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December 9, 2016


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Bluffton's largest choir performs Monday in the BHS gym

It's the elementary Christmas concert - the program is in this story

There's "Holly, Jolly Christmas" and "Christmas at our School," sung by the mass choir of all Bluffton elementary students.

From there, you'll hear a selection of familiar and new carols performed by Kindergarteners through fifth graders.

It's at this year's Bluffton elementary Christmas concert at 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) at the Bluffton High School gym.

For a sneak peek at this year's concert program, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Inn at ONU offers holiday assistance

Wrap It-Up Luncheons and Mind-Body-And-Spirit Tea

The Inn at Ohio Northern University offers two wrap it-up luncheons and one mind-body-and-spirit tea this month.

Here are the details:

Wrap It-Up Luncheon
Saturday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 17
11 a.m. to 1 p .m.

Menu includes Christmas casserole with holiday salad and dessert while Santa’s elves wrap up three of your gifts.

Mind-Body-And-Spirit Tea
Sunday, Dec. 18
2 to 4 p.m.


Riley Creek Old Time Christmas Tour on Saturday in four locations

Don't forget the Swiss Society's homestead open house also on Saturday

Icon viewers are invited to an old-time Christmas tour in the rural Pandora community on Saturday, Dec. 10, according to Tom McCullough.

The second annual Riley Creek Old Time Christmas Tour takes place in four locations with open houses from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Christmas at the Homestead Saturday

Experience the season in rural Bluffton-Pandora in the 1800s

The Bluffton Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas open house, “Christmas at the Homestead” is Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Schumacher Homestead. 

The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season. 

Guests can watch food being prepared in the fireplace, hand dip a candle, play a game of checkers, string popcorn, shop in the gift shop and chat with staff about the history of the house and typical life in the 1840s. 


Apollo Career Center holiday craft show Dec. 3

Apollo Career Center, 3325 Shawnee Road, Lima, will hold its 27th annual Christmas at Apollo Craft Show Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $3, children 12 and under are free. 

The proceeds from the craft show are divided among the Apollo student clubs to fund community service projects and assist students competing at state and national competitions. 

One of the largest shows in the region, Apollo Career Center hosts over 100 crafters selling home-made and hand-crafted wares. 


Hardin County courthouse with holiday lights

FROM ADA ICON - The Hardin County Courthouse is ready for the holidays. Here's an aerial view of the county building in the Kenton square. (Photo from Hardin County chamber)


Preparing for next stage of life theme of program

Tuesday evening at Bluffton Senior Center

BG Insurance Group will present a program at the Bluffton Senior Center at 132 N. Main St., on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. on “Preparing for the Next Stage of Life," according Tonya Meyer, director.

The program is the first of series and will be covering Senior healthcare options. The program is free and open to the public.



Tree of Remembrance memorial service Sunday

For families and individuals who have lost a loved one

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services will be holding a Tree of Remembrance Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Bluffton Centre, 601 N. Main St.

The memorial service is for families and individuals who have lost a loved one this year or in years past.  The ornaments will be hung on the Christmas Tree and given to families at the end of the service.


Tickets now on sale for Lions chicken barbecue Nov. 26

Tickets are now on sale from members of the Bluffton Lions Club for its Blaze of Lights chicken barbecue.

Serving is from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26. Drive-up service is available in the parking lot across from Family Dollar. Persons may eat in at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church.

Tickets are $8.50 each. Tickets will be available at the door or call 419-788-0729 for tickets in advance.


BHS post prom committee purse raffle Dec. 3

The Bluffton High School post prom committee will hold a designer purse rafle on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Marbeck Center.

A buffet meal and registration starts at 5:30 p.m. and the reverse raffle starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $35 each and includes the meal. Tickets are on sale at Bluffton High School and Middle School offices.

Persons may reserve a table for eight for $10. Childcare is available on site for $5 per child. For questions or tickets call Nancy Kindle at 567-208-3324 or Colleen Wilson at 4198-682-3393.