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Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce

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DON’T FORGET THE BHS HOMECOMING PARADE TONIGHT AT 5 P.M.!!! Oct. 17, 2012 Vol. 4 No. 39 This newsletter goes to 396 addresses and is posted on Current membership at 174

Here’s a Blaze of Lights update If you haven’t already, mark Saturday, Nov. 24, on your calendar. It’s the 26th annual Bluffton Blaze of Lights.

Here’s an update on the event: 4 p.m. Ice sculpturer downtown 4 p.m. Parade line up on Snider Road 5 p.m. Parade 5:55 p.m. Reading of the Christmas story by John George 6 p.m. Lighting of the Ream Holiday Folk Art Display (Note: this is one hour earlier than previous years) 6:15 p.m. Bluffton High School Show Choir performs New features this year include a visit from the Pumpkin Vine Railroad, a young children’s ride. The railroad was here at the arts and crafts festival. We have a new horse and wagon team. It is J.A. Smith’s Town and Country Carriage Service of Van Wert. They are the company used for the fall festival. Horse and wagon rides will be available following the parade. This year’s route is from Common Grounds coffee shop south on Main Street to Beaver Street and turn around back to Common Grounds. The Ream display will be mounted on the Presbyterian Church lawn on Saturday, Nov. 10, and again on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Bluffton fire department will hang the holiday garland on Saturday, Nov. 10, with the 17th as a rain date. The Blaze is an event of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber invites businesses to participate in sponsorship to assist in promotion this event. A sponsorship form is inside this issue.


Blaze sponsorships coming in! The following businesses have made Blaze sponsorship pledges: Gold level • Bluffton University • McDonald’s Restaurant Silver level • Bluffton Stone Co./Bluffton Paving, Inc. • Citizens National Bank • Bluffton Hospital Ruby level • Family Eye Care • Tommy Tire • Tower International Bronze level • Boehr Site Seekers • Mennonite Mutual Aid Society

Union Bank newest chamber member

We welcome The Union Bank, 100 High St., Columbus Grove, as the chamber’s newest member. We will introduce representatives of the bank at the Nov. 9 chamber breakfast. This brings the total chamber membership to 175.

Note of appreciation form Dick Boehr

It is with a great deal of pride and humbleness that I accept your first Life member designation, with this fine framed award. Being a part of the many investors, promoters, business men and educators of this Bluffton area has been a reward in itself. It has been my good fortune to be a part of the 1960s through our date today. To be a part of a growing, vital, healthy community is okay. However, there is much more to do, and I pray that God will allow me a little more time to assist in some additional projects. Many thanks for your kindness, Dick Boehr


Monthly breakfast sponsorship available Several breakfast opportunities are available for chamber members, or for businesses or individuals interested in joining the chamber this year. The chamber looks at this as an opportunity for some real creativity. Richland Manor, who has generously provided all of our breakfasts for the past two years, will provide three of the 10 breakfasts in 2012-13. The chamber invites area restaurants and service organizations to consider providing breakfasts for one or more the other seven months. This opportunity enables groups to showcase their menus and service skills. There are several options for breakfast providers: 1 - Provide a breakfast at cost and receive a discount on your annual chamber membership. 2 - Provide a breakfast at cost, and the chamber will pick up the costs. 3 - Provide a breakfast free and receive a free chamber membership for their next 12-month renewal. 4 - Provide a breakfast free and be the featured breakfast speaker. 5 - Be a $250 breakfast sponsor and the chamber will arrangement for breakfast. 6 - Does your business or organization have another breakfast idea? Propose it to us. September - Breakfast by Richland Manor BCE sponsor October - Breakfast by Jeanne’s Kitchen November 9 - Richland Manor provides breakfast Sponsorship available December 14 - Bluffton University breakfast provider and sponsor January 11- Richland Manor provides breakfast- Reichenbach & Steiner CPA breakfast sponsor February 8 - Breakfast provider opportunity - Sponsorship available March 8 - Breakfast provider opportunity - Sponsorship available April 12 - Breakfast provider opportunity - Sponsorship available May 10 - Breakfast provider opportunity - DTR sponsor June 14 - Optional meeting

Chamber calendar

 19th - Bluffton High School homecoming and parade 27th - Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs 4th annual art auction November 9th - Chamber breakfast, town hall, 7 a.m. 24th - Blaze of Lights 2013 events on the calendar Arts and Crafts show is Saturday, May 11, 2013 Relay for Life is Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, 2013


BCE dinner and art auction Oct. 27 Once a year area residents have an opportunity to purchase art created by local artists - thanks to the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs. This year’s opportunity is Saturday, Oct. 27. The event is the BCE’s annual dinner and art auction fundraiser. Tickets are now on sale at $50 each or $300 for a table of eight persons. The event takes place at The Center, 600 N. Main St., Bluffton. The evening’s schedule follows: 5:30 p.m. art preview 6:15 p.m. dinner 7-9 p.m. art auction Tickets are available from Brendon Matthews at First National Bank Mathews,; or Fred Steiner Twenty original works by area artists will be auctioned at the event. Artists who have contributed works include: Marianna Hofer, Lois Wetherill, Gregg Luginbuhl, Jim Fultz, Barbara Fields, Nanci Mistovich, Darvin Luginbuhl, Jeanella Smalley, Beverly Amstutz, Min Lindsey, Anita Lehman, Jen Althaus and Oscar Velasquez.

Village Cut ‘n’ Curl Relay Bingo Nov. 9

The Village Cut ‘n’ Curl and friends will hold a community Bingo benefit for the Bluffton Relay for Life. The event is Friday, Nov. 9, at the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Bingo is played from 6 to 9 p.m. Food concessions available. All proceeds go to Bluffton’s Relay. There will be Bingo, special games and prizes. Call 419-358-7593 for any questions or Jeanie at 419-358-7613.

Garland hung on Nov. 10 - Ream display up Nov. 10

The Bluffton Fire Department will hang lighted garland on Main Street businesses on the morning of the Nov. 10. According to Jon Kinn, fire chief, a snow or rain date is the following Saturday, Nov. 17. The village cultural affairs committee will begin placing Ream holiday pieces on the Presbyterian Church lawn also on the morning of Nov. 10. Terry Mullenhour, chair of the committee, invites all interested groups to assist.


Start thinking about an entry in the Blaze parade

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce Blaze of Lights Committee invites chamber members to start thinking about this year’s Blaze of Lights parade. This year’s Blaze theme is “A Victorian Christmas.” This year’s parade is Saturday, Nov. 24. The parade lineup in on Snider Road beginning at 4 p.m. The parade starts at 5 p.m. New this year is a change in the Blaze schedule. The Ream Holiday Folk Art display lights will be turned on at 6 p.m., immediately following the parade. In previous years the lights went on at 7 p.m. -------------------------------------------------------------------

2012 Bluffton Blaze of Lights parade application 2012 Blaze theme: “A Victorian Christmas” Please send parade application to: Junior Weihrauch, Parade Chairperson 20791 State Route 68 Arlington, OH 45814 1-419-365-5304 – Home number after 2 p.m. Parade information: • Parade, 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 • Line up 4 p.m., on Snider Road, just off North Main St., Bluffton • (north of the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool) • Application deadline: Friday, Nov. 17, 2012 Name of group: Contact person: Address: Telephone: E-mail: Description of parade entry:

Please send your parade information to Junior Weihrauch


2012 Blaze of Lights Sponsorship form Level I - Bronze $150

4Your organization announced from the Blaze stage on Nov. 24 4Your organization recognized in web ads and the chamber website

Level II - Ruby - $300

4All Level I features 4Your organization named on maps given to hundreds of visitors to Bluffton 4Your organization listed in newspaper advertising 4Your organization receives one free advertisement in a chamber newsletter

Level III - Silver - $500

4All Level II and III features 4Your organization listed on flyers and posters 4Your organization listed in radio advertising

Level IV - Diamond - $1,000

4All level I, II and III features 4Your organization identified in Shannon Theatre advertising

Level V - Gold - $1,500

4All Level I, II, III and IV features 4Up to five persons from your organization may ride in the parade in a classic vehicle How to pledge: Return this form to: Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 142, Bluffton, OH 45817 Your check may be mailed later

Please pledge as soon as possible Pledge deadline Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 We will invoice you.

Business name_________________________________________________ Sponsorship pledge level: q Bronze $150 q Ruby $300 q Silver $500

q Diamond $1,000 q Gold $1,500 q Other amount__________

Contact name__________________________________________________ E-mail______________________________________ Questions? Contact Fred Steiner, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 142, Bluffton Cell: 419-369-2985, or


Richard Cookson, retired Bluffton business owner and chamber member - 1916-2012 Lifelong Bluffton resident and former member of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, Richard Ray Cookson, 96 died at 3:30 a.m. Oct. 15, 2012, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born Jan. 6, 1916, in Orange Township, Hancock County to Clarence and Mabel (Anderson) Cookson. At the age of two his father died in the 1918 flu epidemic. His sister Carol was six months old. Eventually his mother sold the farm and purchased a home in Bluffton. Mr. Cookson graduated from Bluffton High School in 1934. He married Betty Jean Neuenschwander May 9, 1943, and she survives. They have two sons Richard Lee (Elise) Cookson of Houston, Texas, and Kenneth Ray (Eloise) Cookson of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; three grandchildren Brian (Barbara) Cookson of Kansas City, Mo., Sara (Jim) Walters of Austin, Texas, and John Richard Cookson of New York City, N.Y.; four great grandchildren Emma Cardinalo, Audrey Walters and Claire Walters all of Austin, Texas, and Alexandria Cookson of Kansas City, Mo.; and a brother-in-law-Allison (Gloria) Neuenschwander of Beaverdam. A sister Carol Patterson and brother-in-law Charles Patterson preceded Richard in death. While in high school, Richard worked for Charles Hankish. The business sold ice cream, homemade candy, sodas, and was a Bluffton institution for persons of that generation. After graduation Mr. Cookson worked for C.J. Niswander and Harvester Company until the beginning of World War II. He then worked for Lima Locomotive Works inspecting army tanks. Mr. Cookson was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton. He was a World War II veteran and served with the 65th Division in Patton’s 3rd Army in the European Theatre where he received the Bronze Star. He served from December,1943, to May, 1946. He was a Marathon Distributor in Bluffton for 35 years. He was a Cub Scout Master for eight years and was awarded the Silver Beaver in Scouting. He also served on the Putnam Council and the District Council, Findlay. Mr. Cookson was a Bluffton Lions Club member for 60 years. He was a past member of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, a deputy registrar, member of the American Legion Post #382, Bluffton, Masonic Lodge #432, Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo, member of Bluffton Senior Citizens Association and served on the Board of the Allen County Council on Aging. He also volunteered at Bluffton Hospital. In 2005 Richard and his wife, Betty, received the Citizens of the year award by the Bluffton Lions Club. Mr. Cookson had been cross-stitching many beautiful quilts in his retirement. Services were Oct. 17 at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. Rev. Bryant Miller officiated. Burial was in Hasson Cemetery, Orange-Van Buren Township. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Bluffton Senior Citizens Center or Maple Crest. Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce Board: Sally Siferd, president, Brendon Matthews, treasurer, Tammy Whitlow secretary, Aphaphanh Nussbaum, Adam Stedke, Jamie Mehaffie, Matt Luke, Luke Young, Wally Buroker, Alison King. Fred Steiner, CEO Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 142, Bluffton, OH 45817;; Phone: 419-369-2985;


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