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Our Version of Adult Learning continues in April

Topics range from Michener to the Dixie Highway - Mondays at the Senior Center

Eating right, James Michener, a pilgrimage trail and the Dixie Highway have one thing in common.

Each is a topic of the April sessions of “Our Version of Adult Learning” (OVAL) offered by the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.

The classes take place at the Center, 132 N. Main St., on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. in April and are free and open to the public, according to Tonya Meyer, Center director.

Monday, April 3 – Linda Houshower from The Food Store, will discuss “gut health.” This includes pro biotics and how to stay healthy by eating the right foods


Night work on I-75 in Findlay to begin Sunday

Here's what you need to know concerning lane closings

The following impacts to traffic related to the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County are scheduled to occur in the coming weeks:
Interstate 75 Findlay
Interstate 75 both northbound and southbound from the area of the Blanchard River (mile marker 159) near Findlay High School to county Road 99 (mile marker 161) will be restricted to one lane at times through the work zone during nighttime hours only beginning Sunday, March 26.

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What became of the Romans 12:12 signs in two Mennonite churches?

An Icon viewer poses a question concerning a church scripture verse sign. Viewers with further thoughts may respond at info@blufftonicon.com.

The viewer writes:

For almost 75 years, the original Swiss Mennonite church and the Ebenezer Mennonite and the St. John Mennonite churches had a large sign with the following verse written in German in their sanctuaries: Romans 12:12.

Be joyful in hope; patient in affliction; faithful in prayer.


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.