Swiss Historical Society Displays Newly Acquired Artifacts

   The Swiss Historical Society acquired several new items over the year, displaying them during the Fall Festival.
   Haydn Basinger, uncle of artist Darvin Luginbuhl, was a prolific sketcher, painter and poet. He gave several of his works to Luginbuhl.  Since then, they have been donated to the Society. He seemed to have a fondness for drawing horses and dogs, though there are other subjects.
   There is also a pair of children’s coveralls made at the Pandora Manufacturing Company between its opening in 1901 and its closing in 1917.

Members of Local Police Force Receive Recognition for their Service

by Paula McKibben   A lot has been happening in the police department lately. First, Rick Skilliter, after 27 years in law enforcement, decided to retire from public service. His son Braden was hired by the department as a part-time officer. Then, Ryan Burkholder, a 12-year veteran of the department, was made the interim chief. His first order of business at the Sept. 5 Town Council meeting was to nominate and decorate three members of the department for their actions:

Annual Fall Festival to be Held Saturday

   The Bluffton community’s 13th annual Fall Festival, with many family-oriented activities, takes place throughout the community on Saturday, Sept. 24, according to Daren Lee of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, who coordinates the festival.  All activities are free unless otherwise designated. 
   Food and other items are available for purchase at multiple locations. 
   There will be busses traveling between all locations at scheduled intervals.  Please see posted signs at the “bus stop” at each location for the schedule as well as on the Bluffton Fall Festival Facebook page ( or at  

Village Council Meeting Highlighted by Skilliter Welcoming Son to Police Force

by Ron Geiser   On a night when Bluffton Village Council handled a rather routine agenda, it included a family celebration that sort of represented a “passing of the torch.”
   As has been recently recognized, Police Chief Rick Skilliter retired after serving the community 27 years. But he showed up in full uniform Monday night to perform a last assignment – welcoming his son Braden as a member of the Bluffton police department.

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