Demonstrations, Protests, Marches  Part of Being an American Citizen

by Paula McKibben   Wendy Chappell-Dick has been attending protest marches since before she was born. Her first was in 1969 when her mother, Bobbie Chappell was expecting her. According to Wendy, she has attended a protest against every president since 1969.
She recently attended two events – the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and the protest at Standing Ridge, North Dakota.

Council Approves Bike Path, Village Administrator Relieved of Position

by Sarah Beechboard   Bluffton Town Hall held its second council meeting of the year on a rainy Monday night. As usual, the meeting was held at 8 p.m. on the fourth Monday of January. After order was called and the pledge was recited, the minutes from the previous meeting as well as the bills were approved without any discussion. There also were four pieces of legislation passed.

“Tommy Bears” Help Put a Smile on Children’s Faces at Bluffton Pediatrics

by Megan Watson   Anyone who knows Tom Dotson of Tommy Tire Sales knows he loves his communities.  While Dotson, his wife and two daughters reside in Vaughnsville, he also thinks of the communities surrounding his three tire shops – Ada, Bluffton and Toledo – as his second home.  The goal of his business is to sell tires, but, for Dotson, it goes much further than just rubber and rims.  He wants each community to know that he fully supports those that live there, especially the kids. 

Bluffton Swim Team Donates to Village

   The addition of a new heating unit to the Bluffton pool last summer was less expensive than expected, according to Mayor Augsburger, but still was in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. The swim team, whose president is Jennie Wilson, wanted to show its appreciation to the village for making their mornings in the pool a less numbing experience. On behalf of the swim team, Wilson and vice president Nicole Mikesell, presented the village council a check for $1000 with a promise of more this coming year. Treasurer for the organization is Jason Diller.
   Wilson has worked with the swim team for the last 10 years and has managed the pool for the last two summers. Her goal was to build the swim team into a thriving organization.

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