April 23, 2014

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Kaleigh Oberly BHS March student of the month

The student of the Month of March at Bluffton High School is Kaleigh Oberly, daughter of Doug & Julie Oberly, Bluffton.

Kaleigh is a senior and has a GPA of 3.920. Kaleigh is a member of SADD, Art Club, is a tutor, volunteers in the office, is a member of Emmanuel UCC in Bluffton and attends their small group Bible study.

She is employed at Ideal Images in Bluffton. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, listening to music, shopping and playing sand volleyball.


Art thrives this school year at BHS - many students win awards

Story and photos by Morgan Schroeder, BHS student

For the school year 2013-2014, several of Bluffton High School’s art students received honors for their artwork.

Katie Scott had her artwork accepted in the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. The exhibition started on Sunday, April 13, and will be on display until May 15 at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus. A total of 12,000 art entries were submitted and only 300 entries were accepted, one of which was Scott’s artwork. 


Richard Ramseyer honored by Lions as 2013 Citizens of the Year

Richard Ramseyer, long-time community promoter, was recognized on April 15 by the Bluffton Lions Club as the Lions Citizen of the Year for 2013.

The award was presented during a banquet meeting at First Mennonite Church. Bill Croft served as master of ceremonies.

Ramseyer’s involvement in Bluffton touches countless aspect of the community. The Illinois native came to Bluffton when he attended and graduated from Bluffton College in the mid-1950s.


Elvira Tatarkov receives summer research grant

ONU chemistry major and Bluffton High School graduate Elvira Tatarkov has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Mindlin Foundation’s Undergraduate Mentored Research Program in support of a summer research project.


Kerry Bush wants to promote Bluffton's Fair Trade status with a "buyers' guide"

By Caitlin Nearhood, university intern
Kerry Bush, a Bluffton University senior graphic design major, wants to promote Fair Trade businesses in Bluffton. She hopes to create a Fair Trade Buyers Guide for shoppers to look through and use as a reference for Fair Trade products and businesses in Bluffton.
The project is a requirement for her independent study class for her major.

What is "Fair Trade?" Read explanation at bottom of story.


Eilene Mericle 90th birthday reception April 13

Bluffton resident Eilene Mericle will celebrate her 90th birthday with an reception at the First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, next week.

The reception is Sunday, April 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Her family invites persons to join her for cake and punch. She request no gifts.


Naomi Basinger will celebrate 95th birthday next week

Naomi Basinger will be celebrating her 95th birthday. She was born on April 16, 1919 in Lafayette, Ohio. She married Orville Basinger. They had two children: Lynn (Betty) Basinger, Bluffton and Jane (Mark) Kinsinger, Pandora. She has 5 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 4 step-great-grandchildren, and 4 step-great-great-grandchildren.

A family celebration will be held on April 13. Birthday wishes may be sent to 438 S. Main St., Apt.1, Bluffton, Ohio 45817.


Bertie Swank will blow out 99 candles on April 13

Bertie Shrider Swank will celebrate her 99th birthday on April 10.  She was born in Allen County near Lafayette, in 1915, and has lived her entire life in the Bluffton area.

She married Fred Swank and they had three children: Nancy (and Ed) Yeager, Linda (and Tom) Benroth, and Bill (and Joan) Swank. The family, including nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, will honor her birthday on April 13. 

Anyone interested in sending birthday wishes to Bertie may do so at 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, Ohio  45817.


ONU to name stage in honor of former Bluffton residents Nils and Susan Riess

Ohio Northern University will dedicate the Freed Center for the Performing Arts’ stage in honor of former Bluffton residents Nils and Susan Riess on Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. prior to the ONU production of “Footloose.”


Everett Collier's summer plans includes 3,600 mile bike trip for a good cause

Bluffton cyclist Everett Collier takes lots of bike rides around the block, and this summer that block extends for 3,600 miles.

Collier will participate in the 7th annual Fuller Center Bike Adventure. It’s a bike ride from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Astoria, Oregon. The ride starts June 5 and finishes on Aug. 10 – with several stops along the way where bikers will assist in building projects with Fuller Center covenant partners.

As of the of March Collier had raised over $6,000 for his efforts in the trip.