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Here's BFR's final week of free classes

Keeping Active 2017 ends Feb. 24

This is the final week of free classes offered this winter by Bluffton Family Recreation's Keeping Active program, according to Joseph Beagle, director.

Here's this week's free opportunities:

Monday, Feb. 20
Free walking all day to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb . 21
Total body conditioning, free class, 7:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22
Free walking all day, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Free yoga class, Bluffton Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

Taylor family music ministry at Baptist Church Sunday

Bluffton Baptist Church will have special guests Tim and Patty Taylor and their daughters present a worship service of music at 10:45 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 26.

The Taylor family with their daughters have served their music ministry for over 20 years. The family is from Monroe, Mich.

The church is located at 345 County Line Road, Bluffton.



University senior artists, graphic designers exhibit work

March 6 to 24 in Albrecht Gallery

Senior artists and graphic designers will showcase their most prominent work from their four years at Bluffton in their exhibit titled “Viewer Discretion Advised.”

Tracy Cook, Defiance, Ohio; Anna Hairston, Mansfield, Ohio; Mackenzie Hoeckley, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Courtney Rettig, Bluffton, Ohio; Aaron Ward, Toledo, Ohio; and Justin Weaver, Bluffton, Ohio, will have work on display.

Pirates lose to Grove, defeat Kenton in OT

Denecker brothers combine for 26 vs. Kenton

Bluffton High School boys' basketball team split its weekend games, losing to Columbus Grove and defeating Kenton.

On Friday, Grove defeated Bluffton 42-39, Grove was led by Caiden Grothaus with 15, the Bulldogs move to 6-13 (NWC 2-5). The Pirates were led by Gabe Denecker with 14, and move to 10-10 (NWC 4-3).

On Saturday, Bluffton defeated Kenton 54-47 in overtime. The Pirates move to 11-10, while the Wildcats move to 12-9 on the season. Gabe Denecker led all scorers tonight with 19, followed by Luke Denecker with 17. Jaron Sharpe led Kenton with 11.


Geiger cousins in 1900; Geiger summer house

If your last name is Geiger or if you are related to the Geiger's chances are pretty good that you have an ancestor is this group of youngesters.

On the back of the photo is the message: Geier counsins. Taken about 1900 near Pandora, Ohio, Gegier homestead.

The next photo shows the Geigher family summer house. There's a bell on the roof!


There's a pug lover in this grey Serra the Icon saw in Ada.


No school Monday, but lots of events on the calendar

Elementary calendar full of activities in March

There's no school on Monday to observe President's Day. However, there's lot of events on the February-March calendar in the schools.

Here's an update on activites at the elementary:

Feb. 20  - No School – President’s Day
Feb. 23  - Chinese Drumming Assembly – a.m.
Feb. 24 - Midterms go home with students
Feb. 27 - 5th & 6th Grade Quiz Bowl, 4:30 p.m.–Shawnee MS
Feb 27 -Third Grade (Mrs. Schulte) Lion & Lamb “Culture”, 9 a.m.
Feb. 28  - Third Grade (Mrs. Kingsley) Lion & Lamb “Culture”, 9 a.m.

Chili cook-off Wednesday - vote for your favorite chili

Proceeds support Community Assistance Program

The first-ever community chili cook-off is Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Bluffton Middle School Cafetorium. 

Local “chefs” are preparing their favorite chili recipes for the community to judge. A $5 tasting fee includes a sample of each chili and a drink; other items for sale include hot dogs, shredded chicken sandwiches, chips and baked goods. 

All proceeds benefit Bluffton Community Assistance programs.  

The cook-off is planned by the mission committee of Bluffton Presbyterian Church with help from several other congregations. 


Chuck Gossard 1955 - 2017

Charles (Chuck) Gossard, 61, died Feb. 18, 2017, at Lima Memorial Health System surrounded by his family.

Chuck was born March 29, 1955, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Lewis and Bernice (Crawfis) Gossard who preceded him in death.

Chuck worked at Wilson Football Factory in Ada. He was also a stay at home father. 


Women's Basketball downs Hanover on Senior Day

February 18, 2017
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant