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May 31, 2020

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15 minutes with Bob Gordon-Hancock

On working for a company based in Ireland

Interviewed by Liz Gordon-Hancock
Bob Gordon-Hancock was born in Chelmsford, England. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School. He got his Bachelor's in Social Anthropology from The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He then got a Post-graduate diploma in Entrepreneurial Management from University of Wales, Lampeter, where he met his future wife, Elizabeth Beer (Bluffton).

15 minutes with Benjamin Stahl

On working from home and being on the Bluffton council

Interviewed by Liz Gordon-Hancock
Benjamin Stahl went to Pandora-Gilboa along with his future wife, Terri Bishop - class of 2006 and 2005, respectively. They got married in June of 2009 in a small church in Columbus Grove, right after Bishop graduated from Wilmington College. Stahl graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Computer and Information Science.

15 minutes with Neil Hauenstein

And, all about working from your home

Interviewed by Liz Gordon-Hancock

Neil Hauenstein was born in Bluffton, and attended Bath schools. He married Rue Reichenbach (Cory-Rawson), and they have one daughter, Karson, age 13.

15 minutes with Bluffton's man-about-town

Charles Hilty celebrates birthday number 84

Bluffton’s man-about-town Charles Hilty blew out 84 candles on election day, Nov. 6.

To hear him tell it, his birth was an American political omen.  After considering the following, you may have to agree.

“I was born 15 minutes before the 1934 mid-term polls opened,” he says. “My birth marked the very bottom of the Great Depression for the Republican Party.”

Adding that when born there were only 88 Republicans among the 432 members of Congress (48 states in 1934), representing the largest-ever congressional majority for the Democrats in U.S. history.

15 minutes with Morgan and Natalie Basinger

Meet 5-year-old identical twins who recently graduated from pre-school

By Liz Gordon-Hancock
After interviewing my childhood best friends, Natasha and Theresa Meyer, who were twins, I set out to interview other twins from Bluffton. I managed to interview my first set of identical twins. Allow me to introduce Morgan and Natalie Basinger.

Morgan and Natalia are identical twins, the daughters of Scott and Kate Basinger. They are five years old. For the record, Morgan is older. The girls will start kindergarten in Bluffton this fall. They have one younger sister, Brooklynn, age 4.

Former BHS track standout qualifies for 2020 Olympic marathon trials

Ann (Stechschulte) Alyanak third overall woman at Illinois Marathon

Former Bluffton High School track standout Ann (Stechschulte) Alyanak completed The Illinois Marathon as the third overall woman with a time of 2:43:00, and qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials. The April 28 marathon was held in Champagne, Ill.

This is the third time Alyanak has qualified for the Marathon Olympic Trials. She finished 7th overall at the Olympic Trials her first time around back in 2008.