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Sept. 29 workshop focus on health care in retirement

There is a lot of talk about saving enough money by the time of retirement to continue the lifestyle you know.

What is discussed far less is the need for health care in retirement and the costs that come with it. First National Bank will host a free health care workshop on Thursday, Sept. 29. The event will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 1050 Interstate Drive, Findlay from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 


Volleyball drops four-setter to ONU

September 20, 2016
By: Samantha Granger, sports information assistant


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University volleyball team welcomed the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears to the Sommer Center on a hot Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. The Beavers came out sluggishly as ONU dominated the first two sets for a quick 2-0 lead (25-13, 25-19).

Men's soccer drops home opener to Wittenberg

September 20, 2016


BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University men's soccer team netted the equalizer less than two minutes into the second half, but a pair of late Wittenberg tallies spoiled the home opener for the Beavers on a hot and humid Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. The Tigers improved to 3-4 on the season, while Bluffton dipped to 2-4.

Football: Pirates ranked 12th in Region 24

Bluffton High School's football team is ranked 12th in Division VI, Region 24, in this week's Ohio High School Athletic Association football computer ratings.

The entire Division VI rankings by region follow:


Bonfire Wednesday kicks off BHS homecoming celebration

Don't forget the 5:30 p.m. Friday parade and pre-game king and queen announcement

Bluffton High School is in the midst of one of its most exciting weeks of the fall: Homecoming Week. Several events take place that are open to the public:

Wednesday bonfire

A homecoming pep rally bonfire takes place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the parking lot across from Harmon Field on East College Avenue.

Sponsored by the BHS Football Moms, the event includes introduction of the football team. The marching band and cheerleaders will lead the charge.

Youth programs launch this week at BFR

...and there's still time to register for any of the fall options

Several fall youth programs launch this week at Bluffton Family Recreation, according to Joseph Beagle, director.

And, although some are already underway there’s still time to join any of the classes.

The fall session started Sept. 18 and continues until Oct. 28. Here are the youth programs available:

Girls' soccer: Tied at half, but Black Knights score twice in second half for win

The Bluffton Junior Varsity girls' soccer team hosted the Van Buren Black Knights Thursday evening at Steinmetz Field. 

The Pirates took the lead early on, the first goal scored by freshman Brinkley Garmatter, but Van Buren responded moments later with one of their own and continually fired on the Lady Pirates ending in a score of 6-1.  

The varsity also hosted Van Buren in their Parents Night game on Thursday.  Senior Captain Goalkeeper Jadyn Barhorst fended off multiple shots by the Black Knights, holding the score to 0-0 at the half. 

5th-6th grade volleyball tournament at BFR Nov. 5

Bluffton Family Recreation will host a 5th and 6th grade volleyball tournament on Saturday, Nov. 5.

All matches take place at BFR, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, Registration is $200 per team, Three games are guaranteed. Matches are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Persons may register by contact BFR at 419-358-4150 or registering online from Oct.1 to Oct. 30 at www.bfronline.com.



BHS class of 1967 50th reunion plans underway

The Bluffton High School class of 1967 is planning its 50th class reunion. The event is July 22, 2017, and takes place at Howard Johnson's. Lima.

The planning committee is collecting e-mail addresses of class members. Contact Ann Augsburger Nagel at anagel79@yahoo.com, Linda Steiner at 419 384 7383 or
BHS67CLASSREUNION@yahoo.com,  to receive more details. 


Boys' golf: Aaron Belcher medalist for BHS in tri-match

Bluffton High School boys' golf team was second in a tri-match on Sept. 19. Spencerville won with a 64 team score. Bluffton was second at 186. Ada was third at 255.

The individual finisher scores are in the attachment below.