October 25, 2014



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Baritone vocalist to bring Paul Robeson to life

Anthony Brown, artist in residence at Hesston (Kan.) College, will bring 20th-century athlete, artist and activist Paul Robeson to life in two programs at Bluffton University Nov. 3 and 4.

Brown, a baritone vocalist, will perform “I Go on Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words and Songs” beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in Bluffton’s Yoder Recital Hall. The following morning, at 11 a.m. in Founders Hall, he will discuss “The Education of Paul Robeson” in a Bluffton Forum. Both programs are free and open to the public.

Notre Dame coach recalls lessons learned at Bluffton

Working at the University of Notre Dame, Craig Cheek has drawn upon a value that was instilled in him 20 years ago as a college undergraduate at Bluffton.

How about those Pirates! 48-0 over Paulding

Bluffton High School jumped to a 42-0 halftime lead to defeat Paulding 48-0 on Friday night.

For game stats open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Time for some music Saturday night in the town hall

Calico Skies, a  two-piece, guitar-and-violin duo based out of Findlay, will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Bluffton town hall. The performance is part of the Bluffton Cultural Affairs Town Hall Concert Series, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick.

The duo plays Celtic, folk, rock, pop, and country music, including songs from artists such as Cat Stevens, Electric Light Orchestra, The Rolling Stones, and the Moody Blues.


Cash mob year-end party at Southgate Lanes 3-5 p.m. Oct. 29

It's a party at Southgate Lanes and you are invited.

The final Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce cash mob of 2014 is from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Southgate Lanes bowling alley, 9700 Dixie Highway Bluffton.

"This cash mob is a bit different from our previous nine events," said Fred Steiner of the chamber. "It's cash mob year-end party."

Here's the agenda:


Local union and companies win national safety award

Husky Energy, RMF Nooter, and the Lima Building Trades Council were presented with the prestigious Zero Injury Safety Award (ZISA) during the National Maintenance Agreement Policy Committee’s annual gala in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23.

RMF Nooter, Husky Energy and the Lima Building Trades received the ZISA Certificate of Merit for working 87,875 hours on the Nox SCR Piping Project at the Husky Lima Refinery in 2013 without an OSHA recordable injury.


Children's author has book signing and reading at Book ReViews Nov. 1

Book Reviews will host a book signing and reading from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, for Candace L. Newland’s book "Pekoe," which was published in February. 

Newland’s book, written for children, focuses on an abandoned kitten and its journey to find a home. The story is pulled from the author’s personal experience with pets, acceptance, and disabilities. "Pekoe" is a “story of compassion and acceptance, challenge and courage,” according to Dr. Christina Walton, manager of Book ReView.


Marilyn Jean Waltz Shoemaker Sheidler was a Mt. Cory HS graduate

Marilyn Jean Waltz Shoemaker Sheidler, 85, died Oct. 20, 2014, at her residence in Pandora.  She was born Jan. 10, 1929, in Mt. Cory to the late Levi and Ruth (Niswander) Waltz. She married Ralph Shoemaker who preceded her in death and later married John Sheidler who also preceded her in death.

She worked at Rusco Corp., Pandora, and also Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was a member of Pandora United Methodist Church.  She was a graduate of Mt. Cory High School.


BFR invites you to a "friendly" Halloween afternoon

Don't worry - it's a friendly Halloween party.

BFR Sports & Fitness will provide a free Halloween event from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday,
Oct. 26, at the center on Snider Road, Bluffton.

The party will include games, crafts, and snacks for families with young children. 

A costume judging contest is scheduled for 3 p.m., with divisions for:

• ages 0-3 years 
• 4-6 years, 7-10 years
• 11 and older, and a 
• family/group division.


Bluffton man launches "Single Dad's United" organization for divorced fathers

A Bluffton man is launching an organization that is relatively unique, not only to Ohio, but perhaps the entire country. Eric Wagner heads up the new organization called “Single Dad’s United: Standing Stronger Together.”

According to a recent Huffington Post article, the number of single father households in America has risen nine-fold since demographers began measuring it more than 50 years ago. Also according to the article, one of the biggest reasons for this phenomenon is simply the increase in the divorce rate.