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February 10, 2016

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BCE accepting registrations for basics of websites workshop

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs offers two February workshops covering the basics of websites.

The sessions are part of BCE’s HOW (Hands-on Workshop) series.

Ryan Lowry of Bluffton leads the workshops offered on two dates. Workshops are Friday, Feb.19, and Friday, Feb. 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the BCE office, 110 S. Main St., Bluffton.

Both workshops cover the same information. These are offered on different dates to accommodate more participants.

Dr. Justin Kantner Friday chamber breakfast featured speaker

Dr. Justin Kantner, O.D., Bluffton optometrist, is the guest speaker at the 7 a.m., Friday, Feb. 12, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast. The free breakfast is in the Bluffton town hall.

Kantner will tell about his plan to step away from his small-town practice and move with his wife, Elya, and their young son, Caleb, to southern rural Paraguay. There, he will become an optometrist and church planter. Elya will become a Bible translator.

Free walking at BFR on Feb. 11

Mark Weidner takes advantage of a free walking day at Bluffton Family Recreation. BFR is in the midst of Keeping Active 2016. The program, which continues until Feb. 26 offers several free opportunities for area residents. One of those is the free use of the indoor walking track. Free walking will be available Thursday, Feb. 11, during BFR's hours of 5:30 am. to 9 p.m.

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C. Henry Smith presentation on Mennonites in popular Mexican culture 

Dr. Rebecca Janzen, assistant professor of Spanish at Bluffton University, will present her speech titled, “We See Them but We Don’t Know Them: Mexican Ideas About Mennonites,” for Forum at 11 a.m. on Feb. 23 in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Her argument centers on the perceptions of Low German-speaking Mennonites in Mexican film and photography. Janzen will argue that by better understanding how Mexicans understand Mennonites, bridges between the two can be built.

Feb. 28 reception for 3 university seniors' art show

Senior graphic design majors, Beth Ross, Paulding, Ohio, Abby Graber, Goshen, Ind., and Jenny Brown, St. Marys, Ohio, will be available to discuss their most prominent work from the four years they have spent at Bluffton during a reception to be held in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 2-4 p.m.
The exhibit is open from Feb. 22 through March 4. The respective collections feature: digital prints, sculpture, painting, drawing and photography.

A evening of spiritual songs and soul food at the university

Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush will perform, “Spiritual Songs,” at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Johnston-Bush will use multimedia to create a musical adventure that explores the Negro spiritual as a historical American art form. She will sketch the history of this expression of faith through music from the 1600s to the present.

Peace presentation and movie to be shown Feb. 22

Documentary filmmaker, Ellie Bernstein, will host a movie event starting with an informal conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall. Bernstein will show her documentary, “Ghost Town: The Hebron Story,” at 7 p.m.
“Ghost Town,” tells the story of families in Hebron, which is located in the West Bank of Palestine.

Josephine Cheney funeral service Saturday

Josephine Melvina Cheney, 85, died Feb. 9, 2016, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  Josephine was born Aug. 7, 1930 in Beaverdam to the late Thomas and Gertrude (Meeks) White. In December 1946, she married Earl K. Cheney Sr. who preceded her in death in July 2001.

Josephine had worked in the laundry department at Richland Manor.  She had also worked at ExCello-Airfoil Textron and Triplett Corp., both of Bluffton.  She attended Rockport United Methodist Church.  


Attention elementary parents: Memory book order deadline Feb. 11

Attention parents of Bluffton elementary students. The deadline to order a 2015-16 school memory book is Thurday, Feb. 11. According to the elementary school website the price is $18 per book or it can be upgraded to a hardcover for $23.  

Here's some additional elementary school news from the website:

TESTING DAYS:  Second grade students will take achievement tests in math and reading the week of March 14.  New state tests will be given April 20-21 for grades 3-5 in English/Language Arts.