Bluffton Village Council April 24 Meeting Report

by Sarah Beechboard   A meeting of the Village of Bluffton Council was held at Town Hall this Monday, April 24. The meeting was called to order at 8 p.m. and was adjourned promptly around 8:30 p.m. As soon as it got underway, both the minutes and bills from the past few weeks were passed without discussion.
   The first piece of legislation brought was simply an amendment of a previous ordinance.
   The second, Ordinance No. 05-17 passed its first reading. It was “to vacate an alley as requested by Thomas W. Schmidt” as council discussed during the last bimonthly meeting.
   The final legislation was Resolution No. 10-17. The resolution “making certain transfers” was passed on its first reading by emergency.

Annual Cross Walk Takes Place in Bluffton

The annual ecumenical Cross Walk through Bluffton took place on a sunny and warm Good Friday morning. The Cross Walk began at 11:30 a.m. starting at English Lutheran Church and proceeded on to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Bluffton Presbyterian Church, St. Marys Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, and ended at First Mennonite Church where a community service began at 12:00 noon. The Cross Walk is held each year on Good Friday to remember Jesus’ steps to the cross, his crucifixion and death.

Improvements Taking Place at Bluffton First United Methodist Church

   A number of capital improvement projects are taking place at Bluffton First United Methodist Church, some of which have been quite evident to those that have happened to pass by in the past week or so.
   According to Rev. Timothy Wilmetti, the main structure of the church building was built in 1916. With age, the exterior brick started to absorb moisture, which resulted in the deterioration of the plaster inside the church sanctuary. A campaign was started last year to raise funds to repair and seal the brick, re-plaster the interior walls, and eventually replace three entry doors, Wilmetti said. 

Soon-to-be Owners of The Food Store Win BCE Small Business Improvement Award

by Paula McKibben   The Bluffton Center For Entrepreneurs (BCE) 2017 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition was held the end of March after weeks of preparation. This year’s Small Business Improvement Division winner was The Food Store, with new owners, as of  April 28, Jonah Agner and Nancy Corle, participating.
   The Small Business Improvement Division is open to established businesses located in the 45817 zip area. It offers a $1,000 first place cash award in addition to several in-kind prizes.

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