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November 24, 2017

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BFR is ready for winter - are you?

Many class, league and exercise options available - sign-up underway


Bluffton Family Recreation’s winter programming schedule, announced today, offers classes and exercise opportunities for all ages, according to Amy Byers, sports coordinator.

The winter programming is in the “Winter at BFR” newsletter, attached in a printer-friendly format at the bottom of this story. Winter Session II begins on Jan. 8.

All-HCAC Football Awards Announced

The Bluffton University football team capped off its 2017 season with nine Beavers earning All-Heartland Conference honors following voting by the head coaches.

Bluffton saw three individuals selected to the first team, three to the second team and three were named honorable mention. Consecutive HCAC victories to end the season have the Beavers excited to start preparing for the 2018 campaign

First Mennonite invites community to Evening Song and Prayer

First Mennonite Church invites all to attend an Evening Song and Prayer service in the church fellowship hall on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 8:15 p.m.

Similar to the traditional Evensong services common in Europe, Evening Song and Prayer is a contemplative service of worship at the end of the day, when "we sing our prayers and pray our songs," according to Wanda Stopher, lead pastor at FMC.

"With song and in silence we will intercede for the world, the church, our community, our loved ones and ourselves," said Stopher.

The service will last about 45 minutes.


Bluffton University participates in Giving Tuesday

It's Tuesday, Nov. 28

Join Bluffton University on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, for Bluffton Day of Giving and help our students reach their fullest potential.

For the fourth year, Bluffton University will participate in Giving Tuesday—a global initiative which encourages charitable giving amid holiday consumerism.

During Bluffton Day of Giving, all gifts in any amount will help Bluffton reach its goal of 250 donors in 24 hours. As a bonus, alumnus Marlin Gerber ’60 will add $10 to every gift made, up to an additional $2,500.

Your chance to order a homemade hickory pie

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio Service Group Thanksgiving bake sale

The Service Group of the Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Bluffton, will hold its annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17. It takes place in the Mennonite Memorial Home lobby, 410 W. Elm St. 

The bake sale will feature a variety of home baked goods including delicious cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies, noodles and breads.  

Bluffton University names softball coach

Bluffton University has named Amanda DeMoine as its head softball coach.

DeMoine has seven years of experience coaching in the NCAA, plus an additional four years of playing experience at Salisbury University, a top DIII program. During spring 2017, she served as an assistant coach at Coppin State University (Baltimore, Md.). Prior to that, she was an assistant coach at Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pa.) for the 2015-16 season and an assistant coach at Stevenson University (Owings Mills, Md.) from 2011-2015. She will join Bluffton’s coaching staff in December.

Diversity matters talk in Musselman Library

Kevin Williams, director of residence life at Bluffton University, speaks during an author program at Musselman Library on Nov. 9.

Williams shared his experience of coming together with a diverse group of individuals within higher education to author chapters in the book “Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity and the Future of Christian Higher Education.”

Williams wrote the chapter, “Potholes on the Professional Journey of a Developing Leader.” (Photo by Jena O’Brien )

ODOT District 1 looking for snowplow drivers

Hiring event to be held Nov. 16 in Lima

Each year, the kind of winter we will experience is an unknown. Being fully prepared for whatever may come is the reason the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 is looking for snowplow drivers and will hold a hiring event on Thursday, Nov. 16 to find them.

The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at ODOT’s District 1 office, located at 1885 N. McCullough St. in Lima.

That day, interested applicants may apply for a total of 19 temporary positions available in Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert counties.

Henrietta Schumacher was a Pandora High School graduate

Henrietta M. Schumacher, 94, died on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Henrietta was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Putnam County to the late Orlin and Kathryn (Garber) Schumacher. 

Henrietta was a graduate of Pandora High School.  She worked her adult life on the home farm and for many years at Triplett Corporation in Bluffton.  Henrietta was a former member of Grace Mennonite Church and Pandora Missionary Church both in Pandora. 


Energy lecture

Dr. Sanjay Khare, professor of physics at the University of Toledo, presented the Forum, “Building a Sustainable Energy Future," on Nov. 7 in Bluffton University’s Yoder Recital Hall. Khare discussed how human civilization will need to adapt to the decline of natural resources such as fossil fuels and uranium in order to have a sustainable energy future.