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November 25, 2015

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Apollo accepting crafters for Dec. 5 show

Apollo Career Center, 3325 Shawnee Road, Lima will hold its 26th annual Christmas at Apollo Craft Show Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission is $2, children 12 and under are free. The proceeds from the craft show are divided among the Apollo student clubs to fund community service projects and assist students competing at state and national competitions.

One of the largest shows in the region, Apollo Career Center hosts over 100 crafters.

Nick Earl, craft show supervisor, encourages crafters to get their registrations in now.


AC bike and pedestrian task force to honor volunteers

The Allen County Bike and Pedestrian Task Force will hold a volunteer recognition lunch on November 18 at the Lima YMCA, Room 306, from 12:00 – 1:00.  Volunteers will be recognized for their contribution to assisting with bike and pedestrian counts, bike rodeos, and their work towards supporting a bike and pedestrian friendly community.  Recognition will be given for the following categories:  Safety educator of the year, advocate of the year, business of the year, and corporate volunteer.

Consider Bluffton on Giving Tuesday

Participants in the fourth annual Giving Tuesday—a global initiative to encourage charitable giving amid holiday consumerism—can, for the second year, direct their generosity to Bluffton University on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets monthly at Mennonite Home

Do you know someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia?  Do you wish you had caring support or more information about the disease?  You are not alone. 

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio provides a monthly support group for caregivers. 

The group meets on the third Monday of each month, except December, from 3:30-4:30 pm. The group meets in the library at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton.

Council votes to have GPR scan of Shannon Cemetery, using donated funds

Bluffton council voted on Monday to have a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) scan made of the Shannon Cemetery.

The action took place following Nate Ulrey’s report to council on the status of the Shannon Cemetery Commission.

Ulrey, speaking for himself and not the commission, told council that he would like to see the council take over the cemetery discussion.

“I want the council to take this back. I would like to see it move forward and I feel that it (the discussion) has gone on long enough,” he said.

It's BHS vs. Cory in Friday girls' ball season opener

It's Bluffton, Cory-Rawson, Allen East and Arlington in this weekend's McDonald's Holiday Girls' Basketball Tournament at Bluffton High School.

Opening night games, on Friday, Nov. 20:

• 6 p.m. - Arlington vs. Allen East
• 15 minutes after first game - Bluffton vs. Cory-Rawson

Saturday, Nov. 21
• 6 p.m. - Consolation game
• 15 minutes after first game - Championship game


Bake sales, craft bazaar and time to order your hickory nut pie

Bake sales, craft bazaar 
and hickory nut pie orders 
Nov, 20-21 in Bluffton and Pandora

Home baked goods, craft items and an opportunity to order hickory nut pies for Christmas are available this weekend at Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio.

MMH bake sale Friday

The Service Group of Mennonite Home is holding its annual Thanksgiving bake sale on Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. 

BVHS - including Bluffton Hospital - earns Top Performer Award

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS), including Blanchard Valley Hospital and Bluffton Hospital, has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, for the second consecutive year.

Kyle Cutnaw resigns as Bluffton HS football coach

Bluffton High School head football coach Kyle Cutnaw resigned his position Monday. Coach Cutnaw leaves the Pirate football program after just two seasons at the helm. 

Just weeks ago, Bluffton concluded a 7-3 season, the most single season wins in a decade.

Cutnaw cited personal, family reasons for his resignation. He went 10-10 in his two years as coach.

Bluffton will now look for a new head football coach, something a bit out of the ordinary for the usually stable program.  Cutnaw took the reigns following a 25-year run by Dennis Lee.


Brown named Honorable Mention All-America

November 17, 2015

AVCA All-America

BLUFFTON, Ohio - The awards continue to roll in for senior Jenny Brown (St. Marys/Memorial) who was named Honorable Mention All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association following Bluffton's third straight NCAA Regional appearance. She is the first Bluffton volleyball player to earn All-America status after her First Team All-Great Lakes Region recognition less than a week ago.