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December 7, 2019

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Hochstettler cousin get-together

Eight Hochstettler cousins, descendants of Levi and Amanda Balmer Hochstettler (DJH6292) met at Dennys Restaurant, Beaverdam, in November.  

Dale Hochstettler, formerly of Bluffton, now of Midland, Michigan, provided descendant details on those attending.

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Fearless Feminine Felines working to improve Bluffton

Team finished 2nd in 27-team Versailles competition on Nov. 23

The Fearless Feminine Felines, First Lego League team, consisting of girls ages 10 to 14 from Bluffton and Ada, placed second of 27 teams at a Versailles qualifying tournament on Nov. 23.

Only one of three all-girl teams competing, the Felines advance to the next tournament level to compete to be one of the top teams in northwestern Ohio. That tournament is Jan. 18 in Sylvania.

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Meet the BHS November student of the month

Baylor Garmatter plans to major in engineering after high school

Baylor Garmatter, a Bluffton High School senior, is the BHS November student of the month.

He is a three-time Gold Medal winner on the National Latin Exam. In addition, Baylor is a student athlete in football, basketball and track. In football he was named All-Northwest Conference defensive back, NWC scholar athlete and has qualified for the state track meet in the past three seasons.

For post-secondary classes he takes Calculus through Rhodes State College/Mrs. Riffle. 

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Mention church organists and Scott Edwards' name comes up

After 60 years, our estimate: Scott has played for 2,750 Sundays, over 9,000 preludes, offertories and postludes, and over 14,000 hymns and songs – not including music for weddings, funerals and mid-week Lenten services

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Two Bluffton churches could not get through their Sunday morning worship services without Scott Edwards.

He has a reserved front row seat at English Lutheran Church and First United Methodist. That’s because he is the organist of both congregations.

On Nov. 24, English Lutheran recognized Edwards for his 60-plus years as organist at 111 Grove Street.

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Original holiday scenes

BHS artists' work now display in Reichenbach and Steiner CPA window

Jocelyn Ochoa’s Christmas art work is this year’s $200 scholarship winner in Reichenbach and Steiner, CPAs, and Samuel W. Diller Co. L.P.A, holiday window artwork contest.

Judged on Nov. 25, the winner’s painting was among 14 judged by a three-judge panel including Jim Fultz, Haley Rossman and Kathy Basinger.

Joceyln’s painting and the 13 other art pieces are displayed in the front window of Reichenbach and Steiner, 140 N. Main St., Bluffton.

Students in the competition are artists from Bluffton HS. Vickie Garmon is the BHS art teacher.

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Brough graduates from OBL Bank Management School

Eric Brough, VP Operations Manager at Citizens National Bank, recently graduated from the 2019 OBL Bank Management School sponsored by the Ohio Bankers League.

Brough was one of 34 students who completed the one-week program in early October.

One of the longest-standing educational traditions in the Ohio banking industry, the School was established in 1955.

It offers bankers from across the state to enhance their skills in bank operations and management, and helps them understand the impact changes in the economy have on the profitability of a bank. 

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