by Paula McKibben LuAnn Rieman has been a physical therapist (PT) for more than 20 years, serving at Bluffton Hospital for more than a decade. Before Bluffton Hospital, she had worked at the OSU Medical Center for 10 years and did home health for Mt. Carmel. At Blanchard Valley, she has worked at Birchaven, Whirlpool, Bridge Hospice, and in acute care and outpatient care. Obviously, she is a Bluffton associate with lots of experience that she can use to assist her patients.
by Paula McKibben Just as Paula Scott had hoped, the grassroots effort to make the intersection of Main and College safer has prompted the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to offer alternative recommendations to the addition of a stoplight at the intersection of College and Main. Kirk Slusher, Deputy Director District 1; Matt Rosebrock, Traffic and Safety Engineer; and Rod Maas, Planning Engineer, attended a meeting at the Town Hall to address possible alternatives.
by Paula McKibben Christmas at the Swiss Homestead lived up to the experience of Christmases past. Rachel Friesen was baking gingerbread in a dutch oven pot with coals underneath it and on top of it. Jason Althaus was in charge of candlemaking and was using the fireplace to melt the wax for candles. Martina Cucchiara and Ivan Friesen were in charge of breadmaking – big, beautiful, tasty round loaves. In the living room, the dulcimers had just finished and the Bluffton High School strings were beginning their Christmas serenade.
After 18 years and who-knows-how-many soccer matches, Bluffton Family Recreation has a new carpet – more precise, a new indoor turf for its soccer field. And, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director, “We are getting great reviews from athletes using it.” The new turf replaced the original turf on its indoor soccer field. Bluffton Family Recreation, located at 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, offers year-around sports programming. The replacement wasn’t cheap. According to Beagle, the total cost is around $60,000. While it’s close to being paid for, donations are still coming in to put the turf fund over the top.