Members of Local Police Force Receive Recognition for their Service

by Paula McKibben   A lot has been happening in the police department lately. First, Rick Skilliter, after 27 years in law enforcement, decided to retire from public service. His son Braden was hired by the department as a part-time officer. Then, Ryan Burkholder, a 12-year veteran of the department, was made the interim chief. His first order of business at the Sept. 5 Town Council meeting was to nominate and decorate three members of the department for their actions:

Annual Fall Festival to be Held Saturday

   The Bluffton community’s 13th annual Fall Festival, with many family-oriented activities, takes place throughout the community on Saturday, Sept. 24, according to Daren Lee of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, who coordinates the festival.  All activities are free unless otherwise designated. 
   Food and other items are available for purchase at multiple locations. 
   There will be busses traveling between all locations at scheduled intervals.  Please see posted signs at the “bus stop” at each location for the schedule as well as on the Bluffton Fall Festival Facebook page ( or at  

Village Council Meeting Highlighted by Skilliter Welcoming Son to Police Force

by Ron Geiser   On a night when Bluffton Village Council handled a rather routine agenda, it included a family celebration that sort of represented a “passing of the torch.”
   As has been recently recognized, Police Chief Rick Skilliter retired after serving the community 27 years. But he showed up in full uniform Monday night to perform a last assignment – welcoming his son Braden as a member of the Bluffton police department.

Greg and Donna Wannemacher Make $1 Million Campaign Gift to BU

   Bluffton University announced a $1 million dollar gift from Greg and Donna Wannemacher during the launch of Simply Innovate, the Campaign for Bluffton University. Greg Wannemacher is a university trustee and the co-chair of the Simply Innovate campaign. He graduated from Bluffton in 1977 with a degree in business and played football during his years on campus; Donna graduated from Bluffton in 1978 with an art degree. Greg Wannemacher is chairman of Wannemacher Total Logistics in Lima.

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