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Friday's chamber focus on 2015 fire department purchases - and more

Q: Do you know the cost of new Bluffton fire truck?
A: Try $310,200.

Q: How about the cost to dress one Bluffton firefighter?
A: $2,025.

Bluffton safety service officials, Jon Kinn and Rick Skilliter, will review with Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce members plans for fire department major purchases in 2015. Their presentation takes place at the Friday, Dec. 12, chamber breakfast in the Bluffton town hall.

You can go back in time - Saturday at the Schumacher homestead

How did our Bluffton-Pandora Swiss ancestors celebrate Christmas? 

The Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas open house, “Christmas at the Homestead” will be Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1-6 p.m. at the Schumacher Homestead.

The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season.

SWISS HISTORICAL NEWSLETTER AN ATTACHMENT AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY.

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Ebenezer Mennonite Children's Christmas program Dec. 14

Ebenezer Mennonite Church Children’s Christmas program will be presented at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14, in the CMC.  The church is located at 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.  An afterglow will be held following the program.  Everyone is invited.

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Lincoln Highway Association meets Dec. 16

The Western Ohio Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16 in Delphos.  Members and guests will dine at 6 p.m. at The Grind Café and Coffee House, 226 N. Main Street and a short business meeting will follow.  Near 7 p.m., attendees will proceed to 241 N. Main Street, where they will tour the Delphos Canal Commission and Museum's 16th Annual Christmas Tree Festival and display.  The public is invited.

Clarence Kooker's fourth graders (BHS class of 1968)

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Here are some members of the Bluffton High School class of 1968 as fourth graders in Clarence Kooker’s class.

Front from left, Roger Murray, Rich Edinger, Roger Kagy, John Maag, Rick Emmert, John Simcox, Rick Ewing, Dan King, John Lehman, Darrell Foster.

Second from left, Linda Soldan, Yvonne Agner, unidentified, Pat Benroth, Barb Martz, Linda Mericle, Barbara Basinger, Anise Spanagle, Kathy Kirtland.

Hiram Kohli, Jr., was part of past Swiss Day celebrations

Hiram M. "Junior", Kohli Jr., 88, of Greenville, Ohio, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Heartland of Greenville, Ohio.

He was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Pandora, Ohio, a son of the late Hiram M. and Sarah Jane (Wenger) Kohli.

Hehad previous owned Ohio Northern Egg Company in Huntington, W.V., and had served in the Army. He gave the opening Swiss invocation's for Swiss Days in Berne, Ind., and Swiss invocations Scripture reading yearly for Swiss Days and Bluffton College.

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The day Santa Claus came to Bluffton...(and he's coming back on Saturday)

You have to believe, after seeing these photos.

On Dec. 6 the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce invited Santa to Bluffton for the third time this year. His first visit was at Town and County Flowers on Nov. 21. Then on Blaze of Lights night he brough Mrs. Claus with him and stopped into the Senior Citizens Center.

CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY.

He returned Dec. 6 - this time to Greg's Pharmacy. And, from time to time, he took a stroll up and down Main Street. 

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Seventh grader Danielle Novak wins Bluffton spelling bee; Isaac Pimentel second place

Nine rounds and 25 minutes of word spelling came down to “spoonerism.”

That reveals the level of spelling knowledge needed to compete in this year’s Bluffton Middle School Spelling Bee.

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Starting with five sixth graders, five seventh graders and five eighth graders, the field reduced to two contestants after the eighth round.

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It's BHS girls all over Ft. Jennings 59-40

Three Pirates were in double-figures as Bluffton's girls defeated Ft. Jennings in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 6, in Bluffton.

Game stats are in the attachment below.

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