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Scam alert: Bluffton police are not soliciting funds to fight terrorism

Even so, some area residents have received letters making that claim

Here's a scam alert from the Bluffton police deparment, according to Matt Oglesbee, lieutenant.

"The Bluffton Police Department has received information that residents have been receiving letters in the mail stating that we are soliciting money to help fight terrorism. 

"This letter is NOT from the police department and we are not asking anyone to send money to an organization on our behalf. 

"If you have received one of these mailers, please do not send money as it is not something that we are sponsoring or even aware of."  


Red Cross blood drive Dec. 13 at First Mennonite Church

A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St.
To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.”
First Mennonite is located across the street from Bluffton Elementary/Middle School. Enter by the double doors on Jackson Street and take the steps or elevator up to the second floor fellowship hall.

Kato now has a bullet and stab protective vest

Thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s

Bluffton Police Department’s K9 Kato received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

The vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department.”

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 pounds.

70-foot retaining wall coming to Buckeye

Flooding caused serious deterioration to dike between Riley and Buckeye

A 70-foot retaining wall will be placed on the dike between Riley Creek and the Buckeye this month, according to Jesse Blackburn, village administrator.

Flood in recent years resulted in the creek overflowing into the Buckeye. The flooding has caused serious deterioration to the walkway between the two bodies of water.

Bluffton council discussed the wall last year, but opted instead to allocate funds on an also much-need new rest room at the Buckeye. That building is slated for construction in the spring.

Celebrate an 1840s Christmas on Saturday

Swiss homestead open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Bixel Road

What's cooking for the Saturday, Dec. 1, Christmas open house at the Schumacher Homestead?

Lots of seasonal treats reflecting the lives of Swiss settlers in the Bluffton-Pandora area. The festivities will be from 2-7 p.m. at the 8350 Bixel Rd. farmhouse in rural  Bluffton.

The Swiss Community Historical Society's newly refurbished sleigh will be displayed on the front porch. Indoors, the farmhouse will be adorned with natural decorations, perfumed by home cooking, and lit by candles beginning at dusk.

Black walnut peanut brittle and English walnut available at senior center

Interested in a new flavor of peanut brittle? Roger Edwards holds two packages of black walnuts. On Monday, the senior center peanut brittle crew created two unique flavors: black walnut and English walnut peanut brittle.

These two flavors are only available while their limited supply lasts. The cost is one-half pound for $7 each.

In the meantime, the standard peanut brittle is also available while supplies last at $5 for one pound.

The candy is on sale at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, 132 N. Main St.