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Thanksgiving roadway fatalities report

COLUMBUS – According to provisional statistics, 16 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving holiday. During the five-day reporting period, from Wednesday, November 23 at midnight through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, 16 people were killed in 15 fatal crashes. In 2021, there were 14 fatal crashes in which 17 people were killed.

Of the 16 killed this year, two were pedestrians, 10 were not wearing a seat belt and six crashes involved impaired driving.

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Holiday Collage concert at Bluffton University

Caroling sing-a-long part of the program

Bluffton University will host the Holiday Collage Concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 4 in Yoder Recital Hall.

Become wrapped in the sounds of the season during this holiday concert where the Bluffton music ensembles come together to celebrate. Singers and instrumentalists from the University Chorale and Concert Band will present a selection of holiday music including a medley of favorite Christmas songs.

Blaze of Lights 2022 photos by Jamie Nygaard

Was the 2022 Blaze of Lights picture perfect? Bluffton photographer Jamie Nygaard might just say it was. She has shared hundreds of photographs of the festival including this image of Jim Bemiller's Model A with Bluffton Town Hall in the background. Visit HERE for her entire album.

Blaze of Lights Festival 2022 in review

By Paula Scott

The 2022 Blaze of Lights celebrations have kicked off the Christmas season in Bluffton: holiday music now plays for downtown shoppers during the day and the lights of the Ream Folk Art Display will sparkle at night through the first of the year.

The 36th annual Blaze of Lights Festival on Saturday, November 26, was attended by exceptionally large crowds along the Main St. parade route from the neighborhood of Boutique 415 to College Ave. Although blankets, hats and gloves were in evidence, the weather was pretty spectacular for late November in northwest Ohio.

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Council meeting agenda and packet for November 28

The attached council agenda and packet for the November 28 regular meeting have been provided by the Village of Bluffton.

Items include:

- A resolution authorizing a governmental natural gas aggregation program.

- A resolution to accept the rate charged by the Village of Ottawa for bulk water in 2023.

- A resolution of necessity for S.R. 103 curb replacement

The packet includes:

- The voucher report for 11/28/2022

- Minutes from the Zoning Board of Appeals public meeting regarding a request for variance to conduct business at 320 S. Main.

Obituary for Betty Louise Burkholder

Betty Louise Burkholder, 81, passed away November 28, 2022, at 2:40 a.m., at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Arlington.

Betty was born July 23, 1941 in Bluffton, to the late Arthur and Maxine (Bash) von Stein. 

Betty graduated from Cory-Rawson High School in 1959 and from the North Western School of Commerce in 1961.

Soon after in 1961, she married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Jerry Burkholder. They were married 61 years. 

Betty began working at Citizens National Bank, Bluffton, Ohio in 1961.

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