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Evelyn Michel Sutter celebrates 90th on Sept. 5

Evelyn (Michel) Sutter

Evelyn (Michel) Sutter will celebrate her 90th birthday Sept. 5. Evelyn was born to the late Clinton and Leah (Peterson) Balmer in Allen County.

She married Clair Michel June 28, 1941 and he died Aug. 1, 1984. She then married Bud Sutter who died in 2000.

Evelyn has two children, Ron (Pat) Michel, Pandora and Karen (Paul) Businger, Bluffton. She has 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

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Construction changes visitor parking on Bluffton campus

Parking for visitors to Bluffton University's campus will be altered during ongoing construction of the Health and Fitness Education Center (HFEC).

"Visitors and guests are important members of our campus community. It is important to us that during the construction efforts, we make parking spaces available to these guests and those persons who use handicapped parking areas," said Kevin Nickel, vice president for fiscal affairs. "We hope the temporary parking shortage does not deter guests from enjoying Bluffton University campus events."

Several new faculty and staff appointments announced at Bluffton University

Eight new faculty coming to Bluffton

Bluffton University is welcoming eight new faculty members in 2011-12.

Joining the faculty as assistant professors are Denise Durenberger, in business; Dr. Ross Kauffman, in Bluffton's new public health program; Dr. J. Walter Paquin, in social work; Dr. Jon Peterson, in music; and Jackie Wyse Rhodes, who will begin work in the religion department next spring semester.

Bluffton HS flags bring home three trophies

BHS flag corp

The Bluffton Flag Corp participated in the Flag/Dance Team competition at the Allen County Fair on Aug. 25. They brought three trophies home -- 1st place in Class A Feature Flags, 2nd place in Class A Flag Corp, and 2nd place in Open Class Dance Team.

Pictured are (first row) Lindsey Sneary, Jennifer Yost (Advisor), Kaitlin Thompson, and Wynter Wise. Second row: Lacey Hill, Emily Swisher, Sophie Marcum, Anna Sneary, and Noelle Heinze.

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Ronald E. Conrad 1945-2011

Ronald E. Conrad

Ronald E. Conrad, 66, of Columbus Grove died at 12:36 a.m. Aug. 27, 2011 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, He was born in Lima March 23, 1945 to Virgil and Arvilla Naas Conrad. On Aug. 25, 1972 he married Joyce Williams and she survives.

Ron retired from Accubuilt, Lima, where he worked as an accountant for 43 years. He graduated from Bath High School, Northwest Business College and served in the Army in Viet Nam. He was a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

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Betty M. Picklesimer, 1937-2011

Betty Picklesimer

Betty Marie Picklesimer, 74, of Bluffton, died at 4 p.m. Aug. 26, 2011, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born July 13, 1937, in Vanlue to Charles and Eva Watson Grant. On July 25, 1958, she married James Leo Picklesimer and he preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 1996.

Mrs. Picklesimer graduated from Mt. Blanchard High School and attended Ohio Northern University where she received a 2-year teaching certificate.

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Scott K. Murray, 1929-2011

Scott K. Murray, 81, died at 3:30 p.m., Aug. 23, 2011, at his Wapakoneta, Ohio, residence.

He was born Dec. 31, 1929, in Bluffton to Nile and Ethel Scoles Murray. On Sept. 8, 1948, he married Patricia J. O'Brien, who died July 18, 2005.

Mr. Murray had been an electrician and high-voltage lineman for Ohio Power Co., and later with the city of Wapakoneta and the city of St. Marys.

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15 minutes with Katlyn Bates

Katlyn Bates

15 minutes with Katlyn Bates

You graduated from BHS this spring. Now what?

I've enrolled at Wright State University, Dayton, where I plan to major in nursing. I want to become an R.N. and then a nurse practitioner.

So, when is your last day at Common Grounds, and how much coffee do you drink in one day?

My last day is Saturday, Aug. 27, and no, I've actually never had any coffee in the two years that I've worked there. I do, however, like lattes.

Bluffton population rising this weekend - university students return to campus

The village of Bluffton will see its annual population spike this weekend, beginning Friday, Aug. 26, with about 280 new first-year and transfer students moving onto the Bluffton University campus.

New student move-in, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, will open a weekend on which other Bluffton undergraduates will return to campus for the start of classes Monday, Aug. 29.

Richard Augsburger 1924-2011

Richard Wayne Augsburger, 87, of Bluffton, died at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26, 2011 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born Feb. 20, 1924, in Bluffton to Harley E. and Rhoda Stratton Augsburger who preceded him in death. On Feb. 3, 1946, he married Virginia G. Roberts and she survives.

Mr. Augsburger was a 1942 graduate of Bluffton High School. He served three year in US Army during WWII and retired from Ex-Cell-O Corp., Bluffton in 1985. He attended Bluffton Baptist Church and was a member of American Legion Post 382, Bluffton.

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