April 24, 2014

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Bluffton Family Practice open house Saturday celebrates new office and new medical staff member

Bluffton Family Practice, the medical practice of Dr. Darrel R. Hotmire, D.O., will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 26, at its 582 Harmon Road office.

The open house celebrates the new building of the practice and enables the public to meet Cindy Stechschulte, RRT, PA-C, who recently joined the practice.

The new office includes five exam rooms and one additional room, plus expanded office space. Dr. Hotmire added that an important reason for the expansion was to add additional medical professionals to the staff.

40 years later with Lois Kreider - reminiscing about the Et Cetera Shop

It was 40 years ago today...actually, 40 years ago this year.

Former Bluffton resident Lois Kreider will reminisce and answer questions about her life as a Bluffton Girl Scout leader and a trailblazing woman entrepreneur, starting the first USA Fair Trade store in Bluffton. 

The program is in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall from 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 24. The program is free and open to the public.


Funeral arrangement incomplete for Donavin Montgomery

Donavin R. Montgomery, 91 died April 21, 2014 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. 

Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Kaleigh Oberly BHS March student of the month

The student of the Month of March at Bluffton High School is Kaleigh Oberly, daughter of Doug & Julie Oberly, Bluffton.

Kaleigh is a senior and has a GPA of 3.920. Kaleigh is a member of SADD, Art Club, is a tutor, volunteers in the office, is a member of Emmanuel UCC in Bluffton and attends their small group Bible study.

She is employed at Ideal Images in Bluffton. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, listening to music, shopping and playing sand volleyball.


Trinity Lutheran School accepting students eligible for Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship

Trinity Lutheran School is now accepting students who are eligible for an EdChoice Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents can work with Trinity Lutheran to complete the application process, and the school will submit the application to the Ohio Department of Education on behalf of the family.

“Trinity Lutheran School is here to support the children of the community,” said Trinity Lutheran School principal, Steven Strong. “We are here to help the children of our community grow academically and to support them in their spiritual development.”


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Art thrives this school year at BHS - many students win awards

Story and photos by Morgan Schroeder, BHS student

For the school year 2013-2014, several of Bluffton High School’s art students received honors for their artwork.

Katie Scott had her artwork accepted in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. The exhibition started on Sunday, April 13, and will be on display until May 15 at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus. A total of 12,000 art entries were submitted and only 300 entries were accepted, one of which was Scott’s artwork. 


Monday was contract night for 2014-15 school year

Monday was contract night for the Bluffton school board for the 2014-15 school year. In addition, elementary, middle school and high school class fees for next school year were approved.

The board approved several certified contracts, classified contracts, supplemental contracts, among other contracts.

Several assignments, long-term subs and school coordinators were approved.

For a list of contracts approved, class fees and to view the entire Monday agenda, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

University May Day includes "faculty showcase"

Bluffton University will mark its annual May Day weekend May 1-4 with traditional alumni reunions, student activities and graduation events, as well as a “faculty showcase” in Musselman Library.

Featured at the latter event, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, will be:

· Dr. Martina Cucchiara, an assistant professor of history, sharing excerpts from a Jewish German woman’s World War II-era diary that Cucchiara found in a German archive while conducting research last summer with the aid of a Bluffton University Research Center grant;

Southgate Lanes honored with tagged trout number one derby day

Southgate Lanes bowling alley will be recognized by the Bluffton Sportmen's Club during this year's Sunday, May 4, 70th annual trout derby at the Buckeye, according to Tom Augsburger of the club.