December 21, 2014


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Santa's fire truck and the movie "Elf" on library calendar Monday and Tuesday

Two events are planned at the Bluffton Public Library early this week before the library closes Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for Christmas vacation.

On Monday, Dec. 22, Santa’s fire truck will be at the library at 6 p.m. The event will include a visit from Santa, members of the Bluffton fire department, a big red truck and stories and games.

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 3:30 p.m. the movie “Elf” will be shown. Bring some cookies to share if you wish.

BFR Sports & Fitness introduces SPARK Sports Performance Training Program

The SPARK program is a new training option specifically designed for youth in grades 6-12  offered at BFR Sports and Fitness starting in early January.

Each 30-minute workout will be led by a BFR staff trainer and will include drills to increase speed, change of direction, explosion as well as build muscular strength and increased flexibility. 

Each workout will use a variety of training tools including agility ladders, jump boxes, medicine balls, band work plus body resistance exercises and floor work. 

Iconic Bakery: English Icon muffins - much better than store-bought

Do you love English muffins as much as the Icon loves them?

If so read on and you may never need to have store-bought English muffins on your grocery list.

These muffins are a bit tricky to create, but we are certain that after the first skillet comes off the oven top, you’ll figure out the secret to create a perfect one.

Here’s all you need:
   4 cups of white flour
   1 ½ teaspoon salt
   ½ teaspoon sugar
   1 tablespoon yeast
   1 tablespoon olive oil

We created 16 muffins from this recipe.


Iconic view: A modern Christmas story

In the sixth year in the reign of Obama, legislation passed that all U.S. citizens be counted in the county where their ancestors had settled. This unusual census was when Kasich was governor of Ohio and Jordan was fourth district representative.

Jose from Lebanon, Ohio, with his young housekeeper, Maria, who was nine-month’s pregnant with someone else’s child, and who Jose had intended to marry, drove to Bluffton in Jose’s 1996 Mercury Cougar. This was because Jose was a great-great-great-grandson of one of the Swiss immigrants in Richland Township.


"Assessing Christian liberal arts education" subject of forum

Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman, president of Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario, will consider the future of Christian liberal arts education during a Bluffton University forum on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Her presentation, “Planting Seeds of Faithfulness: Why Christian Liberal Arts Education (Still) Matters,’’ is free and open to the public beginning at 11 a.m. in Bluffton’s Founders Hall.

"Theatre for social change" is topic of colloquium

Melissa Friesen, professor and chair of theatre and communication at Bluffton University, will discuss "Oppressor, Oppressed, Bystander, Ally: Theatre for Social Change and Identity” in a campus colloquium on Friday, Jan. 9. Beginning at 4 p.m. in Stutzman Lecture Hall in Centennial Hall, the presentation is free and open to the public.

Albrecht Gallery to offer "Stations"

Stations,” a series of drawings and paintings by Chicago-area artist Jacob van Loon, will be on exhibit Jan. 6-25 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center.

Admission to the show is free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. An artist reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.

Bluffton Public Library releases January programs

The Bluffton Public Library offers the following programs during January

In recognition of National Hot Month, Hot Tea Tuesdays will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Tuesday in January. A variety of hot tea and other hot beverages will be available for patrons.

Chill Zone meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Middle and high school students may hang out at the library for games, movies and crafts.

Teen Games meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the lower level of the library. Teens/tweens (11-16) will enjoy indoor games such as balloon stomp, fruit salad, shoe mix.

Bluffton men fall to Akron Zips 92-53

By: Griffin Kuras, sports information assistant


BCE competition offers early-bird entry incentive

Persons entering the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs 2015 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition can save money by registering for the competition before Dec. 31.

Persons will save $25 on their entry fee if they pay by Dec. 31. In January the entry fee is $150.

This is BCE’s sixth business plan competition and it recognizes the late Ropp Triplett, long-time Bluffton industrial leader and entrepreneur. Three cash prizes will be awarded: