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February 24, 2018

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Chili takes the cake

Nancy Yeager's chili voted people's choice at community cook-off

Some liked it hot. Others liked it mild.

Everyone who attended Bluffton’s second community chili cook off liked it, hot, mild or otherwise.

According to Lynda Best, one of the organizers, over 150 persons went through the chili line, which provided an assortment of chili while raising over $1,000 for the Bluffton Community Assistance Program’s food pantry.

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Life challenges

University students learning about individual special needs

The topic was life challenges.

Andrew Raeburn and his parents, Beth and Ray, recently spent an hour with Professor Tim Byers’ Introduction to Mild Moderate Disabilities class at Bluffton University.

The class of 51 is made up of education majors, speech language pathologists, psychology, social work, and a few other majors accoding to Byers.


Gluten and food allergy support group a great community resource

Meets monthly in Bluffton Public Library

A gluten and food allergy support group is active in the community and invites persons interested in learning more about these issues to join in the group's month meetings.

The support groups meets the fourth Monday of each month (date change in May and no December meeting). Those 2018 meetings are: Feb. 26, March 26, April 23, May 21, June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22 and Nov. 26. All meetings are in the Bluffton Public Library starting 6:30 p.m.

Victoria Zeits of the group explains its purpose this way:

Phenology, weed control and a spring flower walk

Future programs from the Gardeners of the Bluffton/Pandora Area

The Gardeners of the Bluffton/Pandora Area (GBPA) present a program of interest to gardeners at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in the Bluffton Public Library, according to Victoria Zeits, president of the club.

The program, open to the public, is on phenology. That is the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena in relation to climate and plant and animal life.

Allen County Master Gardener Volunteer Mark Simmons will explain how to use the on-line OSU Phenology Calendar to help predict when plant and insect activity occurs in our area.

Scouting for Food in Bluffton

Boy Scout deliver collect bags March 3; then pick up food donations March 10

Bluffton Boy Scouts from troop 256 will be Scouting for Food in Bluffton on Saturday, March 3, and Saturday, March 10

The Scouts place bags on all the house doors in Bluffton on March 3. They will pick up filled bags on the March 10. 

All food is donated to the Bluffton Food Pantry, which supports families in need within the Bluffton school district.

Local citizen advocacy group holds one-year celebration

AHEAD program Saturday in Bluffton town hall

Allen and Hardin for Election Action and Democracy (AHEAD), a local citizen advocacy group, will hold its one-year anniversary celebration from 6 to 8 p.m.,  Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Bluffton town hall.

"Over the past year, AHEAD has helped elect candidates, organized rallies, advocated for redistricting reform, and recruited hundreds of members," according to Maya Fischhoff of the organization.