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Bluffton host to one of six OHSAA discussion meetings on April 28

Annual referendum voting period is May 1-15,
with six meetings scheduled around Ohio
to discuss ballot items and other current topics

Bluffton hosts one of six athletic discussion meetings sponsored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) that review the items on which member schools will vote in May.

The meeting take place at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 28, at The Centre at Bluffton.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s annual referendum voting period is May 1-15.

Bluffton alumnae give back with May 2 reunion recital

Kathryn (Lehman) Harsha and Kirsten Halker-Kratz are giving back to the Bluffton University music department that helped mold them 20 years ago.

Harsha and Halker-Kratz, who graduated from Bluffton in 1995 and ’96, respectively, are returning to campus Saturday, May 2, for a piano and organ recital that will also serve as a fundraiser for the music department. The May Day event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Yoder Recital Hall.

175th anniversary of Swiss Mennonite initial congregation observed this summer

This summer marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of the first Mennonite church in the Bluffton and Pandora communities. 

Several events will commemorate the anniversary. The Swiss Community Historical Society of Bluffton and Pandora is the sponsor of the celebration.

The Icon will provide historical material, which retells the story of these early pioneers. This is the first installment.

Gregg Luginbuhl recipient of two significant awards at The Ohio Craft Museum

Bluffton artist Gregg Luginbuhl will receive two significant awards at The Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, on Sunday, May 3.

The first is a juror’s award in The Best of 2015, the annual exhibition of fine craft organized by Ohio Designer Craftsmen. He will receive the award for Excellence in Functional Ceramics for Rustic Decanter XXX and 6 Cups.  This is the most recent piece in his Rustic Decanter Series, which began about 12 years ago. 

This year’s juror, Beth Ann Gerstein, is Executive Director of The American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pamona, California.


Drew Luginbuhl named distinguished scholar in information technology and mathematics

Bluffton University recognized many of its top students for their academic achievements at the annual Academic Awards and Honors Forum on April 21.

Honored as distinguished scholars in their respective academic areas were 36 seniors. Drew Luginbuhl of Bluffton was named distinguished scholar in two programs—information technology and mathematics.

Bluffton Relay for Life Run for Hope June 20

Bluffton Relay for Life Run for Hope 5k will be held June 20. The race will start and finish at Bluffton Sports and Fitness.  

Registration starts at 7:30, and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $20 and includes a shirt if registered by June 5. After June 5, registration. Is $25. 

Forms are available at Village Cut & Curl, Polished, or call:  Lynda Best 419-296-2790. Checks should be mad payable to Bluffton for Hope.

All proceeds benefit the Bluffton Relay for Life.


Beavers rout Manchester for HCAC tourney berth

April 22, 2015
By: Ryan Ebbeskotte, sports information assistant

Game 1 Stats  I  Game 2 Stats

Bluffton University musical offers "magical mashup"

You may have seen some of the musicals referenced in this year’s May Day musical at Bluffton University, whether on stage, film or both.

You may have even seen some of them produced at Bluffton in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, during what is now a century-old tradition of May Day theatricals on campus.

Chamber prepares for Bluffton Farmers' Market opening on May 2

As May 2 approaches final plans are being put into place for this year’s Bluffton Farmers’ Market, according to Greg Probst, manager.

This is the 11th year for the market and the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce will oversee the Saturday morning market for the first time in several seasons this year.

Here are some of the market details:
• First day is Saturday, May 2. The market will run each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Citizens National Bank parking lot.

GOBA food meeting Thursday at 6 p.m.

Groups interested in having food available for the Great American Bicycle Adventure (GOBA), Sunday, June 21, visit to Bluffton, are invited to a food meeting discussion, according to Denny Morrison.

Morrison is in charge of the food committee for GOBA. The meeting is at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 23, in the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium.

Bill Gordon, GOBA director, from Columbus, will attend the meeting. Peresons with questions can contact Morrison at 419-234-2124 or hunter@wcoil.com.