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Child's bicycle contest deadline is July 15

Thanks to generous donations in support of the St. John's United Church of Christ Bicycle Ministry, a contest to win a bike shop-quality bicycle and helmet from Bike Crazy LLC has been announced. Application HERE.

Wetlands mitigation project underway at Motter Metro Park

Nature Conservancy is funding creation of cascading pools

By Paula Pyzik Scott

From the front entrance of Motter Metro Park, a Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District property just outside of the Village of Bluffton, everything looks like business as usual on a sunny July morning. But if you are someone who regularly explores the 105 acres and 1.5 miles of mowed grass trails adjacent to Little Riley Creek, you may have discovered that changes are afoot.

Blood drive at St. Mary's, July 25

The American Red Cross asks donors to make and keep appointments this July at one of several area locations to help meet life-saving transfusion needs this summer.

To make an appointment, visit

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bluffton will serve as the host site for a blood drive Thursday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two different types of blood donations will be administered, Whole and Power Red.

Listed below are additional blood drive dates and locations.


Bluffton EMS by the numbers, June 2024

UPDATE Emergency transports added.

Jan Basinger, Chief of Bluffton Emergency Medical Services, provided the following Calls for Service date for Bluffton EMS in June 2024:

  • 53 Medical Calls
  • 45 Emergency Transports
  • 2 Non Emergency Transports
  • 4 Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • 6 Fire Calls
  • 5 Mutual Aid Calls

70 total calls in June

434 Calls to date in 2024


Bluffton, Ohio: You can get there from here, by bike

By Paula Pyzik Scott

New green and white signs have popped up in and near Bluffton marked “25.” They are wayfinding signs for US Bike Route 25 North, which takes cyclists from Toledo to Cincinnati.

Volunteers are the backbone of Bluffton Fire Department

By Benji Bergstrand

When fighting a fire every minute counts. This is something Bluffton Fire Chief Jon Kinn knows all too well. “An active fire can double in size every 5 minutes. A small ‘room and contents’ fire can turn into a full structure fire in no time if no one is there to fight it.” Kinn said.