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This concert is always a sell-out - part 2

All photos by Jamie Nygaard
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PART 2 (click here for part 1 photos) - A highlight of the Christmas season in Bluffton is the all-elementary school afternoon concert.

Talk about a "sold out" gymnasium, this is it. Kindergarten through fifth grade musicians, under the direction of Alice Basinger, performed their tradition holiday concert selections plus new works.

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Luke Denecker BHS student of the month

Luke Denecker is the Bluffton High School December student of the month.

He is the junior class vice president, is a member of the Student Senate, Latin Club and the National Honor Society. He is a member of the Allen Lima Leadership team and is in Ocean Focus. He attends St Mary's Catholic Church and is in its youth group, 

He has received multiple Student of the Year awards throughout high school including Science 9, Latin I, Geometry, Algebra II, World History, Health, and English 9 and 10.

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This concert is always a sell-out

Elementary musicians share the holiday spirit - Part 1

All photos by Jamie Nygaard
LOTS OF PHOTOS BELOW -

PART 1 (Click here for part 2 photos) - A highlight of the Christmas season in Bluffton is the all-elementary school afternoon concert.

Talk about a "sold out" gymnasium, this is it. Kindergarten through fifth grade musicians, under the direction of Alice Basinger, performed their tradition holiday concert selections plus new works.

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A great Bluffton musician

Icon names Jean Ann Szabo "Zuzu's Petals" award winner

The Bluffton Icon named Jean Ann Szabo, 91, resident of Maple Crest, recipient of the Icon’s Zuzu’s Petals Award.

The award comes following the Icon’s invitation to viewers to nominate who they believe is Bluffton’s greatest musician, or modestly put, a great musician who well-deserves the recognition.

This year’s recognition comes following the Icon’s free showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at the Shannon Theatre on Nov. 23.

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Bluffton Swim Club debuts with a big splash

The Bluffton Swim Club is for high school aged swimmers from high schools in the surrounding area. This is the first season for the group and they practice at the Putnam County YMCA.

The inaugural Bluffton Swim Club delivered a strong start to their season at a tri-meet versus Kenton and VanWert high school swim teams on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Kenton. As a team, they finished overall in second place with the men finishing in third and the women in second.

The team’s first event of the night was the girl’s 200 meter medley relay with Ellie Hoffman, Joscelin Reineke, Maria Spallinger and Julia Smallcombe. They tied for first with Van Wert’s team with a time of 2:15:60.

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A Mexico-U.S. border story with a Bluffton connection

Phil and Mindy Steiner working with Central American migrants

Note: Phil Steiner is the son of Dan and Barb Steiner of rural Bluffton. Phil andand his wife, Mindy, live in Tijuana, Mexico. They started an organization called Be2Live. It offers service trips to Mexico for U.S. high school students. More details on the program are at the bottom of this story.

Mindy shared the following story recently on her Facebook. It tells of one family’s attempting to gain entrance into the United States:

In a sea of 6,000 faces how would I find four? 

These faces have awakened me at night. 

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