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Local Volunteer Reflects on Recent VOSH-Ohio Trip to Ukraine

by Barbara Plaugher   It was an interesting team that met in Budapest, Hungary on October 5th, 2013. The group of 26 people, including 10 optometrists coming from many areas of the U.S., Canada and Belgium, were working together to provide eye care for the underserved. Team members from the Bluffton area were Arliss and Barbara Plaugher. The group’s ages were even more diverse than our origins, as we ranged from 16 to over 70 years old.

Shopping Spree Winners Donate Generously to Local Food Pantry

by Austin Arnold   Melvin and Barb Stettler, of Bluffton, made quite a gesture last week that will certainly benefit the Bluffton Food Pantry. On Oct. 22, at Community Markets in Bluffton, Melvin Stettler, along with his wife, Barb, were present for a 90-second shopping spree, which they had won through one of the store’s promotions.
   Very generously, the Stettlers decided to give back to the community with their winnings by donating all that was collected within the 90 seconds to the Bluffton Food Pantry.

Everett Collier to Turn on This Year’s Christmas Lights Display

   The many pieces of Bluffton’s Blaze of Lights are coming together as the calendar approaches November 30.
   According to Terry Mullenhour, Bluffton Village Cultural Affairs Committee chair, Everett Collier will turn on the lights of the Ream holiday folk art display this year during the Blaze of Lights. He served as Bluffton’s postmaster for 13 years before retiring. Collier will turn the lights on at 7 p.m. following the parade and one hour of entertainment.

Local Farmer Weighs in on Harvest, Soy’s Impact on Economy

by Austin Arnold  The autumn season is often synonymous with the fall harvest. As the calendar makes its way through October, many local farmers can be spotted working the fields in order to cash in on their respective crops, mainly soybeans and corn. While much of the corn has yet to be harvested, almost all of the soybeans in the area have been taken off. Jenera farmer John Motter, Chairman of the Ohio Soybean Council and a director for the United Soybean Board (USB), weighed in on this year’s harvest season.

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