnaround. Cherne provides the funds based on the number of hours worked by the union members they have hired from the Lima Building & Construction Trades Council.


Blanchard Valley Hospital recognized for outstanding record in patient safety

Blanchard Valley Hospital was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog.


New Leaf Landscape/Garden Center, Ada, has Christmas open house Saturday

New Leaf Landscape/Garden Center, 0395 State Route 235, Ada, will hold its Christmas open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15.

The event includes a Christmas decorating demonstration from 10 to 11 a.m. There are open house specials, refreshments  and door prizes.

This season New Leaf offers:
• Country and rustic decorations
• Burlap trees and decor
• Artificial trees and greenery
• Chocolate cluster candy
• Cemetery saddles and wreaths
• Poinsettia and Christmas cactus


Groves Heritage and Bears now open; special event on Saturday

Groves Bears is now open, better stated, re-opened for business.

After a change in ownership, the teddy bear and antique store at 204 N. Main St., has officially reopened as Groves Heritage and Bear store, according to Eric DeWitt, store manager. Chris Honeyman is co-manager. The new owner is Dr. James Gideon.

In celebration of its re-opening the shop has a Steiff event on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A special Steiff program takes place at noon.


2006 Honda Civic LX Kirtland's manager special of the week

Kirtland's Auto Sales, 302 N. Main St., Bluffton, has a new manager's special, according to Jim Kinn.

The vehicle is a 2006 Honda Civic LX listed at $9,995. For a complete list of this vehicle's features open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

And, visit Kirtland's website for their complete list of vehicles available.


Lewis Family McDonald’s prepares its annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner - you may volunteer to help

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, Lewis Family McDonald’s begins its preparations for its annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner. The dinner, started in 1989 by the Chester Carey Family, is now in its 10th year. The dinner will be held on Thursday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lima Veteran’s Memorial Civic and Convention Center.

“We recognize the importance of having a place for people to eat and fellowship on a special day like Thanksgiving,” says local McDonald’s owner, Jerry Lewis. “We continue to be amazed with the support of our community.”


Heated vehicle storage opens on North Main Street

Tim and Pat Boutwell have opened a new business that offers heated vehicle storage in Bluffton.

The facility is provided by Marsh Run Properties, LLC, owned by the Boutwells. The storage is located at 906 N. Main St., next door to Masterpiece Signs and Graphics, Inc.

Boutwells said that they saw a need for winter storage of vehicles, motorcycles, boats and other large vehicles that need to be stored in a heated area.


First National celebrates 95 years of community banking with two special CDs

First National Bank is celebrating 95 years of community banking with two special CD offerings, for a limited time only.

The bank has the following special CD rates:
• 23-month 0.95 percent, APY
• 47-month 1.95 percent, APY