by Ron Geiser The hiring of an income tax administrator and recommendations from two standing committees highlighted the first November meeting of Bluffton Village Council Monday night. Following about an hour of executive session at the end of the regular meeting, council voted to hire Mary Snodgrass from Findlay as the next tax administrator. Her rate of pay is $15.50 per hour with usual benefits offered village employees. Currently employed by the city of Findlay, she will have additional duties of website maintenance and bank reconciliation, and will serve as backup to Nancy Kindle as village fiscal officer. The earlier portion of the meeting was fairly routine, with only a brief discussion involving Shannon Cemetery.
by Paula McKibben Do you know who Emily is? Did a seven-year old female member of your family die in the Bluffton Sanitorium or Bluffton Hospital when it was located where the Bluffton Public Library is now located? Those who went to the presentation of the ParaSisters Saturday, Oct. 24, need to know these answers for validation, a favorite word for Sarah Bradford, who has been working in the paranormal arena for the last eight years.
by Paula McKibben Kevin Phillips, grain buyer at Pandora Grain and Supply, says “varied would be a good term to use this year” for the corn and bean harvests. Mitch Welty, grain manager for Legacy, agrees, pointing out that it was possible to find a corn field with 240 bushels/acre just three miles away from a corn field with 44 bushels to the acre. The heavy rains in the spring and early summer were the culprit. One farmer may have had five inches of rain while another farmer just a road or two over got one inch. Phillips pointed out “tiled ground fared better by far” this year.