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Blood drive on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran, Jenera

Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera, will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at the Trinity Lutheran School gym.

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: TRINITYJENERA.


Presbyterian Easter bake sale April 15

Bluffton Presbyterian Church will hold an Easter bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 15. The sale will take place in the church lawn at the corner of Main and Cherry.

The bake sale, sponsored by the church deacons, will have proceeds going to local mission needs.

Items available include pies, cookies, cupcakes, breads and other baked items.



Art and dissidence in Cuba colloquium theme

Phil Sugden, assistant professor of art at Bluffton University, will present the Colloquium “Activismo: Art & Dissidence in Cuba” at 4 p.m. on April 7 in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall. It is free and open to the public.
In December 2015, Sugden and Carole Elchert, assistant professor communication at the University of Findlay, traveled to Havana, Cuba, to interview artists and gather footage for the film. The documentary focuses on six of Cuba's prominent artists and explores the role of art as a form of activism or dissidence.

Pops concert features universtity musical ensembles

April 7 in Founders Hall

Various Bluffton University musical ensembles will come together Friday, April 7, to present the annual Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
The Bluffton University Concert Band will perform various selections including a wind band transcription of “Buckaroo Holiday,” music from Aaron Copeland’s ballet “Rodeo.” The band will be led by Dr. Roy Couch and senior music education major Aaron Johnson of Goshen, Ind.

Letters: Dog walkers mind your manners on Augsburger Bike Path

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Today I walked a partial stretch of the Augsburger Bike Path, picking up trash. In the walk I picked up a plastic bag having dog poop in it, tossed a ways into the woods. 

My message is: dog walkers we are glad they like the path, but please mind your manners when it comes to carrying your dog's "stuff" to the nearest trash can.  We live here!

Ellie Unruh


Singers invited to join Pandora Community Choir

For Good Friday performance April 14

The Pandora area churches inviter singers to participate in a community choir for the Pandora Community Good Friday Services on April 14 hosted at the Pandora United Methodist Church.

The community choir will rehearse at the Pandora United Methodist Church on:
• Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m.
• Thursday, April  6, 7 p.m.
• Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m.


Bluffton man and his cousin die of gunshot wounds

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office has reported that two people, including a Bluffton man and his cousin, died from gunshot wounds on Monday evening, March 21.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office said Ashley M. Sayarath, 19, died from two gunshot wounds, according to a press release. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said David Sayarath, 30, of Bluffton, and the cousin of Ashley, apparently shot Ashley at 605 Palm Drive, Liberty Township, before turning the gun on himself and dying.

The investigation is continuing.


BHS well represented on NWC Scholar Athlete list

Several Bluffton High School winter athletes are Northwest Conference Scholar Athletes for 2016-17.

Gold level - Letter winner in the sport and GPA of 3.5 or above during the season
Silver level - Letter winner in the sport and GPA of 3.00 - 3.49 during the season

Attached is the entire NWC scholar athlete list -

• Gold – Emily Stratton, Jazmynn Wilson, Kelli Leugers
• Silver – Lydia Skelly, Maddie Soper, Chase Koontz


University Gospel Choir performs in concert April 1

Soloists include community members in the choir

Bluffton University’s Gospel Choir will present a concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, in Yoder Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature personal favorites of conductor, Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music. Soloists will include community members who are in the choir, Kathy Grady of Findlay, and Marta Michalska-Uras, originally from the Czech Republic. Michalska-Uras was previously a member of the Maranatha Gospel Choir in Prague.

Why knot?

10 university students spend spring break in week of service

While some students decided to go to the beach over spring break or home to relax, 10 Bluffton University students decided “Why Knot?” spend the 2017 break week in service.

Several members of SERVE, a service organization at Bluffton, traveled to Quakertown, Pa., where one of their projects was knotting quilts during West Swamp Mennonite Church’s Why Knot Week.