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Habitat for Humanity ReStore Offers Free Local Pick-Up Service

by Benji Bergstrand   As the weather turns warmer, people’s thoughts turn to spring cleaning, and spring cleaning often involves a bit of re-organizing and purging of items that are still useful but no longer wanted or needed. The problem then becomes what to do with these items, especially when they are too large or bulky to transport yourself.
   Thankfully the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Lima offers a free pick-up service that serves the local area, and it benefits a lot more than just a Bluffton homeowner looking to free up a little garage space.
   ReStore manager, Jim Lewis, calls it the “triple win.”

Local Resident Presented Professional Engineer License at Statehouse Ceremony

   Thomas Lynn Downey, P.E., was presented with his Professional Engineering License at a Statehouse ceremony hosted by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Surveyors and the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). 
   Downey, a graduate of Bluffton High School and a current resident of Bluffton, Ohio, earned both his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology and his master of science in engineering from the University of Toledo.  Today, he is employed as an engineer at Hawthorn Seving, Inc.

BHS Grad Serves as ER Doctor in Chicago Area and Local Hospitals

by Paula McKibben   “It’s a long road to becoming a doctor, and I often joke that I probably would not have done it had I known what it was going to take to accomplish it. It is expensive, but my student loans are minimal because I chose not to go to the most expensive private school but public schools that offered me scholarships,” says Dr. Samantha Peña Chavez, daughter of Judy Augsburger.

Dr. James, Bluffton Chiropractor, Set to Move from South to North Main Street

   Dr. Robert E. James Jr., Bluffton chiropractor, will change his location from 204 S. Main Street to 546 N. Main Street beginning March 31.
   James has been a chiropractor in Bluffton since May 19, 1975 – 42 years – and has had offices at 322 N. Main and 324 N. Main, as well as at 204 S. Main. James indicated that 42 years in business says to his clients, “I’m steady. I will be here when they need me.”

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