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Joint committee meeting announced by Village of Bluffton

The Village of Bluffton will hold a joint committee meeting of Personnel, Safety Services and Finance on Dec. 1, 2021 at noon on the third floor of the Town Hall.

Treasure hunt is part of Bluffton nonprofits' Shop Small Saturday

Book Reviews, Et Cetera Shop and Ten Thousand Villages will not only be open extra hours on Shop Small Saturday--from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.--they will also be hosting a treasure hunt.

Chrissy Lugibihl, manager of the Et Cetera Shop thrift store, tells the icon that shoppers can pick up and drop off forms at any of the three shops for this enter to win activity.

Book Reviews, 123 S. Main

Et Cetera Shop, 327 N. Main

Ten Thousand Villages 115 S. Main

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126th performance of Messiah at Bluffton University on Dec. 12

Bluffton University will present its 126th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, in Yoder Recital Hall. While tickets are free, seats need to be reserved at www.bluffton.edu/tickets or at Marbeck Center. 

Dr. Bo Young Kang, director of choral activities, will conduct the oratorio. Soloists along with the Bluffton Choral Society including students, faculty, staff and community members will be accompanied by an orchestra. 

All about that Blaze (of Lights Festival 2021)

UPDATE:  Santa will be in the alley between Roots and Webb Insurance (111 and 105 S. Main) after riding the in the antique fire truck in the parade.

The 35th annual Bluffton Blaze of Lights will be celebrated on the evening of Saturday, November 27 in downtown Bluffton. The Blaze, as it is known, begins with a festival--including a parade, entertainment, and ceremonies--that attracts some three to four thousand people. A great number have seen the Blaze many times, but let’s describe it for the first-time visitor and those reading from a distance.

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Linda McCoy was critical care educator for Blanchard Valley Hospital

Linda Kay McCoy, 71, passed away November 25, 2021 at Mercy Health-St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  Linda was born February 26, 1950 in Sioux Center, Iowa to the late Gerrit and Kathleen (Van Royan) Rozeboom. On June 19, 1971 she married Richard McCoy.

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Ottawa among communities receiving financing from Ohio EPA

Communities in Northwest Ohio are receiving more than $41.6 million in low-interest rate and principal forgiveness funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements.

Ottawa, which supplies water to Bluffton, is receiving $8.27 million to improve the city’s drinking water treatment plant building’s interior and exterior, including measures to help address the potential impact of harmful algal blooms on the water system. This loan includes $3.78 million in principal forgiveness, which does not have to be repaid.

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