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And the winners are...


While Bluffton is a blaze of lights, several of those lights shine a littler brighter tonight that they did before.

The Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Blaze of Lights holiday light contest winners were announced on Dec. 6. The winners follow:


November 2009 was warmer than normal

If you thought November was warmer than normal, you are correct. According to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, the average November temperature was 44.9 degrees last month. The normal November temperature is 40.4 degrees.

November's high temperature was 71degrees on Nov. 8. The low was 24 on Nov. 8. Following are the highs, lows and precipitation for the final week of November.

Date High Low Prec

24th 52 32

25th 50 42 .11

26th 42 35 .10

Major award to Bluffton Hospital

Bluffton Hospital Wins National Patient Satisfaction Award

Bluffton Hospital has received the 2009 Press Ganey Summit Award, a national award given to health care facilities that sustain the highest level of customer satisfaction for three or more consecutive years, according to Bill Watkins Bluffton Hospital CAO.

Bluffton Hospital was one of only 32 inpatient hospitals in the United States to receive the 2009 award.

You can't go swimming, but you can buy 2010 season tickets

The Village of Bluffton is offering 2010 swimming pool passes at a reduced rate between now and Dec. 31. The passes make great Christmas presents.

Prices good through Dec. 31 follow:
o senior single $36
o senior couple $67.50
o family (non-taxpayer) $162
o family (taxpayer) $117
o single (non-taxpayer) $94.50
o single (taxpayer) $72

Persons interested in swimming tickets should contact the village office in the town hall. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.

Everything you need to know about Bluffton's favorite holiday

Bluffton's favorite holiday is Saturday, Nov. 28

The annual Blaze of Lights, sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, which draws hundreds of persons to the community is Saturday, Nov. 28. Here's a summary of this year's events:

4 p.m. - The parade forms at the Centre, 601 N. Main St.
4:55 p.m. - Streetscape ribbon cutting in front of the town hall
5 p.m. - Parade from the Centre to College Avenue
Parade marshals - Greg Conkling, Carlin Carpenter, Sam Diller

Library launches program to offset state budget cuts


Bluffton Public Library is launching a "Buck$ for Book$" campaign to help offset projected cuts in state funding for 2010. The campaign will officially begin Dec. 1 - just in time for the holidays.

According to library director Cindi Chasse, the goal of the campaign is to raise $5,000 over the next 12 months. "All proceeds will be used to lessen the impact of a projected loss of 30% of state funding revenue in 2010 on the library's material budget," Chasse said.