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All the Blaze details are here!

The stage is set for the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Blaze of Lights. This year’s event, the 28th annual Blaze, begins Saturday, Nov. 29, in downtown Bluffton. Here is the up-to-the-minute Blaze information.

Nov. 29 schedule
4:00 p.m. – Ice carving exhibition by Chad Hartson 
4:00 p.m. - Food booths will open
4:00 p.m. – Parade line up on Snider Road
5:00 p.m. – Parade

Christmas carol sing Dec. 7 at Riley Creek UMC

Riley Creek United Methodist Church invites the community to its 42nd annual Christmas Carol Sing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.  Like an old-fashioned songfest around the piano, the program will feature 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 Sts. Peter and Paul Choir, dulcimer players from the Ottawa Presbyterian Church, and a candle lighting ceremony.


2 free showings of "It's a Wonderful Life" today at Shannon Theatre

Shannon Theatre, Main Street, Bluffton, offers two free showings of "It's a Wonderful Life."


The shows are:

Friday, Nov. 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.


Look what's on the Maple Crest December calendar

December is a busy month at Maple Crest Senior Living Communitiy.

Here's the December calendar of events. Open the attachement at the bottom of this story.

Lewis Carroll and Robert Frost were no-shows for Thanksgiving dinner; even so, the oyster stew was perfect

Our Thanksgiving dinner invitation list included favorite poets Lewis Carroll and Robert Frost. Neither accepted, but places were set.

Set, just in case of late arrivals.

Hoping for Mister Carroll’s presence, for days prior to Thanksgiving lines from “Oh, oysters come and walk with us… along the briny beach”…  chanted frequently around our cheery home.

It didn’t work.

It didn’t work, even though we ordered a fresh pint of the delicacy from The Dough Hook and informed our poet friend of the menu: Oyster Stew.


Beavers move to 2-2 with 75-63 win over Ohio Midwestern

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


Bluffton University presents Handel’s “Messiah” Dec. 7

Bluffton University will present its 119th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music and director of choral activities at the university, will conduct the oratorio for the 13thtime at Bluffton, where he has taught since 2000. The 20-member orchestra includes faculty and community members, while students, faculty, staff and community members comprise the 66-voice chorus.

BFR wants your old shoes! Here's the details...

BFR Sports & Fitness is conducting a used shoe collection drive Dec. 1 through Jan. 31.

The project helps raise operating funds while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills, according to Carole Enneking of BFR.

People can droppoff used shoes at the BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.

You turkey! Bluffton fourth graders keep a Thanksgiving tradition alive

When you were a Bluffton fourth grader, did you create a turkey to hang on the elementary wall in anticipation of Thanksgiving?

Or did your children create this Thanksgiving masterpiece? Is it still in a box in your attic?

The tradition never ends. The assignment is simple: Create a turkey using anything you wish.

The turkeys come in a variety of designs, as you’ll see here. We’ve chosen eight turkeys for this year’s Thanksgiving feast.


Open the attachment at the bottom of this story to view the turkeys.


Treva Dillman Suter celebrates 96th birthday

Treva Dillman Suter celebrated her 96th birthday at the Mennonite Memorial Home on Thursday, November 27 with her children, Marylin (Richard) Basinger, Jim Dillman and Diane (Jim) Elshire.  Treva was born in Putnam County to Willis and Martha Basinger.  She had four brothers:  Vernon, Emory, Gerald, and Leland Basinger. 

Treva retired from Triplett Corporation and received a watch for 25 years of service. She is a member of the First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio, and was active in their women's guild.  She is also a charter member of the Progressive Mother's Club.