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Pianist to perform March 1 at Mt. Cory UM

Pianist Alsbrooks Smilth will be performing during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the Mount Cory United Methodist Church, 300 North Main Street, Mount Cory, on Sunday March 1. Smith is currently a pianoteacher in Findlay and a member of St Mark's United Methodist Church. The former college music professor travels around the state performing at many Methodist churches. The service will be led by Pastor Mark Fuerstenau and
is open to the public.


ILR: Greek, art, books, gardens, musicals and bread, just for starters

Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), an educational program for retirees, is offering 10 courses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays this spring, beginning March 23.

Each course costs $50; the cost to take three or more is $100. Registration and, if applicable, course fees are due at the time of registration; the deadline is March 20. Most classes will meet in the ILR classroom, located in Shultz Hall of Riley Court on campus.

There's a chicken barbecue and a big indoor garage sale in Bluffton this weekend

Barbecue chicken and a big, indoor garage sale. What else might someone want on the last weekend of February?

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton sponsors its annual chicken barbecue and community garage and craft sale at The Centre, 601 N. Main St., Bluffton, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28.

Harlan's chicken barbecue takes place Friday, Feb. 27,  from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Centre.

The community garage sale occurs also at The Centre at Bluffton that same evening and on Saturday morning, Feb. 28.


Ralph Rammel: 1922-2015; well-known for creating rugs on the Senior Center loom

Ralph C. Rammel, 92, of Bluffton died at 6:43  p.m. Feb. 24, 2015, at Bluffton Hospital. He was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Ft. Recovery to the late John and Clara Homan Rammel. On Feb. 14, 1947 he married Geneva Blaksley who preceded him in death on April 24, 1990.


KISS concert at ONU? Sorry, you are 40 years too late!

A group of Ohio Northern University students and their professor are researching the concert and how it impacted the Ada community, according to Harry Wilson of ONU's management and information systems.

This May 9th marks the 40th anniversary of the event at ONU’s newly-built King Horn center. This was during KISS’ Dressed to Kill tour and they were on the verge of becoming very famous.

"We have reason to believe that KISS played Rock & Roll All Nite for the first time ever live at the ONU concert," said Wilson.


Bluffton University's Trey Everett named HCAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year

All-HCAC Women  I  All-HCAC Men

And Bluffton freshman named freshman athlete of the year

Bluffton University’s Trey Everett (Fairlawn) has been named the 2015 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year.

Bluffton chamber says: Explore Bluffton in March; here's the calendar of events

The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce released Bluffton's March calendar of events. The events on this calendar are open to the public.

• Bluffton school art show all month at Bluffton Public Library


Martha Amstutz and Treva Kinsinger to receive senior association life memberships

Two members of the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association will receive lifetime memberships during the Monday, March 9 noon potluck. Both women turn 90 in March. They are Martha Amstutz and Treva Kinsinger.

The potluck will feature Mike Bastian performing on the harmonica. Mary Hofstetter is the master of ceremonies and Bev Painter and friends are the hostesses.

Several other events take place in March at the Senior Center. Open the attachment at the bottom of this story to view those events.

Past seven-day weather summary: Brrrrrrrrrr!

Although the temperature reached a high of 32 degrees on February 22, the last day above freezing was February 11, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

High temperatures in the past week stuck mostly in the teens while daily lows were often in negative territory.

The image at the right of this story reveals the daily February weather summaries.

Baked potato from Henry's voted number 1 at Maple Crest soup cook-off

What's your favorite soup?

Henry’s, Ottawa, providing baked potato soup, won this year’s Maple Crest Senior Living Village of Bluffton, soup cook-off.

Second place was Luke’s Bar and Grill, Bluffton, with tomato basil Parmesan bisque soup. Third place was Apollo Career Center, Lima, with cream cheese chicken chili soup.

Others soup entries were from Bluffton Hospital, Common Grounds of Bluffton, Touches from the Heart of Ottawa, and W.g. Grinders of Lima.

Over 150 persons attended and cast ballots for their favorite soup.