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Crestview stops Pirates 7-game win streak

Kylie Monday led the team with 18 digs

By Cort Reynolds
CONVOY - The visiting Bluffton volleyball team lost in straight sets at Crestview in a Northwest Conference clash Tuesday night. 

Bluffton fell to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in the NWC with the 25-23, 25-12, 25-22 loss that snapped a seven-match win streak.

Crestview improved to 7-4 and 3-0 in the NWC with the win to take over first place in the league standings.

Kylie Stackhouse led the Pirate girls with 18 kills and 13 digs. Taylor Schwab contributed 10 kills. 


First and second doubles team wins 2 nights in a row

Bluffton stops St. Marys

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - The Bluffton girls tennis team defeated visiting St. Marys 3-2 Monday evening.

The victory upped the Lady Pirate record to 4-9 this season.

Freshman Caitlyn Couch won her match at second singles by a 6-4, 6-3 score.

Bluffton seniors Julia Smallcombe and Olivia Barnes teamed up to win at first doubles 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

Pirate juniors Ellie Nickel and Libby Frazier also combined to win convincingly at second doubles 6-1, 6-3. 


Jon Inniger Icon pizza winner

Jon Inniger of Bluffton is the winner of a 1-item, 14-inch Padrone's Pizza in the recent "where is it?" Icon contest.

Inniger correctly identified the location of the photo above. His entry was picked from all the correct entries in the contest.

The location of the image is on the mural on the Ellerbrock Spine and Soft Tissue building on North Main Street.

Watch for the next contest coming soon.


Saturday is Discovery Day downtown

12 businesses offer tickets for prize drawings

A fall-themed Discovery Day with prize drawings and a business decorating contest will be hosted by Bluffton merchants on Saturday, Sept. 26.

It also hosts a Saturday morning Cars & Coffee gathering and farmers market.

Nearby, Suter’s Produce has opened their seasonal corn maze, hayride shuttle service to sunflower and pumpkin patches, and cider press shop.

“Bluffton isn’t hosting the annual fall fest this year, but there are fun opportunities in and near the village,” said Paula Scott, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce CEO.

Bluffton University participates in Virtual Family Night

Events spread out in September and October

MCUSA colleges and universities hosting Virtual Family Nights

Bluffton University admissions invites high school aged students and their families to participate in a Virtual Family Night.

Organized collectively by the Mennonite Church USA colleges and universities, these events are replacing the in-person visits admissions counselors typically make to Mennonite high schools during the fall.

However, all high school students are invited to take part in any of the sessions, whether they attend a Mennonite high school.

Dean Basinger was retired from Whirlpool after 40+years

Graduated from Pandora-Gilboa HS

Rolland Dean Basinger, 78, died Sept. 21, 2020, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.  Dean was born Dec. 7, 1941, in Lima to the late Howard and Dorothy (Clymer) Basinger. On Dec. 28, 1963 he married Margaret Otto Basinger.

Dean was a graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School. He worked at Whirlpool Corporation - Findlay Division, for 40-plus years before his retirement. Dean was a life member of St. John Mennonite Church in Pandora.