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September 3, 2015


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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Pauline Bauman

Pauline A. Bauman, 96, of Bluffton died September 3, 2015 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Ada Wilson's Sporting Goods garage sale Sept. 26

Wilson Sporting Goods Co., Ada, holds its annual football "garage" sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 26, at the sporting goods company.

The sale includes footballs, overruns, blemished footballs and scrap footballs and many other miscellaneous sporting good items.


Laura Fay Bassitt had worked at Lima Locomotive Works

Laura Fay Bassitt, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at 4:24 p.m., at the Lost Creek Care and Rehabilitation Center. Fay was born June 13, 1927 in Hardin County, Ohio, to Charles R. and Pearl R. (Peggs) Johnson who preceded her in death.
Fay and Robert E. (Bob) Bassitt, Sr. were married on horseback at the Labor Day Rodeo in Ada on Sept. 1, 1947. They were together for over 67 years when Robert died on April 7, 2015. 


Lions Way Trailhead Park dedicated Sept. 16 - includes picnic shelter and lots more

Lions Way Trailhead Park will be dedicated at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, according to Richard Ramseyer, chair of the Bluffton Pathway Board and president of the Bluffton Lions Foundation.

The event takes place at the trailhead picnic shelter near Comfort Inn on Commerce Lane and will include a ribbon cutting.

The Trailhead park project involves construction of a picnic shelter with concrete pad and wheel chair assessable ramp, picnic tables, identification signs, bike stand on concrete pad, drinking fountain, plantings and landscaping.

Opening university convocation: Pay attention to what’s important

The advice that college freshmen receive is always obvious or bogus, and given by people relating what they should have done when they were 18 or 19.

That’s what first-year Bluffton University students heard Sept. 1 from poet and novelist Marge Piercy—who went on to offer a few suggestions anyway at the university’s annual opening convocation.

“Keep your eyes on what’s happening because it can land on your head,” Piercy recommended, urging her largely student audience to pay attention to politics because of its pervasiveness in life.

ILR offers trail biking course

Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) is offering a trail biking class this fall for both interested retirees and the semi-retired.

Local bicyclists Paul and Mary Fleck will lead the class, whose first meeting and ride will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Sommer Center parking lot on campus. Cost is $50.

Chamber ensemble opens Artist Series

Tickets are still available for the opening performance in the 2015-16 Bluffton University Artist Series, by the baroque chamber ensemble Apollo’s Fire, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Yoder Recital Hall.

Founded in 1992, Apollo’s Fire is dedicated to reviving the true spirit of baroque performances, with the emotional impact the music was intended to convey. The group is based in Cleveland and plays to sold-out houses around the world.

Flipped math course topic of talk

Dr. Donald Hooley, a professor of mathematics at Bluffton University, will discuss "An Achievement Evaluation of a Flipped Calculus Course” at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in Stutzman Lecture Hall in Bluffton’s Centennial Hall.

The first campus colloquium of the academic year, the presentation is free and open to the public.

President's Forum to focus on unique qualities of Bluffton

Dr. James M. Harder, president of Bluffton University, will present the annual President’s Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Harder will offer perspectives on the start of a new academic year—Bluffton’s 116th—and describe several institutional initiatives for the coming year. The special theme of this year’s address will be the unique qualities that define the Bluffton educational experience.