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Bluffton Child Development Center open house Sept. 23

Bluffton Child Development Center will hold an open house from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Center on County Line  Road.  The open house enables parents and care givers to meet teachers at BCDC.

Also on Sept. 23 is picture day for all classrooms except kindergarten and school age students.

The drawing for a theme basket raffle is now underway. The winners will be drawn on Thursday, Sept. 25. Tickets are available at the center at one for $1 or six for $5.

The fall mixed bag fundraiser begins on Monday, Sept. 29. 

Bluffton schools achieves highest-ever score in state report card; 29th of 600 school districts in Ohio

By Greg Denecker
Bluffton school superintendent

Note: This is a portion of the superintendent's report in the recent school newsletter. The entire newsletter is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

The 2013-2014 Local State Report Card was officially released to the public last Friday by the Ohio Department of Education for every district in the state, and we are pleased to announce that we have scored the highest ever as a school district.  

Bluffton schools open house Monday evening

The Bluffton Schools will hold a district-wide open house on Monday, Sept. 22.  The elementary school will be open from 6 – 7 p.m., the middle school from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., and the high school from 7 – 8 p.m.

Several community organizations will have booths set-up in the elementary gymnasium and information will be available on ways to provide support to the school and community.

Dr. David Klassen, M.D., named UNOS Chief Medical Officer

Dr. David K. Klassen, M.D., has been selected as Chief Medical Officer of United Network for Organ Sharing. UNOS matches donated organs with transplant candidates nationwide and manages the national transplant database through contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“David is one of the most respected transplant professionals in the country," said OPTN/UNOS President Carl Berg, M.D. "He’s cared for many kidney transplant patients over the years. Now, he’ll contribute to the health and safety of all who need a transplant.”

BFR craft and home business expo Sept. 27

BFR Sports and Fitness will host a one-day show of craft vendors and home business consultants from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 27, as a part of Bluffton's Fall Festival Day. There is a $1 admission fee, which will help to offset BFR's operations costs.

Town hall flag pole dedicated Sept. 27

Bluffton Post 382 of the American Legion will hold a  flag pole dedication for the new town hall flag pole at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27.

The Legion purchased the flag pole and donated it to the village this spring. Village employees installed it July.

Introducing Bluffton University students to Bluffton businesses

Twenty-five Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce members will display their products and services to Bluffton University students on Thursday during the chamber’s University Business Showcase.

The annual event takes place in Marbeck Center dining area while university students are at lunch.

Participating businesses have display tables in the dining area. Most of the businesses have drawings and give-a-ways, so the event is always popular among students.

Bluffton's Fall Festival offers lots of family-oriented events Sept. 27

The Bluffton community’s 11th annual Fall Festival, with many family-oriented activities, takes place throughout the community on Saturday, Sept. 27, according to Daren Lee of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, who coordinates the festival.

Here’s the schedule:

Elizabeth Kelly leads care of cancer survivor workshop

Clergy, social workers, counselors, nurses, physicians and community health workers are invited to attend a workshop on providing psychosocial and spiritual care to cancer survivors from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 S. Main St., Findlay. Social work continuing education credits will be offered to those in attendance.

Morning Star cider press opens Wednesday; Suter corn maze opens Saturday

It is officially fall in Bluffton.

The Morning Star cider press will open on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The cider press is one of the oldest-continually operating businesses in the Bluffton-Pandora community.

Then on Saturday, Sept. 20, the Suter Produce corn maze, at the cider press, will open and attempt to get people lost in a field of corn. The maze is an annual Suter Produce tradition since 1999.


The cider press and corn maze are located at 8250 Road R, Pandora.