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September 4, 2015


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Mennonite Home Health and Senior Services still growing after 20 years

Twenty years ago health care choices for seniors who were in need of care were somewhat limited to either a hospital stay or going to a nursing home. 

Kathy Rode, a nurse at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, saw that many of them could stay at home with just a little assistance.

“We wanted to offer a third option in the way of home health services, where nurses would make visits in people’s homes to help them recoup after surgeries or if they needed further assistance,” said Rode, who is the founding Director of Mennonite Home Health and Senior Services. 

Bluffton University welcomes new faculty, staff for 2015-16

Six faculty members are joining the Bluffton University community this academic year along with more than 20 new staff members and graduate assistants.

New assistant professors for 2015-16 are John Burkhart, in accounting; Rhonda Gottschalk, health, fitness and sport science; Dr. Luke Myers, physics; Marathana Prothro, communication; and Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, religion. Dr. Nancy Banman starts her first full year at Bluffton, meanwhile, after coming to campus last January as an associate professor and chair of social work.

At last - an average summer weather month

Imagine this - a summer month with the normally expected amount of rainfall. 

That was August 2015. The normal August rainfall is 3.28 inches. This year's August rainfall totaled 2.88 inches.

The average temperature was 70.6 degrees; the normal average is 71.1.

The high temperature of the month  was 87 degrees on Aug. 2 and Aug. 31. The low was 52 degrees on Aug. 28.

The daily August weather summary is in the chart at the bottom of this story.

Seventh year at Bluffton Farmers' Market for B & L Produce Farm

Bluffton Farmers’ Market customers buy lots of fresh produce from B & L Produce Farm, Cridersville.

This is the vendor’s seventh year at the market, according to Bret Bodine, who, with his wife, Lynn, come to Bluffton each Saturday.



Sept. 26 scholarship fundraiser in memory of "The Voice" - Stan Hunt

A scholarship fundraiser in memory of the late Stan Hunt is planned from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, in the former Beaverdam school building, 303 West St, Beaverdam. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The event includes:
• 50/50 raffle
• Bring your own beer
• Dance to Chez Cheese

Tickets are available at Luke’s Bar and Grill, Bluffton. Tickets are also available by calling 419-236-8958.


Friday night at Harmon Field



Funeral arrangements incomplete for Pauline Bauman

Pauline A. Bauman, 96, of Bluffton died September 3, 2015 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Ada Wilson's Sporting Goods garage sale Sept. 26

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., Ada, holds its annual football "garage" sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 26, at the sporting goods company.

The sale includes footballs, overruns, blemished footballs and scrap footballs and many other miscellaneous sporting good items.


Laura Fay Bassitt had worked at Lima Locomotive Works

Laura Fay Bassitt, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at 4:24 p.m., at the Lost Creek Care and Rehabilitation Center. Fay was born June 13, 1927 in Hardin County, Ohio, to Charles R. and Pearl R. (Peggs) Johnson who preceded her in death.
Fay and Robert E. (Bob) Bassitt, Sr. were married on horseback at the Labor Day Rodeo in Ada on Sept. 1, 1947. They were together for over 67 years when Robert died on April 7, 2015. 


Lions Way Trailhead Park dedicated Sept. 16 - includes picnic shelter and lots more

Lions Way Trailhead Park will be dedicated at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, according to Richard Ramseyer, chair of the Bluffton Pathway Board and president of the Bluffton Lions Foundation.

The event takes place at the trailhead picnic shelter near Comfort Inn on Commerce Lane and will include a ribbon cutting.

The Trailhead park project involves construction of a picnic shelter with concrete pad and wheel chair assessable ramp, picnic tables, identification signs, bike stand on concrete pad, drinking fountain, plantings and landscaping.