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Beavers fall to Augustana in Sommer Spiketacular

By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton welcomed an all-star cast for its third annual Sommer Center Spiketacular on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. The Beavers watched Augustana rally to knock off Alma in five sets before taking their shot at the Vikings in the 7:30 p.m. match.

Adrian men net score in second OT for 2-1 victory

By: Whitney Warnecke, sports information assistant


Mennonite Home Health and Senior Services still growing after 20 years

Twenty years ago health care choices for seniors who were in need of care were somewhat limited to either a hospital stay or going to a nursing home. 

Kathy Rode, a nurse at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, saw that many of them could stay at home with just a little assistance.

“We wanted to offer a third option in the way of home health services, where nurses would make visits in people’s homes to help them recoup after surgeries or if they needed further assistance,” said Rode, who is the founding Director of Mennonite Home Health and Senior Services. 

Bluffton University welcomes new faculty, staff for 2015-16

Six faculty members are joining the Bluffton University community this academic year along with more than 20 new staff members and graduate assistants.

New assistant professors for 2015-16 are John Burkhart, in accounting; Rhonda Gottschalk, health, fitness and sport science; Dr. Luke Myers, physics; Marathana Prothro, communication; and Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, religion. Dr. Nancy Banman starts her first full year at Bluffton, meanwhile, after coming to campus last January as an associate professor and chair of social work.

At last - an average summer weather month

Imagine this - a summer month with the normally expected amount of rainfall. 

That was August 2015. The normal August rainfall is 3.28 inches. This year's August rainfall totaled 2.88 inches.

The average temperature was 70.6 degrees; the normal average is 71.1.

The high temperature of the month  was 87 degrees on Aug. 2 and Aug. 31. The low was 52 degrees on Aug. 28.

The daily August weather summary is in the chart at the bottom of this story.

Seventh year at Bluffton Farmers' Market for B & L Produce Farm

Bluffton Farmers’ Market customers buy lots of fresh produce from B & L Produce Farm, Cridersville.

This is the vendor’s seventh year at the market, according to Bret Bodine, who, with his wife, Lynn, come to Bluffton each Saturday.



Sept. 26 scholarship fundraiser in memory of "The Voice" - Stan Hunt

A scholarship fundraiser in memory of the late Stan Hunt is planned from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, in the former Beaverdam school building, 303 West St, Beaverdam. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The event includes:
• 50/50 raffle
• Bring your own beer
• Dance to Chez Cheese

Tickets are available at Luke’s Bar and Grill, Bluffton. Tickets are also available by calling 419-236-8958.


Friday night at Harmon Field



Funeral arrangements incomplete for Pauline Bauman

Pauline A. Bauman, 96, of Bluffton died September 3, 2015 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Ada Wilson's Sporting Goods garage sale Sept. 26

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., Ada, holds its annual football "garage" sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 26, at the sporting goods company.

The sale includes footballs, overruns, blemished footballs and scrap footballs and many other miscellaneous sporting good items.