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'18 Blaze theme: 12 Days of Christmas

No, it's not too early to start thinking about it

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Thousands of visitors will come to Bluffton’s downtown shopping district for the Blaze of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 24, when celebrations include a parade, live entertainment, a lighting ceremony and festive activities.

Here's the latest on this year's Blaze from the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jefferson Street gets 2019 make over

Project has several components from Main to County Line, including Jefferson Street bridge replacement

Bluffton council’s street improvement program focuses on East Jefferson Street in 2019.

The driving force of the focus is because Ohio Department of Transportation will replace the Jefferson Street bridge next year.

Two village improvements are set for the street from Main Street to the County Line Road, as explained by Jesse Blackburn, village administrator, during the Sept. 10 Bluffton council meeting.  

He said that agreements for engineering were received from Choice One Engineering. Those agreements create plans for two phases.

Lots of news items from Bluffton chamber

Daniel Tinch joins chamber board

Lots of things are happening involving the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce this month. Here's a summary of some of those activities and announcements.

NEW BOARD MEMBER: Daniel Tinch
Daniel Tinch, executive director of Bluffton Family Recreaion, joined the chamber's board of directors in August.

BLAZE OF LIGHTS THEME: 12 Days of Christmas
Let the window decorating and float planning begin. The theme for this year's Blaze of Lights is the 12 Days of Christmas.

Transition Bluffton says, "Take a hike"

Tuesday evening at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve

Transition Bluffton will hold a public event at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve during, which participants will experience the emotional and health benefits of being in nature.  

Although modern technologies are making our life easier, more and more people are experiencing a sense of unease and anxiety. New scientific research is concluding that our being disconnected from nature may be the cause. Scientists are finding that a connection to the natural world is crucial for our health and well-being. 

Oct. 2 dedication, ribbon-cutting for Bentley path

Project $25,000 under estimated cost

CHECK OUT THE BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS AT BOTTOM OF THIS STORY -

An early October dedication and ribbon cutting opens the newest segment of the ever-expanding Bluffton Lions Way Pedestrian Pathway, according to Richard Ramseyer, chair of the pathway board.

The newest leg of the pathway is a nine-tenth mile Bentley Road path. The ceremony is at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2.

West Elm Street project starts in early October

After a winter break, the project is slated for a June completion

Roadwork will begin on the West Elm Street project in early October, according to Jesse Blackburn, village administrator. The project covers Elm from Spring to Rosenberger Drive.

Blackburn brought Bluffton council members up to date on the project on Sept. 10.
The project has two phases.

• Water work phase
October to December –
• Installation of an 8-inch water main, creek crossing, new service lines, new meter settings where required and new fire hydrants.

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