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Individual Art Excels When It Becomes Part of a Group

   Mrs. Nicole Anderson, Bluffton Elementary and Middle School art teacher, is teaching more than just art to her classes: she is preparing them to work in teams and to use the strengths of each team member.
   Recently, Ellie Nickel, Lauren Swartzlander and Wes Brauen, seventh graders at Bluffton Middle School, won first, second and third places, respectively, in the Lions Club Peace Poster Project, “A Celebration of Peace.”
   This is an assignment that Anderson has made for the last seven years. So, she gives the directions, collects the results, gives them to judges, and the assignment is done. Not even close.

30th Anniversary for the Blaze of Lights to Take Place Downtown Saturday

    It’s been 30 years since the lights on the Reams’ display in downtown Bluffton were first turned on. This year’s activities keep up the tradition of holiday anticipation.
   Begin the season by attending the Shannon Theatre on Friday, Nov. 25, at 1:30 or 4 p.m. for a free showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” sponsored by Tommy Tire Sales and Stratton Auto Group.

Swearing in of New Police Chief Highlights a Busy Council Meeting

by Ron Geiser   Three ordinances, four resolutions, swearing in of the new police chief and a variety of other items were discussed and approved by Bluffton Village Council at its final November meeting Monday night.
   An ordinance authorizing a change in zoning as requested by Blanchard Valley Health Systems for property located at 565 Harmon Road from R-1 to R-2 passed its second reading.
   Hospital officials indicate that additional parking will be needed in conjunction with the Women’s Center project. Construction on the parking lot is expected to begin in the spring.

Bluffton Hospital Cafeteria Draws a Crowd with Its Homemade Options

by Paula McKibben   The first thing Rhonda DePuy saw when she walked into Bluffton Hospital for an interview was a nurse hugging a patient good-bye. “Oh,” she thought to herself, “I have to work here.”
   She got the job as Food and Nutrition Manager five and a half years ago, and she had just one goal in mind: “Transform it [cafeteria] into a little more customer friendly [place].”
   She and her associates have been so successful that they have as many as 110 people at lunch – the public, associates, groups, in-house patients, construction workers, staff at doctor’s offices.

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