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April 25, 2015


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Iraqi Refugee Artists exhibit opens here on April 15

Iraqi Refugee Artists, an exhibit of over three dozen paintings will be on exhibit at Bluffton University April 15 to May 3.

The exhibit features the work of a dozen Iraqi artists who were trained in Baghdad and had active professional careers until the violence following the 2003 invasion forced them to flee.

The paintings will be on exhibit at the Sauder Visual Arts Center daily from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be on sale by silent auction with final bids on Sunday, May 3, at noon.

Village of Bluffton insurance committee meets April 20

The Village of Bluffton’s insurance committee will be meeting on Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Letter: Here's an update on Bluffton PTO projects

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Spring is here and that means the end of the school year is quickly approaching. 

The PTO committee has been busy discussing and working on many projects we want to complete before the end of the school year. 

We will be providing $400 for each grade level (K through 5th) to purchase new accelerated reader books; a total of $2400. 

We will be purchasing three SmartBoards, along with USB cables, for three of the third grade classrooms.  One classroom was completed previously.  The cost will be around $4758. 


Letter: Some information about 1965 tornado cleanup by NYC Jewish youth

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Here are some recollections about the April 11, 1965, Palm Sunday tornado from Icon viewer and former Bluffton resident, Anne McGinnis Parker.


Bluffton area was declared a disaster area by the federal government. Unfortunately, the declaration was not accompanied by funds. Mutual Insurance companies were left bankrupt by the many claims. A small sum from the State of Ohio was far from enough to repair the wide-spread damage.


Bluffton University May Day features new events

Bluffton University will look back at 100 years of May Day theatricals as part of its annual May Day weekend festivities, which also include the traditional May Day ceremony at a new time—1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

A Pandora "Mommy and Me Party" on April 18 that you won't want to miss

Hilty Preschool & Child Care will open their doors to direct sales consultants crafters on Saturday, April 18, for a “Mommy & Me Party.”  

The event, now in its second year, takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 pm at Hilty Preschool & Child Care, 304 Hilty Drive, Pandora. It is open to the public and will be for the entire family, with many vendors geared toward children. 

Earth Day celebration at Bluffton Library April 20

Songs for Earth Day will be held Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m at the Bluffton Public Library. Join Wendy Chappell-Dick and friends for celebrations and laments about the Earth. Earth Day.. Chappell-Dick will perform traditional American songs that honor the natural world using dulcimer and guitar.

Town Hall Concert Series 5th anniversary features Joseph Helfrich

The Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series celebrates their five year anniversary with a concert by Joseph Helfrich on Thursday, April 23, from 7-9 p.m. Helfrich is a folk singer, multi-instrumentalist, and storyteller who has been performing in public for over 25 years. He has been a full-time musician since 1992, and specializes in vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, recorders and the mountain dulcimer. His programs include a wide variety of musical styles as well as humor. Joseph has a large repertoire for children and adults and tailors the program to fit the occasion.


Alexander named HCAC Hitter of the Week

April 13, 2015

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Senior MICHAEL ALEXANDER (Monroe) had one of the most prolific days in Bluffton University baseball history on Sunday, April 12, en route to being named the Heartland Conference Hitter of the Week. He is the second Bluffton player to be named the HCAC Hitter of the Week in the past three weeks on the heels of Luke Hickey's selection on March 30.

Everett named HCAC Field Athlete of Week

BLUFFTON, Ohio -  Trey Everett (Sidney/Fairlawn) continued his double-event domination when the Beavers made their second straight foray to Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, April 11. For his jumps in Delaware, Everett has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week. It marks the fifth time that Everett has taken home this honor in 2015, including three outdoor field athlete of the week awards in the last four weeks and his second straight!