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Carolyn Woodward-Early volunteered at Bluffton Hospital

Carolyn Emma Woodward-Early, 79, formerly of Jenera, died on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Home in Arlington, Ohio.

Carolyn was born on Nov. 4, 1938 in rural Jenera to Harley and Doris (Schaller) Spaeth. She married Larry W. Woodward on December 10, 1960 and he died on Dec. 23, 1992. On Nov. 4, 1995 she married Lloyd W. Early, who died on December 15, 2015.


New ambulance on order

Will replace EMS vehicle with 20+ years of service

Bluffton EMS will answer calls in a new ambulance by next year at this time.

Council’s safety services committee recommended to council and was approved to begin the bidding process for a new ambulance. Its estimated cost is $175,498. When it is in service it replaces an ambulances that served the community for over 20 years.

The ambulance purchase was approved at the Feb. 12 council meeting, following a recommendation from the safety service committee meeting on Jan. 24.

Several additional items were on the Jan. 24 committee agenda:

Infant swimmer classes starting

Infant Swimming Resources (ISR) at Maple Crest pool

Maple Crest Senior Living Village is providing its indoor pool to Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), a program for children six months to six years old to learn Self-Rescue skills. 

Certified instructor Annette Lazenby, along with her ISR partner Kym Cragel, will be teaching ISR lessons beginning April 9. 

Lazenby became a certified ISR instructor in 2017 after completing an intensive training program that included hands-on training with an ISR master instructor.

Here's Pirate spring sport schedules

Bluffton High School spring sports schedules were released this week by Alex Hanna, athletic director.

Schedules are attached at the bottom of this story for:
• Baseball
• Softball
• Boys' tennis
• Coed track
• JV softball
• JV baseball
• Middle school track


President of Youth for Christ-USA speaks at mission festival

St. John Mennonite Church March 17-18

St. John Mennonite Church mission festival March 17 and 18 features Dan Wolgemuth, president of Youth for Christ-USA.

Wolgemuth will share about the ministry of Youth for Christ. In addition, other area mission organizations will be represented.

The weekend schedule follows:
• Saturday, March 17 - Men’s and women’s breakfast, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the church gymnasium.
• Sunday, March 18 – 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. service

The church is located at 15988 Road 4, Pandora. For more information, call the church at 419-384-3680.


MOPS mom-to-mom sale March 3

Mothers of Preschools (MOPS) will hold a mom-to-mom spring sale in early March.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 3, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church gymnasium, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton.

Also at the sale is a bake sale by donation. Collection of non-perishable food for the Bluffton Food Pantry will also take place.

Admission is free.