October 25, 2014



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Downtown Bluffton merchants offer lots of prizes this fall in "shop local" campaign

Come uptown and have a chance to win – gift cards and prizes from Bluffton merchants.

Very soon 2,600 Bluffton postal customers will receive a post card inviting them to “shop, sip, eat, play, local.” In a nutshell its message encourages shopping locally.

The postcard makes area residents aware of a Bluffton merchants and Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce major fall promotion. It centers on a concept titled “3/50 Project.” The nationwide project carries the tagline: “Save your local economy three stores at a time.”

Baptist church plans Nov. 1 trunk or treat

Bluffton Baptist Church, 345 County Line Road, will hold a Trunk or Treat from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 in the church parking lot.

The church hopes to have 25 car trunks full of candy to be given to children who attend. Area residents are encouraged to bring their children for a non-scary, entertaining event. This free event will also include hot dogs, chips, cold and warm beverages.


Nixel alert: Looking for elder Bluffton woman wearing pink coat

Rick Skilliter, Bluffton police chief, sent the following Nixle announcement at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15:

Elderly female waked away from College Avenue and Greding Street area earlier this morning. Possibly wearing a pink coat and carrying a black purse. She is 5-feet tall.

Please check your area and report to 911 if you see the female.


Airport Commission meets Oct. 16

The Village of Bluffton’s Airport Commission will be meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Bluffton Airport, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.

Funeral arrangements incomplete for Ronald Anderson

Ronald A. Anderson, 85, of Bluffton died Oct. 14, 2014, at Lima Memorial Hospital.  Private graveside services will be held.  Arrangements are entrusted with Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Swavel named to D3 Football Team of Week

D3Football Team of the Week

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University senior Brad Swavel (Marion/Ridgedale) has been named to the D3Football.com Team of the Week following his dominating performance at Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Oct. 11. It marks the first time that a Beaver has secured the award.

Manchester pitches 5-0 shutout of Bluffton women

By: Whitney Warnecke, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Manchester University Spartans found the wet, slippery conditions to their liking as they found the back of the net four times in the opening stanza en route to the convincing 5-0 shutout at Bluffton on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The Beavers fell to 3-9-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the Heartland Conference, while Manchester improved to 6-7 on the season and 3-1 in the HCAC.

Bluffton celebrates "Fair Trade Month" with series of programs

Bluffton – the first community in Ohio designated as a Fair Trade Town – celebrates Fair Trade Month in October, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick of the local Fair Trade Committee.

She describes Fair Trade this way:
"Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between global marketers and producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and other parts of the world. A fair trade partnership works to provide low-income artisans and farmers with a living wage for their work.”

PTO seeks volunteers for Nov. 6 COSI visit; announces several fall events

The Bluffton Elementary PTO announces several fall fund-raisers and school-related events, according to Melissa Knauss, president.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, COSI will be at the Elementary School. The PTO needs volunteers to help COSI in the morning and/or afternoon.  If you are interested, contact Sara Bassett at 419-302-7821 or email, sara.bassett@ineos.com.  

The Scholastic book fair, held in the elementary library, takes place Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31. Family night is from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28.