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Repair clinic Feb. 15 at library

Transition Bluffton program

Transition Bluffton, in cooperation with the Bluffton Public Library, will hold a free repair clinic on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the library’s lower level. 

Anyone is welcome to bring in small appliances, clothing, bicycles, electronics, etc. which need fixed in some way. Volunteers will be on hand to do basic repairs, troubleshooting and mending.

The purpose of this event is to help reduce landfill waste by repairing items instead of throwing them away. 


Local musicians perform Sunday in debut concert

The band Cloud of Witnesses will perform at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.

The concert is free and open to the public. 

Wendy Chappell-Dick and Phil Gratz, perform in the duo's debut concert. They will present a blend of folk, rock, country, and pop.

They will be joined by bassist Chris Gott and multi-instrumentalist Lucas Harnish.

Chappell-Dick said, "Cloud of Witnesses specializes in guitar-driven songs with meaningful lyrics that have stood the test of time."


3 Democrat candidates for Congress will debate in Bluffton

Shannon Freshour, Mike Larsen, Jeffrey Sites in town hall Saturday evening 

Three Democratic candidates are vying for the chance to represent Allen County – and Ohio's Fourth Congressional District – in Congress. 

In Ohio’s primary on March 17, Democratic voters will choose one of these candidates to run for the seat currently held by Jim Jordan in the U.S. House. 

Saturday, Feb 15, the public is invited to hear what these candidates have to say, in an open forum from 7-9 p.m. at the Bluffton town hall third floor, 154 N. Main St. 

The forum will include opening and closing statements as well as the chance for rebuttals. 


Feb. 22 caregivers support network program in Ottawa

A caregiver support network event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 22, according to Jami Dellifield, of the Hardin County OSU extension office. A two-page flyer attached at the bottom of this story provides complete details.

The local event is held at the Putnam County Extension Office, 1206 E. 2nd Street, Ottawa. Check in is at 12:30 p.m. and the program begins at 1 p.m.

The cost is $10 for individuals. Several resources are available for participants.


Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 14-17

Quarry Farm invites participants on Saturday

Each February, the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology team up to coordinate the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Join fellow birders of all skill levels on Saturday, Feb. 15, to walk the trails at The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm  from 9 to 10:30 a.m.


Bluffton Pediatrics participates in disabilities event

Conference and resource fair March 28

Bluffton Pediatrics will participate in the 6th annual Regional Disabilities Conference and Resource Fair in March.

The event is held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 28, at Union Chapel Missionary Church, 4869 Ada Road, Lima.

This is a regional resource and information event by the Allen County Educational Service Center, the Allen County Parent Mentor Program, the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the West Central Ohio Abilities Collaborative and Autism Life Center.