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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."

David Voth retires after 37 years of victim rights leadership

An open house reception to celebrate Voth’s contributions to the community will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Art Space Lima, 65 Town Square, Lima. All are invited to attend.

What began as a single victim offender reconciliation program in 1980 is now Crime Victim Services, a robust nonprofit agency leading the way in prevention, advocacy, and outreach to help victims prevail over the trauma of their victimization through safety, healing, justice, and restitution. Home to ten distinct programs which serve specific populations and community needs, the agency has served more than 58,000 victims and survivors since its founding.

In 1985, David Voth was hired as the Executive Director of Crime Victim Services and has tirelessly led the agency through a multitude of growth and victim right’s successes over the past 37 years.


Summary of September 26 village council meeting

• Energy aggregation renewal
• Visioning 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

Joyce Ann Hattery obituary

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.

Joyce was a graduate of Bluffton High School and attended Ft. Wayne Bible College.  She was a homemaker and attended Pleasant View United Methodist Church.  Joyce enjoyed gardening, cooking, quilting, her cats and spending time with her family.  


October 15 Blended Roots craft show openings for vendors

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

Location: 246 Cherry St. Parking will be available in surrounding properties.

Call (567) 226-1099 or email [email protected]