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Bluffton boys romp past OF

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton boys soccer team swamped visiting Old Fort 8-0 in Div. III sectional final play Saturday afternoon, October 23, at Steinmetz Field.

With the win, the top-seeded Pirates improved their record to 12-3-2. Bluffton was ranked ninth in the latest Div. III state poll.

Senior Jude Spallinger and Bryan Zimmerman each scored two goals to pace the blowout win over the 12th-seeded Stockaders.

Spallinger netted the first two goals at the one and four-minute marks.

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Bluffton's Essinger 8th in girls cross county at CG

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton girls cross country team competed well in the Div. III district meet at Columbus Grove Saturday, October 23.

Lady Pirate freshman June Essinger crossed the line a strong eighth in the girls race with a time of 20:19.4. She qualified for the regional meet in Tiffin next Saturday with the high finish.

Pirate sophomore Amairi Painter ended up 24th in 22:08.6.

Freshman Mackay Tuttle came home shortly after her in 26th with a time of 22:16.7. 

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Bluffton's Armstrong, Nygaard 2nd/3rd at boys district meet

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton boys country team competed well in the Div. III district meet at Columbus Grove Saturday, October 23. (See separate story for girls results.)

Pirate junior Landon Armstrong finished second and classmate Erik Nygaard came in third to give the Bluffton boys second place in the district meet team results.

Armstrong finished with a time of 16:42.1, with Nygaard six seconds behind at 16:48.4.

The top four teams and top 16 individuals advance to regionals.

Trent Koch of Columbus Grove won the 78-runner boys race in 16:36.6.

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In-person Annual Meeting for Bluffton Senior Center, November 8

The Bluffton Senior Center, 132 N Main St., issued the following annoucement for their annual meeting at 6 p.m.. on Monday, November 8:

MEAL: The meal will be catered by the Pandora Lunch Box. They will be serving chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and cupcakes. Price is $10.00.

DEADLINE: Reservations must be made by November 3. 

EMCEE: William Peebles

PROGRAM: A trio of Richard Bucher and friends will perform. 

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Election day dinner

Election Day Dinner at Bluffton First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (Church Basement), 116 Church Street, on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Menu: baked steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, dessert. Served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Adults - $9.50; children 12 and Under - $5. Dine-in or carry-out.

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Review: A Spooky Book For Halloween 

By Robert McCool

This book has it all--deaths, a coven of evil witches, ghosts, a dreadfully haunted Victorian house, children in peril, and rain storms at night. It's a great book for Halloween.

I'm referring to Chris Bohjalian's 2011 tome The Night Strangers (Crown Publishers ISBN: 978-0-307-39499-6).

I've reviewed Chris Bohjalian before and praised his writing talents. This book continues with more of the same. The volume will keep you on your toes with its shifting points of view and precise portrayal of the characters and their intentions.

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