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Elementary summer academy staff and fall coaches offered contracts

A host of fall 2015 coaching positions were approved at the June 25 Bluffton school board meeting.

In addition, the board approved several classified substitute custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria works, secretaries and educational aides.

The board also approved elementary summer academy certified contracts. Those contracts, at $21.15 per hour, were awarded to Janelle Bogart, Christine McCafferty, Heidi Steiner, Ryan Dunlap, Barbara Maag, Linda Sycks, Christy Garmatter and Brandie Stackhouse. Summer academy is from Aug. 10 to Aug. 21.

University Summer Discovery Grants helping expand student experience

Rebecca Lapp returned to Guatemala to volunteer at the same orphanage she had visited following a semester-abroad program last fall.

Courtney Seffernick, meanwhile, sampled social work-related opportunities at an inpatient hospice center and a nonprofit organization in northwest Ohio.

Near or far, though, both Bluffton University students explored the link between vocation and faith as the 2015 recipients of $1,500 Summer Discovery Grants from the university.  

Four Deuces Car Club holds Hilty Home cruise-in July 30

Four Deuces Car Club
holds Hilty Home Cruise-in

Hilty Home, Pandora, will host a cruise-in from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 30, at the retirement home, 304 Hilty Drive, Pandora.

The event, sponsored by Four Deuces Car Club of Ottawa, is open to hot rods, customs and classic vehicles. Registration and admission is free.

A “Residents’ Choice” award will be presented. For more details call Jane at 419-523-5663.

Wayne Shafer, Harold Agner participate in Honor Flight to D.C.

In early June Hilty Home residents Wayne Shafer and Harold Agner were able to take part in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to tour the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and other memorials.

Don Burris, Director of Environmental Services at Hilty Home, served as a Guardian on the trip.

Lunch was served across the street from the World War II Memorial. After the tour ended, the group was welcomed at the Toledo Airport by family and friends and received letters of appreciation.

3.65 inches of rain from June 25-29

The Pandora-Bluffton area experienced 3.65 inches of rain from Thursday, June 25, through Monday, Jun 29, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Here’s June’s weather summary from Verhoff.

Visitation for Anne Steiner, Pandora, on Thursday

Anne Steiner, 75 of Pandora, died June 28, 2015, surrounded by her family.

She was born April 30, 1940, to Jim and LaVonne Sommer.  She has a brother Jerry (Marge) Sommer of Findlay.


Blanchard Valley Hospital listed among "100 Great Community Hospitals"

Blanchard Valley Hospital is proud to announce that it has been named one of the Becker's Hospital Review "100 Great Community Hospitals" in the United States for 2015.

This award comes on the heels of BVH being named among the nation's 100 Top Hospitals in March by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

Michael Sheehan on BFR summer staff

Michael Sheehan, 2013 Bluffton High School graduate, is a member of the Bluffton Family Recreation summer staff.

Sheehan is a certified American College of Science and Medicine (ACSM) personal trainer. He is assisting in several of the BFR summer programs, including providing instruction to members on total body conditioning.

He is pictured at the BFR cable crossover machine, which assists persons interested in working with their muscles.

Sheehan is in this third year at Ohio State University and is a biology pre-med major.

Buc midget football team accepting registrations

The Bluffton Bucs midget football team is currently accepting registrations for the 2015 season, according to Mac Davies, coach.

Parents who have a child entering grades 3-6 may register their player at www.blufftonbucs.com. 

Please contact Davies at 419-202-4098 if you have any questions.

The Bluffton Bucs have entered a different league for the 2015 season. After playing in the Northwest Midget Football League for over 40 years, the Bucs have ventured to the Junior Buckeye League for the upcoming season.


University of Findlay will join Great Midwest Athletic Conference in 2017

The University of Findlay announced today that it will join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) effective July 1, 2017. Findlay has been a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association (GLIAC).

“We closely weighed the opportunities and challenges regarding the transition to G-MAC,” explained Katherine Fell, Ph.D., University of Findlay president. “Ultimately, this move will help us enhance our collective student experience, and align our institution with other institutions who have similar missions, enrollments and athletic offerings.”