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Youth programs launch this week at BFR

...and there's still time to register for any of the fall options

Several fall youth programs launch this week at Bluffton Family Recreation, according to Joseph Beagle, director.

And, although some are already underway there’s still time to join any of the classes.

The fall session started Sept. 18 and continues until Oct. 28. Here are the youth programs available:

Girls' soccer: Tied at half, but Black Knights score twice in second half for win

The Bluffton Junior Varsity girls' soccer team hosted the Van Buren Black Knights Thursday evening at Steinmetz Field. 

The Pirates took the lead early on, the first goal scored by freshman Brinkley Garmatter, but Van Buren responded moments later with one of their own and continually fired on the Lady Pirates ending in a score of 6-1.  

The varsity also hosted Van Buren in their Parents Night game on Thursday.  Senior Captain Goalkeeper Jadyn Barhorst fended off multiple shots by the Black Knights, holding the score to 0-0 at the half. 

5th-6th grade volleyball tournament at BFR Nov. 5

Bluffton Family Recreation will host a 5th and 6th grade volleyball tournament on Saturday, Nov. 5.

All matches take place at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, Registration is $200 per team, Three games are guaranteed. Matches are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Persons may register by contact BFR at 419-358-4150 or registering online from Oct.1 to Oct. 30 at www.bfronline.com.



BHS class of 1967 50th reunion plans underway

The Bluffton High School class of 1967 is planning its 50th class reunion. The event is July 22, 2017, and takes place at Howard Johnson's. Lima.

The planning committee is collecting e-mail addresses of class members. Contact Ann Augsburger Nagel at anagel79@yahoo.com, Linda Steiner at 419 384 7383 or
BHS67CLASSREUNION@yahoo.com,  to receive more details. 


Boys' golf: Aaron Belcher medalist for BHS in tri-match

Bluffton High School boys' golf team was second in a tri-match on Sept. 19. Spencerville won with a 64 team score. Bluffton was second at 186. Ada was third at 255.

The individual finisher scores are in the attachment below.


Oct. 9 benefit for Dennis and Chastity Gallant at Pleasant View UMC

Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Bluffton, will host a soup benefit on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The benefit will include numerous soups, breads and desserts along with drink. It is by donation. Face painting and animal balloons will be available for the children during the benefit.


Cross cultural experiences topic of Sept. 27 forum

Bluffton University students who participated in a cross-cultural experience last spring will speak during a campus forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Founders Hall. The presentations are free and open to the public.

Students who traveled to Bangladesh, Iceland, Chicago, Arizona/Mexico and Appalachia will recount their experiences.   

Every town should have an Al Ingalls

We know, because we had a great one

At one time or another every town should have an Al Ingalls.

Bluffton had one. And we truly feel for the towns that didn’t.

Al and his wife, Millie, owned Ingalls Restaurant. It was the last real sit-down restaurant on Main Street.

What a place. Hours were, oh, 5:30 a.m. to, what, 10 p.m. at night?

Those hours were set for the community, not the owners. It operated in a sort of informal “community system.” Meetings took place there. Deals developed. Coffee was poured. More meetings took place. More deals developed. More coffee was poured.


Girls' golf: Pirates 4th at 9-hole tournament

Bluffton High School girls' golf team finished fourth in a seven-team  9-hole tournament at the Willow Bend Country Club in Van Wert on Sept. 15.

1st - Lincolnview - 188
2nd - Shawnee - 203*
3rd - Wayne Trace - 203*
4th - Bluffton - 218
5th - Defiance - 228
6th - Ayersville - 277
Van Wert - Did Not Score

* - Shawnee won the tie breaker for 2nd Place



Boys' soccer: Celina wins a game in the mud 1-0

The Celina Bulldog soccer team visited Bluffton’s Steinmetz Field for a muddy affair on Saturday, 9-17-16. Celina prevailed by 1-0.
The non-conference game pitted two skilled teams who spent a lot of the game under tight pressure from each other. Bluffton had 4 shots on goal and Celina had three.
The lone score came at the 20th minute of the game by Jarren Casto when he managed to break free of the tenacious Bluffton defenders.
Celina goalkeeper, Aden Gariety, had 4 saves; Bluffton keeper, Levi Smith, had two saves.