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It's a big weekend at Bluffton University...May Day weekend and commencement

Sarah Thompson, executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, will address the Bluffton University graduating class during the May 8 ceremony in the Sommer Center. 

Thompson was named the executive director of CPT in Jan. 2014.  She travels extensively for the organization to build partnerships to transform violence and oppression. Thompson has also worked in the international peace movement as a public speaker and community organizer. 

In addition to commencement there are several additional on campus weekend events.

Blanchard River Watershed Partnership involved in two Riley projects

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is currently involved in two Riley Creek projects, according to Phil Martin, director.

• The BRWP has two Great Lakes Basin grants in the Allen County portion of Lower Riley Creek and in Middle Riley Creek watersheds this year. Both grants are for Best Management Practices with the farmers. Martin said that there is still funding available and persons with questions should call him

• BRWP will conduct water quality monitoring during late June and September.

Pandora summer garage sale registration forms available at Pandora Library

This summer's Pandora town wide garage sale registration forms are available at the Pandora library, according to persons sponsoring the event.

Forms need to be turned in by Saturday,  May 28, along with your $10 check to ensure that your name is on the list/map. 

Garage salesare June 9, 10, 11.


Bluffton resident among Lima Electrical Professionals apprentice graduates

Shanon Hauenstein of Bluffton is among 12 graduating apprentices of the Lima Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee honored with a dinner at Casa Lu Al on Saturday, May 7.

The graduates have undergone a five year apprenticeship program consisting of both classroom instruction and on-the-job training to learn the skills required to become master craftsmen.


Pandora UM free community meal May 25

The Pandora United Methodist Church will be hosting a free Community Meal on Wednesday, May 25, from 5:3007 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided  by Lita Siefker and Scott and Jen Mershman. The menu is vegetable soup, crackers, peanut butter sandwich, cheesy-garlic biscuits, cornbread, pudding dessert  and beverage. 


Bluffton Child Development Center has school-age openings this summer

 Bluffton Child Development Center has openings in the summer school-age program, according to Francine Donathan, director.

 "Spots are filling up fast, please call 419 358-8222 for more details.  Stop in an see us at 325 County Line Road, Bluffton," she said.

Lots of summer options for youth this summer at BFR

Bluffton Family Recreation announces its summer classes for elementary-age youth, which include:
• Adventure Camp
• Fun Fitness
• Parachute Fun
• Olympic Stars

Adventure Camp – ages 3 to 6
Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
June 16 –Space Invasion
July 14 – All About Animals
July 21 – Sports Galore
Aug. 11 – Time Capsule

Fun Fitness – for youth who completed K to 3rd grade
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, June 6-7-8
4 to 5:15 p.m. – snacks included


Beavers wrap up season sweep of rival Defiance

May 3, 2016
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


Robert Ramseyer was a missionary to Japan for three decades

Robert Lewis Ramseyer, 86, died April 30, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born May 9, 1929, in Bloomington, Ill. 

In 1939, his family moved to Bluffton, where he graduated from the Bluffton High School in 1946 and Bluffton College in 1950. He and Alice Ruth Pannabecker were married in 1951.


Ebenezer Mennonite holds National Day of Prayer program May 5

Ebenezer Mennonite Church will hold a National Day of Prayer program at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Crossroads Ministry Center. There will be a color guard, and the pledge of allegiance be be presented by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls. The service will be called to prayer by the playing of a shofar, or ram’s horn.