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January 24, 2020

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7th consecutive deficiency-free survey

State Dept. of Public Health's annual survey of Maple Crest Assisted Living

Maple Crest Assisted Living, Bluffton, is deficiency-free as a result of its 2020 annual State Department of Public Health survey, which took place on Jan. 16.

It's among of the highest confirmations of quality service for an assisted living community. 

This is an especially outstanding accomplishment because this was Maple Crest’s 7th consecutive deficiency-free survey.

Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest, said, “This achievement was made possible by the daily commitment and continued dedication of a caring team.”  

We're all going fishing for "K-9" – think "Ron Schmutz"

76th annual trout derby May 3 • Sportsmen's Club annual meeting Saturday

We're all going fishing for “K-9” (think Ron Schmutz) this year. 

The Bluffton Sportmen's Club will recognize Schmutz, a member of the club since childhood, as the number one tagged trout for the 2020 trout derby set for Sunday, May 3, at Buckeye park. This year is the 76th annual trout derby started by the club in 1944.

In 1986, following the death of Ken Moser “Lil’ Moe,” Schmutz’s father-in-law, Ron took over the treasurer duties for the club and has held them since then.

BHS sophomores visit Apollo on Friday

Bluffton High School sophomores will be among 700 sophomores in Apollo Career Center's 11-member district will be visiting Apollo during 411Blast, Friday, Jan. 24. 

BHS students will attend Apollo from 9:15 to 10:50 a.m.

The day exposes students to possibilities and paths available for their career and/or college success.

Students choose two programs of interest and then spend one-half day visiting those labs, meeting the instructors and participating in fun, interactive demos and activities. 

SweetNotes holding auditions through Jan. 27

SweetNotes is holding auditions now through Monday, Jan. 27, according to Vicki Mills.  

SweetNotes, the women's division, of Noteworthy Community Choir, rehearses from  Jan. 27 to March 16 with a March 19 evening performance and additional community performances.   

SweetNotes invites all interested singers to audition. Contact Mills at info@noteworthycc.org or through www.noteworthycc.org to schedule the audition.

SR 309 intersections at Thayer and Napoleon roads targeted for redesign

Public meeting Wednesday at Allen East schools

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 will hold a public meeting to share proposed safety improvements for the intersections of state Route 309 at both Thayer and Napoleon roads, east of Lima­.

The meeting is  at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22,in the cafeteria at Allen East Local High School, 9105 Harding Highway, Harrod.

Bluffton’s water: from the Blanchard River to your tap and back again

Tuesday evening program explains Bluffton's water system

Join Transition Bluffton and representatives from Ottawa and Bluffton for an informational meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, on Bluffton’s water: where it comes from, how it’s treated and how it gets to Bluffton and our taps.  

Douglas Schroeder, Water Director, Village of Ottawa and Russell Bates, Waste Water Director, Village of Ottawa, will describe the treatment process in Ottawa before the water is piped to Bluffton.