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Bluffton University to hold children's auditions for 'Music Man'

Children ages 8-14 with interests in singing, acting and dancing are invited to audition for Bluffton University's 2012 May Day musical, "The Music Man." Auditions will be held from 6:15-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the Gilliom Room of Bluffton's Mosiman Hall.

Children are sought for the chorus and "boys' band," as well as for the roles of Winthrop (age 9 and speaks with a lisp) and Amaryllis (age 8). Boys auditioning to play Winthrop, and girls to play Amaryllis, may want to familiarize themselves with the songs "Gary, Indiana" and "Goodnight, My Someone," respectively.

Trotter and Johnson to play in Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl

Bluffton University senior wideouts Todd Trotter (Cincinnati/Aiken University) and Jason A. Johnson (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Eastern) have been selected to play in the Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl III on April 14, 2012 in Columbus' Crew Stadium.

They will join Justin Crosier (Columbus/Hamilton Township) as the first Beavers to play in the annual all-star contest sponsored by the Ohio Army National Guard and Ohio CollegeFootball.com. Kick-off is slated for 1:30 p.m.

Guagenti's 5-7 indoor high jump ranks her 14th in U.S.

Logan Steingass, Julie Althaus, Hannah Chappell-Dick, Lydia Guagenti, Jill Steinmetz, Lucas Harnish

Lydia Guagenti, who has just committed to the Ohio State University, had a big day on Sunday at the University of Findlay's high school Oiler Invite track meet.

She cleared 5-07.00 in the high jump to take first with her best indoor jump ever. She beat the second place finisher by 3 inches. This height places her in the top 15 in the country so far in 2012 (according to milesplit.com) and was just short of her outdoor PR of 5-08.00. The height also earned her the rank of Mile Split US First Team Elite.


February church service schedule released at MMH

Mennonite Memorial Home church services for February was recently announced. The schedule follows:

Sunday services at 9:30 a.m.
Feb. 5 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Feb. 12 - George Pirtie
Feb. 19 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Feb. 26 - Wally Geiger

Tuesday services at 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 - Thomas Dearth, County Line Church of the Brethren
Feb. 14 - Jack Duffy, Ada
Feb. 21 - Brandon Mayden, Bethel Church of Christ
Feb. 28 - Lynn Thompson, St. John Mennonite

Six boys, one girl born in last 30 days at Bluffton Hospital

Six boys and one girl were born in the past 30 days at Bluffton Hospital. To view photos of these births click here. Details follow:

Jan. 9 - Anderson Paul Blair, son of Kyle and Jessica Blair, Alger, 20 1/2 inches, 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

Jan. 11 - Jaime Junior Garcia III, son of Andrea Gossard and Jaime Garcia, Jr., Fostoria, 20 inches, 7 pounds.

Jan. 16 - Trent Thomas David, son of Travis and Mindy David, Leipsic, 20 1/2 inches, 9 pounds.


1981 BHS graduate Michael Blake named to Apollo Alumni Hall of Fame

Brad Fruchey presented the award to Michael Blake

Former Bluffton resident and BHS grad, Michael Blake, was inducted into the Apollo Career Center Alumni Hall of Fame this month. The induction was during the all-area Apollo board meeting.

Blake, a 1981 Bluffton and Apollo welding graduate, is owner of Top WeldMan, located in Celina. He has owned the business for the past 13 years.

Through various employment opportunities and professional development he has obtained many different types of welding certifications.


Monday morning quarterback - the Super Bowl and all its side shows

By Mitchell Gatzke, Icon sports anaylist

As a true football fan I was extremely entertained while watching the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York football Giants. However, other than the game itself, the event was quite a let down.


Lima Beane Chorus show March 10

Several Bluffton and Pandora area men are members of the Lima Beane Chorus, which presents its 64th annual barbershop harmony show in March.

The event is at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at the Lima Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center.

This year's show's theme is "Piracy on a high C."The show features Vocal Spectrum and Bustin Loose, in addition to the Lima Beanes.


Bluffton Housing Corp. annual meeting Feb. 14

Bluffton Housing Corp. will hold its annual stockholders' meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Vance Street Apartments.

The agenda includes reports of the operations of Riley View Apartments and Vance Street Apartments and the election of officers.

Three board members' terms will expire. They are Matthew Jordan, Lois Goodman and Kathy Rode.

Continuing board members are Ed Yeager, Fred Rodabaugh, Bob Fett, Deb Beer, Mary Fett and Wally Buroker. Buroker was recently appointed to fill the unexpired term of Sue Shields.


Gold Spike Limited - 1969


In 1969 the United States celebrated the centennial of the Golden Spike ceremony - which linked the Pacific and Atlantic coast with railroad service.

Nickel Plate Road 759, a Berkshire steam locomotive, built in Lima, attended the Gold Spike ceremony in Utah. Here is that locomotive, newly painted as the Golden Spike Limited, as it passed through Bluffton with rail fans aboard.

It was the first steam locomotive to pass through Bluffton since steam on the NKP ended in 1958.