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May 6, 2016


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And the Bluffton Eighth Grade Idol is...

There’s American Idol and then there’s Bluffton Eighth Grade Idol.

And the final round of the Bluffton contest was Friday with a packed house of middle school students cheering on their friends as four final contestants competed.


Courtney McLaughlin came out on top with her performance of “Set Fire to the Rain,” by Adele.

Other finalists were Sean Casemier who performed “See You Tonight,” by Scottie Mccreery.

Damien Amsler performed “Come as You Are,” by Nirvana.


Retired Pandora physician, Dr. "Ollie" Lugibihl, Bluffton Lions Citizen of the Year

Dr. Oliver Lugibihl, a Pandora native with many Bluffton connections, is the 2015 Bluffton Lions Club Citizen of the Year.

His award was presented on April 19 during a Lions banquet at First Mennonite Church.

Better known as “Ollie,” and known for his considerate bedside manner, Dr. Lugibihl served the Bluffton-Pandora area for over 40 years before retiring from in 2004.


Just an elementary Skype - from New Zealand to Bluffton

A former Bluffton elementary student, Mia Pannabecker, moved with her family to New Zealand this past fall. Her older brother is Seth, and older sister is Kate.

Beth and Ray Raeburn recently arranged for a time for Mia to Skype with her former class at Bluffton elementary.  The photo shows Mia Skyping.

Mia's parents, Tim and Jo Pannabecker, wrote on Facebook: "We woke Mia soon after 6 a.m., so she would be ready at 6:20 a.m.. Was great to hear Mia talking with her former teacher and classmates."


Four Bluffton HS students are Allen Lima Youth Leadership grads

Four Bluffton High School students, Gabe Meyer (also an Apollo student), Haley Baker, Jadyn Barhorst and Zane Myers are members of the Allen Lima Youth Leadership Class of 2016.

Gabe's name was accidentially omitted from a previous news release about the event.

The class graduated April 27, at the Allen County Sanitary Engineer’s Office, ALL Executive Director Heather Rutz announced.


Haley Baker, Jadyn Barhorst, Zane Myers will graduate in Allen Lima Youth Leadership Class

Three Bluffton High School students Haley Baker, Jadyn Barhorst and Zane Myers are members of the Allen Lima Youth Leadership Class of 2016.

The class will celebrate its graduation at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Allen County Sanitary Engineer’s Office meeting room, 3230 N. Cole St., ALL Executive Director Heather Rutz announced.


Louisa Dunlap's Lions peace poster is district winner

Bluffton's entry won the 2016 Lions Club District peace poster contest. Louisa Dunlap is the poster creator.

Jan Emmert, chair of the Peace Poster Committee, coordinated the contest with Bluffton art teacher, Nicole Anderson. This is the first time a Bluffton participant has won the district award. 

PHOTO: District Governor, Nick Schmunk; International Director Lewis Quinn from Anchorage, Alaska; and Louisa Dunlap. 



Bag pipes at arts and crafts show

Stephan Johnson of Ada will entertain at this year's Bluffton Arts and Crafts Show. Johnson plays the Irish bagpipe. He will be at the show at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, and will do a walk-through the show area.


A look at Gregg Luginbuhl's art exhibit

Picasso never created art with Bluffton in mind. But, Gregg Luginbuhl did - and does.

With each new Luginbuhl piece his signature reaffirms that we are a community where art thrives.

His art surrounds us. 

CLICK HERE for more details on the show.


Meet the BHS March student of the month

Elizabeth Nisly is the March Bluffton High School student of the month. Elizabeth is the daughter of Lamar and Deborah Nisly of Bluffton. She is a senior and has a 4.000 gpa. She is in Spanish Club and on the Academic Team. 

She was a National Merit Scholar Finalist,  voted "Youth of the Year" by the Exchange Club, and was an Academic All Ohio track athlete.

She is currently a member of the Bluffton track team and ran cross country in the fall. 


What are you going to be when you grow up? Bluffton 8th graders already know

It was Bluffton middle school’s “Night at the Museum.” Except it was a living museum.

The cross-cultural project with Language Arts and Social Studies involved 260 sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Over 900 persons visited the museum during its one-night event on April 5.

Each student developed a project board for display.
• Sixth grade projects focused on countries of the world.
• Seventh grade projects focused on famous people.
• Eighth grade projects focused on careers of their choice.