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October 19, 2019

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Bluffton schools open house Monday

The Bluffton Schools will hold a district-wide open house on Monday evening, Sept. 23.  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. The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be offering baked goods for donations in the elementary gymnasium, as a fundraiser. 

Emergency Medicine Residency Program receives initial accreditation

Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center newly developed emergency medical center has received its initial accreditation.

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program is a three-year program and is approved for a total of 18 accredited resident positions. Medical student candidates will be able to apply in the fall 2019 and St. Rita's will participate in the 2020 National Resident Matching Program. The first class of six residents will start July 1, 2020.

$142,020 watershed grant will help Lower Riley Creek

It's another grant coming to Bluffton

Blanchard River Watershed Partnership receives a $142,020 grant for the “Innovative Use of the Nutrient Tracking Tool in the Lower Riley Creek watershed.”

Watch the brief video at the bottom explaining watersheds.

The Great Lakes Commission has awarded the Blanchard River Watershed Partnership (BRWP) a $142,020 grant under the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program (GLSNRP).

Tree commission ordinance update underway

Also, reviewing tree cost sharing options

Bluffton’s Tree Commission is moving forward with several new plans as it enters the fall season.

Based upon meeting minutes from its August meeting, the commission intends to revise its list of recommended small street trees prior to considering planting for its West Elm Street project.

In addition, the commission made some revisions involving a new tree ordinance currently on Bluffton council’s desk. The current ordinance was approved in 2003.

Crime Victim Services volunteer guardianship info session on Sept. 25

The next Crime Victim Services information session on volunteer guardianship is Wednesday, Sept. 25, according to Elysia Bush of Bluffton, director, Elderly Victim Ministry and CVS Guardian Programs.

The sessions take place in the CVS training room, 220 N. Elizabeth St., Lima. Sessions are offered at noon and at 6 p.m.

Bush said, “Helping a vulnerable person live to that person’s full potential deepens the reach of Allen and Putnam County’s caring community. 

No funeral or visitation planned for Bert Martin

Bert J. Martin, 95, of Bluffton died Sept. 14, 2019, at Lima Memorial Health System. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements have been entrusted with Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.