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Resident-art-expert Larry Burkhalter shares his photography journey with BHS students

Larry Burkhalter, resident of Maple Crest Senior Living Village, was honored on Jan. 29 with an opportunity to be the “resident art expert” for Vicki Garmon’s Bluffton High School photography class. 
 
Seventeen students and a couple community members joined elders at Maple Crest for a unique show of framed photographs and slides taken around the world by Burkhalter.

IRS Reduces Number of Tax Forms Available at Libraries  

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will significantly reduce the number of tax forms and instruction publications that it makes available through local public libraries.
 
According to the IRS, 95-percent of taxpayers filed their tax returns electronically during last filing season. As a result, the number of forms and publications that the IRS produces and makes available to the public will be reduced again this year. 
 

Tai Chi classes offered at BFR staring Feb. 4

Bluffton Family Recreation will offer classes in Tai Chi. Classes are held at 9 a.m. on Thursdays. The first class is Feb. 4, according to Joseph Beagle, BFR director.

Classes offer ways for participants to reduce stress, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions.

Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

For more information contact BFR at 419-358-4150. Classes take place at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton.

 

Walking on water

The Canada Geese at the Buckeye have special powers, and here's proof. Mary Pannabecker Steiner, using her cell phone, photographed this goose walking on the waters of the Buckeye.

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Tree Commission meets Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The Village of Bluffton’s Tree Commission will meet Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the  town hall, according to Nancy Kindle, village fiscal officer.
 

Here's the Division III girls' sectional pairings

ELIDA DISTRICT - Girls' Division III
Tournament pairings

 
At Bluffton University

Upper bracket - Feb. 16
Delphos Jefferson vs. Paulding, 6:30 p.m.

Sectional championship - Feb. 20
Delphos Jefferson/Paulding winner vs. Columbus Grove, 6:15 p.m.

Lower bracket - Feb. 16
Patrick Henry vs. Coldwater, 8 p.m.

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Ralph Miller, new council appointee, has a long history in the community

Bluffton’s newest council member, Ralph Miller, 126 N. Jackson St., is a relative newcomer as a Bluffton resident, but his work in Bluffton goes back nearly a half century.
 
Miller was appointed to a vacancy on council on Monday. He is an eight-year Bluffton resident, however in 1969 his company, Ralph Miller Construction, built what is today the Chase building on South Main Street. At the time of its construction it was Central Savings Association.
 

Haley Baker BHS January student of the month

Haley Baker is the Bluffton High School student of the month for January. Haley is an junior grader with a 3.759 GPA. She is the daughter of Jeff and Tracy Baker.

Haley is a member of the National Honor Society, is vice president of the Junior class, is a member of the Student Senate and also plays volleyball and runs track. She was awarded the "Defensive Player" award by her coach and volleyball team and also named to the "Second Team" by the NWC.  

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Hunter named HCAC Track Athlete of the Week

February 1, 2016

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University’s Sarah Hunter (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio/Riverdale) ran away from the 800-meter field at the Findlay Classic over the weekend and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week. 

Bluffton Public Library designates computer for ESL learners

Bluffton Public Library now features a computer reserved for English language learners. This English as a Second Language (ESL) Education Station is located on the library’s main floor, and may be accessed with a library card or current, government-issued photo ID.

The station includes earbuds for in-library use as well as free paper and writing utensils for note-taking. Guides with suggested websites for online English activities are also located at this station.

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