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Absolutely everything you need to know about this year's Blaze of Lights

The Saturday after Thanksgiving in Bluffton means more than just the OSU-Michigan football game.

It means the Blaze of Lights. 

But, the Blaze of Lights is more than just a one-day event. In addition to the events taking place on Nov. 29, it includes these elements that continue nightly through Jan. 1:

• the Ream folk art holiday display
• the Gift of Giving light show extravaganza
• Bluffton Main Street business district Christmas window displays
• a tour of Bluffton’s residential yard lighting

$500 prize money in Bluffton residential lighting contest

Bluffton’s residential holiday lighting contest prize money totals $500 this year. The chamber contributed $350 and First National Bank contributed $150.


BHS Latin and art departments plan trip to Italy, Greece; adults invited to join group

The Bluffton High School Latin and art departments are planning a trip to Italy and Greece in June of 2016, and have opened the trip to adults in the Bluffton community. Interested persons are invited to attend an information meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. 

The meeting will take place in the Latin room - room 303 in the high school Those unable to attend but interested in learning more may e-mail Vickie Garmon at Garmonv@blufftonschools.org or Brigitte Hoff and Hoffb@blufftonschools.

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificate to the rescue

Having problems with gift selections this holiday season? The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce has the solution.

You may purchase a chamber gift certificate to give as a gift. The certificates are available from any teller at Citizens National Bank. You may purchase certificates in any monetary amount.

Each certificate is good for 12 months after the date of purchase. Certificates may be used in any Bluffton business.

Open houses for two businesses now located in former Movie Gallery building: Panache and RealLiving CCR Realtors

Two Bluffton businesses that recently opened in the former Movie Gallery building at 142 E. Jefferson St., will have open houses this weekend.

RealLiving CCR Realtors

Bluffton’s newest business, RealLiving CCR Realtors, 142 E. Jefferson St., Suite B, will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Dino Guagenti of Lima is the broker involved with the firm. Realtors are Steve Shulaw, Kate Shulaw, Elaine Wehri, Lisa Wenger and Maria Sanko.

Weekly weather summary: Baby, it's cold outside

It's only mid-November and suddenly someone turned down the thermostat.

The lowest minimum daily temperature since Nov. 12 was 13 and the highest was 37 degrees.

Here's the November daily weather summary to day from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

BHS peer facilitation class collecting pop tabs

The Bluffton High School peer facilitation class is collecting pop tabs to send to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which raises money by recycling the tabs.

The BHS students hope to involve the entire community. To donate your pop tabs, contact the class at 16whitd@blufftonschools.org.

Jayne Caskie, Ryn Farmer, Kathy Dickson first winners in Downtown Merchants' 3/50 drawing

Jayne Caskie, Ryn Farmer and Kathy Dickson are the October drawing winners in Bluffton's downtown merchants' 3/50 Project. They each received a bag full of downtown Bluffton gift certificates and products.

According to their entry forms, the three winners shopped at Spectrum Salon, The Dough Hook, The Black Lab, Ten Thousand Villages, Luke’s Bar and Grill, Greg’s Pharmacy and The Food Store.

Santa visits Town & Country Flowers Saturday 10 a.m. to noon

You'd better watch out.

Santa Claus is coming to town, thanks to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

He'll be here four Saturdays in a row, so your chances to talk with him are excellent. (Mrs. Claus comes with him on Saturday, Nov. 29).

Dec. 11 next Bluffton blood drive

Bluffton's next American Red Cross blood drive is from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, in First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St.

Walk-ins are accepted.

To schedule an appointment go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code "fmenncbl"