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A Thanksgiving story

By Tanya Pike

Her stomach growled loudly. She pressed her arms closer to try and hide the sounds. Since her father had given up his steady job and paycheck to start a new church that had no members and no money, the family had cut back drastically. Her new winter coat had come from the Dollar General store.

She sat on the school bus with her feet pushed violently under the seat in front of her. Maybe if she couldn't see the ugly tennis shoes that the popular kids had worn three years ago, no one else could either.

"Nice shoes, loser."


Music ribbon fest' at university Nov. 21

Bluffton University will host the Ohio Music Educators Association Ribbon Festival from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.

The event is sponsored by the Middle West district of the Ohio Music Teachers Association and is free and open to the public. Nearly 300 students will be performing throughout the day.

The Ribbon Festival allows music students of all ages an opportunity to perform in a non-threatening environment and receive comments from a highly qualified judge.

Wright State Medical School professor forum speaker

Dr. Jeanne Lemkau, professor emeriti, Wright State University School of Medicine, will present "The Gifts of Empathic Activism: Advocating for Cuban-American families" as a part of Bluffton University's weekly Forum series on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

The forum will be held in Founders Hall at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Lemkau has traveled to Cuba eight times since 2000 for research as well as for educational and humanitarian trips. She also traveled to Nicaragua in the 1970s, serving in a rural part of the country through the Peace Corps.

3 faculty soloists on this year's "Messiah" performance

Bluffton University's music department has announced the soloists for its 114th performance of Handel's Messiah to be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Founders Hall.

The soloists for this years' performance are Crystal Sellers, soprano; Julia Szabo, alto; David Sawatzky, tenor; and Calvin Griffin, bass. The event is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken.

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Garlands hung on Saturday a.m.

Members of the Bluffton Volunteer Fire Department will string Main Street garlands on Saturday morning, Nov. 14, according to Dan Bowden, fire chief.

Bowden said that if a rain date is needed, the garlands will be strung on Saturday, Nov. 21, instead.

Main Street businesses need to place their garlands in front of their business early Saturday morning on Nov. 14 so that the fire department has access to them.