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Football: Allen East dominates Pirates 40-7

By Sam Brauen
In their heyday, Allen East football was known as a physical, fundamental squad that pounded the ball.

While elements of a power rushing game were still evident in the most recent meeting Friday night at Harmon Field, overall team speed and a dangerous passing attack led the Mustangs to a lopsided 40-7 win over the Pirates. 

The dominant performance put a damper on Bluffton’s homecoming festivities which crowned senior Abbie Parkins queen and classmate Gabe Denecker king after a terrific, spirited parade through downtown Bluffton.


You can go home again

Descendants and many other visitors spent Saturday at the Swiss homestead

You can go home again. Many did on Saturday.

If you are - or are related to - a Schumacher, Diller, Suter, Basinger, Zimmerly, Amstutz, Neuenschwander (and its spelling variations), Hilty, Bixel, Suter, Moser, Luginbuhl (and its spelling variations), Burkholder, Steiner, Badertscher, Gratz, Bucher, Augsburger, Geiger, Althaus, Gerber… you get the idea.


Descendants of Swiss immigrants to Bluffton-Pandora have a homestead where they and all their friends can view rural life in the 1840s.

Gregg Luginbuhl was professor of art for 30 years at Bluffton University

Memorial service Saturday at First Mennonite Church

Gregg J. Luginbuhl, 67, of Bluffton died the morning of Sept. 26, 2016, at St. Rita’s Inpatient Hospice in Lima, Ohio. He was born Jan. 20, 1949, in Bluffton to Darvin and Evelyn (Johnson) Luginbuhl. On Nov. 3, 1977, he married Karen Nelson and she survives. 

Gregg was professor of art and chair of the art department at Bluffton University for 30 years before his retirement in 2014 when he was named professor emeritus. Prior to coming to Bluffton, Gregg taught at the University of Findlay for eight years.  


Fall planting sale underway at New Leaf

New Leaf Landscape and Garden Center, 0395 State Route 235, north of Ada, annnounces its fall planting sale.

Several items are on sale. In additon, New Leaf has fall planting supplies and fall decorating supplies.

New Leaf
0395 State Route 235


Major employers come to campus for Employer Expo

Bluffton University business students got a head start on their career search during the Employer Expo networking event held on campus Sept. 13

“This event helped me understand the things to ask during an interview, what to put on my resume and how to prepare for an interview, just really great insight on what companies actually want out of their interns and the people they are going to hire in the future,” said Jeff Horner, a senior who is double majoring in accounting and business, from Lima, Ohio. 

Complicating public perceptions of the Amish Oct. 11 forum topic

Saloma Miller Furlong, author and speaker, will discuss “Complicating Public Perceptions of the Amish” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11. Free and open to the public, her Bluffton forum presentation will take place in Yoder Recital Hall.  

Bluffton art faculty to show “Silent Treatment” exhibit

“Silent Treatment,” an exhibition of work from Bluffton University art faculty: Andreas Baumgartner, Jim Fultz, T.R. Steiner and Philip Sugden, will open Oct. 3 in Bluffton University’s Grace Albrecht Gallery, located in the Sauder Visual Arts Center. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public through Oct 16. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A reception for the artists will be held during Homecoming weekend from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 15.

“Messiah” rehearsals begin Oct. 4 in Gilliom Room

Rehearsals for Bluffton University’s 121st performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 4, in the Gilliom Room of Mosiman Hall on campus.

Anyone interested in singing, from high school students to adults, is invited to join the chorus, which typically ranges from 70-90 members, including Bluffton students, faculty, staff and community members. There is no cost to participate.

Bluffton student discusses political campaign

Charles Miller, a Bluffton University student from Hamilton, Ohio, will discuss “Politics from the Inside, Looking Out” at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Oct. 11 in the reading room of Musselman Library. The event is free and open to the public. 

The senior majoring in business and studying communications, will discuss his experience as a campaign manager/field director for a politician’s campaign. Miller will use the experience to explore modern political culture and the nature of politics.

Gregg Luginbuhl - Bluffton's artist laureate

He played a pretty mean basketball and baseball game, too

By Fred Steiner

A Gregg Luginbuhl coffee mug sits at my keyboard as I write this. Perhaps you hold one as you read this.

Gregg was artist laureate of Bluffton. The title passed to him from his father, Darvin. Before Darvin, it belonged to John Klassen. Gregg also belongs in the same class with other former Bluffton artists Richard Minck and Paul Soldner.