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Masterworks performance Sunday in Yoder Recital Hall

Vivaldi's "Gloria" performed by Bluffton Univesity Chorale and Bluffton Choral Society

Bluffton University’s Masterworks performance is to be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, in Yoder Recital Hall.

The concert will feature “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover expenses.

The chorus is comprised of members from the Bluffton University Chorale and the Bluffton Choral Society. They will be joined by an orchestra made up of university students and community members.

The soloists are Bluffton University students: Anna Cammarn, Constance Moushon, Meghan Gibson, Mary Bender and Kimberly Meyer.

There's a concert in the town hall Saturday night

The duo The Rough & Tumble from Nashville, will perform twice in Bluffton during February, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick.

They will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Bluffton town hall during a Town Hall Concert Series performance.

They will also perform during brunch at The Mustard Seed, Sunday, Feb. 26. Both performances are free and open to the public.

The Rough & Tumble has been on the road since April 2015. Musicians Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler share their 16-foot camper with dogs Butter and Pud as they tour nationwide. 


Gardeners of Bluffton Pandora Area can help get your garden started

March 7 program at library is first step

Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will hold a program on seed starting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, in the lower level of the Bluffton Public Library.

That program is open to the public.

Several additional club items are in the current newsletter attached at the bottom of this story.


Bluffton University's March calendar full of events

Here are March events open to the public taking place at Bluffton University
Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted
March 6 Art Show: “Viewer Discretion Advised” featuring Bluffton seniors: Tracy Cook, Anna Hairston, Mackenzie Hoeckley, Courtney Rettig, Aaron Ward, Justin Weaver, Sauder Visual Arts Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays March 6-24

Four Bluffton University alumni share winding paths to success

During Feb. 21 "meet your major alumni forum"

• Bradley: “Be a young active citizen; be involved in your community.”
• Burrows: “Don’t let others persuade your path. Be hungry.”
• Kingsley: “Go deep. Do research, learn as much as you can.”
• Wellman: “Never discount how faith impacts what you do.”

Life sometimes has a funny way of leading people down unexpected paths that end up being the right ones all along.

Big garage sale weekend in Bluffton

SHANNON Service Club at the Center; Senior Citizens Center downtown

It's a Bluffton garage sale weekend thanks to the SHANNON Service Club and the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center. Here's the details:

S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club - at The Centre, 601 N. Main St.
• Friday, Feb. 24 - community craft and garage sale, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 25, community craft and garage sale, 9 a.m. to noon
  25/75 raffle drawing, 11:30 a.m.
Admission to the sale is $1 with children 12 and under free.

2007 university baseball team inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

"Regardless of the challenges ahead of you or the odds stacked against you do not quit."

“You did not choose this road, but you traveled it as well as could ever have been imagined under the circumstances. Your profound and memorable journey—the tears and the accomplishments—during the 2007 baseball season and beyond, is being recognized and honored this evening.”

Janice Umphress was a 1945 Bluffton High School graduate

Janice L. Umphress, 89, died on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at 2:57 a.m. at Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville, Ohio.

She was born on Jan. 27, 1928, in Lima, Ohio, to Lee and Rhoda (Hammer) Wingate who preceded her in death. On June 28, 1946, Janice married Maurice "Morrie" Umphress and he died on Aug. 7, 2010.

Janice was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ada and the Women's Guild of the church. Janice was a 1945 graduate of Bluffton High School. She was a member of the Ada Senior Citizens.


Critics rave at Bluffton Public Library's new video

"Love Your Library," video screened; and new library logo revealed during Love Your Library Month

There's a new video in town and it features local actors - who really aren't acting. They are simply being themselves.

Called "Love Your Library," the five-minute video offers an assortment of opinions from library patrons in a fun way. After all, it is "Love Your Library Month."


The  video release party was Feb. 21.

Baseball to lean on 13 seniors in 2017

February 23, 2017

HCAC Coaches Poll

BLUFFTON, Ohio - With the winter sports coming to a close the 2017 baseball season is only days away. The Bluffton University Baseball Team is preparing for its spring break trip to Florida, taking advantage of an unseasonably warm month of February.