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Bluffton Schools Hires Mike Wilson as Maintenance Supervisor

    The Bluffton Exempted Village Schools Board of Education held a special meeting last Saturday morning to hire Mike Wilson, who will be serving as the new maintenance supervisor. The position became open after the resignation of the school’s current maintenance supervisor, Bob Holt, was accepted by the board during its last meeting on September 29. Holt, who has been with the Bluffton school district for nearly 17 years, will be retiring once his resignation becomes effective on December 31, 2014.
   Wilson is currently the transportation supervisor for Shawnee Local Schools and has held that position since 2009. Previously, Wilson served a very similar role for Cory-Rawson Schools for 13 years.

Plans Already Underway for Bluffton’s 28th Annual Blaze of Lights

   “Happy Holidays!”
   Plans for the yearly Bluffton Blaze of Lights are currently underway. This year’s 28th annual Thanksgiving weekend event is Saturday, Nov. 29, using the theme “Happy Holidays!”
   The Blaze is an event sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. Fred Steiner, chamber director, said, “Most people think of the Blaze as a one-evening event. It’s really the entire holiday season because several events take place until New Years.”
   The Blaze committee started planning this year’s event in July. Much of this year’s activities are in place. Here’s an update:

Bluffton Community Observes 11th Annual Fall Festival on Summerlike Day

by Kathryn Tschuor   Where were you on Saturday, Sept. 27? Chances are, if you live in the Bluffton area, you were at the 11th annual Bluffton Fall Festival. There were attractions and activities in downtown Bluffton, as well as at Bluffton Hospital, BFR Sports & Fitness, Maple Crest, Mennonite Memorial Home, Willow Ridge and the Swiss Homestead that drew crowds in the morning and throughout the afternoon.

Phill Talavinia Selected to Fill Vacant Village Council Seat

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.

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