Bluffton University announced a $1 million dollar gift from Greg and Donna Wannemacher during the launch of Simply Innovate, the Campaign for Bluffton University. Greg Wannemacher is a university trustee and the co-chair of the Simply Innovate campaign. He graduated from Bluffton in 1977 with a degree in business and played football during his years on campus; Donna graduated from Bluffton in 1978 with an art degree. Greg Wannemacher is chairman of Wannemacher Total Logistics in Lima.
by Paula McKibben Remember the L & K Restaurant, which then became The Eagle’s Nest. Out there on 103, just the other side of the overpass. In recent years, it looked as though it needed extensive repairs. But, the owner was patient, and given enough time, the building was bought by Nick Recker and Luke Keuneke as a home for their business, Cutting Edge WoodKRaft.
by Paula McKibben Chief Rick Skilliter says of law enforcement, “I believe that having people trust us enough to call us at their worst time and invite us into their life ought to be a humbling experience for all of us. It’s never been about me. If you want to be successful, it’s got to be about the people who need help.” Chief Skilliter is retiring from the Bluffton Police Department as of Sept. 22; however, his last day in the office was Aug. 31. He’s been on the Bluffton force for 27 years, acting as chief and the face of Bluffton for over 11 years.
Bluffton Family Recreation recently reached a fundraising benchmark. It has just crossed the $10,000 mark on the way to funding new artificial turf for its indoor soccer arena. The overall price tag (including surrounding field netting) is $40,000. BFR Director Joe Beagle said the BFR soccer facility is quite comparable to the only other indoor soccer arenas in the area, located in Lima and Maumee. On the way to the $10,000, the BFR has held Brisket Fundraisers, gotten donations from area businesses and some individual donors.