November 28, 2014


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Lewis Carroll and Robert Frost were no-shows for Thanksgiving dinner; even so, the oyster stew was perfect

Our Thanksgiving dinner invitation list included favorite poets Lewis Carroll and Robert Frost. Neither accepted, but places were set.

Set, just in case of late arrivals.

Hoping for Mister Carroll’s presence, for days prior to Thanksgiving lines from “Oh, oysters come and walk with us… along the briny beach”…  chanted frequently around our cheery home.

It didn’t work.

It didn’t work, even though we ordered a fresh pint of the delicacy from The Dough Hook and informed our poet friend of the menu: Oyster Stew.


Beavers move to 2-2 with 75-63 win over Ohio Midwestern

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


Bluffton University presents Handel’s “Messiah” Dec. 7

Bluffton University will present its 119th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music and director of choral activities at the university, will conduct the oratorio for the 13thtime at Bluffton, where he has taught since 2000. The 20-member orchestra includes faculty and community members, while students, faculty, staff and community members comprise the 66-voice chorus.

BFR wants your old shoes! Here's the details...

BFR Sports & Fitness is conducting a used shoe collection drive Dec. 1 through Jan. 31.

The project helps raise operating funds while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills, according to Carole Enneking of BFR.

People can droppoff used shoes at the BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.

You turkey! Bluffton fourth graders keep a Thanksgiving tradition alive

When you were a Bluffton fourth grader, did you create a turkey to hang on the elementary wall in anticipation of Thanksgiving?

Or did your children create this Thanksgiving masterpiece? Is it still in a box in your attic?

The tradition never ends. The assignment is simple: Create a turkey using anything you wish.

The turkeys come in a variety of designs, as you’ll see here. We’ve chosen eight turkeys for this year’s Thanksgiving feast.


Open the attachment at the bottom of this story to view the turkeys.


Treva Dillman Suter celebrates 96th birthday

Treva Dillman Suter celebrated her 96th birthday at the Mennonite Memorial Home on Thursday, November 27 with her children, Marylin (Richard) Basinger, Jim Dillman and Diane (Jim) Elshire.  Treva was born in Putnam County to Willis and Martha Basinger.  She had four brothers:  Vernon, Emory, Gerald, and Leland Basinger. 

Treva retired from Triplett Corporation and received a watch for 25 years of service. She is a member of the First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio, and was active in their women's guild.  She is also a charter member of the Progressive Mother's Club. 


Texas Roadhouse gift cards now available through BFR

The annual Texas Roadhouse Restaurant holiday fundraiser is now underway
at BFR Sports & Fitness. Gift Cards with values of $15, $25, and $50 are
on hand in limited supply; large orders can be handled on a pre-paid basis
and picked up at the Bluffton facility.

BFR receives 10% of the total value of sales; gift card purchases at the Lima store can also be applied to BFR’s fundraiser.  Cards will be available through December 23, 2014.
The cards may be used at any Texas Roadhouse restaurant in the United States.

Weather summary: Suddenly it's warmer

Those freezing temperatures earlier this month blossomed into temperatures in the 50s and 60s in the past seven days.

Here’s the November weather summary as of Nov. 24 from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer. The information is in the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Dough Hook taking orders for Christmas goodies

The Dough Hook is taking orders for Christmas goodies, according to Marlena Ballinger. In addition, it now offers fresh oysters.

The shop is at 117 N. Main St., Bluffton. Phone 419-369-4264


December's senior citizens dinner is at 11 a.m. Dec. 8

December is a busy time at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center. 

This month's dinner meeting is at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 8. It is free to members, but registration is required by Dec. 3. The meal is catered by Richland Manor and the program is Bingo.

During November and December, the Center is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Bridge Home Health and Hospice will present a program "Stress from the Holidays." The program is Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 12:30 p.m. A potluck lunch takes place at noon. The program is open to the public.