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Teddy Bear Fund Marches into Another Year at Hospital

  by Austin Arnold    Seven years ago, in the fall of 2004, a notable partnership between a local business and the Bluffton Hospital began. Greg’s Pharmacy began donating teddy bears to children visiting the ER department at Bluffton Hospital. It is estimated that 500 to 1,000 teddy bears are donated each year, as they are handed out on a daily basis to pediatric patients and anyone else that may be comforted by them, including special needs adults. Nicki Keuneke, clinical manager of the ER department, said the bears provide a little comfort to the patients she works with.

Planned Power Outage for Bluffton and Columbus Grove, Tuesday Nov. 8

Midwest Electric will have a brief planned power outage late Tuesday morning, Nov. 8, for members in the Bluffton, Columbus Grove and Beaverdam areas. The 15-minute outage will occur between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., weather permitting, and will impact all 500 members served by the Cooperative’s Rockport substation.

Midwest Electric had a planned outage at the Rockport substation last Wednesday, in order to perform testing and preventive maintenance at the substation, located near Thayer and Campbell roads between Columbus Grove and Bluffton. This week’s outage will complete the project.

Friends of the Bluffton Public Library to Restructure Officers

  by Kathryn Tschuor    The Friends of the Bluffton Public Library held their yearly general membership meeting last Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 6:00pm. A board meeting of the Friends preceded the general meeting at 5:30pm. Library Director Cindi Chasse started out the initial meeting by telling the Friends about the upcoming holiday music nights (December 5, 10 and 12) and asking them for volunteers and also for help sharing the cost of the events. She said that she would need no more than one volunteer behind the counter each night and perhaps another volunteer moving around the event.

Grob Plans for Expansion

     On Monday, October 31, 2011 the Ohio Department of Development’s Tax Credit Authority Board approved a 45 percent tax credit for the next seven years for Grob Systems, Inc.  The tax credit was approved based on Grob’s intention to hire a number of employees over the next several years.
    Currently Grob has a workforce of about 250 people, after hiring approximately 30 employees during this past year. Grob’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ralf Bronnenmeier, said the company is planning to hire up to 35 people per year with the plan of having a total workforce of 365 people by 2014.
    The increase in the company’s workforce is based on a planned expansion of the Grob facilities.  Earlier this month, the company applied for a financial loan from the Ohio Department of Development.

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