October 24, 2014



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Children's author has book signing and reading at Book ReViews Nov. 1

Book Reviews will host a book signing and reading from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, for Candace L. Newland’s book "Pekoe," which was published in February. 

Newland’s book, written for children, focuses on an abandoned kitten and its journey to find a home. The story is pulled from the author’s personal experience with pets, acceptance, and disabilities. "Pekoe" is a “story of compassion and acceptance, challenge and courage,” according to Dr. Christina Walton, manager of Book ReView.


Marilyn Jean Waltz Shoemaker Sheidler was a Mt. Cory HS graduate

Marilyn Jean Waltz Shoemaker Sheidler, 85, died Oct. 20, 2014, at her residence in Pandora.  She was born Jan. 10, 1929, in Mt. Cory to the late Levi and Ruth (Niswander) Waltz. She married Ralph Shoemaker who preceded her in death and later married John Sheidler who also preceded her in death.

She worked at Rusco Corp., Pandora, and also Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was a member of Pandora United Methodist Church.  She was a graduate of Mt. Cory High School.


BFR invites you to a "friendly" Halloween afternoon

Don't worry - it's a friendly Halloween party.

BFR Sports & Fitness will provide a free Halloween event from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday,
Oct. 26, at the center on Snider Road, Bluffton.

The party will include games, crafts, and snacks for families with young children. 

A costume judging contest is scheduled for 3 p.m., with divisions for:

• ages 0-3 years 
• 4-6 years, 7-10 years
• 11 and older, and a 
• family/group division.


Bluffton man launches "Single Dad's United" organization for divorced fathers

A Bluffton man is launching an organization that is relatively unique, not only to Ohio, but perhaps the entire country. Eric Wagner heads up the new organization called “Single Dad’s United: Standing Stronger Together.”

According to a recent Huffington Post article, the number of single father households in America has risen nine-fold since demographers began measuring it more than 50 years ago. Also according to the article, one of the biggest reasons for this phenomenon is simply the increase in the divorce rate.

Kevin King co-coach of East team volleyball match

The 2014 All-Star Volleyball Match for District 8 seniors will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Van Wert High School. Admission is $2 for adults $1 for students.

There will be one match of three games between the players of the two divisions.  Those schools represented include Division I/II/III East (Coaches:  Bluffton, OG):
Bluffton, Columbus Grove, Findlay, Liberty Benton, Lima Central Catholic, Ottawa-Glandorf, Shawnee; Division I/II/III West (Coaches:  Elida, Wapak), Celina, Coldwater, Defiance, Elida, Fort Recovery, Parkway, St. Marys, Van Wert, Wapakoneta


Gluten Free/Food Allergy group to meet Oct. 27

Gluten Free & Food Allergy Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Bluffton Public Library. The guest speaker is Jordan Mattice from JK Juices. Jordan and her business partners make and sell the fresh juices at the Bluffton Farmers Market.

Jordan will be talking about the different types of juicers, hintsand tips
for picking the best fruits and veggies for juicing, and how JK started
their business.


Halloween Spooktakular Oct. 25 at Camp Berry

Local Bluffton Boy Scout Troop #256 will in have a scare station at
the Halloween Spooktakular scheduled from 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Camp Berry, near Findlay. Participants can walk the trails and visit scare stations designed by Boy Scout troops and Venture Crews. All participants will be allowed to choose from colored glow necklaces: red-no scare, yellow - medium scare, green - scare a lot.

Additional infoormation is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/351486448309878/?ref=22.


Bluffton University senior wins full graduate scholarship to BGSU

Victoria Myers, a senior from New Franklin, Ohio, is Bluffton University’s third recipient of a full scholarship to Bowling Green State University’s master of accountancy program.

Myers has earned the Beaver-Falcon MAcc Scholarship, a Bluffton-Bowling Green partnership that includes a full-tuition award plus a paid graduate assistantship for a Bluffton accounting graduate.

Volleyball rolls over Manchester in straight sets

By: Brittany Roth, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Beavers came out firing on all cylinders against visiting Manchester University in tonight's mid-week Heartland Conference match. From the beginning to the end of the match, Bluffton controlled the action, downing Manchester in three quick sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-13). The Beavers improved to 18-8 overall and 5-2 in the Heartland Conference, while Manchester slipped to 5-20 and 1-6 in the HCAC.

Men's soccer drops 1-0 decision at rival Defiance

By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


DEFIANCE, Ohio - The Bluffton University men’s soccer team made the short trip north to face arch-rival Defiance College on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The Beavers dropped the hard-fought rivalry game, 1-0. The loss puts Bluffton in a tough spot, falling to 2-4 in the HCAC (5-11 overall), while it catapults the Yellow Jackets into a tie for the pivotal fourth spot in the Heartland Conference standings at 3-2-1 and 5-10-2 overall.