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September 19, 2021

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Safety Check: Morning cyclists riding in the dark

With shorter daylight hours and the return to school, area drivers and cyclists are sharing the road in the dark morning hours.

In the dark, drivers often can’t see cyclists without reflectors. The Consumer Product Safety Commission lists these requirements:

Allen County issues mask advisory

The following health advisory has been issued for all of Allen County Ohio:

Allen County Public Health is issuing a Mask Advisory for Allen County, effective September 17, 2021. Everyone over the age of 2 years old is advised to wear a face mask, regardless of  vaccination status when: 

∙ In indoor public places 

∙ Outdoors in crowded settings 

Universal masking in schools, businesses, and social settings will help slow the spread of  COVID-19. 

2020 Census Data for Bluffton available online

2020 U.S. Decennial Census data is now available at Bluffton, Ohio Data Profile.

Information that has been updated includes:

General Demographic Characteristics

Selected Social Characteristics

Selected Economic Characteristics

Selected Housing Characteristics

United Way of Greater Lima sets goal to increase donations

The United Way of Greater Lima kicked off their 2021 annual campaign by asking the community to be “100% All In” for the community. The goal is to raise an additional $100,000 in response to increased community needs. 

The 2020 greater Lima campaign (including Bluffton) secured enough donations to award local non-profits with $1.35 million. United Way of Greater Lima was able to support 38 programs provided by 33 Community Partners, in addition to funding 13 additional special projects and services. The organization distributed $115,165 in COVID relief to local nonprofits.

Weather Recap, September 6-12

September 2021 weather week 2 from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Use count on pathways, September 13-19

Your appearance on one of Bluffton pathways will be counted Monday through Sunday September 13-19. This is the tenth annual “use count” of the Bluffton pathways, which takes place in May and September

This week’s pathway count includes 29 local volunteers. Pathway users will see those volunteers parked near various intersections in the village in two-hour shifts counting walkers, bikers, joggers who used the pathway.