“Heaven Came Down” Display Invites True Spirit of Christmas

by Paula McKibben   You and your family have helped to set up for the Blaze of Lights in Bluffton. You were there for the lighting and have gone back a couple of times to see the lights in the evening. You have visited the Gift of Christmas light show on College Avenue, have walked the streets of Bluffton looking at the decorated shop windows and have even driven down South Main Street in Findlay to see the lights. One evening, you and your family made the trip to Toledo to see the Lights before Christmas.

Burkholder Ready to Take on His New Role as Police Chief

by Paua McKibben   Ryan Burkholder is the new Bluffton Police Chief. He’s young, around 38, but has more experience and background than his age denotes.
   For instance, when we got together for his interview, he already had printed out for me a resume of experience and education – he was planning ahead.
   He graduated from BHS in 1997, worked in a couple of factories, took some college classes and then joined the Marines in April 1999.
   In the Marines, he was a sergeant and was deployed to Kuwait in 2003 as part of the first invasion into Iraq, staying in Baghdad.

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.

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