July 24, 2014


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Today's assignment: decorate a pumpkin

Here's your assignment:

Decorate a pumpkin but use only supplies from the place where you work. Can you do it?

Mennonite Memorial Home employees did it. You'll soon see proof. The Activities Department of MMH gave each department a pumpkin to dress up and decorate using only supplies from their department (such as spaghetti for hair from the dietary department, pill cups from the nursing department).


BHS girls runners-up in first-ever NWC soccer season

Lima Central Catholic senior and team captain, Kelly Ahman, was the unanimous choice of Northwest Conference coaches as the NWC's first Girls Soccer Player of the Year in voting Sunday afternoon at Delphos Jefferson High School.

Ahman's 14 goals, 10 assists, and overall outstanding play led the Thunderbirds to the first ever NWC girls soccer title with a record of 5-0-1.

An attachment at the bottom of this story shows additional NWC stats.


After-school Friday movie first of four Halloween programs at library

Bluffton Public Library will host several Halloween-themed after-school programs this month.

Friday, Oct. 21

The first activity is a spooky film screening on Friday, Oct. 21, at 3:15 p.m. Students and families are encouraged to bring something to sit on, a blanket and/or something to drink. No registration is required for the film.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Rachel Sehlhorst BHS student of the month

Rachel Sehlhorst, 16, is the September student of the month at Bluffton High School.

She is a junior at BHS and is the daughter of Jerry and Joan Sehlhorst, 7475 Hillville Road, Bluffton.

Rachel carries a 4.0 grade point average. She is a member of the high school Math Club, Latin Club, math team and is an office helper. She participates in the BHS tennis program.


Hans Houshower named to Bluffton Center for Entrepreneur board

Hans Houshower, vice president for advancement at Bluffton University, has been elected to serve on the BCE board of directors.

Brendon Matthews, the BCE board president, welcomes Houshower as "a strong complement to the board with his experience in development, strategic planning and organizational development, as well as being an entrepreneur himself. We are very excited to add his expertise to the board."


Blanchard Valley Hospital named #1 in Ohio for overall orthopedic services; 5-star rated for cardiology services

Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) has been named the #1 hospital in Ohio for overall orthopedic services and has received a five-star rating in cardiology services from the independent national ratings agency HealthGrades. BVH is also the recipient of the HealthGrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence AwardTM for the second year in a row and the 2012 Coronary Intervention Excellence AwardTM.


Andrew Foust named vice president/internal auditor at CNB

Andrew Foust

Citizens National Bank has named Andrew Foust as Vice President/Internal Auditor.

Employed by CNB since 1998, Foust has worked in various capacities on the operations side of the bank.

J. Michael Romey, President/CEO, said of Foust, "Andy's experience and knowledge of bank operations allows him a strong grasp of our strengths and areas for improvement. This position offers him continued growth in his career and provides us with valued opinions on how we can improve our operations and ensure compliance with our examiners."


Nate Gundy and band performs in town hall Oct. 29

Bluffton High School grad Nathan Gundy and his bluegrass band, Honeytown, will perform in the next Town Hall Concert Series. The performance is at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, in the third floor of the town hall.

Wendy-Chappell Dick describes the band this way: Honeytown is a fun and upbeat four-piece group of talented musicians from Kidron made up of Tim Shue, Gundy, Kevin Himes and Toby Hazlett.


Tickets on sale for university production of "The Castle of Otranto"

Tickets are on sale for Bluffton University's fall production of "The Castle of Otranto," by John Minigan.

Darin Kerr, visiting instructor of theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show, being staged at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in Ramseyer Auditorium in College Hall.

Susan Carpenter talks about writing on Oct. 21 colloquium

Dr. Susan Streeter Carpenter spent eight weeks this summer in Yellow Springs, revising a novel she wrote more than 10 years ago. The associate professor of English at Bluffton University will share what she learned "about living the full-time writer's life," she says, and will read from her book, tentatively titled "The Lost Family Store," at a campus colloquium on Friday, Oct. 21.