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Three council committees will meet in August

Here are the latest Bluffton council committee meetings planned, according to Kevin Nickel, village fiscal officer.

• Parks & Recreation Committee – Thursday, 8/13, noon via Zoom.
• Ordinance Committee - Tuesday, 8/18, 9 a.m. via Zoom.
• Personnel Committee – Wednesday, 8/19,  noon via Zoom.
• Council Meeting – Monday, 8/24 at 7 p.m. at the town hall, masks required.

Invitations to the Zoom meetings can be obtained by contacting Jesse Blackburn atblackburnj@bluffton-ohio.com.

Pirate linksters share own Invite; Lovett match medalist

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton golf team hosted the eight-team, annual Pirate Invitational at the Bluffton Golf Course Friday.

The Pirates and Lima Central Catholic tied for first place with 330 strokes apiece. But the Thunderbirds won the tiebreaker with a better fifth man score, 90-95.

Kenny Lovett led the Pirates and won the event by two strokes with an 18-hole score of 37-37=74. Owen Knapp of Upper Sandusky finished second with a 37-39=76.


Pearl Lewandowski opens season with a tennis win

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton girls tennis team served up its opener with a 4-1 loss to visiting Celina Monday. 

Senior Pearl Lewandowski posted the lone Lady Pirate win in three tough sets at third singles. She defeated Grace Schneider 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 7-5.

Senior Julia Smallcombe won her first set in a tiebreaker (7-4) at first singles, but then dropped 12 of the next 13 games to lose in three sets.


Time to "Explore Bluffton"

Third volume of community information booklet released by the chamber

More people can now “Explore Bluffton.” 

That’s thanks of the release this month of the newest edition of Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce’s visitors’ guide by that same name.

And for local residents, who may think they already know the town inside and out, there’s a complete listing of businesses that carry a Bluffton address. The directory offers business names, addresses and phone numbers. Chamber member businesses receive a description of their services in the guide.

Bluffton, Richland Township residents on the ball

When it comes to responding to the 2020 U.S. Census

Bluffton and Richland Township residents appear to be on the ball when it comes to responding to the 2020 U.S. Census. (See map at bottom of this story.)

As of today (Aug. 10), Bluffton and Richland Township have a response rate of 80.1, and is among the highest recorded total response among Allen County municipalities.

The census response rate for Allen County is 68.4%, compared to 67.5% for the state.  

The response rate for cities, villages, and townships located within Allen County ranges from 41% (Lafayette) to 81.7% (Elida).

At least 170 halftime shows ago

Here's Bluffton High School band seniors during the 2003 football season - members of the class of 2004. That's approximatley 170 halftime shows ago.

Top row left to right: Stephanie (Morris) Nonnamaker, Heather (Carmack) Cox, Lauren Welch, Micah Boehr, Colin Dyck, Tyler Badertscher, Jeremy Mummert, Anna Enderle and Mary (Miller) Glick.

Second row left to right: Tiffany (Bixel) Jones, Tia (Prowant) Gaster, Alee Gratz-Collier, Jessica Edmiston, Krysti (Groman) Schey and Alan Way.