McDonald's owner wins worldwide award

Jerry Lewis, local McDonald’s Restaurant owner, was recently honored by McDonald’s Corporation with the Golden Arch Award at the 2010 McDonald’s Worldwide Convention in Orlando, Florida.
The McDonald’s Golden Arch Award is the most prestigious award given to McDonald’s owners and honors the “best of the best” in the McDonald’s owner/operator community. Less than one percent of franchise owners earn this honor of a lifetime.
This award recognizes the recipient's relentless focus on customer service, outstanding quality, service, cleanliness and value, significant community involvement, exceptional achievements in all areas of McDonald’s Plan to Win, and contributions to the success of the McDonald’s brand.
“I am honored and humbled by the award, but it truly goes to my employees who are so committed to serving the customers each day. My people are the reason for this award,” said Lewis.
After serving four years in the military, Lewis started his McDonald’s career more than 30 years ago making McDonald’s world famous French fries. He realized that through McDonald’s he could do two of the things he loved the most: serve customers and give back to the community in which he lived and did business. After moving through the management program, Jerry had the opportunity to build his first McDonald’s Restaurant in Bluffton in 1987.
Today, Jerry Lewis is the owner of seventeen McDonald’s Restaurants in Lima, Delphos, Van Wert, Beaverdam, Bluffton, Ada, Ottawa, Hicksville, Carey, and Upper Sandusky. He employs more than 850 people in a seven county area.  

Branding Allen County

Marcel Wagner, Allen Economic Development Group representative, and Sam Bassitt, Commissioner, attended the regularly scheduled April 26th Bluffton town council meeting at town hall.

Wagner presented Allen County's new branding initiative to council, including a promotional video. Following the video Bassitt asked for honest feedback from members of council about the new branding initiative and its relationship to Bluffton.

Mayor Rodabaugh expressed concern about the use of an Allen County brand and logo in Bluffton, as a village covering both Allen and Hancock Counties. Other members of council noted the lack of pictorial representation of any other part of Allen County except Lima.

For more information about the branding initiative, visit

BHS Royalty







Tyler Breidenbach and Lauren Emans were crowned the 2010 Bluffton High School prom king and queen on Saturday, April 24.

This year's prom theme was masquerade; it was held at The Centre in Bluffton.

Lamplight Bed & Breakfast to close

Joan Bauman, of Lamplight Bed and Breakfast, will close her doors on May 31.

The Bluffton bed and breakfast, located at 321 S. Main St., has been owned and operated by Bauman for the past eleven years.

“I have loved every moment of it, but I can no longer operate a business,” said Bauman. “I will remain in Bluffton, but not at the bed and breakfast.”

The 321 S. Main St. property is for sale. Bauman said she has had several potential buyers walk through the home, but no sale has been made.

“I hope that whoever buys the building keeps the bed and breakfast open,” said Bauman. “Bluffton needs a bed and breakfast. It is the perfect town to have one. This town, the people in it, and the visitors to it have been very good to me over the years.”
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