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Spring birding event March 3 in Findlay

Discover the joys of spring birding this in northwest Ohio as the Hancock Park District offers the first 2017 Bird Monitoring outing on Friday, March 3, at 1 p.m. at Litzenberg Memorial Woods.

This hands-on in-the-field approach to monitoring environmental changes is one of the ways Hancock Park District volunteers experience a wide range of physical and mental activities. 


3 former council members file to be on November council ballot

Jerry Cupples, Mitch Kingsley and Dave Steiner file; 4 council seats on ballot

Three former Bluffton council members submitted petitions to seek council seats on the Nov. 7 Bluffton general election.

Filing as Republicans are Jerry Cupples and David Steiner. Filing as a Democrat is Mitchell Kingsley. The filing deadline for persons running under a political party designation was Feb. 1.

Bluffton council candidates choosing to run as independents have until May 1 to file petitions. Four council seats will be on the November ballot.

Bluffton participates in 2017 America in Bloom national awards program

It's a program that builds on communit pride

The Village of Bluffton will participate in the 2017 America in Bloom national awards program.

Bluffton council voted to support the community’s entry by approving the $1,099 entry fee during its Feb. 13 meeting. The request for funding came from the village Tree Commission. The council, at the recommendation of Mayor Judy Augsburger, will use funding from its hotel-motel tax as the entry fee.

During the spring or summer a group of America in Bloom judges visit Bluffton to score the community.

Herman Hilty, Robert Bowersox to receive life memberships

At March 13 Senior Citizen Association monthly dinner meeting

The Daughter of Hope Dance Troupe will perform during the Monday, March 13, Bluffton Senior Citizens Association monthly dinner meeting.

The meeting is a noon at the center, 132 N. Main St., Bluffton. The troupe is made up of home school youth.

Herman Hilty and Robert Bowersox will both turn 90 in March and will received their life membership award to the association.


The following Our Version of Adult Learning (OVAL) programs are planned in March, with each program at 9:30 a.m.:


PrimeTimers meet March 7 at St. John Mennonite

PrimeTimers will meet at noon, Tuesday, March 7.

PrimeTimers is a non-denominational, community fellowship gathering for adults 55 and over hosted at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora.

This event will feature the music of Ken Cartier. The meal will include: Baked Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Caesar Salad, Mint Brownies, Dinner Rolls and Coffee.

There is no cost for the event, but donations are accepted. For more info, please call Mennonite Memorial Home,  419-358-1015, ext. 102.


John "Jack" Newton Shoupe was an Air Force veteran

John “Jack” Newton Shoupe, 83, died Feb. 21, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. John was born July 13, 1933, in Findlay to Roscoe and Helen (Kelchner) Shoupe, who preceded him in death. On March 4, 1962, he married Louise (Herr) Shoupe who survives.

Jack was an Air Force veteran during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Meadow Gold Dairy as a salesman until his retirement.


BHS girls NWC runner-up

All conference honors to Alivia Koenig, Abbie Parkins, Averey Rumer

Three members of the Bluffton High School girls' basketball team received all-NWC honors in voting by coaches. In addition, Bluffton was conference runner-up at 7-1.

Pirate honors to:
First team - Alivia Koenig, sophomore
   (repeat first team from last season)
Second team - Abbie Parkins, senior
Honorable mention - Avery Rumer, sophomore

Columbus Grove junior post player Paige Bellman was selected as the 2016-17 NWC Player of the Year.


Thompson and Reese First Team All-HCAC

February 22, 2017

All-Heartland Conference

BLUFFTON, Ohio - A pair of first place showings in field events on Saturday, Feb. 18 nailed down First Team All-Heartland Conference honors for juniors D'Nae Reese (Columbus/Upper Arlington) and Willow Thompson (Arlington). They joined Kyle Knezovich (Utica) from the men's side, giving the Beavers three gold finishes at the 2017 Heartland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships!

Knezovich earns First Team All-HCAC

February 22, 2017

Men's All-HCAC

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Earning First Team All-Heartland Conference honors at the Indoor Heartland Conference Track and Field championships following his victory in the pole vault was junior KYLE KNEZOVICH (Utica). He highlighted a day of both school and personal records as the men placed third while the women took fifth at Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Feb. 18.