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November 24, 2017

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University of Findlay bookstore hosts reading, book signing

Featuring Dave Essinger's recent novel "Running Out"

The University of Findlay’s Ruscilli Family Bookstore in the Center for Student Life will host a reading and book signing with Dave Essinger, associate professor of English, on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m.

Essinger is a resident of Bluffton.

Essinger’s recent novel, “Running Out,” was published by Mint Hill Books in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been featured in publications such as Men’s Health magazine and the Dayton Daily News.


Bridge Bereavement Services hosting “Facing the Holidays After a Loss”

Bridge Bereavement Services will offer a presentation that focuses on how to cope with the loss of a loved one during the holiday season on Monday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 South Main St., Findlay. The presentation is free, open to the public and registration is not required.

Hilty Home bazaar Nov. 10 and 11

Hilty Home, 304 Hilty Drive, Pandora, will host its annual Bazaar Friday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It will feature baked goods, crafts, soups and sandwiches.This year the menu will include chili and chicken noodle soup ($ 2 a bowl), shredded chicken sandwiches, ham and turkey subs ($2.50 each), homemade bread, noodles, caramel corn and assorted party mixes ($2 a bag), baked goods, cookies, angel food cakes, and pies. 

Craft-vendor show Nov. 19 at Pandora Missionary Church

Shoebox with a Purpose, a program of the Pandora Missionary Church, will hold a craft-vendor sale from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19, at the church, 300 Rocket Ridge, Pandora.

The event will have over 30 vendors, face painting, a DJ and a concession stand.

All donations will support Operation Christmas Card. Persons with questions may contact Carrie Reichenbach, at 567-208-8976.

Council safety service committee meets Nov. 14

Bluffton council's safety service committee will meet next week. The meeting is at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the third floor of the town hall. The agenda is the 2018 police budget.



SHANNON Service Club changes date of spring craft/garage sale

The SHANNON Service Club will be hold its annual craft/garage sale and
chicken barbecue on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, 2018.

The garage/craft Sale will be on March 2, from noon to 8 p.m. and March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The barbeue will be on March 2 from 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. This is a change of date and starting time from previous sale. Persons with questions or would like to reserve a booth may contact Connie at 419-233-2757.


Napoleon Road now open over I-75

Napoleon Road over I-75, Beaverdam, is now open following a bridge deck replacement, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The northbound exit ramp from I-75 to Napoleon Road is open, as well.

New, but familiar look on Bluffton council

No change to Bluffton school board

Bluffton council, school board and Richland Township trustee winners on Nov. 7 will help chart the next four-year course for those bodies.

Bluffton council will experience the biggest change as Jerry Cupples, Mitch Kingsley and Dave Steiner – each a former council member – rejoin the six-member body. Phill Talavinia, also a winner on Tuesday, is the only candidate retaining his seat. Their four-year-terms begin on Jan. 1.

Betty Sommer was a former faculty member at Bluffton University

Memorial service is Monday

Betty D. Sommer, 72, died Nov. 7, 2017, at Willow Ridge - Betty House in Bluffton. 

Betty was born Nov. 27, 1944, in Crisfield, Maryland, to the late Fred and Amelia (Kurtz) Detwiler. After meeting her late husband, Willis during voluntary service work in Kenya, they married on May 22, 1976.  Willis preceded her in death on June 23, 2017.

Betty graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Maryland. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, and later her master's degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. 


Martini and Weisgarber named All-HCAC

All-HCAC release  The Bluffton University volleyball team capped off another outstanding season with two First Team All-Heartland Conference honorees in 2017. Juniors Bethany Martini (Pickerington/North) and Erin Weisgarber (Bolivar/Tuscarawas Valley) were honored by the coaches after leading Bluffton to a fifth straight HCAC tournament semi-final appearance. Senior Sydney Mohler (Lima/Central Catholic) secured Honorable Mention All-HCAC following her fourth season as Bluffton's starting libero.