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Take some advice from Dr. Seuss and check out the Bluffton library in April

Take some advice from Dr. Seuss: "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." (or to yourself - we added that phrase). A great place to start reading and doing lots of other things is at the Bluffton Public Library in April.

And, everything you need to know about events planned at the Bluffton Public Library in April is now at your fingertips.

It's all in the April library newsletter. To view the newsletter CLICK HERE.

Church's sexual diversity struggle is April 7 forum topic

The struggles over the place of LGBTQ Christians in Mennonite Church USA churches will be Stephanie Krehbiel’s topic in a Bluffton University forum on Tuesday, April 7.

Krehbiel, a Ph.D. candidate in American studies at the University of Kansas, will address “Pacifist Battlegrounds: Sexual Diversity and the Politics of Belonging in the Mennonite Church USA” beginning at 11 a.m. in Yoder Recital Hall. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Bluffton University senior recipient of BGSU graduate scholarship

Joseph Wilson, a senior from Covington, Ohio, is Bluffton University’s first recipient of a new scholarship to a Bowling Green State University graduate business program.

Wilson has earned the Beaver-Falcon Master of Financial Economics Scholarship, a Bluffton-Bowling Green partnership that includes a two-thirds tuition award. The recipient, chosen by the Bluffton business faculty, is also encouraged to apply for an assistantship within the Bowling Green program.

Bluffton Presbyterian announces Holy Week services

Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 N. Main St., invites the community to a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 2. Julia Szabo will sing “The Rose” by Mary Caldwell and communion will be served.  Rev. David Good will deliver the message, “To Simply Say.”  


Softball drops two to Transylvania

March 29, 2015
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant

Game 1 Stats  I  Game 2 Stats

BLUFFTON, Ohio - It was a windy Sunday afternoon as the Beavers welcomed the Transylvania Pioneers for their first HCAC series of the season. Bluffton dropped a pair of tight contests, falling to 9-12 overall and 0-2 in the Heartland Conference, while Transylvania improved to 9-8 and 4-0 in the HCAC.

Gail Benroth taught elementary school and owned a ski and sail business

Gail Allen Benroth died March 19 after complications from multiple strokes and a battle with pneumonia. He was born October 29, 1942. He married Joan Ball (Williams) in 1970 and they were married for 26 years.

He served four years in the US Air Force as a jet engine mechanic before attending college at Utah State University where he earned a degree in social work and elementary education.


Marie Place, 1916-2015

Marie C. Place, 99, of Bluffton, died at 9:20 a.m. March 29, at Willow Ridge - Bettye House, Bluffton. She was born March 12, 1916, in Bluffton to the late Jacob and Lena (Scherler) Schnegg. She was married to Harry Richard Place and he preceded her in death.

Per Marie's wishes, she will be cremated with private burial at a later date in Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Canadian student wins Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Bluffton University sophomore Emily Huxman, from Waterloo, Ontario, won the university’s annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on March 25.

In addition to earning a $175 cash prize, Huxman—who placed second last year—qualified for a binational contest with top finishers from other North American Mennonite colleges.

In her speech, “Reducing Global Violence against Women through Education,” Huxman argued for a peace church approach to providing education and reducing violence by strengthening networks of people who have yielded their lives to the reign of God.

Education, mentors helped mold longtime Reds’ trainer

Larry Starr was in his 60s when he decided to pursue a doctorate in education at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

The coursework for the degree was done in two years, the former Cincinnati Reds trainer said March 25 at Bluffton University, but the required dissertation became—as it does for many doctoral candidates—a stumbling block.

Everett and Parker help Beavers finish fifth at Hanover

March 28, 2015


HANOVER, Ind. - With the cancellation of the Dick Small Invitational at Defiance College due to sub-freezing temperatures, the Bluffton University Beavers traveled to Panther Country to compete in the Hanover College Track & Field Invitational on Saturday, March 28.