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United Way continues to service Bluffton agencies

Bluffton, Beaverdam and Richland Township is now part of the United Way of Greater Lima.

Funding of each of the previous Bluffton-Beaverdam-Richland Township United Way programs will continue to be supported in this new effort.

Area residents received a post card this week spelling out the traditional Bluffton organizations with continued support by the United Way reorganization.

Tourney starts with 9-0 shutout

Spallinger scores hat trick as 7 different Pirates score

By Cort Reynolds
Photos by Rae Staton

BLUFFTON - Host Bluffton crushed Elmore Woodmore 9-0 in Div. III boys soccer sectional final action Saturday afternoon at Steinmetz Field.

The blowout victory improved the top-seeded Pirate boys record to 15-0-2 this season.   

Jude Spallinger authored a hat trick as seven different Pirates scored in the lopsided win.

Spallinger started the scoring parade in the third minute, then made it 2-0 with another goal in the 14th minute. He found the back of the net for the third time in the 46th minute.


Trinity Lutheran observes Reformation Sunday

A remembrance of The Reformation will be in the Sunday, Nov. 1, services at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera.  On Oct. 31, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther, nailed a paper on which were written 95 Theses, to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. 

This sparked changes in the church at that time, which are still upheld today. Service times are 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Sunday services are uploaded to You Tube each week. Search Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera.  


Emmanuel UCC drive-thru fish fry Nov. 13

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8374 Phillips Road, Bluffton, will hold a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for youth 10 and under.

This is a drive-thru take out only (no dining in) and you may pay with you pick up your meals.

Adult meal: four pices of fish, cheesy potatoes, green beans, coleslaw and cookie

Child meal: 2 pieces of fish, cheesy potatoes, green beans, applesauce and cookie


Volleyball: Beavers 5-0 with fall slate completed

Will play again in January

The Bluffton University volleyball team persevered through a fractured fall, going 5-0 thanks to a pair of wins at Manchester University on Sunday, Oct. 25.

The fall season is now complete for a Beaver squad that will tackle the Heartland Conference starting in January as part of a modified schedule that will see Bluffton play nine doubleheaders against all of its conference foes.

You'll have to wait until Feb. 27 to see the Beavers play again

Darian Greeley put up the most rushing yards for a Beaver since Elbert Dubenion went for 294 in 1955. His 285 yards on 41 carries is 3rd on the all time list behind Dubenion and Mike Goings

The Bluffton University football team took advantage of its lone opportunity to compete this fall, running to a 28-21 victory over Adrian College on a chilly Saturday, Oct. 24. Adrian slipped to 1-2 on the season, while the Beavers head into the spring with a 1-0 mark.

The plan was evident from the first snap of the game when Bluffton handed the ball to Darian Greeley (Belleville, Mich./Chippewa Valley) and he took it 11 yards for a first down.