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Calling all volunteers

Several opportunities at Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

Interested in putting your volunteer skills to work? Here's a list of volunteer opportunities at Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. Contact Jessica Strahm, volunteer coordinator at jstrahm@mhcoliving.org or 419-358-1015, extension 248 for more details.

Willow Ridge
Nail Spa
Volunteer to paint Nails one day a week in the Frieda House
Volunteers to play “One on one” games including:
Corn hole

Bluffton schools to receive $34,654 in safety grant

Toward installation of cameras and key fobs

Bluffton schools will receive $39,654 in fiscal year 2020  from an Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation School Safety and Security Grant.

Grants were awarded up to $40,000 to help schools purchase equipment to improve safety and security and reduce the potential for injuries.

Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent told the Icon that the funds will go toward installation of some cameras for safety purposes and key fob access to all the buildings. 

“The key fob access system will allow us to open and lockdown the building in a quick, automated manner,” he said.

Hear all about Bluffton Family Rec at Friday's chamber breakfast

Daniel Tinch will update members on BFR programs and facilities

Daniel Tinch, Bluffton Family Recreation executive director, will update Bluffton  chamber members about BFR's programming and facilities during the 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, monthly chamber breakfast.

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast is in the third floor of the town hall, 154 N. Main St. and is free and open to the public. The breakfast is served from 7 to 7:30 a.m. and the program follows at 8 a.m.

Persons interested in attending should RSVP to blufftonchamber@gmail.com by Wednesday.

Fire hydrant flushing underway

Residents may notice discoloration during the process

The Village of Bluffton will begin its the bi-annual flushing of the fire hydrants this week, according to Bryan Lloyd, assistant village administrator.

"The process should take approximately two weeks to complete," he said, adding,  "In the past, some residents have reported discoloration of the water during this process."

The discoloration usually subsides within a few hours of the flushing being completed in the area. Running a spigot for a few minutes can also help.

2020 police budget discussed Oct. 9

The Bluffton council Finance/Public Services committees will meet to discuss 2020 police department budget at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Bluffton town hall.

Cultivating a Culture of Consent

Seminar sponsored by ministerial association and CVS

Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and Day One of Crime Victim Services (CVS) will hold a seminar on “Cultivating A Culture of Consent,” from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the English Lutheran Church.

The Day One Department, 330 N. Elizabeth St., Lima,  works with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.  

The seminar will help equip persons attending to recognize, respond and reduce intimate partner violence.