Bluffton area, add a new verb to your vocabulary— “geek.” The Bluffton Public Library launched its “Geek the Library” campaign, which began with a party on Saturday, September 13. The party began as soon as the library’s doors opened at 9:30 a.m. and continued until closing time at 2 p.m. The public was invited to sign a large “geek board” with a declaration of what they “geek,” and were given a chance to win prizes (such as gift cards, etc.), donated by area businesses and organizations. The first 50 participants were also eligible to receive a professional photo, provided by Elysian Fields Photography, proclaiming and capturing one’s “geek” subject of choice.
by Austin Arnold Last Friday morning, September 12, the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce resumed its monthly meetings, after taking a two-month recess over the summer. The featured speaker at the breakfast meeting was Bluffton resident and village councilmember Everett Collier, who recapped his summer adventure of riding with a group of bikers associated with The Fuller Center for Housing.
by Ron Geiser Safety issues, primarily involving new equipment for the fire department, highlighted Monday night’s meeting of Bluffton Council. Fire Chief Jon Kinn took the floor with a lengthy fire department purchasing presentation that seeks to update the local fire unit and bring it into compliance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. Council basically approved three recommendations from Kinn--to replace fire hose, to replace structural firefighting clothing and to purchase a replacement fire truck. Kinn noted that most of the fire hose owned by the village is out of compliance with NFPA standards, describing what is currently in use and what the safety committee intends to purchase.
by Austin Arnold During next year’s car show at the Riley Creek Festival in Pandora, Ohio, an overhauled 1998 GT Mustang convertible will be raffled off for free. A free sports car, how is that possible? Well, through the efforts of a local body shop owner and his church congregation, it will be. Steve Bishop, owner of Hippy’s Body Shop in Pandora, came up with an idea that not only shares his passion for cars, but also helps spread the word of his church and its ministry.