by Kathryn Tschuor Bluffton’s 27th annual Blaze of Lights, held Saturday, November 30, was another successful and fun-filled event. Hundreds of locals and people from many other area towns began touring Main Street starting around 4 p.m. when nationally recognized ice sculptor Chad Hartson began carving a design from a large block of ice. While some toured the Main Street shops looking for Christmas presents and occasionally checked on Hartson’s progress, others formed an ever-growing crowd as Hartson’s creation began to take shape. After about an hour had passed, Santa’s happy face came to life out of the once non-descript chunk of ice.
It was a gut instinct that Mark and Jackie Bourassa went with in 1997 when they adopted their first of three children from the Philippines. Since then, they have maintained a strong connection with the islands and its peoples. Now, their family feels called to do something to help with the on-going relief from the Nov. 7 typhoon. “Our family watched with much interest as the typhoon approached the islands and during the recovery weeks that have followed,” said Mark. “We saw the outpouring of support from lots of people. Last week we sat as a family and talked about what we were going to do.”
by Austin Arnold As Thanksgiving has come and gone, it is safe to say that the holiday season is officially upon us. With the much anticipated celebrations approaching, many people will be reflecting on old memories, as well as looking to make new ones. For Nita Worstine, of Arlington, Ohio, it’s the memories that make her holidays so special. One in particular even inspired her to publish a children’s book that she hopes will leave a resounding message with the families that read it together.
Once again, volunteers have been gathering at the Bluffton Senior Center on Mondays throughout November for the yearly activity of making batches upon batches of the widely popular treat, holiday peanut brittle. This year, the senior center is aiming to make a total of 800 pounds of the delicious candy. In order to meet that goal, the helpers will meet for one more Monday on December 2, according to volunteers. As of Monday, November 25, over 400 pounds of peanut brittle had already been made. Bluffton Senior Center member Basil Meyer reported strong numbers in regard to volunteer help throughout the month, with nearly 30 people donating their time on a given Monday.