September 18, 2014


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Dr. David Klassen, M.D., named UNOS Chief Medical Officer

Dr. David K. Klassen, M.D., has been selected as Chief Medical Officer of United Network for Organ Sharing. UNOS matches donated organs with transplant candidates nationwide and manages the national transplant database through contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“David is one of the most respected transplant professionals in the country," said OPTN/UNOS President Carl Berg, M.D. "He’s cared for many kidney transplant patients over the years. Now, he’ll contribute to the health and safety of all who need a transplant.”

BFR craft and home business expo Sept. 27

BFR Sports and Fitness will host a one-day show of craft vendors and home business consultants from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 27, as a part of Bluffton's Fall Festival Day. There is a $1 admission fee, which will help to offset BFR's operations costs.

Town hall flag pole dedicated Sept. 27

Bluffton Post 382 of the American Legion will hold a  flag pole dedication for the new town hall flag pole at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27.

The Legion purchased the flag pole and donated it to the village this spring. Village employees installed it July.

Introducing Bluffton University students to Bluffton businesses

Twenty-five Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce members will display their products and services to Bluffton University students on Thursday during the chamber’s University Business Showcase.

The annual event takes place in Marbeck Center dining area while university students are at lunch.

Participating businesses have display tables in the dining area. Most of the businesses have drawings and give-a-ways, so the event is always popular among students.

Elizabeth Kelly leads care of cancer survivor workshop

Clergy, social workers, counselors, nurses, physicians and community health workers are invited to attend a workshop on providing psychosocial and spiritual care to cancer survivors from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 S. Main St., Findlay. Social work continuing education credits will be offered to those in attendance.

Morning Star cider press opens Wednesday; Suter corn maze opens Saturday

It is officially fall in Bluffton.

The Morning Star cider press will open on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The cider press is one of the oldest-continually operating businesses in the Bluffton-Pandora community.

Then on Saturday, Sept. 20, the Suter Produce corn maze, at the cider press, will open and attempt to get people lost in a field of corn. The maze is an annual Suter Produce tradition since 1999.


The cider press and corn maze are located at 8250 Road R, Pandora.

Saturday open house at Grob invites community to tour its state-of-the-art facility

Grob Systems of Bluffton invites the community to an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20.

The open house enables the community to learn more about Grob's products and workplace. The plant is at 1070 Navajo Drive, on the east side of Interstate 75.

Apollo Career Center offers services to community

Apollo Career Center's Garden Cafe will open for business Tuesday, September 23, and will serve lunch from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The all-you-can-eat buffet is $6 and includes a salad and hot bar with an assortment of desserts, and choice of beverage. The restaurant is student-run and designed to be a teaching lab as well as a restaurant. For reservations call 419.998.2945.

Coffee with a cop on Saturday - and you are invited

Coffee with a cop Saturday morning in Bluffton.

Law enforcement officials from the Bluffton Police Department, Allen County Sheriff, Lima Police Department and Shawnee Township Police, along with members of LACNIP, will come together in an informal gathering to discuss community issues, build relationships, and enjoy a free cup of McDonald’s coffee this weekend.

It all takes place starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Bluffton McDonald's restaurant, State Route 103.

Friends of Santa seek gifts for under-privileged youth

Each fall, Corey and Miranda Greer, formerly of Bluffton and now of Findlay, host a party designed to raise money, which provides Christmas gifts to under-privileged children registered with Friends of Santa.  Here's their information: www.friendsofsanta.org.

"A group of guys who I went to high school with, and their wives, congregate at our house for golf and to watch an Ohio State football game. We raffle tickets off to win door prizes and use 100 percent of the proceeds for the children," said Greer.