by Austin Arnold The arrival of spring annually carries the symbolism of new life and hope. Just in time for the season, Dick and Jayne McGarrity have brought new life to the old depot building at 562 North Main Street in Bluffton, as they have spruced up the place into a cozy dining spot they have dubbed the Mustard Seed Café.
by Kathryn Tschuor The Village of Bluffton’s Council held a regular meeting on the night of March 25, 2013 to discuss three ordinances, as well as appoint a new councilmember. Dennis Gallant’s move from council president to mayor (replacing Eric Fulcomer, who resigned March 1) and David Steiner’s subsequent move to fill the open council president position left a vacant seat for a new councilmember to fill. During the meeting Sean Burrell was sworn in to fill the council position until the end of the year. If, for some reason, Mayor Gallant is not elected as mayor in November he will return to his previous seat on council and there will no longer be an opening. If Mayor Gallant does continue in his current role, the council seat will be available again in 2014.
The Bluffton Lions Club collected funds at their club meetings starting in January with the goal to raise $500 for the Bluffton Community Assistance Program (food pantry), just in time for Easter. At their Citizen of the Year meeting on March 19th the goal was reached. The club’s tail twister, Greg Averesch, created many interesting ways to collect funds, such as charging for silverware to eat lunch, charging to check your coat at the meeting, and the best one was to be the elevator operator at the Citizen of the Year meeting on the third floor of Town Hall. Shown are Lion Greg Averesch and food bank coordinators, Jamie Crawfis (middle) and Sarah Shank.
by Austin Arnold The third floor of Bluffton Town Hall was a fitting site for the Bluffton Lions Club’s annual Citizen of the Year award banquet, held Tuesday, March 19, as the night’s honorees played an integral part in saving the village’s landmark building. The volunteerism and community support that Bob and Beverly Amstutz have displayed over the years was formally recognized as the Lions Club named them (as a couple) Citizen of the Year for 2012.