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Baseball splits Friday games at Hanover

April 28, 2017

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HANOVER, Ind. - The Bluffton University bats found their stroke in the second inning of game two, helping the Beavers to a split at Hanover on Friday, April 28, 2017. Bluffton moved to 14-20 and 7-15 in the Heartland Conference, while Hanover stands 17-17 with an 8-14 mark in the HCAC.

Pirate tennis team 9-1 after blanking Wapak

9 and 1.

That's the record of the Bluffton High School boys' tennis team, coached by Mike Hilty.

The latest victim was Wapakoneta, as the Pirates swept the WBL team 5-0.

1st singles - Justin Haggard, 6-0, 6-0
2nd singles - Ryan Sprague, 7-5, 6-2
3rd singles - Trevor Bunch, 6-1, 6-0
1st doubles - Levi Mikesell/Jaret Geiser, 6-2, 6-4
2nd doubles - Gabe Denecker/Jake Staley, 7-6, 4-6, 10-8


Area residents will participate in D.C. People's Climate Movement

Local residents from Lima, Findlay and Bluffton have hired a charter bus to take them to Washington, D.C., Friday to protest Trump's anti-environmental policies and signal the importance of climate change.

The People's Climate March is an event bringing together tens of thousands from every state, with broad support from over 300 sister marches planned in the U.S. and around the world.

Forestry grant could result in 40 new trees along the Riley

Emerald Ash Borer replacement trees

The emerald ash borer won’t appreciate it.

Bluffton will receive 40 non-host species emerald ash borer (EAB) replacement trees if a U.S. Forestry grant gets a green light.  The Village of Ottawa will receive 1,348 trees through the grant.

The Blanchard River Watershed partnership (BRWP) is applying for the grant and the banks of the Little Riley and Riley Creek will be benefactors locally.

Should the grant be approved the trees planting will be arranged with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Urban Forester.

Bluffton area artists ArtSpace/Lima award winners

Judith Greavu, Jaye Bumbaugh, Anita Lehman; several other area artists in show

Several artists with Bluffton connections were winners or had works accepted in the Spring Show at ArtSpace/Lima, 65-67 Town Square.

The show is open through June 3 in The Ellen Nelson Gallery of Artspace, according to Bill Sullivan, director.

Area artists winning awards include:

Winner of The Jack Earl Award for best of show
Judith Greavu, Bluffton
Innishowen Tide Pool, bronze, fused glass
She has several additional pieces in the show


ONU dean discussion

Bluffton resident John-David Yoder (right) discusses a student engineering project with Eric Baumgartner during a senior design showcase at ONU.

Dr. Yoder, chair of the mechanical engineering department, has been appointed dean of the ONU engineering college.

Dr. Baumgartner, who has served as dean for the past 11 years, has accepted a position as vice president of academics at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. (Monty Siekerman photo, Ada Icon)


Apollo Career Center prom is May 6

Here are some May calendar items from Apollo Career Center:

Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony 12 students will be inducted.

Saturday, May 6 at 8-11 p.m. the 2017 Apollo prom will take place in the Apollo Commons.

Tuesday, May 9 begins the annual Floral Design and Interiors bedding plant sale. A wide variety of annuals, vegetables and hanging baskets. May 9-12, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Open to the public.


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English Lutheran congregation dedicates renovated worship space

Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin will preach at the 3 p.m. Sunday service

The English Lutheran Church congregation will dedicate its newly renovated worship space during a 3 p.m., Sunday, April 30, service, according to Rev. Kevin Mohr, pastor.

The worship space dedication completes a building and renovation project begun in 2015.


"The worship space plan involved renovating and flipping the orientation of our current sanctuary by 180 degrees, with two new entrances from the new addition, one ramped, into the renovated sanctuary," said Rev. Mohr.


Sam Diller's never been a rainbow trout

That changes on May 7 as "Sudden Sam" is tagged trout 1 in the Sportsmen's Club trout derby

Sam Diller’s resume includes participation in nearly every Bluffton organization.

But, until this year, he’s never been a rainbow trout.

That changes on Sunday, May 7, as the Bluffton Sportsmen’s Club honors Diller, retired Bluffton attorney. The club has named its trout number 1 in Diller’s honor: “Sudden Sam.”