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December 17, 2017

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$2,495.78 in loose change

Elementary students' collection total for Adopt-A-Family at Christmas

Ask elementary students to collect loose change for a good cause and watch what happens.

The challenge was put to Bluffton Kindergarten through fifth graders during the past three weeks.

On Friday, Dec. 15, students took the coins collected to Citizens National Bank. They watched as the coins dropped into the coin counter.

The result: $2,495.78 collected!

2,511 items collected for food pantry

Students at Bluffton Middle School have collected non-perishable goods for the Bluffton Food Pantry since November, according to Robin Ault, middle school teacher.

On Wednesday morning Bluffton University baseball team members picked up the items collected and delivered them to the food pantry at St. John's UCC.

Each of the grades, 6-8 had a goal of 500 items, but all exceeded this goal. The 6th grade collected 517, 7th grade collected 1,012, and 8th grade donated 982 items. This is a grand total of 2,511 items.

Farmers' market vendors donate $500 to Bluffton food pantry

Bluffton Farmers' Market vendors held their annual Christmas gathering, a carry-in dinner with a side of business on Dec. 12.

Some 40 vendors and family members enjoyed a delicious meal that included many homegrown and homemade foods, discussed the 2017 market season and made a donation to the community that hosts them.

Vendors expressed their appreciation for Citizens National Bank, which provides the parking lot space used by the market at 102 S. Main St.

County Line Road-Lake Street detour next week

Work on railroad crossing Dec. 18-22

County Line Road (Orange Township Road 15) will be closed at the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing near Lake Street next week.

The road will be closed at the crossing from 8 a.m., Monday Dec. 18, through Friday, Dec. 22, according to Jesse Blackburn of the village.

According to the company doing the repair, the road should reopen sometime on Friday, Dec. 22.

Red Cross blood drive Thursday at First Mennonite Church

From 1 to 6 p.m.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 1-6 p.m. 

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.”

First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton. Donors should enter by the Jackson Street entrance directly across from Bluffton Elementary School. An elevator is located at that entrance.

It's a Christmas concert sell-out!

The annual Bluffton elementary Christmas concert

Photos by Jamie Nygaard

It's Bluffton annual sell-out concert.

Over a 12-month period there's nothing in Bluffton that quite compares to the Bluffton elementary Christmas concert.

Place all Kindergarteners through fifth graders in the east side bleachers of the high school gym. Fill the floor with seats. Open the doors about 60+ minutes prior to the concert and before you know it, it is standing room only.

How Alice Basinger handles it, we don't know. Does she get any sleep the night before?