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Crime Victim Services to offer credit report checks

So far in 2022, Crime Victim Services has helped 33 people who had credit accounts opened in their names, or credit cards stolen or misused. With identity thefts growing by the day, it’s important to monitor your credit report. On Credit Check Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, five local financial institutions will coordinate with Crime Victim Services to offer credit report checks in 18 locations. 

Summary of Nov. 14 Bluffton Council Meeting

Cost sharing policy for curb repair, escalating capital costs facing Police, Fire and EMS

By Andy Chappell-Dick

There were no expiring terms among Bluffton's six Council members, so the rancorous midterm elections last week brought no changes to our local government. This meeting's agenda contained no less than ten committee reports, seven articles of legislation, the usual items from administration and safety services, plus public comment. Citizens should know that our representatives dealt with the business before them quickly, respectfully and unanimously. The only thing failing in this democracy is the town's decrepit leaf collection machine, and they've got a bipartisan plan for that. (Forty pages of supporting documents for this meeting are attached. The agenda is pages 1-2; an index is listed below.)

Village of Beaverdam emergency meeting for park funding

The Village of Beaverdam will hold an Emergency Meeting on Thursday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Village Hall Council Room, with the purpose of passing Resolution 2022-07 allowing the Village to apply for the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District 2023 Cooperative Park Improvement Grant Program Funding.

Ceramics on display at Bluffton University invitational

Bluffton University is hosting “Inspiration and Innovation,” an Ohio Ceramic Invitational exhibition at the Sauder Visual Arts Center’s Grace Albrecht Gallery. Gallery hours are 9 a.m-5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A reception for the artists will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Dec. 11. PHOTO Bluffton University

"Lead with Compassion" is theme of Bluffton Lions Peace Poster contest

On November 15 the Bluffton Lions announced 2022 Peace Poster contest winners.

The first place winner is Sophia Gilroy of Jenera, daughter of Dawn and Joseph Gilroy. Her poster will be included in the district level competition of the International Lions Club's annual peace poster contest, along with winners from other Lions clubs in northwestern Ohio.

The two runners-up were Chloe Hanefeld, daughter of Bill and Becca Hanefeld of Bluffton, and Serenity O'Connell, daughter of Carissa and Taylor O'Connell of Bluffton.


Santa's Fire Truck at BPL

The Bluffton Fire Department has found Santa and his broken sleigh. Santa was doing a pre-Christmas run when his sleigh broke. We asked if Santa could come to the library for a FREE night filled with stories and take-home crafts.

Date: December 6, 2022

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m

All ages are welcome.

Registration is required. Space is limited.

Call the Bluffton Public library at 419-358-5016 Or register online via