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April 27, 2017


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Coaching, English tea, a healthy meal, living without sight

Themes in May's OVAL program at Bluffton Senior Center

May’s “Our Version of Adult Learning,” OVAL, at Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, 132 N. Main St., includes a variety of speakers and programs, according to Tonya Meyer, director.


Except for the English tea, classes are free and open to the public. The tea includes a minimal cost and pre-registration.

Monday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. – Carlin Carpenter, former Bluffton University football coach, will talk about his book, “Coaching Football Ain’t Easy – My Triumphs and Tribulations at Bluffton College.”

Students for Other Students (SOS)

20 BHS student tutors worked with 17 4th and 5th graders this year

This year the foundation awarded a top Bluffton High School tutor with a $400 gift. That student is Ceandra Thurmond, a BHS senior. Here's the S.O.S. story:

S.O.S. may be a worldwide common distress signal.

But, for Bluffton fourth and fifth graders and their high school tutors, it means Students for Other Students (SOS).

“This peer-tutoring program is an important part of our intervention services,” says Tim Closson, elementary principal.

This school year 20 high school students tutored 17 fourth and fifth grade students.


Phyllis Peggy Downey 1922-2017

Phyllis Peggy Downey, 94, died April 23, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. She was born on April 24, 1922, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the eldest daughter of Bernard and Alvina (Zwiebel) Winget. In 1945, she married Royal Downey, who died in 1979.

Phyllis was raised in Orange Township and graduated from Cory-Rawson High School. She worked at Triplett Corp. during the Depression and World War II, and was later a retired farm wife.

Phyllis was a member of the English Lutheran Church in Bluffton.


Arbor Day event includes tree planting Saturday morning

Tree Commission will recognize Girl Scouts for tree ID program

Bluffton's Tree Commission invites the community to an Arbor Day celebration at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 29, at the village arboretum on Lake Street.

The event includes appreciation to the Bluffton Girl Scouts for their work in tree labeling and map project.

A sycamore tree will be planted during the ceremony.


Pit stop in Ada

Pit stop.  Dan Crawfis, Ottawa, of 5 Star Ag, fillers 'er up at a filling station in Ada. He's spraying wheat fields this time of year and getting the weeds out of corn fields prior to planting.

The John Deere sprayer uses diesel fuel, costing close to $400 for a fill up. 5 Star Ag, of Pandora, sprays about 25,000 acres. (Monty Siekerman photo)


Interesting footnote to BHS tennis win at Lima Senior

Darrell Groman explains it this way...

Darrell Groman provides an interesting footnote to Bluffton High's tennis win over the weekend in Lima. Here goes:

Many in Bluffton thought the Lima News caption in the Sunday, April 23, Sports Section was a typographical error. The caption with photo on page 4C reads, "Lima Senior's Christian Groman, playing at No. 3 singles, hits a return during Saturday's Lima City High School Tennis Tournament ..." (you can also find the article and photo on their website at www.limanews.com.


Pirate boys' tennis team makes winning a habit

Team stands 8-1 after capturing Lima Sr. Tournament

Bluffton High’s boys’ tennis team continues on a record-setting pace this season. On April 22 it captured the Lima Senior High boys’ tennis tournament trophy with some impressive scoring.

Team scores:
Bluffton 10
Lima Central Catholic 4
Lima Senior 1

Bluffton’s wins follow:
1st singles – Justin Haggard
2nd singles – Ryan Sprague
3rd singles – Trevor Bunch
1st doubles –Jaret Geiser/ Levi Mikesell
2nd singles – Tad Steiner/ Jake Staley


Lena Badertscher worked at Triplett Corp. 40 years

Lena May Badertscher, 85, died April 26, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. at Bluffton Hospital.  Lena was born Jan. 15, 1932, in Medina, Ohio, to the late George and Mary (Kendall) Preto. On June 27, 1959, she married Robert Badertscher and he survives.

Lena was a graduate of Bluffton High School and worked at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton from 1950-1990. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bluffton where she had taught catechism. She was a member of the Herb Club.


Keeney Peace Lecture highlights the connection of Hip-Hop culture and Christian faith

Presented by Earlham College professor

Using videos and lyrics from popular hip-hop artists such as the Fugees, Chance the Rapper, Bobby Shmurda and J.Cole intertwined with scripture and stories from the Bible, Dr. James Logan shared with Bluffton University students, faculty and staff why Christians should work side by side with the hip-hop generation—activists, organizers, practitioners, public intellectuals and ordinary people—to confront problems such as mass incarceration, religious and ethnic xenophobia, and political vindictiveness.