Swearing in of New Police Chief Highlights a Busy Council Meeting

by Ron Geiser   Three ordinances, four resolutions, swearing in of the new police chief and a variety of other items were discussed and approved by Bluffton Village Council at its final November meeting Monday night.
   An ordinance authorizing a change in zoning as requested by Blanchard Valley Health Systems for property located at 565 Harmon Road from R-1 to R-2 passed its second reading.
   Hospital officials indicate that additional parking will be needed in conjunction with the Women’s Center project. Construction on the parking lot is expected to begin in the spring.

Bluffton Hospital Cafeteria Draws a Crowd with Its Homemade Options

by Paula McKibben   The first thing Rhonda DePuy saw when she walked into Bluffton Hospital for an interview was a nurse hugging a patient good-bye. “Oh,” she thought to herself, “I have to work here.”
   She got the job as Food and Nutrition Manager five and a half years ago, and she had just one goal in mind: “Transform it [cafeteria] into a little more customer friendly [place].”
   She and her associates have been so successful that they have as many as 110 people at lunch – the public, associates, groups, in-house patients, construction workers, staff at doctor’s offices.

Bluffton Elementary Embodies the Spirit of Veterans Day

   Bluffton Elementary honored Veterans Day in several ways on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.
   The fourth graders have been treated for many years to a flag lesson from Thom and Cheryl Craig and Larry Core. Thom Craig and Core are veterans, and Cheryl, a retired teacher, assists with the lesson on folding a flag by explaining the meaning of each fold. The students are then given small flags to practice on themselves.
   In kindergarten, Kim Fritsch’s and Heidi Steiner’s classes met Lieutenant Aaron Antrim. Antrim currently flies a helicopter for Life Flight for St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo. He and his family have lived in California, Michigan and Florida, but now they live outside of Bluffton.

Beaverdam Veterans Memorial to be Dedicated Saturday

   The Beaverdam Veterans Committee has been working for over two and a half years on a Veterans Memorial for Beaverdam, a village of 300-plus citizens in Allen County, Ohio.  It’s purpose is to honor all United States Veterans, past and present.  The newly installed seven foot tall black granite memorial is located in front of the new town hall on Beaverdam’s Main Street. 

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