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December 12, 2018

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No surprise in governor's race in Bluffton, Richland Township

Red wave in village; red tsunami in township

• Open the attachment at the bottom for Bluffton and Richland Township’s voting history for governor since 1936.
Click here to view 2018 Bluffton and Richland Township votes for senator by precinct.

If Ohio’s election for governor was in Bluffton was a “red wave,” it was a “red tsunami” in Richland Township. 

Since 1936 village and township voters supported Republicans for governor in each election except for two – 1936 and 2006.

Jefferson Street design work underway

Village's major road work project in 2019; ODOT will replace Jefferson Street bridge

Choice One Engineering has started the design work on the water line replacement and streetscape work planned in 2019 for Jefferson Street.

Jessie Blackburn, village administrator, updated Bluffton council on the project at Monday’s council meeting.

He said that bidding documents will be prepared for bidding to take place early next year.  Construction should begin in July.

The Jefferson Street project by the village coincides with Ohio Department of Transportation’s replacement of the Jefferson Street bridge. The bridge will be closed from April to October.

Some tips to keep healthy and pain-free while shoveling snow

“Snow shoveling is one of those things that no one likes to do, but most of us have to do – living here in Northwest Ohio”, says Wanda Dean, MSPT and owner of Northwest Physical Therapy. 

“What often accompanies this chore is the aching back and the heating pad, making the rest of your day miserable.”  Dean adds, “There are some things we can all do to prevent injury and make snow shoveling a chore that doesn’t have to cause pain.”

Here are some tips to keep you healthy and pain-free this winter while shoveling snow:

Don't leave town on Nov. 24

Blaze of Lights include lots of events from a parade, to entertainment to turning on the lights

For 32 years, the residents of Bluffton have held a celebration known as the Blaze of Lights, which includes a holiday parade, live entertainment, festive family activities, and the lighting of the Ream folk art display.

This year, the event is on Saturday, Nov. 24, when thousands of people will come to enjoy a warm, homestyle Christmas celebration.

"You know when the OSU football game is over," notes chamber CEO Paula Scott; "Suddenly, Main Street is swarmed with people exploring and finding their spots for the parade. It's a great place to meet family and friends.”

Bluffton schools cancelled Thursday

Ice on the roadways

A two-hour ice delay turned into a school cancellation day today (Thursday, Nov. 15) for Bluffton and many area schools.

The two-hour delay was called at 5:26 a.m. The cancellation announcement was made at 7:30 a.m. At the time of this posting the temperature was 31 degrees with ice-covered roadways.

Bluffton elementary one of only 16 Ohio schools with a Blue Ribbon

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Beth Raeburn, Tim Closson and Greg Denecker, representing Bluffton elementary school, traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to receive the U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award.

Bluffton elementary is one of only 16 schools in Ohio to receive the award.

Only 349 schools (300 public, 49 private) nationwide received the award out of 130,000 schools in the United States.