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April 1, 2015


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55 wheat planting ago

Ask Don Overmyer to explain this photo. It's the 1959-60 Bluffton High School Future Farmers of America.

The names of the members are on the photo. Click on image to enlarge.

Food boxes available to families in the P-G school district

The churches of Pandora and Gilboa are offering food boxes for households in the Pandora-Gilboa School District. The boxes are designed to provide nine meals for a family of four. In order to pick up a box, you must register by calling 419-384-3038 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15. Boxes will be available to be picked up at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11 at Grace Mennonite Church, 502 East Main Street, Pandora.


Beavers shut down rival Jackets for 7-1 HCAC mark

March 31, 2015
By: Ryan Ebbeskotte, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University baseball team fell behind early against the Defiance College Yellow Jackets on Tuesday, March 31, but prevailed thanks to a three-run second inning. Bluffton improved to 14-6 on the season and a conference-best 7-1 in the HCAC, while Defiance is now 8-8 overall and 3-5 in the HCAC following the 5-3 Beaver victory.

Seam at bottom of National Quarry cause of water loss

A report published by the Great Lakes Geological Survey - Eastern Division warns that the National Quarry, bordering Jefferson Street and the Norfolk & Western Railroad, could be empty by 2017.

The cause of the water loss is due to seams discovered in the quarry regolith, which is directly above the bedrock.

Ecumenical tradition continues in Bluffton on Good Friday

The Bluffton ecumenical Good Friday procession of the cross and worship service is scheduled for Good Friday, April 3. This event is sponsored by the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and the public is invited to attend.

This annual procession involves people of all ages helping to carry a large wooden cross through Bluffton to various churches. The procession with the cross will begin at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, corner of Elm and Spring streets, at 11:30 a.m.


GOBA chairpersons named; one opening remains; GOBA director speaks at April 10 chamber breakfast

Lots of activity is taking place surround the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA), which is headed to Bluffton on Sunday, June 21.

Several volunteer chairpersons are now working on specific assignments for the day. Those chairpersons are:

Robert W. Housh 1930-2015

Robert "Bob" W. Housh, 84, died at 7:45 a.m. March 31, 2015, at his residence.He was born Oct. 5, 1930, in LaMoure, N.D., to the late Charles and Dorothy (Witt) Housh. On Dec. 7, 1962, he married Gloria (Bruse) Housh who survives.


Bertie Swank to celebrate 100th birthday April 10

Bertie will celebrate her 100th birthday on Friday, April 10. She was born the youngest of 10 children to Charles and Louisa Ramga Shrider near Lafayette, Ohio, in 1915, graduated from Lafayette High School in 1932, and married Frederick Swank of Bluffton in 1943.


Apollo to hold Apollopalooza April 16

Apollo Career Center will hold its third annual Apollopalooza on April 16 from 5:30-7 p.m. Apollopalooza will showcase both the high school and adult education programs, as well as the newly opened academic and career tech wings. The event is free and open to the public.

First Mennonite chancel choir to premiere choral piece during Easter worship service

First Mennonite Church invites the community to attend their Easter Sunday services on April 5. These include a sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. at the west-end shelterhouse of the Buckeye Park, a potluck breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the church's fellowship hall, and worship service at 10:30 a.m.