by Ron Geiser Phill Talavinia, long-time staff member at Bluffton University, was selected to fill the vacant position on village council last Thursday night. He will be sworn in officially at next Monday’s (Oct. 6) council meeting at Town Hall. He replaces Mitch Kingsley, local attorney, who resigned earlier in September. Talavinia was selected from a pool of eight applicants for the open council slot. Others interviewed during the two-night selection process were Michele Blubaugh, Rich Johnson, Ralph Miller, Jerry Cupples, Deb Weihrauch, Mike Downey and Tony Pinks.
by Paige Crawford Bluffton Exempted Village Schools Board of Education held their monthly meeting on Monday, September 29, 2014 at Bluffton Elementary. As usual, the board consisted of Mr. Klinger, Mr. Fruchey, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Lugibihl, and Mr. Scoles. Some items on the agenda were board policies, purchase of land, and administrative reports. After the approval of the minutes, the board went on to discuss the involvement of visitors and approved a motion to make changes to the listed contracts and assignments for the 2014-2015 school year.
by Paige Crawford When Sue Fett dreamed of a salon she could call her own, she never imagined four decades later the Curling Iron would have turned out the way it did. Deb Wentz, the current owner and manager of the salon has been in the business for some time as well. After her mother started working at the salon, Wentz became very close with Fett. Soon after, Wentz finished beauty school and Sue Fett decided to give her a chance as a stylist. 40 years later, Wentz is still there and is now head of the salon.
by Ron Geiser The first round of interviews seeking a replacement for Mitch Kingsley and final actions on two major purchases highlighted a special meeting of Bluffton Village Council Sept. 18. A second round of council replacement interviews is scheduled tonight (Sept. 25). Council will make an announcement following the meeting, either accepting one of those interviewed or deciding to continue its search. Interviews are conducted during executive sessions, closed to the public. Kingsley’s resignation was effective Sept. 1. Council approved a contract to begin the process to purchase a 2015 Rosenbauer fire pumper at a cost of $310,206 from United Fire Apparatus.