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January 21, 2019

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This concert is always a sell-out

Elementary musicians share the holiday spirit - Part 1

All photos by Jamie Nygaard

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.


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.


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.


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. 


Meet the BHS boys JV, frosh, 8th, 7th grade bball teams, plus junior high wrestlers

JV boys
Row 1 (left to right): Thad Mittendorf, Jonathan Schriner, Alec Deardorff, Adam Fredritz
Row 2 (left to right): Tyson Shutler, Eli Lemley, Nic Essinger, Nick Jebsen

Freshmen boys
Row 1 (left to right): Cole Koenig, Trey Boblitt, Bryan Zimmerman, Trenton Donley        
Row 2 (left to right): Coach Mason Roth, Ayden Cupples, Kyler Kinn, Nate Schaadt, Kenneth Lovett


Meet the Pirate girls JV, 8th and 7th grade bball players

Girls' junior varsity
Row 1 (left to right): Riley Busch, Reagan Mittendorf, Laykin Garmatter, Haelyn Bischoff, Delaney Maple

Row 2 (left to right): Coach Mittendorf, Coach Gleason, Kylie Monday, Grace Myers, Kylie Stackhouse, Sophie Bricker, Coach Lee, and Coach Garmatter

8th grade girls'
Row 1
(left to right): Kendal Giesige, Aubrey Edwards, Samantha Scoles, Makayla Schweingruber, Riley Eachus, Jasi Crawfis