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November is Seatbelt Safety & Enforcement Month

For the month of November, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers will be working together to increase safety on our roadways and stress the importance of wearing a seatbelt– every time, every trip– day or night. 

According to NHTSA, the national use rate was at 90.4% in 2021 and saved about 14,955 lives in 2017. Choosing to wear a seat belt is easy and can save your life.  Failure to use appropriate vehicle safety equipment, including child passenger safety seats, can lead to serious or even fatal injuries. Choose to Click It! 

Beaverdam receives $21K Nature Works funding for park fence

Beaverdam will receive a $21,853 grant from Nature Works Round 28 Awards for the installation of a secure fence around a playground area in the village park.

The grant is one of 68 recently announced by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). $1.7 million in grants will support dozens of new outdoor recreation projects across the state. Projects include the development of playgrounds, natural playscapes, trails, restrooms, dog parks, baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis and pickleball courts, splash pads and picnic shelters.

I-75 rest areas to close for landscaping and tree removal

Interstate 75 northbound roadside park will close on Wednesday, Nov. 9, for approximately three days for landscaping and tree removal.

Interstate 75 southbound roadside park will close on Monday, Nov. 14 for approximately three days for landscaping and tree removal.

All outlined work is weather permitting.

General election includes local issues for Apollo Career Center, unincorporated areas of Allen County

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 is Election Day with in person voting from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. The polling location for Bluffton precincts A, B and C is The Centre at Bluffton,  601 N. Main St.

The Allen County Board of Elections has posted sample ballots at

November 7 – Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 7
November 8 – ELECTION DAY / Polls open 6:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m. / Absentee ballots must be in drop boxes by 7:30 p.m.

JAMPD photo contest draws a record number of entries

As the seasons change, it may seem that the beauty around us is fleeting. However, area photographers have captured that beauty and the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District has collected it.

The weekend the park district will unveil of the winning photographs from its 46th annual Nature Photography Contest, which had a record 315 photos entered this year.

Leaf pickup paused until November 7

On November 3, Mayor Rich Johnson announced that Village of Bluffton leaf collection services have been paused due to several equipment failures.

This service is scheduled to return on Monday, November 7.

Johnson's message includes "Thank you for your patience as we work to get this practice back on schedule."