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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.

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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.


Perfect weather - perfect fall festival

And we offer lots of photos to prove our point

The weather was perfect - make that incredible.

The attendance was remarkable. The enthusiasm was just what you’d want at a small-town fall festival. And it took place in Bluffton.

What was your favorite part?

There were many: home-business expo, farmers’ market, pumpkin face painting, food, quilt show, tractor show, music, historic exhibits, pony rides, horse and wagon rides. Shall we go on?

The 13th annual Bluffton Fall Festival fell on a Saturday with warm temperatures and just the right amount of sunshine.

Bluffton Community Preschool fundraiser Tuesday evening

Event includes wine-tasting, appetizers, silent auction, designer purse raffles and more

Tickets are still available for a Bluffton Community Preschool fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The event takes place at Sycamore Lake Wine Co., 9660 Mayberry Road, Columbus Grove.


It includes wine tasting, appetizers, silent auctions, designer purse raffles, give-a-ways and more.

Tickets are $25 each. Bring your ticket stub with you to be entered to win a Kate Spade purse.


Gregg Luginbuhl funeral service details incomplete

Gregg J. Luginbuhl, 67, died  Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at St. Rita’s Inpatient Hospice Center, Lima. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. 

Visitation will be Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. at the church.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.