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February 10, 2016

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C. Henry Smith presentation on Mennonites in popular Mexican culture 

Dr. Rebecca Janzen, assistant professor of Spanish at Bluffton University, will present her speech titled, “We See Them but We Don’t Know Them: Mexican Ideas About Mennonites,” for Forum at 11 a.m. on Feb. 23 in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
 
Her argument centers on the perceptions of Low German-speaking Mennonites in Mexican film and photography. Janzen will argue that by better understanding how Mexicans understand Mennonites, bridges between the two can be built.
 

Feb. 28 reception for 3 university seniors' art show

Senior graphic design majors, Beth Ross, Paulding, Ohio, Abby Graber, Goshen, Ind., and Jenny Brown, St. Marys, Ohio, will be available to discuss their most prominent work from the four years they have spent at Bluffton during a reception to be held in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 2-4 p.m.
 
The exhibit is open from Feb. 22 through March 4. The respective collections feature: digital prints, sculpture, painting, drawing and photography.
 

A evening of spiritual songs and soul food at the university

Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush will perform, “Spiritual Songs,” at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
 
Johnston-Bush will use multimedia to create a musical adventure that explores the Negro spiritual as a historical American art form. She will sketch the history of this expression of faith through music from the 1600s to the present.
 

Peace presentation and movie to be shown Feb. 22

Documentary filmmaker, Ellie Bernstein, will host a movie event starting with an informal conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall. Bernstein will show her documentary, “Ghost Town: The Hebron Story,” at 7 p.m.
 
“Ghost Town,” tells the story of families in Hebron, which is located in the West Bank of Palestine.

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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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