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April 27, 2017


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Coaching, English tea, a healthy meal, living without sight

Themes in May's OVAL program at Bluffton Senior Center

May’s “Our Version of Adult Learning,” OVAL, at Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, 132 N. Main St., includes a variety of speakers and programs, according to Tonya Meyer, director.


Except for the English tea, classes are free and open to the public. The tea includes a minimal cost and pre-registration.

Monday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. – Carlin Carpenter, former Bluffton University football coach, will talk about his book, “Coaching Football Ain’t Easy – My Triumphs and Tribulations at Bluffton College.”

Transition Bluffton launch party May 16

Group discussion future events

Transition Bluffton invites the public to its idea-raising launch party from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, in the Bluffton town hall, 154 N. Main St. In addition to its launch party, the event is a brainstorm session for future events and project by the group. Cake will be served. This event celebrates the creation of Transition Bluffton, an organization that is bringing people together to build sustainability in Bluffton and beyond.

"Founding Mothers"

Make a committment to The Women's Center of Bluffton Hospital by April 26

Bluffton Hospital’s Founding Mothers Dedication Wall

In recognition of Mother’s Day, the Blanchard Valley Health Foundation will provide an opportunity in the Bluffton community to honor or remember a mother by recognizing her as a “Founding Mother.”

A recognition wall is currently being added near maternity at The Women’s Center of Bluffton Hospital. This wall will feature “Founding Mothers” who have been acknowleged by friends and family members.

Bluffton Hospital recognized nationally for patient satisfaction

By National Rural Health Association

Bluffton Hospital has been recognized by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) as a top 20 hospital for patient satisfaction.

The ranking is based on data compiled by iVantage Health Analytics.

"We are so proud to be ranked highly in these measures," said Chris Keller, Bluffton Hospital chief administrative officer.

Blanchard Valley Hospital's Vascular Lab Receives Reaccreditation

Blanchard Valley Hospital's (BVH) Vascular Laboratory has been reaccredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The vascular lab uses non- invasive ultrasound testing to help diagnose a variety of vascular conditions.

This accreditation recognizes labs that provide a high level of patient care and quality testing when diagnosing vascular disease. To receive accreditation, BVH underwent detailed evaluations of facility operations and a comprehensive application process. The accreditation is valid for three years.

Bluffton for Hope accepting items for May 6 garage sale

Bluffton for Hope (Relay for Life) is accepting garage sale items fo its Saturday, May 6, garage sale at the high school parking lot.

Please contact Lynda Best 419-296-2790 or 419-358-7593 or drop off at Village Cut & Curl 212 Cherry St.

Please no clothing.

Pelvic Pain Center now open to patients in Bluffton

It's part of The Women's Center of Bluffton Hospital

The Women’s Center of Bluffton Hospital will continue to add services throughout 2017. This is one of those new services.


Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has officially opened the Pelvic Pain Center part of The Women’s Center of Bluffton Hospital, a new expansion and renovation project.

The Pelvic Pain Center is located in the hospital at at 139 Garau St.

Draining structure repair on SR 696 near Pandora

This week from ODOT:
State Route 696 near the Allen County line, west of the village of Pandora, will be restricted through the work zone at times during drainage structure repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Putnam County maintenance garage.

Entrance ramp onto I-75 at SR 103 closed on Tuesday

Pavement repair takes place

Entrance ramp from state Route 103 to northbound I-75, Bluffton, will be closed for the day on Tuesday, April 18, beginning at approximately 8 a.m. for pavement repair.

I-75 northbound will be restricted as well at the base of the ramp at state Route 103 during the ramp repair. Work is being performed by ODOT District 1 roadway services.
State Route 12/state Route 235 overlap between state Route 235 and township Road 57 will close April 17 for 60 days for repair of a bridge deck.

Testing, one, two, three

April is testing month at Bluffton elementary - here's the schedule

That light in the tunnel - the end of the school year - gets brighter in April. Even so, there's still lots of activities planned this school year. Here is information from the elementary April newsletter.

TESTING DAYS:  Third, fourth and fifth grade students will take Ohio Math tests on April 20 and 21.  Fourth grade students will take Ohio Social Studies tests on April 27 and 28. Fifth grade students will take Ohio Science tests on April 27 and 28.