December 18, 2014


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Bluffton prof to address Ebola during January forum

Dr. Ross Kauffman, an assistant professor of public health at Bluffton University, will address Ebola in a campus forum on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Free and open to the public, Kauffman’s presentation on “Ebola and Fear: A Public Health Perspective” will begin at 11 a.m. in Bluffton’s Founders Hall.

He will discuss both the history and biology of the disease and responses to the recent outbreak, while seeking to place them in the context of other public health challenges.

Trinity Lutheran church and school services announced

The students of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Jenera, will present "Children of the Heavenly Father” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera. The students from pre-school through eighth grade will tell of the birth of Christ through word and Christmas hymns.  Pre-service music by the youth will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Pre-service music on Wednesday Dec. 24, will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by "Children of the Heavenly Father" at 7 p.m.

A Christmas day service will begin at 9:30 a.m. The choir and handbell choir will perform. 


Pleasant View and Mount Cory UMs hold combined Christmas Eve service

A Christmas Eve Service for Pleasant View and Mount Cory United Methodist
Churches will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Mount Cory UM, 300 N. Main St,
Mount Cory.  Come to celebrate “Christ’s Birth” with an evening of
Christmas carols, special music by the handbell choir and joint choir,
scripture, and communion.   The service will be led by Pastor Mark


Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio and Bluffton University's Institute for Learning in Retirement take step closer together

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), a Bluffton-based senior care provider, is a sponsor of Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) program this academic year.

MHCO’s $5,000 sponsorship for 2014-15 is the first of its kind for the institute, now in its 23rd year of offering courses to retirees each fall, winter and spring. Members of the program design and lead many of the courses, which informally explore topics of interest just for the sake of learning.

Kathleen Konst was a Bluffton High School graduate

Kathleen M. Konst, 92, died at 10:50 p.m. Dec. 15, 2014, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born July 1, 1922, in Bluffton to the late Edwin and Clara Freyman Niswander. On June 23, 1950, she married Albert Konst and he preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 2006. 

She was a secretary.  They lived in many states during Albert's career in the Air Force.  Kathleen and Albert enjoyed traveling in their motor home. They traveled to 49 states.  She was graduate of Bluffton High School and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton.


Bluffton's newest business, 315 Walnut, offers sensibly priced jewelry

Sensibly priced jewelry from a variety of manufacturers is offered by Bluffton’s newest business, 315 Walnut, owned by Melinda and Dan Bowden.

Jewelry is primarily sold online but it is also available for sale in PromoHits! at 141 N. Main St., a business also owned by the Bowdens.

Most of the jewelry is priced under $30 and the majority is priced between $10 and $20, said Melinda.

Customers will find stainless steel rings, a variety of necklaces and necklace sets, bracelets and earrings.


Bluffton Hospital announces new additions to area families

Bluffton Hospital has reported the following births:

November 3
Willow Jean Camper, daughter of Sierra Vaughn and Logan Camper, Forest.

November 4
Brooklyn Marie Rupert, daughter of Michael and Erin Rupert, Ottawa.

November 8
Bentley Michael, son of Miranda Fagan and Brian McKinney, Elida.

November 11
Ryker Nathaniel Schmehl, son of Justin and Nancy Schmehl, Rawson.

Wyatt Elmer Maag, son of Shane and Jodi Maag, Ottawa.

Evan, son of Alex Sider and Kathy Dickson, Bluffton.

First Mennonite Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m.

First Mennonite Church invites all to attend their candlelight Christmas Eve service scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. The service will include vocal and instrumental music, scripture, candlelighting, and carol singing.

First Mennonite is located at 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton.


It certainly doesn’t feel like December

With temperatures in the 50, the weather this week may not put people in the Christmas spirit, but we’ll take it.

Here’s the daily weather high and low temperatures for the first 15 days of the month with snowfall (none) and precipitation (scan), provided by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

The information is in the attachment at the bottom of this story.