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Lenten series continues at Trinity Lutheran

The fourth Lenten service in the 2014 series “From Garden to Glory” will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.  Pastor Jeff Bolwerk will speak on “The Garden of Paradise” based on Revelation 22:1-6 and the Choir will sing  “Lenten Carol.”

A light supper will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. by the Sunday Morning Bible Class. Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible. Please visit: tlcjenera.org for additional information.


Bluffton Presbyterian Church Easter bake sale April 12

Dress up your Easter table with baked goods and more from the Bluffton Presbyterian Church annual Easter bake sale, Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to noon in front of Citizens National Bank.

Items available include sweet breads, rolls, homemade pies, candies, pickled eggs, and other treats.

Proceeds benefit the church's Youth Group mission projects and the BPC Building Restoration Project.


Phonics dance an effective teaching tool, researcher says

Incorporating student chanting and movement into language instruction may help children learn words faster.

An innovative phonics instruction program created by an Ohio first-grade teacher in 1999 compared favorably to a popular, more traditional program in recent research conducted by Dr. Amy Mullins, assistant professor of education at Bluffton University.

Mustard Seed Cafe celebrates first anniversary this weekend

Mustard Seed Café opened for business March 22, 2013 in the old train depot at 562 N. Main St., Bluffton.  After serving thousands of meals and sharing many happy occasions with local and distant guests, the café would like to thank everyone for their enthusiastic support. 

In celebration of this anniversary, the café will offer a dinner feature Friday and Saturday nights in addition to their regular menu:  Scallops & Shrimp in a Champagne Butter Sauce over Linguine.   Reservations are suggested; call 567-226-1120.


Hey, who turned down the thermostat?

Suddenly, we experienced temperatures in the high 50s and it felt like spring. Then the thermometer took a dive into the 30s and lower.

To review the daily March weather summary, provided by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

A day in the life of a Marbeck Center desk manager

By Caitlin Nearhood, university intern
Sometimes, weird things happen when students work at the Marbeck Center desk.

“The weirdest thing that’s happened to me was when someone called about retirement communities around Bluffton,” junior Alexi Parsons, one of the students who works the desk and answer the university phone, said. “I didn’t know what to do, so I looked up retirement communities in Bluffton. I know other workers get strange calls, too.”


In Ada you can read The Icon and eat it too! Introducing the Ada Icon cinnamon bun

In Bluffton you may read the Bluffton Icon and drink it, too. Common Grounds' house blend carries the name Bluffton Icon.

And, now in Ada, you may read the Ada Icon and eat it, too. Bluffton resident Sherry Welch, employee of Northern on Main, Ada's coffee house, holds a tray of Ada's most popular bakery item - newly named the "Ada Icon cinnamon bun."

Naming of the bun commemorates the second anniversary of the Ada Icon's existence. It launched on the Ides of March in 2012.

Here's the birth report from Bluffton Hospital from Jan. 20 to March 12

The following births were reported by Bluffton Hospital since Jan. 20. To view photos click here.



"Extra! Extra" BHS spring musical tickets now on sale

"Extra! Extra" is the title of the spring's Bluffton High School music. Performances are Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. in the middle school cafetorium stage

The book, music and lyrics are by Steve Cooper.

Here's a description of the plot:

"Extra! Extra!" Sing all about it in this witty fast-paced musical revue that examines every human foible, failure, fact and fiction that’s fit to print.


University students spend spring break in Illinois tornado cleanup

While some college students migrated to Florida beaches for spring break, a group of Bluffton University students braved zero-degree temperatures in Illinois to serve others.

Members of Shining Through, Bluffton’s music ministry team, spent a day sorting through snow-covered debris from a home destroyed by a November 2013 tornado in Washington, Ill.

Ashley Litwiller, a Bluffton junior and student coordinator of Shining Through, is an Illinois native who knew of the devastation the tornado had caused. “I knew that there was still some work to be done,” she said.