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October 18, 2018

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James Coats 1950-2018

James R. Coats, 68, died October 12, 2018, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.  Jim was born Aug. 14, 1950, in Lodi, Ohio to Glenn and Shirley (Correll) Coats.  On April 6, 1974 he married Debra Coats who survives.

Jim graduated from Liberty Benton High School.  He worked as a painter and also worked at Hercules Tire in Findlay.  Jim was a member of Pandora Missionary Church. 

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Margaret Carr had over 11,000 volunteer hours at Bluffton Hospital

BHS graduate, retired from Triplett, Friends of the Library member

Margaret Elaine Carr, 92, died Oct. 12, 2018, at her residence. Margaret was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Bluffton to the late R. Esmond and Alma Mary (Kohler) Griffith.  On May 25, 1946, she married Darrell Carr who preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 1981.

Margaret graduated from Bluffton High School and had worked at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Bluffton where she had been a Sunday School teacher. Margaret had volunteered over 11,000 hours at Bluffton Hospital. She was a Friends of the Library volunteer.

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University to celebrate Spiritual Life Week later this month

Hannah Troyer, a grassroots community organizer, will speak during Bluffton University’s semi-annual Spiritual Life Week Forum at 11 a.m. on Oct. 23 in Yoder Recital Hall. The title of her presentation is “Grassroots Organizing: Reclaiming and Reimagining the Church.”
 
Troyer, of Akron, Ohio, is the co-founder of a community organization focused around challenging conversations. During her presentation, she will share her dream of a church that proclaims Christ’s love to a hyper-politicized and divided world.

Bluffton chamber members busy

Here's a capsule of member activities

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce updated members on several announcements. Those follow:

JOANNE NISWANDER "WORDS OF WISDOM"
Joanne Niswander, Maple Crest Senior Living Village, is featured in “Words of Wisdom” exhibit at the LeadingAge National Conference, Oct. 28-31.

AARP VOTER ISSUE FORUM
2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17
Bluffton Senior Center, 132 N. Main St.

Girls' soccer: Pirates end regular season with 5-0-2 NWC mark

TWEET FROM www.blufftonpirates.com
Bluffton High School girls' soccer team wins 4-2 at Jefferson to close out the regular season. Pirates finish second in NWC play with a 5-0-2 mark (7-3-5 overall).

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Lifetime Service Award goes to Richard Ramseyer

Bluffton University also recognizes Michael Stulman, Michele Durand and Scott Bergman during homecoming

Richard Ramseyer of Bluffton will receive the Lifetime Service Award from Bluffton University during this weekend’s homecoming activities.

He is one of four alumni to be recognized by the university. Other honorees are Michael Stulman, Michele Durand and Scott Bergman.

Richard Ramseyer
Ramseyer has devoted his life to bettering the lives of others in the communities in which he lives.

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