by Paula McKibben Perhaps the solution has been found to the South Main Street-College Avenue safety dilemma. The village is purchasing four solar pedestrian beacons known as a rectangular rapid flashing beacon (RRFB) from the R920 series by Carmanah. According to the U. S. Department of Transportation Federal Highways Administration, “RRFBs have been found to provide vehicle yielding rates between 72 and 96 percent for crosswalk applications, including four-lane roadways with average daily traffic exceeding 12,000.”
Something’s happening at 204 N. Main Street, the old Groves Bears store. By the end of the summer, it should open as Mercy Health – Bluffton Family Medicine. St. Rita’s Medical Center has opened similar operations recently in Ada and Columbus Grove. A couple of years ago, members of the St. Rita’s staff who live in Bluffton wanted a similar facility here, according to Beth Keehn, Director of Marketing and Communications at St. Rita’s Health Partners, Mercy Health. A St. Rita’s focus group was formed to share ideas. Conversations were then held with several groups of Bluffton residents.
by Sarah Beechboard A meeting of the Village of Bluffton Council was held at Town Hall this Monday, April 24. The meeting was called to order at 8 p.m. and was adjourned promptly around 8:30 p.m. As soon as it got underway, both the minutes and bills from the past few weeks were passed without discussion. The first piece of legislation brought was simply an amendment of a previous ordinance. The second, Ordinance No. 05-17 passed its first reading. It was “to vacate an alley as requested by Thomas W. Schmidt” as council discussed during the last bimonthly meeting. The final legislation was Resolution No. 10-17. The resolution “making certain transfers” was passed on its first reading by emergency.
The annual ecumenical Cross Walk through Bluffton took place on a sunny and warm Good Friday morning. The Cross Walk began at 11:30 a.m. starting at English Lutheran Church and proceeded on to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Bluffton Presbyterian Church, St. Marys Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, and ended at First Mennonite Church where a community service began at 12:00 noon. The Cross Walk is held each year on Good Friday to remember Jesus’ steps to the cross, his crucifixion and death.