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February 28, 2015


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Bluffton Lions Club recipient of six awards at district convention

The Bluffton Lions Club recently received six awards in recognition of its strong membership growth program, excellent website content and design and membership commitment to the Lion motto "We Serve" in the community, region and through world service projects and programs.

The awards were presented during its District 13-A convention in Findlay in late March. Bluffton's Lion Club is one of 46 Lions Clubs in District 13-A.


Richard Hauenstein service April 14

A Celebration of Life service has been scheduled for Richard Hauenstein who died March 15. The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday April 14, at the First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. Chaplain William Herr and Rev. Louise Wideman officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.


Today's art lesson, from Bluffton seventh grade art students

Artist Vincent Van Gogh's name and works are alive and well in the Bluffton seventh grade art program this spring, taught by Nicole Anderson.

Eariler this year art students created a "group grid" drawing of Vincent Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear," originally created in 1889. In that project each student received a small piece of a painting by Van Gogh. The goal was to duplicate and enlarge the smaller piece using oil pastels.


Three Bluffton University students to perform junior recital Sunday

Vocalists Jonathan Luginbill and Kim Rupert, along with composer and saxophonist Scott Troyer, all juniors in the Bluffton University music department, will present a recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow in the lobby.

Luginbill is a baritone from Bluffton. He will perform numbers by Handel, Schumann and musical theatre's Stephen Sondheim, among others. Luginbill is a voice student of Dr. Mark Suderman, professor of music.

Riley Creek Festival on Neufeld lawn on Saturday

Bluffton University will host the annual Riley Creek Festival beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, on the Neufeld Hall lawn.

The event is free-except for lunch-and open to the public. Lunch, to be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

"Away at Sea!" is the theme of this year's festival, a day of games and entertainment. A faculty/staff dunk tank and the annual rubber duck race down Riley Creek-with ducks costing $1 each-will raise money for First United Methodist Church of Ada, which was destroyed in a March 13 fire.

Bluffton University Pops Concert on tap April 13

Bluffton University's annual Pops Concert, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Founders Hall, will offer a mix of music ranging from Irving Berlin to Billy Joel and Burt Bacharach. The concert is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted for program costs, with any excess funds going toward music scholarships.

The evening will begin with jazz-including Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band"-from the university's Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Adam Schattschneider, professor of music.

Bluffton High School class of 1967 holds 45th reunion July 21

The Bluffton High School Class of 1967 will hold its 45th reunion on Saturday July 21, at Marbeck Center, Bluffton University. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and dinner is at 7 p.m. Cost is $20.00 per person.

Send check, payable to "Bluffton High School Class of 1967" to David R. Steiner, 409 S. Main St., Bluffton, OH 45817. If you have questions, please e-mail Connie Anderson at : canderson75@woh.rr.com (Phone 419-233-2757) RSVP by June 30.


Bluffton University tunes up for All-Ohio at Ohio Wesleyan

By Jordan Hill, sports information assistant

Saturday, April 7th was a day of speed and strength as the Bluffton men's and women's track and field team took advantage of the warm weather and still breeze. Competing at the Marv Frye Invitational, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University, the track and field team set a combined 27 personal records.

Standing out for Bluffton were three freshmen, Jenna Strauss (Bridgeport), Eric Dameron (Galion), and Rob Cook (Convoy/Crestview), as they each had three personal bests for the day.

Michigan Lutheran Seminary Concert Choir sings in Jenera on Sunday

The Concert Choir of Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Michigan, will present a concert of sacred songs at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera, on Sunday, April 15, at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The 25 voice traveling singers, under the direction of Professor Leonard A. Proeber, have toured annually since 1955, with appearances in more than 30 states, Canada and Europe. This choir, which will sing over 20 concerts during the 2011-2012 season, regularly visits congregations of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Michigan and adjoining states.


April 12 Friends of the Library spring tea tickets available

The Friends of the Bluffton Public Library host a Spring Tea at 5:45 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in the Richland Room of the library.

Tickets can be purchased in the library for $12. Only a few remain for sale.

After a light meal, a program titled the Victorian Secret: The Secret Behind the Bustle will be presented. The role of women changed during the reign of Queen Victoria and as the role changed, so did the fashions.