by Paula McKibben The first thing Rhonda DePuy saw when she walked into Bluffton Hospital for an interview was a nurse hugging a patient good-bye. “Oh,” she thought to herself, “I have to work here.” She got the job as Food and Nutrition Manager five and a half years ago, and she had just one goal in mind: “Transform it [cafeteria] into a little more customer friendly [place].” She and her associates have been so successful that they have as many as 110 people at lunch – the public, associates, groups, in-house patients, construction workers, staff at doctor’s offices.
Bluffton Elementary honored Veterans Day in several ways on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. The fourth graders have been treated for many years to a flag lesson from Thom and Cheryl Craig and Larry Core. Thom Craig and Core are veterans, and Cheryl, a retired teacher, assists with the lesson on folding a flag by explaining the meaning of each fold. The students are then given small flags to practice on themselves. In kindergarten, Kim Fritsch’s and Heidi Steiner’s classes met Lieutenant Aaron Antrim. Antrim currently flies a helicopter for Life Flight for St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo. He and his family have lived in California, Michigan and Florida, but now they live outside of Bluffton.
The Beaverdam Veterans Committee has been working for over two and a half years on a Veterans Memorial for Beaverdam, a village of 300-plus citizens in Allen County, Ohio. It’s purpose is to honor all United States Veterans, past and present. The newly installed seven foot tall black granite memorial is located in front of the new town hall on Beaverdam’s Main Street.
Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on Nov. 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. Holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.