Rich Johnson, Bluffton’s Newest Council Member, Decides to Finally Try His Hand at Town Government

by Paula McKibben   Talk to his girls. They’ll tell you. “Dad can fix anything.” Dad, Rich Johnson, is about to try his “tinkering” talent with the Bluffton Town Council, who just appointed him to the seat vacated by Everett Collier.
   Johnson is a Bluffton native who graduated from BHS in 1967. He enlisted in the air force for four years and then stayed in California for six months. He decided that California was not for him and came back here where he worked for Dwaine Leiber, Textron, and Bath Local Schools, retiring from Bath after 21 years as bus/building maintenance in 2014.

Bluffton Native Returns Home to Speak at Memorial Day Ceremony

by Paula McKibben   Memorial Day ceremonies in Bluffton were special this year. The event was emceed by Fred Rodabaugh at the podium in Maple Grove Cemetery. The crowd was large, the band played well, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts were in attendance, there was a float from St. John’s United Church of Christ, rescue vehicles, a fire truck and a police car. We all sang the Star Spangled Banner, recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and prayed with the Post Chaplain. Rodabaugh recited the poem “In Flanders Fields.” These are traditions.

Pedestrian Safety, Vacation of Alley Lead Discussion at Monday’s Town Council Meeting

by Ron Geiser   The hiring of summer employees, a continued discussion about vacation of alleys and a plea for action regarding pedestrian safety before the regular meeting highlighted items before Bluffton Village Council Monday night.
   A presentation by Paula Pyzik Scott to the streets and alleys committee prior to all of council being seated probably struck closer to the interest of most Bluffton residents because of past controversy and the question, “Why in heaven’s name did the Ohio Department of Transportation remove the stop light at the high school intersection (Main and College)?”

Relay for Hope Event to be Held at BFR

    Bluffton’s local Relay for Life event will be held on Friday, June 19, and continue through Saturday morning. The Relay for Hope will move to BFR Sports and Fitness (215 Snider Road) because of field renovations at Bluffton University.  The Bluffton Relay for Hope is an independent event supporting the American Cancer Society.  Individuals can register to be part of the Relay with a payment of only $10; families can participate with a donation of $25. 
   The schedule of events includes a special meal for survivors and caregivers, opening and closing ceremonies, entertainment, walking, auctions, food sales and a 5K Run.  The general public is encouraged to support this fundraiser through sponsorships, team involvement and participation.

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