November 26, 2014


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Treva Dillman Suter celebrates 96th birthday

Treva Dillman Suter celebrated her 96th birthday at the Mennonite Memorial Home on Thursday, November 27 with her children, Marylin (Richard) Basinger, Jim Dillman and Diane (Jim) Elshire.  Treva was born in Putnam County to Willis and Martha Basinger.  She had four brothers:  Vernon, Emory, Gerald, and Leland Basinger. 

Treva retired from Triplett Corporation and received a watch for 25 years of service. She is a member of the First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio, and was active in their women's guild.  She is also a charter member of the Progressive Mother's Club. 


Texas Roadhouse gift cards now available through BFR

The annual Texas Roadhouse Restaurant holiday fundraiser is now underway
at BFR Sports & Fitness. Gift Cards with values of $15, $25, and $50 are
on hand in limited supply; large orders can be handled on a pre-paid basis
and picked up at the Bluffton facility.

BFR receives 10% of the total value of sales; gift card purchases at the Lima store can also be applied to BFR’s fundraiser.  Cards will be available through December 23, 2014.
The cards may be used at any Texas Roadhouse restaurant in the United States.

Weather summary: Suddenly it's warmer

Those freezing temperatures earlier this month blossomed into temperatures in the 50s and 60s in the past seven days.

Here’s the November weather summary as of Nov. 24 from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer. The information is in the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Dough Hook taking orders for Christmas goodies

The Dough Hook is taking orders for Christmas goodies, according to Marlena Ballinger. In addition, it now offers fresh oysters.

The shop is at 117 N. Main St., Bluffton. Phone 419-369-4264


December's senior citizens dinner is at 11 a.m. Dec. 8

December is a busy time at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center. 

This month's dinner meeting is at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 8. It is free to members, but registration is required by Dec. 3. The meal is catered by Richland Manor and the program is Bingo.

During November and December, the Center is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Bridge Home Health and Hospice will present a program "Stress from the Holidays." The program is Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 12:30 p.m. A potluck lunch takes place at noon. The program is open to the public.

Women take down Heidelberg for 3rd straight win


TIFFIN, Ohio - The Bluffton University women's basketball team continued its winning ways on Tuesday, Nov. 25, with an 82-69 victory at Heidelberg University. The Beavers improved to 3-1 with their third straight win, while the Student Princes slipped to 1-2 on the young season.

BHS juniors, parents offer gift wrapping service to raise post-prom funds

Bluffton High School juniors and their parents will be wrapping Christmas gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and 20 in the Bluffton Elementary School gym to raise funds for their post prom activities. Donations will be accepted.

Those wishing to have gifts wrapped may drop off and pick up their items in the gym.

Schwyzerdutsch spoken Dec. 2 at Maple Crest

Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society is hosting a time to speak Swiss with each other on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Family Room at Maple Crest in Bluffton.

Rich Bucher said, "Come and dust off your Swiss language skills and see what you remember of the Schwyzerdutsch!"

The only agenda is to speak Swiss. Refreshments will be supplied. If you have
any questions, phone Bucher at (419) 358-0505 or email him at richardwbucher@yahoo.com


Ruth Naylor-Wendy Chappell-Dick perform together three times in December

Ruth Naylor and Wendy Chappell-Dick will perform three times together in Bluffton during December.

The performances combine Chappell-Dick's music and Naylor's poetry in text and song to create a dialogue that covers politics, doubt, and faith, all within the setting of the Christmas story.

Chappell-Dick recorded her album “Songs of Forests and Thorns” a few years ago, and Naylor recently published her anthology of "Christmas poems Straw and All."


Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas open house Dec. 13

The Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas open house, “Christmas at the Homestead” will be Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1-6 p.m. at the Schumacher Homestead. 

The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season.