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December 15, 2017

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Farmers' market vendors donate $500 to Bluffton food pantry

Bluffton Farmers' Market vendors held their annual Christmas gathering, a carry-in dinner with a side of business on Dec. 12.

Some 40 vendors and family members enjoyed a delicious meal that included many homegrown and homemade foods, discussed the 2017 market season and made a donation to the community that hosts them.

Vendors expressed their appreciation for Citizens National Bank, which provides the parking lot space used by the market at 102 S. Main St.

County Line Road-Lake Street detour next week

Work on railroad crossing Dec. 18-22

County Line Road (Orange Township Road 15) will be closed at the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing near Lake Street next week.

The road will be closed at the crossing from 8 a.m., Monday Dec. 18, through Friday, Dec. 22, according to Jesse Blackburn of the village.

According to the company doing the repair, the road should reopen sometime on Friday, Dec. 22.

Six Bluffton musicans perform Sunday with Lima Area Youth Orchestra

Six Bluffton musicians will perform with the Lima Area Youth Orchestra this weekend.

The performance is at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, in the Lima Senior High School auditorium.

According to Rachael Lewis, Bluffton strings teacher, the following Bluffton students are in this year’s orchestra:
• Violins: Ana Neufeld Weaver, Amanda Speicher
• Viola: Lily Shadle
• Cello: Alyssa Speicher, Grace Paquin
• Bass: Lauren Speicher


Lions hold Christmas party

Bluffton Lions Club announced plans for its spring pancake and sausage breakfast this month.

The event, held at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center take placde Saturday, March 10. Tickets go on sale Feb. 1.

The current Lions newsletter, with additional information about the club is attached.


Bluffton chamber gift certificates make great Christmas presents

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce reminds Bluffton shoppers that chamber gift certificates make great Christmas gifts.

Chamber gift certificates are available from any Citizens National Bank teller. Certificates may be purchased in any dollar amount. The certificates are good for 12 months from the date of purchase.

The certificates may be used in any Bluffton chamber business. Click here for the membership directory.


Red Cross blood drive Thursday at First Mennonite Church

From 1 to 6 p.m.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 1-6 p.m. 

To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.”

First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton. Donors should enter by the Jackson Street entrance directly across from Bluffton Elementary School. An elevator is located at that entrance.