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Red Cross blood drive Feb. 7 at First Mennonite

Because of severe winter weather across the U.S. and an influenza outbreak, the American Red Cross has reissued an emergency plea for blood and platelet donations. During the month of January, snow, ice and cold temperatures resulted in more than 14,000 fewer donations, resulting in blood donations being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.

You have an opportunity to donate at the American Red Cross blood drive at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 1-6 p.m. 

EMS calls in 2018 lower than previous year

373 people were transported last year

Bluffton EMS 2018 runs were lower than 2017, according to Jan Basinger, EMS chief.

The 2018 report, provided to Bluffton council in late January shows the follow (2017 figures in parentheses):

• Total calls for 2018: 501 (514)
• Total patients transported in 2018: 373 (385)
• Total 2018 runs in 2018: 517 (545)

A summary of 2018 calls show that the majority were medical related (411). The majority of calls were from Bluffton (403). The majority of call destinations were to Bluffton Hospital (165).

Bluffton Pediatrics celebrates 4th birthday

Beth Bish is the Friday chamber breakfast speaker

Bluffton Pediatrics celebrates its fourth birthday during the Friday morning, Feb. 8, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast, according to Paula Scott, chamber CEO.

Beth Bish, CNP, of Bluffton Pediatrics is the program speaker.

The breakfast is served from 7 to 7:30 a.m. The program is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Also on the program, Scott will update members on the new Explore Bluffton guide and Bluffton Arts and Crafts Festival. The March chamber breakfast is March 8 and the program is by Apollo Career Center.

Setting the record straight after a 60-year error

Who really won the Bluffton vs. Lafayette boys' basketball game in 1959?

Note: A Charles Hilty confession. Sixty years ago this weekend Bluffton HS played Lafayette in basketball.  The recordbook shows a BHS victory. However, Mr. Hilty, the official game scorekeeper, offers the following correction.

Who won the 1959 Bluffton-Lafayette boys' basketball game? The scoreboard (after some hesitation ) said Bluffton did 61-60, but the referees couldn't decide. One person who held a positive opinion from start to finish was Lafayette coach Bob Harter, who said Lafayette won 60-59.

Play ball!

Sign-up underway for Bluffton Diamond Sports baseball and softball

With the cold weather today, it’s a perfect time to be thinking about spring and baseball and softball. 

Bluffton Diamond Sports is now accepting registrations for the 2019 Spring - Summer youth baseball and softball teams for boys ages 7 to junior high and girls ages 8 to junior high.

Registration must be completed online at BDSonline.org.  The registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 12.  Registration questions may be e-mailed to blufftondiamondsports@gmail.com

What’s for lunch?

Here’s February’s Bluffton school menu

The Bluffton school menu for February is now posted on the school website. CLICK HERE for the menu.