October 22, 2014



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Sarah Thiesen named to first team all-NWC girls' soccer

Bluffton High School girls' soccer player Sarah Thiesen, sophomore, was named to the first team all-Northwest Conference in girls' soccer. Jadyn Barhorst, sophomore, was named to the second team. Kayla Kindle, freshman, was named honorable mention.

Allen East sophomore Leah Casey was voted the 2014 Northwest Conference “Player of The Year. Lamar Houston (AE) was selected as "Coach of the Year" in the balloting.


Calico Skies concert Oct. 25 at town hall

Calico Skies, a  two-piece, guitar-and-violin duo based out of Findlay, Will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at theNluffton town hall.

The duo plays Celtic, folk, rock, pop, and country music, including songs from artists such as Cat Stevens, Electric Light Orchestra, The Rolling Stones, and the Moody Blues.

The concert will be on the third floor, which is handicap accessible. The public is welcome to attend and will be asked to share a donation for the musicians.

Andie Schmutz named 2nd team all-NWC

Bluffton's Andie Schmutz, a sophomore, was named to the second team, all-Northwest Conference in volleyball. Lauren Parkins and Sidney Joseph were named honorable mention.

Crestview senior Courtney Trigg was voted the 2014 Northwest Conference “Player of The Year.” Trigg had also earned first team honors in last year's balloting. Tammy Gregory of Crestview was voted NWC Coach of the Year by her peers.


Bluffton University presents "Skin of Our Teeth" Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Taking place simultaneously at the dawn of human history, in the 20th century and at the end of the world—complete with talking dinosaurs—Bluffton University’s fall play is zany to say the least. But by refusing to obey the rules of time, “The Skin of Our Teeth” serves as an allegory to the human condition that remains relevant in 2014.

While the plot may seem nonsensical, its messages are clear, says Dr. Melissa Friesen, professor of theatre and communication at Bluffton and director of the play.

Todd Basinger, Ryan Studabaker bowl 287 games at Southgate

Todd Basinger and Ryan Studabaker each bowled 287 games last week at Southgate Lanes. They tied for men's high game scores. Meanwhile Brian Huether had the men's high series at 747.

Ruth Everett's 238 was the high woman's game score and Onalee Shepler's 635 was the high woman's series.

Open the attachment for the top week's bowlers.


BHS girls' cross country team headed to regionals; Nisly finishes 4th overall; Jacob Barnett qualifies for boys' regional

Despite the dreary, cold weather on Saturday, Oct. 18, the Bluffton Pirate girls' and boys' cross country teams performed well. 


The meet took place at Ottawa Park. Jacob Barnett was the lone regional qualifier for the boys’ team. The girls’ team captured 4th place, moving them on to the regional tournament at Tiffin on Oct. 25.


Maple Crest appreciation program recognizes 20 area pastors

Twenty area pastors and 58  parishioners, who reside at Maple Crest, gathered for a banquet on Oct. 16.


“This annual banquet is provided to honor the ministries of area pastors who visit and minister to their parishioners not only in the church, but in whatever places their parishioners call home,” according to Doug Luginbill, Director of Church Relations. 

Unified effort leads Pirates to 61-13 Victory over Western Reserve Academy

By Delano Whidbee
Saturday night Bluffton Pirates welcomed Western Reserve Academy to Harmon Field. After a 1-7 start Bluffton earned a big win - with suprising ease - with unified team effort against Western Reserve who was 5-1 before this game. BHS won 61-13.

Western Reserve Academy showed that could run the ball early in the 1st quarter with a 4 yard touchdown run. Point after kick was good 7-0 Western Reserve lead.


What's cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen, Oct. 21-24

OPEN at 8:00 a.m.
We serve fresh homemade pastry and coffee Tuesday-Friday mornings, starting at 8:00 a.m. Carry out or eat in.

LUNCH SPECIALS for October 21-24

Chicken rice soup
Tuna sliders
Italian breaded chicken sandwich

Soup of the day
Perch platter
Shrimp po’ boy

Soup of the day
Pork tenderloin sandwich
Pizza pizza with side salad

Tomato bisque
Grilled cheese apple and bacon
Stacked ham

Funeral service for David Gillett on Oct. 21

Former Bluffton resident, David Gillett, 78, died on Oct. 16, 2014. He was the previous owner of Gillett's Bakery on North Main Street Bluffton. Services are at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Carmel Lutheran Church, Carmel, Ind., Arrangements are handled by Indiana Funeral Care and Crematory.