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Allen County Board of elections in-person absentee early voting schedule

The Allen County Board of Elections has issued reminders that in-person absentee early voting for the November 8 general election has begun.

Early Voting Hours at 204 N. Main Street, Lima, Ohio have the following schedule:

Oct 12-28 Weekdays Only 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Oct 31-Nov 4 Weekdays Only, Monday-Friday Extended Hours, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Oct 29 Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Nov 5 Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Nov 6 Sunday, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Nov 7 Monday, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Japanese tour and exchange opportunity for 9-11th graders

Lima Sister Cities is currently accepting applications for the 2023 Japanese Youth Tour and Exchange Program. To be eligible, students must be current 9-11th graders in Allen County, Ohio.

The trip is a 2-week educational tour across many cities and sites across Japan. The tour will include visiting schools, learning their history and meeting the mayor of Sister city Harima-cho.

Visit for more information.

Natural Gas Aggregation program for unincorporated areas on Nov. 8 ballot

The Board of Allen County Commissioners is asking voters in unincorporated areas of the county to approve a Natural Gas Aggregation program on the November 8 general election ballot. The program would offer the opportunity for residents and small  businesses in these unincorporated areas to save money on their utility costs. (See attached sample ballot for Richland Township.)

Ohio Law allows political subdivisions to form aggregated buying groups to purchase natural gas supply on behalf of their citizens.

Winter Crisis Program starts November 1

The Ohio Department of Development and West Ohio Community Action Partnership will help income eligible Ohioans stay warm during the cold winter months.

The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance paying a utility or bulk fuel bill or assistance paying for heating system repairs. The program runs from November 1, 2022, until March 31, 2023.

September weather observations for the area

Weather observations by Guy Verhoff, Pandora

The frost was on the pumpkin beginning the last week of September, as show by the local weather observations for September 2022.

A high of 87 degrees on September 21 and low of 38 degrees of September 30 were recorded.

Bluffton ballots and voting information for November 8

The Allen County Board of Elections has posted sample ballots for Bluffton precincts A, B and C for the November 8, 2022 general election at