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Blanchard Valley Hospital Trauma Center verified as a Level III Trauma Center

Designation was earned through teamwork

The trauma center at Blanchard Valley Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). 

This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The BVH Trauma Center is under the medical direction of Doug Yoder, MD.

Information meeting on forming Rotary Club tonight at Marbeck

An information meeting for persons interested in forming a Bluffton Rotary Club takes place tonight (Wednesday, March 22) at Marbeck Center.

According to Bill Aubry of Upper Sandusk Rotary, the meeting is open to the public at 5:30 p.m. in the Kreider Room of Marbeck Center on the Bluffton University campus.

Persons wanting additional information may contact Aubry at 419-294-7343 or e-mail upperaub@yahoo.com.

Work to impact I-75 traffic around Findlay begins this week

Will reconstruct and widen five miles

Ohio Department of Transportation released the following details of Interstate 75 construction around Findlay. The following impacts to traffic related to the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County are scheduled to occur in the coming weeks:
Interstate 75 Findlay

Consider sponsoring a downtown flowerpot

Stratton Greenhouses working on this year's program

Orders are now being placed for this summer’s downtown flowerpots.

According to Susie and Steve Stratton of Stratton Greenhouses, “This is our 11th year for providing the potted plants on Main Street.”


To make this happen the Strattons invite contributions to keep the program going. This year, like last year, the sponsorships are $125 per pot. If sponsored by Monday, March 27, the cost is $115 per pot.

2017-18 Bluffton Kindergarten screening April 3-4

Registration underway at elementary office

Kindergarten screening for the 2017-18 school year in the Bluffton school district takes place Monday and Tuesday, April 3 and 4.

Any child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2017, is eligible to enroll. Contact the elementary office at 419-358-7951 with the following information:

• Student’s name
• Birth date
• Parents’ names
• Address
• Phone number

You may also send information via email to marquartt@blufftonschools.org.

Blanchard Valley Hospital named one of nations 100 top hospitals

Fifth time since 2005 by Truven Health Analytics

Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) was recently named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health business. This is the fifth time BVH has been recognized with this honor. Previous years in which the organization received this distinction include 2005, 2011, 2015 and 2016.

Farmers' Market vendor meeting set March 28

Opening date for market is Saturday, May 6

The Bluffton Farmers' Market vendors will hold its pre-season meeting in late March, according to Greg Probst, director.

The meeting, open to anyone interested in learning about being a vendor, is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, in the third floor of the town hall.

At that meeting Probst will explain the rules and regulations and vendor fees of the market and will allow vendors to sign up for the entire season.

This year's opening date is Saturday, May 6. The market is open from 8:30 a.m. to noon each Saturday through October - rain or shine.

Here's Bluffton council March-April meetings

Bluffton council has several meetings set in March and April. Those meetings follow:

• Monday, March 21 - SSI computer demonstration, town hall, 6 p.m.
• Monday, March 27 - Council  meeting, town hall, 8 p.m.
• Thursday, April 6 - Street and alley committee and
   Bluffton pathway board, town hall, noon
• Monday, April 10  - Council meeting, town hall 8 p.m.
• Monday, April 10 - Alley vacation public hearing, town hall, 8:15 p.m.


Just in time for prom season

Here's a great incentive for prom-goers to shop local

Prom season is approaching.

Six Bluffton businesses have partnered to encourage area youth to shop local for all of their prom needs by using an Ultimate Prom Pass.

The idea of the “prom pass” originated from a conversation between two friends, Rachel Davis, owner of Studio Silhouette, and Joanna Gratz, a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope.

“We originally were talking about how the two of us could partner so high school girls could get their prom dress and jewelry in one stop,” said Gratz.

Village accepting applications for 2017 swimming pool season

The Village of Bluffton is now accepting applications for lifeguards and management  for the 2017 pool season, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.

Applications are available in the Bluffton town hall lobby, 154 N. Main St.

Persons with questions may call 419-358-2066. Applications are due by Friday, April 28.