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February 9, 2016

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Josephine Cheney funeral service Saturday

Josephine Melvina Cheney, 85, died Feb. 9, 2016, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  Josephine was born Aug. 7, 1930 in Beaverdam to the late Thomas and Gertrude (Meeks) White. In December 1946, she married Earl K. Cheney Sr. who preceded her in death in July 2001.

Josephine had worked in the laundry department at Richland Manor.  She had also worked at ExCello-Airfoil Textron and Triplett Corp., both of Bluffton.  She attended Rockport United Methodist Church.  


Attention elementary parents: Memory book order deadline Feb. 11

Attention parents of Bluffton elementary students. The deadline to order a 2015-16 school memory book is Thurday, Feb. 11. According to the elementary school website the price is $18 per book or it can be upgraded to a hardcover for $23.  

Here's some additional elementary school news from the website:

TESTING DAYS:  Second grade students will take achievement tests in math and reading the week of March 14.  New state tests will be given April 20-21 for grades 3-5 in English/Language Arts. 

Music Boosters offer interesting Facebook feature

Here's a neat Facebook feature from the Bluffton Music Boosters. From time to time, the booster feature a different musican on its page.

This week it's Tayton Kleman, seventh grade band member. To view the booster's Facebook, click here.


Pirate wrestlers runner-up in NWC event; BHS has four individual champs

Bluffton High School wrestlers finished second in the Northwest Conference wrestling championship held this past weekend at Paulding. BHS scored 243 points behind champ Dephos Jefferson with 271 points.

The Pirates led the way with four individual champions and three are underclassmen. Jefferson and Allen East each had three.


May 14 arts and crafts show registration form on chamber website

The registration form for craft vendors interested in having a booth at the Saturday, May 14, Bluffton arts and crafts show, is now available on the internet.

The registration form all the information need to have a booth is on the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce website www.explorebluffton.com.

On the left side of the home page look for the red box that reads "2016 Bluffton Arts & Crafts Show information."

Click on it and you will see the information.


85 seasons ago these were the Lady Pirates

Bluffton High School had girls' basket 85 seasons ago. Here's proof. This is the 1930-31 girls' team. Player names read from the top left to right. This squad was pretty good, with a 10-3-1 record.

Here's Bluffton High School's solo and ensemble results

Bluffton High School musicians represented the school very well in the Feb. 6 solo and ensemble contest at Lima Senior High School.
Superior (I) ratings:
• Katie Frazier, trumpet (class A)
• Oliver Romick, percussion (class B)
• Caleb Mikesell, tuba (class C)
• Trumpet Quartet (Katie Frazier, Tad Steiner, Sydney Hoff, Sarah Gillan)
(class B)
• Trumpet Trio (Katie Frazier, Tad Steiner, Hannah Yost) (class B)
Excellent (II) ratings:


Women's Center highlight feature of Blanchard Valley Health Foundation newsletter

The recently announced Women's Center at Bluffton Hospital is the feature article in the current Blanchard Valley Health Foundation's newsletter.

Will your child be 5 by Aug. 1? Then Kindergarten approaches

It’s time to think about Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year.

Any child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2016, is eligible to enroll. In order to develop a Kindergarten mailing list, parents and care-givers should contact the Bluffton elementary office at 419-358-7951 or email to marquartt@blufftonschools.org.

The following information is needed:
• child’s name,
• birthdate,
• parent(s) names,
• address, and
• phone number.

University cooking series accepting people hungry to learn about nutrition

Bluffton University’s junior nutrition students will host its 2016 Cooking Series from Feb. 22 to April 18 in the first floor of Berky Hall. Lunch and dinner options are available. The event is free and open to the public.
Each session includes a 20-30 minute cooking demonstration, nutritional information and a full meal. Lunches will be held from noon-1 p.m. on Mondays, starting on Monday, Feb. 22. This meal will consist of foods that conquer winter depression. Monday lunches will be held on Feb. 29, March 14 and 21 and April 4, 11 and 18.