October 23, 2014



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Meet the BHS class of '49 ... 65 years later

Members of the Bluffton High School graduating class of 1949 recently got together for a 65th class reunion.

Front from left, Treva Althaus Stratton, Anita Althaus Huber, Sue Kempf Groves, Darlyn Garmatter Sommers and Marilyn Moore Hart.

Standing from left, Sara Bracy McCune, Marlene Berry Baumgartner, Ray Wilch, William Burcky, Dean Sommers, Beatrice Leiber Parcell and Colletta Badertscher Mullenhour.


Bluffton Lions screen 235 area children for eye defects

Bluffton Lions member Ed Yeager works with a young student during a Lions Club eye screening.

During the last week of September Bluffton Lions Club members screened 235 local children, with parental consent, using the Sure Sight auto refractor. 

A vision screening takes place to separate those with and without possible vision problems. Vision screening results may indicate a potential need for further assessment.


Ronald Anderson worked in electronics maintenance

Ronald B. Anderson, Bluffton, Ohio, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014. He was born January 9, 1929 in Lima, Ohio to Edgar and Lula (Clark) Anderson, who preceded him in death. On January 9, 1952, he married Fern B. Badertscher; they were married 51 years. Fern passed away on September 26, 2003.


Letter: Your invitation to help sponsor the Blaze of Lights

Icon viewers:

On Saturday, Nov. 29, Bluffton hosts its 28th annual Blaze of Lights. It’s a great Bluffton tradition.

• Our popular ice sculptuter returns. He’ll carve some ice at 4 p.m. on Main Street. Joining the iceman is John Guagenti, who will carve a holiday figure from wood.

• Our parade should be our largest ever! We anticipate 100 parade units. That translates to a 60-minute parade.

• From 6 to 7 p.m., we have new entertainment groups to perform following the parade.


Volleyball drops Anderson in four sets


ANDERSON, Ind. - The Bluffton University volleyball team rebounded from a tough loss at Franklin by dropping Anderson University 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 27-29, 25-21) on Wednesday, Oct. 15. The Beavers improved to 17-7 overall and 4-1 in the Heartland Conference, while AU dipped to 8-15, 1-3 in the conference.

Pandora United Methodist plans Nov. 4 Election Day supper

Pandora United Methodist Church will hold an Election Day Supper from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Fellowship Hall.  The menu will be your choice of chicken and noodles, beef and noodles, large salad bar, dessert bar, coffee, and punch.  The cost will be $7 for ages 12 to adult, $3.50 3-11 and under 3 free.  Carry out will be available.


Headings knocks in OT game winner against Manchester

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


Sheryl and Bob Schirmer in cast of Findlay Light Opera Co., Gilbert & Sullivan's "Patience"

The Findlay Light Opera Company will end its 2014 season with an upcycled production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s "Patience."

And, two members of the cast are Bluffton residents, Bob and Sheryl Schirmer. Sheryl is featured as Ella, one of the numerous ladies who has fallen for Bunthorne. Bob is featured as the coach of the football team who is tired of dumb luck being the key to his success, and is ready to switch his game plan to win on his own merit. 

More about "Patience"


Downtown Bluffton merchants offer lots of prizes this fall in "shop local" campaign

Come uptown and have a chance to win – gift cards and prizes from Bluffton merchants.

Very soon 2,600 Bluffton postal customers will receive a post card inviting them to “shop, sip, eat, play, local.” In a nutshell its message encourages shopping locally.

The postcard makes area residents aware of a Bluffton merchants and Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce major fall promotion. It centers on a concept titled “3/50 Project.” The nationwide project carries the tagline: “Save your local economy three stores at a time.”

Baptist church plans Nov. 1 trunk or treat

Bluffton Baptist Church, 345 County Line Road, will hold a Trunk or Treat from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 in the church parking lot.

The church hopes to have 25 car trunks full of candy to be given to children who attend. Area residents are encouraged to bring their children for a non-scary, entertaining event. This free event will also include hot dogs, chips, cold and warm beverages.