by Austin Arnold Last Friday morning, September 12, the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce resumed its monthly meetings, after taking a two-month recess over the summer. The featured speaker at the breakfast meeting was Bluffton resident and village councilmember Everett Collier, who recapped his summer adventure of riding with a group of bikers associated with The Fuller Center for Housing.
by Ron Geiser Safety issues, primarily involving new equipment for the fire department, highlighted Monday night’s meeting of Bluffton Council. Fire Chief Jon Kinn took the floor with a lengthy fire department purchasing presentation that seeks to update the local fire unit and bring it into compliance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. Council basically approved three recommendations from Kinn--to replace fire hose, to replace structural firefighting clothing and to purchase a replacement fire truck. Kinn noted that most of the fire hose owned by the village is out of compliance with NFPA standards, describing what is currently in use and what the safety committee intends to purchase.
by Austin Arnold During next year’s car show at the Riley Creek Festival in Pandora, Ohio, an overhauled 1998 GT Mustang convertible will be raffled off for free. A free sports car, how is that possible? Well, through the efforts of a local body shop owner and his church congregation, it will be. Steve Bishop, owner of Hippy’s Body Shop in Pandora, came up with an idea that not only shares his passion for cars, but also helps spread the word of his church and its ministry.
by Austin Arnold On Sunday, September 7, Trinity United Methodist Church of Bluffton hosted a 5K color run at Village Park to help local and nearby charities and to create a fun family-friendly event for the community. Those participating in the 5K could choose to walk or run entirely at their own pace, as the objective of the race was centered around fun and giving back to charity rather than competition. Sunday’s run/walk was coordinated by Jenna Powell, Kari Kempf and Carly McGinn, who all shared the duties of “race director.”