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Bluffton women head to Transy with 4-0 mark

December 2, 2016

BLUFFTON, Ohio - The first two weeks of basketball have been kind to both the Bluffton University men and women as the Beavers have combined for a perfect 9-0 mark heading into Heartland Conference action on Saturday, Dec. 3. It marks the first time in Bluffton history that both teams have sported a bagel in the loss column at this point of the season!

It's a month of holidays at the library

Music, refreshments, storytime, Yoga and even a fire truck (with a guy in a red suit driving)

You might call it a month of holidays in December at the Bluffton Public Library. Here's an overview of events planned:

On Fridays in December (2nd, 9th, and 16th), BPL will feature holiday crafts. The library will provide crafts for kids, teens, and adults to make within the library.  Take some time to be creative, and maybe your creation will be shared on our website and social media.  BPL is also seeking scrapbooking items like paper, decals, scraps, etc. to be used in future craft programs in the library.

Just in time for Christmas shopping Gallery 323 open for December

North Main Street shop features works by at least a dozen local artists

Gallery 323 is open in December. It features works in an assortment of media by at least a dozen Bluffton area artists.

The gallery, at 323 N. Main St., was launched as a storefront where local artisans could sell their art.

The late Gregg Luginbuhl opened the studio. The Luginbuhl family decided to reopen the gallery for the month of December.

Karen Luginbihl said, “Gregg's wish was to keep the gallery running, and while we don't yet know the long-term plan, we want to give the artists involved a chance to sell their work for the holidays.”

Bluffton men put 5-0 mark on the line at Transy

December 2, 2016

BLUFFTON, Ohio - The first two weeks of basketball have been kind to both the Bluffton University men and women as the Beavers have combined for a perfect 9-0 mark heading into Heartland Conference action on Saturday, Dec. 3. It marks the first time in Bluffton history that both teams have sported a bagel in the loss column at this point of the season!

Free community meal at Pandora UM Dec. 14

Pandora United Methodist Church will be hold a free community meal on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by Riley Creek Pharmacy/Pharmacy Solutions. The menu is sloppy joe sandwich, hot dogs, cheesy potatoes, veggie tray, fruit, cookies and hot chocolate.

Also, Santa will visit from 6-7 p.m. Every child will get their picture taken with Santa and receive a gift from Santa. First National Bank will have cookies to decorate and crafts for kids!

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Riley Creek United Methodist carol sing Dec. 4

Riley Creek United Methodist Church invites the community to its 45th annual Christmas carol sing on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the church, 7102 Putnam County Road M, Ottawa, according to Rev. Duane Kemerley, pastor.

The program features congregational singing of many traditional carols, as well as readings from scripture about Jesus’ birth, special performances by the Pandora United Methodist Church choir, Ottawa Saints Peter and Paul choir, other musicians, and a candle lighting ceremony. 

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Garden club holds Dec. 6 potluck

The Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will hold a Christmas potluck at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Bluffton Public Library.

The latest club newsletter, featuring additional club information, is attached at the bottom of this story.

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Apollo Career Center holiday craft show Dec. 3

Apollo Career Center, 3325 Shawnee Road, Lima, will hold its 27th annual Christmas at Apollo Craft Show Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $3, children 12 and under are free. 

The proceeds from the craft show are divided among the Apollo student clubs to fund community service projects and assist students competing at state and national competitions. 

One of the largest shows in the region, Apollo Career Center hosts over 100 crafters selling home-made and hand-crafted wares. 

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Bluffton's oldest musical tradition - Handel's "Messiah" is Sunday

121st performance in Founders Hall

Bluffton University’s music department has announced the soloists for its 121st performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in Founders Hall.

Soloists are Leah Crane, soprano; Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Purifoy, tenor; and Mark Gilgallon, baritone. All four performers live in the Indianapolis area.

Hardin County courthouse with holiday lights

FROM ADA ICON - The Hardin County Courthouse is ready for the holidays. Here's an aerial view of the county building in the Kenton square. (Photo from Hardin County chamber)

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