December 21, 2014


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Bluffton Hospital announces new additions to area families

Bluffton Hospital has reported the following births:

November 3
Willow Jean Camper, daughter of Sierra Vaughn and Logan Camper, Forest.

November 4
Brooklyn Marie Rupert, daughter of Michael and Erin Rupert, Ottawa.

November 8
Bentley Michael, son of Miranda Fagan and Brian McKinney, Elida.

November 11
Ryker Nathaniel Schmehl, son of Justin and Nancy Schmehl, Rawson.

Wyatt Elmer Maag, son of Shane and Jodi Maag, Ottawa.

Evan, son of Alex Sider and Kathy Dickson, Bluffton.

It certainly doesn’t feel like December

With temperatures in the 50, the weather this week may not put people in the Christmas spirit, but we’ll take it.

Here’s the daily weather high and low temperatures for the first 15 days of the month with snowfall (none) and precipitation (scan), provided by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

The information is in the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Cory-Rawson Impressions offer gift wrapping Dec. 20

Hate wrapping presents? Not sure how to wrap that weirdly shaped gift? Tired of fighting with the scotch tape?

The Cory-Rawson Impressions will hold a gift wrapping fundraiser in the new cafeteria at Cory-Rawson Elementary School from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.

They also encourage parents to bring their children along, because they'll have Christmas movies playing in the choir room while the gifts are being wrapped.

There is no charge for gift wrapping, but donations would be extremely appreciated.

500 to 600 wrestling fans come to Bluffton on Saturday; BHS host to county tournament

From 500 to 600 high school wrestling parents and fans will be in Bluffton on Saturday, according to Alex Hanna, Bluffton High School athletic director.

Bluffton High School will host the 2014-15 Allen County wrestling tournament. Ten schools will bring wrestlers. Those schools are:
• Bluffton
• Allen East
• Bath
• Delphos Jefferson
• Delphos St. John’s
• Elida
• Lima Central Catholic
• Lima Senior
• Shawnee
• Spencerville

Construction in Bluffton during 2014 totaled $9.9 million

Building permits in Bluffton in 2014 totaled $9,912,909, according to figures released this week by Jamie Mehaffie, village administrator.

The total includes:
• Commercial and industrial at $9,200,000
• Residential                           at    $712,909

The largest construction project involved GROB Systems, with its $8.2 million expansion. The second largest was Hancock Investor Group, which constructed a multi-family development at 44 State Route 103, listed at $900,000.

Visit an 1840s Christmas on Saturday at the Swiss homestead

How did our Bluffton-Pandora Swiss ancestors celebrate Christmas?

The Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas open house, “Christmas at the Homestead” will be Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1-6 p.m. at the Schumacher Homestead.


The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season.

Here's a United Way update and a contribution form

The United Way of Bluffton, Beaverdam, and Richland Township current 2014-15 campaign has raised $6,607, out of the campaign goal of $25,000. 

The percentage amount raised is 26.43 percent. 

"If you have not contributed please send your donation to Citizens National Bank Bluffton, Ohio," said Neil Reichenbach, treasurer of the United Way.

Wishing for a Merry Christmas

Now here's a Bluffton Christmas tree with a special purpose.

The tree adorns the lobby of Bluffton Child Development Center. It's a "wish" tree. On it are wishes that persons stopping in the Center may choose to supply to the Center. 

If you'd like to see the entire tree, simply click on the photo below.

It’s December, but the weather outside isn’t frightful

It’s December, but the weather outside is not frightful. It’s “fallish,” wouldn’t you agree.

So far this month the high temperature was 43 on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. The low was 23 on Dec. 1, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

To view the weather stats for the first eight days of December open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

BFR will hold Silly Saturday Dec. 13

Christmas Crafts is the theme of this month's Silly Saturday program at
BFR Sports & Fitness. Children ages 5-8 are invited to create
three craft projects that can be used as gifts this holiday season. Silly
Saturday will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13; leader
will be Kelly Honse. Cost is $12/$8 BFR members and covers all the
materials needed for the crafts. Call BFR, 419-358-4150, to register.