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Changing drug laws change police approaches to drug overdoses

Police Chief Burkholder: Majority of addiction cases in Bluffton are prescription-related

Map attached shows 2016 Allen County ODPS
Collaborative Drug Initiative findings.

Illegal drug usage, particularly heroin and other opioids, was the topic of a Bluffton Public Library Community Issues Series on Ohio’s drug epidemic.

Nearly 20 persons attended the noon program on March 9. Ryan Burkholder, Bluffton police chief, and Tyler Hostetler, Bluffton police sergeant, presented the program.

Chief Burkholder said that Bluffton police find themselves addressing these problems differently than in the past due to Ohio’s changing drug laws.

Bluffton Boy Scouts "scouting for food" on Saturday

Project supports Community Assistance Program

Bluffton Boy Scout Troop 256 will collect food for the Bluffton Community Assistance Program's food pantry, on Saturday, March 11, according to Dr. Darrell Groman, assistant scoutmaster.

Earlier this week yellow bags were placed on doorsteps in the village.

"Please place the yellow bags with non-perishable food items on your front porch before noon on Saturday. No glass, please," he said.

If your bag is not picked up by 5 p.m., contact Scoutmaster Mike Metzger at 419-235-5654.

ODOT preparing for more I-75 work

Through Findlay and Hancock County

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 will hold a public meeting regarding the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through the city of Findlay and Hancock County. Work on the project will begin this month.
 
The meeting will be held Monday, March 13, in the main ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Interstate Drive West, Findlay. A presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. with time given to questions following.
 

Two street closings this week

Bridge on College Avenue; Harmon between Bentley and Garau

Bluffton police announced two road closings in the village.

• The College Avenue bridge at Bluffton University until Friday.
• March 9 - Harmon Road between Bentley Road and Garau Street.

Council may spend $268,156 this year in street projects

Plus $93,669 in projects not completed in 2016

Bluffton council's streets, alley, lights and sidewalk committee listed anticipated paving projects for 2017 in the village - including projects not completed in 2016 - during the Feb. 27 council meeting.

Projects from 2016 not yet completed total $93,669. Projects on the 2017 schedule are estimated at $268,156.

Projects for both years are itemized in an attachment below.

Bluffton featured in county bike and pedestrian pathway guide

Suddenly Bluffton is becoming a destination for bikers

As bicycling becomes more and more synonymous with Bluffton, here’s another connection talking up biking in our community.

The Allen County Bike and Pedestrian Pathway Guide, a full-color promotional piece, features Bluffton on one of its panels.

Bluffton’s feature panel includes a map of the village with bike paths, shared use paths and unpaved paths marked.

A brief description of the village states that Bluffton has over 9 miles of paved pathways, crushed aggregate, mulched and natural trails, plus several additional features.

Traffic movements at SR 309 and Napoleon Road to be restricted

Since 2010 27 accidents occurred at intersection

Traffic movements onto and across state Route 309 from Napoleon Road near Allen East School will be restricted beginning Friday, March 10.

From 7:30-8:30 a.m., and from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on school days, traffic will be prohibited from turning left from Napoleon Road onto state Route 309, and from crossing state Route 309 from Napoleon Road. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will have signs denoting the change in place by noon on March 10.

Software Solutions provides demonstration on March 20

A demonstration from Software Solutions, Inc. (SSI) will be made to village officials at 6 p.m., Monday, March 20, in the town hall.

SSI is the village's software provider and is upgraging the village utility billing system. The village has already upgraded its payroll and financial mangement system.

The village plans to update its system over time with the next two areas focusing on income tax and utlities.

Bluffton businesswomen's panel on Friday's chamber breakfast

Rachel Davis, Alice Essinger, Karen Fredritz, Natalie Mueller

In recognition of  Women's History Month in March, the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will provide a panel discussion of Bluffton businesswomen during the Friday, March 10, chamber breakfast.

The breakfast, open to to the public, is in the third floor of the town hall, 154 N. Main St., Bluffton. The Dough Hook will provide the breakfast, served from 7 to 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 7:30 a.m.

This year's Ride to Remember hopes to attract 200 riders

Volunteers invited to help out in the July 8 event

It grows every year.
In 2015, 100 riders participated.
In 2016, it was 150 riders.
This year's goal is 200 riders.

"It" is the third annual Ride to Remember bicycle ride, set for Saturday, July 8, in Bluffton.

Ride to Remember offers three major ride loops and routes from 2 miles all the way to 100 miles. Three rest stops are on the main loop and, depending upon which bike route a rider takes, routes go though Rockport, Pandora, Gilboa, Benton Ridge, Rawson and Mt. Cory.

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