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March 23, 2018

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Lots of pickleball action this spring at BFR

Twice on Tuesdays and twice on Thursdays

Thanks to the increasing popularity of pickleball, Bluffton Family Recreation now offers several pickleball sessions each week, according to Daniel Tinch, BFR executive director.

Pickleball times are:
• Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and
• Tuesdays and Thursday from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Pickleball is free for SilverSneakers members, and $2 for non-Silver Sneakers members.

Pandora United Methodist choir presents Easter contata on Sunday

The Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will be present an Easter Cantata, “Wondrous Love” written by Lloyd Larson on Sunday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m. during the worship service.

The choir is directed by Pat Basinger and accompanied by Kira Davis. The church is located on State Route 12 at 108 E. Washington St., in Pandora. The Rev. Duane Kemerley is the pastor.


3,000 Easter eggs and a bake sale

Saturday morning at Mennonite Memorial Home

An Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 8 and under is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m., at Mennonite Memorial Home.

The annual event, sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) and Bluffton McDonald’s, will take place rain or shine. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their own basket for collecting eggs. Families are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early as the eggs are collected very quickly once the hunt begins.

Drama, concerts, art exhibits, lectures

Bluffton University's April events calendar

Here's the arts and events calendar for April at Bluffton Uni versity.Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted
April 3 Forum: “100 Years of Conscientious Objection to War: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties from World War I through Today,” Forum by Michael Mears, Jake Short, Bill Galvin, Center for Conscience and War, 11 a.m., Yoder Recital Hall.

Three area farms in oral history presentation March 29

Probst, Deeds and Burner family farms on the program; Christine Denecker one of program speakers

A free, public presentation about the most recent narratives recorded for the Ohio Farm Stories project, a collaboration between the University of Findlay and Hancock Historical Museum, will be offered on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the UF Alumni Memorial Union.

Speaking will be museum Executive Director Sarah Sisser, assistant communication professor Megan Adams, Ph.D., and English professor Christine Denecker, Ph.D, of Bluffton.


Gerald Heldman retired from Ford after 40 years of employment

Gerald R. Heldman, 81, of Mount Cory, died Monday, March 19, 2018, at The Heritage. He was born in Bluffton, Ohio, on Nov. 25, 1936, to the late Ira and Mary (Sheriff) Heldman.

Gerald married Shirley Shroyer on July 23, 1956, and she preceded him in death. He later married Carol J. Kline in 1979 and she preceded him in death on April 21, 2014.

In 1997, Gerald retired from Ford Motor Company after 40 years of service.