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Rosemary Spinelli Carroll was a 1969 Bluffton HS graduate

Rosemary Spinelli Carroll, a 1969 graduate of Bluffton High School, died in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a long illness. She was the daughter of Bluffton native Mary E. McGinnis Spinelli and granddaughter of Dale Owens McGinnis and Delbert A. McGinnis. The Spinelli family lived in Bluffton for one year while Col. Spinelli served in Vietnam.


Marilyn Kern had served First Mennonite Church as assistant pastor

University of Findlay honored her in 1993 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award

Rev. Marilyn Ruth Rayle Kern died on March 15, 2018, at 6:30 a.m. She was born Dec. 27, 1933 in Celina, Ohio, to Rev. Fred D. Rayle and Elsie (Fleck) Rayle. After graduating from John Harris High School in Harrisburg, Penn., Marilyn attended Findlay College, from which she graduated in 1955. She then married G. Richard Kern and raised her family in Findlay, Ohio.


Music, music, music

and chicken barbecue or shrimp for dinner - it's Friday at the middle school


Tickets remain on sale for the Friday, March 16, Bluffton Music Boosters ichicken barbecue and shrimp dinner.

Serving is in the Bluffton middle school cafetorium with musical performances in the middle school gymnasium beginning at 4 p.m.

Musical directors are: Alice Basinger, Rachael Lewis, Dave Sycks and Kara Zink.


Youth flag football, U-6 soccer, 4th-6th grade volleyball

BFR registrations due by March 18

Several Bluffton Family Recreation classes have registration deadlines coming up on Sunday, March 18, according to Daniel Tinch, BFR director.

These include:

Youth Flag Football
April 7 - May 12 Saturday Mornings
6-12 year old boys and girls
$75 Nonmember/$40 Member

U-6 Soccer
April 3 - May 10 Tuesdays and Thursdays
4-6 year old boys and girls
$60 Non-Members/$30 Members

Bluffton native Micah Sommersmith performs March 22

Town Hall Concert Series

Bluffton native Micah Sommersmith is the next performing on the Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series, according to Jeff Yoder.

The performance is at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22, in the third floor of the town hall. It is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Bluffton, Micah Sommersmith has slowly made his way across the midwest, currently living in Wisconsin after stops in Indiana and Illinois.

Along the way, he has developed a unique songwriting voice, drawing on diverse musical influences from folk to hip hop to classical.


Bystillwaters Bistro opens Saturday night

112 Vine Street - formerly Jeanne's Kitchen

There’s a new restaurant in Bluffton. It opens night is Saturday. And, for opening night, you’ll need a reservation.

Bystillwaters Bistro, formerly Jeanne’s Kitchen, reopens with Heather Cox as the new owner. Here’s what you may expect on opening night:

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish menu is the specialty of the evening.

Two servings times are planned on opening night:
(For reservations for either sitting call 419-296-5008.)
• 4:30 to 6 p.m. and,
• 6:30 to 9 p.m.