by Ron Geiser Bluffton Village Council members passed up a chance to see the fire department’s “new toy,” the much-awaited new vehicle, because they went into an hour-long executive session to discuss personnel matters and contracts Monday night. Fire Chief Jon Kinn had parked the truck near Town Hall for a demonstration, and several village employees and others attending council meeting inspected it. Meanwhile, council was approving the continued employment of Stephen Chamberlain as solicitor through 2016 at his current rate of $1,320/month. Council also appointed Nancy Kindle, chief fiscal officer, to temporarily assume the duties of income tax administrator until that position is filled. Advertising for the position was to begin this week.
by Paula McKibben October is National Roller Skating Month, and Tim and Lori Thwaits, owners of Rolling Thunder Skating and Family Fun Center, have certificates from Ohio’s Governor John R. Kasich and Findlay’s Mayor Lydia Mihalik in support of roller skating as a family recreational activity. According to Tim Thwaits, “That’s what we’re about – kids and families.”
by Paula McKibben Charism (pronounced 'ker-i-zəm) is a word that Travis Kahle used over and over again to describe Pope Francis. He and his mother, Lois Kahle, Pandora, made the trip to Philadelphia to experience the Pope for themselves: Travis in a van for a three-day trip and Lois on a bus for a one-day, two consecutive night trip. Travis’ trip was with 20-30 other members of a group called Theology of the Body in two vans. They camped in New Jersey and took the train into Philadelphia. From there, they walked about a mile to Benjamin Franklin Parkway where many of the events were occurring.
Bluffton’s 12th Annual Fall Festival was held on a crisp early Autumn day, Sept. 26. As usual, there were plenty of activities to keep kids and adults entertained out at the Old Swiss Schumacher Homestead on Bixel Road. Pictured, Jan Emmert taught Emily Butte and her brother how to shape a piece of wood in the Homestead woodshop. In the background is a carriage. More Fall Festival photos can be seen in the Bluffton News.