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November 28, 2021

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Peace poster winner and runners-up announced by Lions

Winners of the 2021 Bluffton Lions Club annual Peace Poster contest were recognized in a club meeting on Tuesday, November 16. Winners were given certificates and small cash awards by club president Patty Navin. Each winner explained her poster to the club.

The first place winner is Nora Matthews, daughter of Brendon and Rene Mattthews. Her poster will be considered along with winners sponsored by other Lions clubs in northwest Ohio. The district winner will advance to the state level. The poster contest extends to the international level with participants from many countries.


Memorial bench dedicated to Taylor Steele

On Tuesday, November 16, the Bluffton Lions Club dedicated a bench overlooking Cob Lake in memory of Taylor Steele of Bluffton. The ceremony was led by Lions President Patty Navin and included comments by Steele’s mother Tracy.


Bluffton Elementary 1st Quarter Honor Roll

Bluffton Elementary School, 102 S Jackson St., released the following Honor Roll for the 1st Quarter of the 2021-2022 school year.

ALL A – 4TH Grade


BHS Academic Team wins with 6-1 day at NWC tournament

Six Bluffton High School students had a nearly perfect day at the  2021-2022 Northwest Conference Scholastic Bowl Competitionat at Allen East High School on Saturday, November 6. The team won six out of seven matches.

The accompanying photo shows the team members and their coaches; L-R: Coach Brigette Hoff, Alyssa Hoffman, Jonah Brown, Caitlyn Couch, Will Neff, Asa Clingerman, Cole Bowers and Coach Scott Hoff. The senior captains are Jonah Brown and Will Neff.


Former Bluffton resident and veteran featured in People

Deyonka Hickey, who grew up in Ada and raised her kids in Bluffton, is featured in a recent issue of the weekly magazine People. The article “Hero Veterans Are Stepping Up to Feed Fellow Vets Suffering from Food Insecurity” details how difficult it was for her to accept help from a Lima food pantry when she ran out of money to feed her family after leaving the Air Force.


Haleigh Gatchel Awarded Choose Ohio First Scholarship

Haleigh Gatchel of Bluffton has been awarded a Choose Ohio First Scholarship from the University of Findlay for fall 2021.

Gatchel is pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree.

The Choose Ohio First (COF) STEMM scholarship is for students in computer science, pharmacy, health professions, environmental safety, adolescent/young adult (AYA) math or science, and biology programs. Recipients must be Ohio residents or graduates of Ohio high schools, enrolled in an eligible program, and meet additional academic requirements defined by the University.