by Paua McKibben Ryan Burkholder is the new Bluffton Police Chief. He’s young, around 38, but has more experience and background than his age denotes. For instance, when we got together for his interview, he already had printed out for me a resume of experience and education – he was planning ahead. He graduated from BHS in 1997, worked in a couple of factories, took some college classes and then joined the Marines in April 1999. In the Marines, he was a sergeant and was deployed to Kuwait in 2003 as part of the first invasion into Iraq, staying in Baghdad.
Mrs. Nicole Anderson, Bluffton Elementary and Middle School art teacher, is teaching more than just art to her classes: she is preparing them to work in teams and to use the strengths of each team member. Recently, Ellie Nickel, Lauren Swartzlander and Wes Brauen, seventh graders at Bluffton Middle School, won first, second and third places, respectively, in the Lions Club Peace Poster Project, “A Celebration of Peace.” This is an assignment that Anderson has made for the last seven years. So, she gives the directions, collects the results, gives them to judges, and the assignment is done. Not even close.
It’s been 30 years since the lights on the Reams’ display in downtown Bluffton were first turned on. This year’s activities keep up the tradition of holiday anticipation. Begin the season by attending the Shannon Theatre on Friday, Nov. 25, at 1:30 or 4 p.m. for a free showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” sponsored by Tommy Tire Sales and Stratton Auto Group.
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.