Feast your eyes on this cover crop

Growing on a field near you (and Cairo, Ohio), a multi-species cover crop blend planted after wheat. The white flowers are buckwheat; there is also Sorgum Sudan grass, cow peas, annual rye grass, cereal rye grass, radish, and balansa clover in the mix. Farmer Matt Burkholder notes, "This cover crop mix is an absolute buffet for earthworms and other soil life. I plan to plant corn next spring into this cover crop mix."

Summary of September 26 village council meeting

Energy aggregation renewal
Steering comm. open house Oct. 19
SR 103 easement negotiations
Hydrant flushing and water main replacement
Bentley Rd. crosswalk improvements
Police Dept. incident statistics

The first Village of Bluffton regular council meeting of the fall began with a lengthy presentation from a representative of Toledo-based Palmer Energy Company, which negotiates large-scale energy aggregation deals. Palmer groups together Ohio entities like cities, towns, and counties to solicit cheaper utility rates. After a referendum about a decade ago, Bluffton voters agreed to join an electric aggregation deal.  That deal is up for renewal and Council was informed that gas aggregation can be added, if we are willing to place the question on an upcoming ballot again. 

If passed, all Bluffton ratepayers would become part of the program, but anyone can opt out at any time. Council asked for more details so that planning can begin as soon as possible. Several comments were made in favor of the proposal, citing the volatile trends of natural gas prices.

Next came a couple brief Committee reports. Joe Sehlhorst called attention to the upcoming "Bluffton Beyond Tomorrow" open house, set for October 19. This will be a drop-in event at the middle school, where residents are invited to provide feedback on topics generated by a July survey

BFR Halloween volleyball tournament on October 22

Bluffton Family Recreation has announced a Halloween volleyball tournament on October 22 at Southgate Lanes. Costumes are encouraged.

Register your team at www.bfronline.com

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BLUFFTON--Joyce Ann Hattery, 84, passed away September 27, 2022 at her residence. Joyce was born November 29, 1937 in Bluffton to the late Harley and Alma (Agin) Diller.  On August 9, 1959 she married John Hattery who survives.

Vendors spots are still available for the October 15 Arts and Crafts Festival at Blended Roots.

Open spots for food and regular vendors.

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Arts and Craft Vendors, Food Trucks, Face Painting, Pony Rides

Bored at home? Come and visit the Bluffton Public Library's Youth Services desk.

You can pick out Storytime themed books and a related craft.

Every Wednesday afternoon the library will have a new craft and books. Take home your own craft while supplies last.

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50 years later
Street painting
Dress up time

History lesson

By Fred Steiner


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$1.5 million for endowed chair in science at Bluffton University

Bluffton University has announced the establishment of the M’Della Moon Endowed Chair in Botany and Environmental Science thanks to generous funding from anonymous donors. The $1.5 million dollar gift will fund a faculty chair who will divide their time equally between managing the Bluffton University Nature Preserve and teaching university classes. 

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