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Over 135 volunteers contribute over 7,000 hours of service to MHCO

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) celebrate National Volunteers Week (April 6-12) early as volunteers and staff gathered at Ebenezer Mennonite Church on March 31. 

Over 135 volunteers serving Mennonite Memorial Home, Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Willow Ridge and Hilty Home enjoyed a meal, fellowship and entertainment.

This annual event is an opportunity to say “thank you” to the hundreds of volunteers who provide exceptional service to the elders living at all four MHCO communities. In 2013, over 350 volunteers contributed over 7,000 hours of service.

Low mileage 2011 Buick Regal Kirtland's Auto manager's special

Jim Kinn of Kirtland's Auto Sales, 302 N. Main St., Bluffton, announces a new manager's special.

The vehicle is a 2011 Buick Regal CXL with only 23,786 miles. Its manager's special list price is $18,995. For complete details on the vehicle, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

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C-R Music Boosters bakery Bingo April 26

Cory-Rawson Music Boosters will hold a bakery Bingo night from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 26, in the C-R High School Bob Abbey gym.

Chris Leuthold and Gary Holland are the guest Bingo callers.

The event includes Bingo, concessions, and lots of baked goods and prizes. There is a 50/50 raffle and a 2014-15 family sports pass raffle. Tickets are $ each of six for $5.

Prizes are given between 7 and 8 p.m. You must be present to win. 

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Eilene Mericle 90th birthday reception April 13

Bluffton resident Eilene Mericle will celebrate her 90th birthday with an reception at the First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, next week.

The reception is Sunday, April 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Her family invites persons to join her for cake and punch. She request no gifts.

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Baseball: Beavers come from behind to beat Earlham

Stats http://www.bluffton.edu/athletics/baseball/2014/04-08-bb.htm

The Bluffton University baseball team saw its 4-1 lead slip away in the top of the eighth, but a pair of tallies in the home half sent the Beavers to a 6-4 victory over Earlham College on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Bluffton improved to 11-12 overall and 4-7 in the Heartland Conference, while the Quakers fell to 11-12 and 3-8 in the HCAC.

Nearly 3 inches of rain in first week of April

April showers bring May flowers. If the first week of April is any indication of the rest of the month, it will be a wet month. According to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, 2.68 inches of rain fell in the Icon viewer area during April 1-7.

For a complete daily weather summary, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Five new band pieces composed by Terry

Dr. Peter Terry, an associate professor of information technology and music at Bluffton University, addresses an April 3 gathering in Bluffton’s Musselman Library to celebrate the publication of five new band pieces he has composed. The pieces—“Grove of Titans,” “Windborn,” “Unleashed,” “Winter’s Knight” and “The Emissary”—will be available on the website of publisher Carl Fischer Music in May.

Mary Badertscher was a retired teacher

Mary Badertscher, 66, died on April 3, 2014. Mary (Bartholomew) was born in Vicksburg, Michigan, the middle of five siblings, includnig Russell, Jerry, Becky and Jim.

After college she moved to Metamora, Mich., where she worked as a home economics teacher and met Dean, her husband of 42 years. After retirement, the Badertschers moved to Bluffton, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband, her son Pete and his wife Sara, and her two grandchildren, Xandra and Roswen. Mary was a retired school teacher, having taught kindergarten and home economics as well as GRADS.

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Former university president shares practices for spiritual well-being

Dr. Lee Snyder, president emeritus of Bluffton University, returned to campus April 5 to share her strategy for maintaining wholeness in an age of high stress and low downtime.

Her lecture concluded the annual women’s conference hosted by the Bluffton University Women’s Council. This year’s theme was “Women Enriching Women: Celebrating the Seasons of Life.”

For Snyder, Bluffton’s president from 1996-2006, living a fulfilling life—particularly as a Christian—requires that individuals set aside time to cultivate virtues such as mindfulness and spiritual well-being.

Miss America university Civic Engagement Day keynote speaker April 9

Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, will be the keynote speaker for Bluffton University’s annual Civic Engagement Day, on Wednesday, April 9.

Her address, “#CirclesOfUnity: The Celebration of Diversity Through Cultural Competency,” is free and open to the public beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Sommer Center on campus.

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