by Kathryn Tschuor The Village of Bluffton’s Council held a regular meeting on the night of Monday, June 24, 2013 at which they discussed the closure of a village alley, the Consumer Confidence Report and the annual fireworks show in Bluffton. Ordinance No. 15-13 was introduced at the May 28th Council meeting after a public hearing was held on May 13th to consider a request for the village to vacate an alley. Neighbors Tony and Jennifer Siferd and Paul and Deborah Weihrauch wish the village to close the alley that is adjacent to their properties on Lawn Avenue. Council passed Ordinance No. 15-13 on its third and final reading; therefore the alley will be closed.
Bluffton Exempted Village Schools Board of Education held their monthly meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013. Some of the items on the meeting agenda were treasurer’s transactions, numerous contracts, resolutions to accept and oppose state bills, and upcoming school year lunch prices.
by Kendra Olson Shoes! They are all over town, hanging in front of almost every business on Main Street. From flip-flops to high heels, there is one thing these interesting decorations have in common: they are all painted purple. Definitely not just for show, the purple shoes are there to remind the community about the Relay For Life that is being held at Bluffton University’s Salzman Stadium on June 21st through 22nd.
Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) associate Barbara Plaugher, of Bluffton, received the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award at the annual OHA Recognition Dinner held June 11. This award is given to one Ohio hospital employee each year who demonstrates leadership, reflects the values and ideals of Ohio’s health care facilities, goes above and beyond the call of duty, gives back to the community and has overcome odds to succeed. The Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award is the highest honor given by the OHA. OHA members are invited to nominate one person for the award, which was created in 1996. Plaugher was one of 62 nominees this year.