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March 2024 BHS Student of the Month is Isabella Stechschulte

The March 2024 student of the Month at Bluffton High School is Isabella Stechschulte, a senior with a 4.000 GPA. She is the daughter of Amanda and Bob Stechschulte of Bluffton. 


BPD 2023 Citizens of the Year recall aiding lost little boy

By Paula Pyzik Scott

On Easter 2023, Makayla White, Ryan DeMarco and Teri Steinmetz aided a little boy who was lost on South Main St. But the circumstances were unusual. The little fellow refused to speak and was inconsolable. DeMarco hailed a passing Bluffton Police Department cruiser and Officer Abby Michael came to their assistance.


Letter: Bluffton Poinsettia Club--104 years old!

The Bluffton Poinsettia Club was founded in 1920 by a group of women seeking friendship, laughter and an opportunity to do some good in this world. Today the Poinsettia Club has the same goals. Our motto is a quote by Madeline Bridges – “Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.”

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month--April through November--at a location chosen by the hostess. We will begin our 104th year with our first meeting on April 16 hosted by Fairy Parkins. At the meetings members enjoy lunch and many times a presentation by a representative of a local organization that often becomes the recipient of a donation. In previous years the Bluffton Poinsettia Club has donated to Hope House and City Mission in Findlay, The Bluffton Community Assistance Food Pantry and the Mt. Cory Food Pantry as well as the Women’s Center of Findlay and the Fuller Center, among others.



Weekend Doctor: Pneumonia

By Jigna Janani, MD
Adult Hospitalist, Blanchard Valley Health System Medical Staff

Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by germs, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. It can be a complication following the common cold, flu, COVID-19 infection, sick contact, travel history, exposure to certain farm animals or certain environmental risk factors. 

Pneumonia and its symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia, but it can be life-threatening for a few. The good news is that pneumonia can be prevented by getting an annual flu and COVID-19 shot (as flu and COVID-19 often lead to pneumonia), and for people at high risk, getting a vaccine for pneumococcal pneumonia, as well as the RSV vaccine. 



PHOTO Swiss Historical open house for pre-eclipse weekend

The 1843 Schumacher homestead, 8350 Bixel Rd, will be open on April 6 and 7 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Enjoy self-guided tours of the house, garden, workshop and barn. Activities include games, toys, candle making and cornhusk dolls. Open fire popcorn and lemonade will be served.

Masterworks concert to feature Duruflé’s Requiem

Bluffton University’s Masterworks performance of French composer Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem” will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 in Yoder Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public with first-come, first-served seating.