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February 25, 2018

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Margaret Diller Gagliardi was a Bluffton HS and Bluffton College graduate

Former Bluffton resident Margaret Diller Gagliardi, 89, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, died on Feb. 23, 2018.

She was a 1946 graduate of Bluffton High School and 1950 graduate of Bluffton College.

She was a home economics teacher at Bluffton High School in the mid-1950s and also taught in the Hamilton County School System. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph F. Gagliardi, Jr.; brother, Ron Diller; and parents, Paul and Verna Diller.


Ladies Luncheon group hosts March 3 event in Ada

The Ladies Luncheon group will host a gathering on Saturday, March 3, at the Ada Visiting Nurses, 1200 S. State Route 235 in Ada. The event is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The group includes local direct sales consultants who represent well-known companies, featuring personalized bags & totes, skincare and makeup, kitchen and household products, essential oils, jewelry and clothing, self-defense, home décor and health and wellbeing.


The goal: 10-year spending projection

Council finance committee meetings focus on village wants and needs

Several ideas discussed in January and this month by the Bluffton council finance committee help form future village spending.

Meeting on Jan. 25, the committee of David Steiner and Phill Talavinia met with three village administrative staff members, Jack Huber, village administrator, Jesse Blackburn, assistant administrator, and Laura Ewing, fiscal officer and Richard Johnson, mayor.

Bluffton University names Dr. Jane Wood as its next president

Will succeed Dr. James Harder on July 1

For just the 10th time in its 119-year history, Bluffton University’s Board of Trustees has named a new president, announcing that Dr. Jane Wood has accepted the call to serve as Bluffton’s next president beginning July 1, 2018.

“Dr. Wood has demonstrated success in achieving enrollment growth at several institutions," said Kent Yoder, chairperson of the Bluffton University Board of Trustees.

Assess your own heart rate

The number of times your heart beats per minute

By Christine Schroeder, MOT, OTR/L

Note: Please open attachments at the bottom of this column to view resting heart rates for men and women.

If February had you thinking about Valentine’s Day, why not take a moment to assess your own heart (health)?

Heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Normal (resting) heart rates vary from person to person, depending on a number of factors or conditions.


Koenig, Rumer first team NWC

By Sam Brauen
Juniors Alivia Koenig and Averey Rumer earned First Team Northwest Conference Honors In voting turned in by league coaches. Classmate Katie Prater earned Honorable Mention Honors. Koenig and Rumer are Bluffton’s leading scorers both averaging double digits at 13.6 and 11.0 respectively.  (more at www.blufftonpirates.com)