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Jon Kinn appointed fire chief starting Jan. 1

Bluffton council accepted the retirement resignation of its fire chief, Dan Bowden on Nov. 23. (See the feature story on Bowden elsewhere on this page).

Bowden's replacement will be Bluffton-native Jon Kinn. The new chief is a 1993 Bluffton High School graduate and is employed by Chiles-Laman Funeral Home.

He has served on the fire department for eight years. The most recent two years he was a department captain. Before that he was a department lieutenant, also for two years. He and his wife, Mandy, live at 716 S. Main St.

Blaze auction tonight!

What: Blaze kickoff auction

When: Tonight

Where: The Centre

Time: Doors open 5 p.m.

Auction at 6 p.m.

Other features:

o Free admission

o Gingerbread house decorating contest

o Middle school art contest

o Barbecued chicken sandwiches and lots of other food

Sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce

School board appoints Bob Beer to library board

Bob Beer thought his stint on the Bluffton Public Library board ended recently when his first seven-year term expired.

However, with the resignation of library board member Sherry Haehl on Oct. 26, Beer is back on the board.

The Bluffton school board, who appoints library board members, named Beer to fulfill Haehl's unexpired term, which expires Dec. 31. He was also appointed to a new seven-year library board term from January 2010 through Dec. 31, 2016.

The action took place at the Nov. 16 school board meeting.

Weather report Nov.10-16

Weather report by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer

Date High Temp Low Temp

Nov. 10 56 42

Nov. 11 56 28

Nov. 12 54 24

Nov. 13 63 27

Nov. 14 68 45

Nov. 15 58 47

Grant helps Bluffton Public Library preserve community history

In cooperation with the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, 12 public libraries across nine northwest Ohio counties, including the Bluffton Public Library, are partnering to implement a regional document digitization project.

The purpose of the project is to make an array of important and deteriorating local history resources more available to state residents and a worldwide audience of researchers through the Ohio Historical Society's Ohio Memory Project.

Yokas tells chamber: "DTR has rehired all laid off associates"

Bill Yokas, senior vice president for manufacturing, DTR Industries, provided an update to Bluffton chamber members on DTR during the Nov. 13 chamber breakfast in the town hall.

He told chamber members that all associates laid off eariler this year have returned to work (except for temp workers).

"There are no sacred cows as we have looked at ways to reduce costs at DTR," he said. He told the chamber audience that DTR will beome an all-AV plant, as the rubber hose products will transfer to China.