Burkholder Nominates Bluffton Schools for Fund Provided by Monsanto Program

   Bluffton Exempted Village Schools was recently the recipient of a $2,500 donation through the America’s Farmer’s Grow Communities Monsanto Fund.  Chad Burkholder was the farmer that nominated Bluffton Schools to enter this contest. According to Bluffton Schools Superintendent Greg Denecker, these funds will be utilized to purchase books for students in the elementary that revolve around agriculture.
   “We thank Chad Burkholder for nominating our school district and look forward to seeing our elementary students reading about farming and the many other areas related to agriculture,” Denecker said. 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Offers Free Local Pick-Up Service

by Benji Bergstrand   As the weather turns warmer, people’s thoughts turn to spring cleaning, and spring cleaning often involves a bit of re-organizing and purging of items that are still useful but no longer wanted or needed. The problem then becomes what to do with these items, especially when they are too large or bulky to transport yourself.
   Thankfully the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Lima offers a free pick-up service that serves the local area, and it benefits a lot more than just a Bluffton homeowner looking to free up a little garage space.
   ReStore manager, Jim Lewis, calls it the “triple win.”

Local Resident Presented Professional Engineer License at Statehouse Ceremony

   Thomas Lynn Downey, P.E., was presented with his Professional Engineering License at a Statehouse ceremony hosted by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Surveyors and the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). 
   Downey, a graduate of Bluffton High School and a current resident of Bluffton, Ohio, earned both his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology and his master of science in engineering from the University of Toledo.  Today, he is employed as an engineer at Hawthorn Seving, Inc.

BHS Grad Serves as ER Doctor in Chicago Area and Local Hospitals

by Paula McKibben   “It’s a long road to becoming a doctor, and I often joke that I probably would not have done it had I known what it was going to take to accomplish it. It is expensive, but my student loans are minimal because I chose not to go to the most expensive private school but public schools that offered me scholarships,” says Dr. Samantha Peña Chavez, daughter of Judy Augsburger.

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