December 19, 2014


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Bluffton Lions hear about trip to Antartica

Stan Clemens and Mark Weidner will speak on their trip to the Antartica at the Tuesday, Jan. 6, noon meeting of the Bluffton Lions Club.

Details on that meeting and several other activites of the Lions is in the newsletter, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.


Erica Sheehan December BHS student of the month

Erica Sheehan is the December Bluffton High School student of the month. She is the daughter of Mike and Sue Sheehan of Bluffton.

Erica is a senior at Bluffton High School and has a 4.000 GPA.

She is involved in Latin Club, Art Club, Math Club, Drama Club, National Honor Society, SADD (Student's Against Destructive Decisions); Domestication Club, NLSH, and also tutors. She attends Ebenezer Mennonite Church and is involved in the youth group. She also finds time to volunteer at St. Rita's.


Three individuals, one team joining University Athletics Hall of Fame

This year’s inductees into the Bluffton University Athletics Hall of Fame represent six sports over a recent 20-year span.

John Murray shares with Bluffton fourth graders his life-long challenge with cerebral palsy

John Murray, elder at Maple Crest Senior Living Community, told Bluffton fourth graders about his life-long challenge with cerebral palsy, during a special program earlier this week.

Murray was interviewed by Louise Matthews, director of “The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center” of Bluffton University. The session as part of an on-going program with Bluffton fourth graders that emphasizes kindness and respect towards all people. 

The event was hosted at Maple Crest.

Bluffton prof to address Ebola during January forum

Dr. Ross Kauffman, an assistant professor of public health at Bluffton University, will address Ebola in a campus forum on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Free and open to the public, Kauffman’s presentation on “Ebola and Fear: A Public Health Perspective” will begin at 11 a.m. in Bluffton’s Founders Hall.

He will discuss both the history and biology of the disease and responses to the recent outbreak, while seeking to place them in the context of other public health challenges.

Trinity Lutheran church and school services announced

The students of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Jenera, will present "Children of the Heavenly Father” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera. The students from pre-school through eighth grade will tell of the birth of Christ through word and Christmas hymns.  Pre-service music by the youth will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Pre-service music on Wednesday Dec. 24, will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by "Children of the Heavenly Father" at 7 p.m.

A Christmas day service will begin at 9:30 a.m. The choir and handbell choir will perform. 


Pleasant View and Mount Cory UMs hold combined Christmas Eve service

A Christmas Eve Service for Pleasant View and Mount Cory United Methodist
Churches will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Mount Cory UM, 300 N. Main St,
Mount Cory.  Come to celebrate “Christ’s Birth” with an evening of
Christmas carols, special music by the handbell choir and joint choir,
scripture, and communion.   The service will be led by Pastor Mark


Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio and Bluffton University's Institute for Learning in Retirement take step closer together

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), a Bluffton-based senior care provider, is a sponsor of Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) program this academic year.

MHCO’s $5,000 sponsorship for 2014-15 is the first of its kind for the institute, now in its 23rd year of offering courses to retirees each fall, winter and spring. Members of the program design and lead many of the courses, which informally explore topics of interest just for the sake of learning.

Kathleen Konst was a Bluffton High School graduate

Kathleen M. Konst, 92, died at 10:50 p.m. Dec. 15, 2014, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born July 1, 1922, in Bluffton to the late Edwin and Clara Freyman Niswander. On June 23, 1950, she married Albert Konst and he preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 2006. 

She was a secretary.  They lived in many states during Albert's career in the Air Force.  Kathleen and Albert enjoyed traveling in their motor home. They traveled to 49 states.  She was graduate of Bluffton High School and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton.


Bluffton's newest business, 315 Walnut, offers sensibly priced jewelry

Sensibly priced jewelry from a variety of manufacturers is offered by Bluffton’s newest business, 315 Walnut, owned by Melinda and Dan Bowden.

Jewelry is primarily sold online but it is also available for sale in PromoHits! at 141 N. Main St., a business also owned by the Bowdens.

Most of the jewelry is priced under $30 and the majority is priced between $10 and $20, said Melinda.

Customers will find stainless steel rings, a variety of necklaces and necklace sets, bracelets and earrings.