The 29th Annual Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Blaze of Lights is more than just a one-day event. In addition to the events taking place on Nov. 28, it includes these elements that continue nightly through Jan. 1: the Ream Folk Art holiday display, the Gift of Giving light show extravaganza, Bluffton Main Street business district Christmas window displays, and a tour of Bluffton’s residential yard lighting. On Friday, Nov. 27, there will be a free presentation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 1:30 and 4 p.m. at the Shannon Theatre sponsored by Tommy Tire Sales and Stratton Auto Group.
by Paula McKibben Twenty years ago, Cheng and Wen Tsai were married in Taiwan and headed to Lima, Ohio, where Cheng had relatives. Ever since then, they have worked in Lima and Findlay at Hunan Gardens where Wen became a manager two years ago. Their children attended Bath, so working in Findlay and coming back to the Bath district every evening was hard on family life. They knew they wanted to be closer to home. Finally, a friend in Bluffton who likes Chinese food said they should come to Bluffton to open a restaurant – and they did.
Bluffton Hospital has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality, outcomes, patient perspectives and financial strength, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation. “We are so proud to be ranked highly in these measures,” said Chief Administrative Officer Chris Keller. “Bluffton Hospital associates, physicians and volunteers work hard every day to ensure each patient has a positive experience. I am thrilled that their effort is being recognized through this prestigious award.”
It seems that every year people want to get in the holiday spirit sooner and make their annual trip to Kaleidoscope Farms earlier in the season. “It used to be that our busiest days were on that first weekend in December, but that has really shifted to the weekend after Thanksgiving in recent years,” said Dave Reese, owner of Kaleidoscope Farms. “To accommodate those who are wishing to get their tree earlier, we are trying something different this year by opening for business the weekend before Thanksgiving.”