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CNB Reports Another Record Year


State Awards $7.9 Million to GROB for Expansion Project

by Austin Arnold On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 the 8th Annual Shareholders meeting of the Citizens Bancshares, Inc. was held and once again, record numbers were reported for 2011. This marks the sixth consecutive year that CNB has seen record numbers at the annual report. “Our management team was extremely pleased with our performance this year with the economy still struggling to exit the Great Recession, we produced another record year for our bank,” President and CEO of CNB Mike Romey said. “We can now count six years in a row with record earnings leading to substantial increases in dividends for our stockholders.” The bank’s success is impressive when considering the type of year 2011 was from the standpoint of a bank. Romey said the consumer, which accounts for two-thirds of the economy, pulled back in the first half of the year only to re-emerge in the final quarter, drawing down their savings and taking on additional debt. In a look at the numbers, CNB ended the year with an equity to assets ratio of 9.40 percent and total capital of $55.4 million. The bank ended the year with total assets of $589 million, an increase of 4.77 percent. Earnings per share increased 14.88 percent to $158.44 per share vs. $137.92 per share in 2010. The return on equity increased to 20.84 percent vs. 19.60 percent in 2010. The bank paid dividends of $96 per share including a special dividend increase of eight dollars in September. continued on page A6

Professor and Bluffton Resident, David Kisor (right) is currently teaching a class at ONU that has students learning the connection between genetics and medication. Photo submitted by David Kisor

A Closer Look at Genetics and Medicine by Austin Arnold This semester, an exciting new course at Ohio Northern University is being offered for the first time that very well might change the way at how we look at drug medications in the near future, by observing our own genetic makeup. The course titled “Personal Genome Evalutation,” has students taking an in-depth look at how genetics relate to medical drugs. The pharmacogenetics (the general study of the different genes that determine drug behavior) course is centered around a blog established by Bluffton resident and professor David Kisor, who is also the Chair of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at ONU. The blog specifically analyzes Kisor’s DNA information, which reveals what health conditions he may have increased and decreased risks of getting. This detailed information was gathered from a cheek swab sample

Kisor provided and sent into a professional company. There are several companies available to the public that will analyze DNA samples for a fee and it is a growing trend. Kisor sent his DNA in to be the example for the course and astonishingly he received no less than 950,000 pieces of information. Each piece of information is measured by what is called a SNP, which is a variant chemical in one’s DNA makeup. By studying Kisor’s genetic information, the students can begin to understand what medications may be good or bad for their professor, or model patient, if you will. The course was born out of the information provided by the Human Genome Project, which started in the 1990’s and officially ended in 2003. However, it took a long time to decipher all of the knowledge that was revealed with the project, taking close to ten years to have a good enough understanding of genetics to

teach a course such as this. “So much information was revealed back then that it took a long time for the learning curve to catch up to technology,” Kisor said. The course is meant to introduce everybody to the idea of how genetics can influence our medical care. “Most healthcare providers did not have the kind of genetics training in school that is required to understand some of this information. Most of us had training in genetics along the inherited disease line as opposed to molecular genetics,” Kisor said. In attempting to look at the subject in broad terms, there are three main focal points of the class: disease risk, drug sensitivity and disease carrier status. From Kisor’s and other faculty members’ standpoint, what got them interested in teaching the subject was the drug sensitivity. continued on page A3

GROB Systems, Inc. site in Bluffton Photo by Austin Arnold

GROB Systems, Inc., located in Bluffton, Ohio, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded $7.9 million in funding from the State of Ohio for an upcoming expansion. GROB Systems, a builder of machine tool equipment, is a subsidiary of GROBWERKE GmbH & Co. KG located in Mindelheim, Germany. GROB engineers and manufactures custom made equipment for high volume production for automotive, motorcycle, tractor and truck manufacturers. GROB produces such equipment as machining centers, assembly lines, robots and automation. This expansion will add approximately 50,000 square feet to their facility. This addition will increase their assembly area, which is housed in the existing 257,000 square foot plant. The expansion is due to the increase in sales experienced by GROB over the past year and a half. GROB is a very lean organization with a young and talented workforce. GROB’s advantage in today’s market is that they are the only company to have a facility located in the United States that is capable

of both engineering and manufacturing their complete product. GROB Systems currently employs approximately 270 people, 50 of whom were hired in 2011 alone. They plan to add approximately 35 employees per year over the next three years. Much of the workforce will be recruited from the GROB Apprenticeship Program, which trains employees to become mechanical and electrical technicians. GROB holds open testing for positions in this two year training program. The testing for the next group of apprentices will be held in April 2012. Applications for this testing are being accepted immediately. Other areas in which GROB plans to increase hiring will be in the electrical start-up department, as well as both mechanical and electrical engineering. GROB is looking to hire both experienced employees, as well as recent college graduates looking for growth potential with an established company. GROB plans to have the expansion completed by the fall of 2012.

Call Scams Becoming Collier Appointed to Vacant Council Seat a Problem in Bluffton sion and Collier was invited to stand up and be sworn in. Collier then took a seat between the village administrator and the council president. Mr. Collier is a former Bluffton postmaster. Council discussed and approved as emergencies Ordinance No. 01-12, Ordinance No. 02-12, and Resolution No. 03-12 on their first readings. Ordinance No. 01-12 states, “The Village of Bluffton, Ohio accepts the said annexed territory into the Village of Bluffton, Ohio.” The section of N. Dixie Highway that starts at the current edge of the village and extends out to around where Southgate Lanes Bowling Alley is will be annexed from Richland Township to the Village of Bluffton. Ordinance No. 02-12 states that American Legal Everett Collier being sworn in at Monday night’s Council meeting. Photo by Kathryn Tschuor Publishing’s Ohio Basic Code, 2012 Edition, includes changes that the State Legislature made to the Ohio Baby Kathryn Tschuor two ordinances and one reso- didates they decided to ap- sic Code. The ordinance aplution. The newest council point Everett Collier to fill proves and enacts this 2012 The Village of Bluffton’s member was also sworn in. the vacant council seat. An edition of the Ohio Basic Town Council held a special Council President Dennis official motion was made and Code as the code of ordimeeting on the night of Janu- Gallant announced that after seconded to appoint Collier. nances for Bluffton. ary 30, 2012. At this special going through the interview The council members unanicontinued on page A3 meeting, Council discussed process with all of the can- mously approved the deci-

by Austin Arnold There is a concerning trend that is growing across the country and region, and Bluffton has been no exception. The trend is call scams, which con unsuspecting people into handing over thousands of dollars of their own money to frauds trying to get rich quick. Within the last four or five months at least three cases, and five overall in recent memory, involving telephone scams have come to the attention of the Bluffton Police Department, according to Chief Rick Skilliter. Of the cases that have been handled by the Bluffton P.D., a common factor is the targeting of elderly individuals. Unfortunately, many frauds target the elderly because they grew up in a more trustworthy environment than we live in today. “The elderly lived in an age where people didn’t lie. A man’s word was as good as his handshake and you didn’t need a contract, but technology has made all of that moot,” Skilliter said. Some residents have

been tricked into handing over substantial amounts of money and the police department wants to get the word out about this problem to avoid future incidents of people falling prey to scammers. What is essential for people to know is that once money changes hands, it is nearly impossible to get back if one realizes they have been scammed. This is because federal authorities and especially local authorities often just do not have the wherewithal to deal with such a widespread and underground industry. “The challenge that we have is when the money goes through Western Union, it’s not like you use the U.S. Mail to violate any federal laws, it’s a wire transfer and because these are so rampant right now the federal authorities, and certainly the local authorities, do not have the resources right now. We have no credible means for recalling the money or getting restitution for the victims,” Skilliter said. continued on page A3

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Their philosophical, political, and strategic differences could hardly be more stark. The Tea Party and the Occupy Movement are sisters under the skin, but strange bedfellows, nevertheless. The past few years has seen the emergence of these two populist movements motivated by a deep distrust of a system of government that seems to participants to be out of control and beyond the influence of most citizens. The Tea Party gained prominence about two years ago in the run-up to the 2010 congressional elections. Their commitment, energy, and money support is largely credited with the election of an unusually high proportion of fiscal and social conservatives to the U.S. House of Representatives where they helped the Republican Party gain a majority. The major unifying concern in that election was the huge and unsustainable level of debt that had been amassed by the federal government that was continuing to grow at an astronomical rate of over 1 ½ trillion dollars a year. Tea Party outrage was further fueled by the fact that the Democratic ad-

ministration with a majority in both houses of Congress had approved nearly 500 billions of dollars in “stimulus� spending, dollars that had to be borrowed. And, the “stimulus� included a massive bailout of Wall Street firms that had speculated and gambled the nation’s economy to the very brink of collapse. And if that weren’t enough, the Democrats had also adopted the Health Care Affordability Act that included what the Tea Party partisans viewed as an unwarranted intrusion into their freedom to choose not to be insured for health care expenses, the so called “health care mandate� that would require nearly all Americans to purchase medical insurance or face penalties. Outraged by irresponsible Congressional spending decision and convinced that forces antithetical to their core values had taken control of the government, the Tea Party organized effectively to participate in the electoral process with their notable success. The Occupy Movement first appeared about a year ago and seemed to have been inspired by the popu-

lar uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East against tyrannical and dictatorial governments as well as by popular demonstrations in a number of European countries responding to austerity measures necessitated by the sovereign debt crisis brought on as part of the aftermath

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Genetics and Medicine continued from A1

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solutely predictive. In other words, if you were to have your DNA analyzed and it said you had an increased risk of Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean your necessarily going to get Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. Any of those genetic risks are just that, they are risks, and they are relative risks,â&#x20AC;? Kisor said. There are certainly environmental effects that may or may not result in someone actually contracting a health condition they are at risk for. Kisor said that the environmental factors may even have a bigger influence than the genetics themselves. Although it may be scary to have these risks laid out in front of you, there is also a benefit in having that knowledge ahead of time, according to Kisor. An example he gave is if someone finds out they are at risk for heart disease, that person can then start eating healthier and exercising more regularly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The genetic risk is something you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really change, but what you can do is change those other risk factors. So, if you have a genetic risk that is some level, maybe you can lower those other risk factors and help yourself out. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a benefit, I really do.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personal Genome Evalutationâ&#x20AC;? is not just open to pharmacy and medical students but to all students on campus. There are law and ethics students enrolled in the course because there are social and ethical questions that get intertwined with this study. For instance, what would happen if your genetic makeup was a known fact and your employer terminated you due to the knowledge of an increased risk you may have to a type of cancer? This scenario certainly poses a wealth of legal and ethical questions. Altogether there are 360 ONU students taking the course and there are even students from other universities in the country enrolled in the course as well. Although those students cannot be offered official credit for the class, they still have the opportunity to collect the information for their own individual benefits. In fact, there are over a hundred students outside of ONU taking the course, which includes students from Clemson, Anderson, Bowling Green State University, Purdue and Virginia Tech. Having this mix of students is certainly an advantage in Kisorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get perspectives from nursing students at Northern, genetic students from Clemson and Ander-

son, medical students from Virginia Tech and pre-med students from other schools. And, most of our conversation has been what do you do with what you know and how accurate is the information. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been less about the science and more about what does it mean, he said.â&#x20AC;? While there is a good deal of science involved in the class, it does not dominate the focus of the course. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While we are trying to explain some of the basic science that supports the risk information, people want to know what that risk information means,â&#x20AC;? Kisor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all on a learning curve, every single one of us.â&#x20AC;? The College of Pharmacy at ONU is striving to make a national impact, and it seems to be on its way. It is one of only nine schools in the country that offers six full years of school to pharmacy students. And, last year, ONU was the only school to be a part of a meeting on pharmacist education conducted by the National Human Genome Research Institute. The meeting consisted of 15 national organizations and 15 governmental groups. ONU caught word of the meeting and inquired about attending. Upon finding out it was an invite only meeting, Kisor simply stated the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest on the subject and low and behold, ONU was invited to the meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our students benefit because we take some of the information from that meeting back to our curriculum and move forward that way,â&#x20AC;? Kisor said. Although the course will officially end at the conclusion of the semester, the blog that Kisor has set up will go on, and certainly useful information can still be drawn from that. Kisor is hopeful that the same course can be offered in the future, with maybe other faculty members offering their DNA information to serve as the model subject for the course. The objective is to keep climbing the learning curve and finding the additional benefits this area of study may reveal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see a day when a newborn will have a heel prick and their blood will be taken and their entire DNA analysis will be done. And, how that information is used by healthcare providers is what we need to work on. Would you want to know that your daughter or son at the age of two months is at an increased risk for some disease? The ethical and social implications are huge,â&#x20AC;? Kisor said.

Town Council Meeting 1/30/12 continued from A1 Mehaffie, the village administrator, explained that because the annexation went through a longer process of hearings and was not an expedited annexation, an agreement with the township is not required. However, the village has entered into agreements with Richland Township in the

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Bluffton Residents Should be Cautious of Call Scams continued from A1 Making the problem twofold, many times these calls come from foreign countries which makes it very difficult to track and also restricts what can be done legally. In fact, with one of the cases from here in Bluffton, it was traced to Ontario, Canada. When Skilliter got in touch with the authorities there, despite the close proximity to where the scam call originated to this agency, there was nothing the authorities could do about the situation since the money transfer went across international lines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I contacted the Canadian authorities and gave them the address we believe a call originated from, the officer said it was right down the street from their office and responded, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touch them,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Skilliter explained. There have been a few different strategies used to try and trick people in shelling out money, all originating from a phone call. A popular sell is the sweepstakes tactic, where a scammer calls and tells the target that they have won a large sum of money, say $50,000 for example, and as long as they pay the taxes up front, the rest is theirs to keep. The goal is to have the victim send the scammer several thousand dollars in hopes for a much larger return and that never comes to pass. Another common ploy is the caller starting off by mumbling â&#x20AC;&#x153;grandmaâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;grandpa,â&#x20AC;? which prompts the target to assume a particular grandchild is calling. Once this is established, the caller will take on the false persona of a grandchild and will claim to be in some sort of trouble in another country, resulting in asking for an amount of money being wired to help them to either get home or get out of jail. This strategy often involves the fraud telling the victim to not tell anyone else, especially â&#x20AC;&#x153;momâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;dad,â&#x20AC;? because they are too embarrassed by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;situation.â&#x20AC;? Similarly to the first tactic, another strategy involves the victim being sent a rebate as long as a third or half of the amount of money is returned to the source. The unknowing victim is tricked into cashing the check that turns out to be invalid. This in turn causes the bank to track down the victim because they cashed the check. How do you know if you are being targeted by a call scam? Although there is no finite answer, there are several red flags that a person should heed. Any call involving a promise of money but yet asking for money in return should cause extreme suspicion to the person re-

ceiving the call. Another alarm is the avoidance of using the U.S. Postal Service because the scammers are smart enough to know that there are legal consequences the federal government can take against mail fraud. Scammers will often rely on a wire service and Parcel or FedEx service. And, in addressing the strategy of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;personalâ&#x20AC;? call from somebody in trouble in another country, if a family member really was in trouble abroad, it is likely the situation would be handled by the appropriate authorities and you would be more likely to get a call from someone at an embassy than from the person you know at 4:00 in the morning, according to Skilliter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anybody that is out of country and in custody is entitled to representation through the embassy, so there will be no personal contact, that will all go through a U.S. embassy somewhere.â&#x20AC;? At the latest Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce meeting, Skilliter even made an announcement about the growing issue of call scams and it may have prevented another person falling victim to a caller claiming to be a family member in another country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ironically after that meeting I went home and got an email from somebody that was at the meeting and had spoken to their parents, and that day they got a phone call from somebody trying to do this to them,â&#x20AC;? Skilliter said. The toughest thing to do is get out of the trap created by a scammer once one falls into it. To help avoid â&#x20AC;&#x153;falling inâ&#x20AC;? there are a couple of measures that can be taken. First, never share personal identifying information, especially bank account numbers. If someone is suspicious of a caller that claims to be someone the receiver knows, try quizzing them on information only that person would know and on something that has not been discussed previously in the conversation. Skilliter said the scam callers can be very clever and sneaky. There was even a local case of a caller posing as Skilliter to try to get their target to believe the scam even after that person had raised suspicion about previous calls they received. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people have had to change their phone numbers because they are relentless once they get your information. Once they have it, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to try and maximize it.â&#x20AC;? Some general advice is just to be very cautious and skeptical if you receive a

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call and the person on the other end asks for or offers you money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen a Publisherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clearing House van in Bluffton. I suppose there may be a day it shows up and somebody will be mad at me because they missed their golden opportunity when they hang up the phone because the police chief said donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take that phone call. But, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call you, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all through the mail,â&#x20AC;? Skilliter said. And although there are many good organizations out there that do ask for financial help, extreme caution should be used yet again because it is possible for what seems to be a charitable cause to just be a front for a phony scam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know there are legitimate causes out there and this certainly has got to be hurting their campaign pledging abilities, but I have to watch out for the 4,200 people that live in Bluffton and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to do. If one or two people have their feelings hurt or feel slighted because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this is a good idea,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry, but I have to look out for everyone,â&#x20AC;? Skilliter said. Although identity theft and things of that nature are still serious concerns, it seems more and more frauds are relying on phones to steal money these days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We use to warn people about identity theft and guard your serial numbers and social security numbers and things of that nature, and that is absolutely critical, but the reality is, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more people ripping folks off this way and making more money than robbing banks and all the other stuff, probably, if you added it all up.â&#x20AC;? Skilliter estimated that it could even be in the neighborhood of a billion dollar industry based on the fact of how many people are doing this and how quickly several thousands of dollars can change hands. In a recent meeting with other local authorities, with about eight agencies represented, each person had a handful of call scam incidents reported to them. Clearly it is not just a Bluffton problem, it is a region, state and national problem. If someone suspects they are being targeted by a call scam, they can call the Bluffton P.D. for assistance and Skilliter said they will do everything they can to help. But again, if a transaction has occurred, 9.9 out of 10 times there is nothing they can do once the money changes hands.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re connecting the genetics to kinetics. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re teaching that there is a genetic basis for why some people handle a drug differently,â&#x20AC;? Kisor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know right now that there are certain genetic characteristics that will allow some drugs to work and some drugs to not work. We also know that there are some genetic characteristics that will tell us whether or not a drug may cause an adverse event in an individual. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to a point where we can pick a drug that should have a high probability of success right off the bat.â&#x20AC;? As the technology continues to move forward, these kinds of tests are going to make their way into the cliniciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; office, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got huge implications, Kisor said. First and foremost, patients will be better served by cutting down on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;trial and errorâ&#x20AC;? method with prescribing medications to treat a specific condition. An example of this is the drug Plavix, used to treat blood clots. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know there is a certain enzyme that makes that drug work. Some people may not have that active enzyme,â&#x20AC;? Kisor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing better for the patient and really, economically, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing better also. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not wasting money on medications that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work for an individual. And, in the case of drugs that cause adverse events that we can look at with genetics we could be saving somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and certainly saving thousands and thousands of dollars.â&#x20AC;? In fact, when Plavix was first introduced, its connection to genetics was not known. Now, with the knowledge of that direct connection, some doctors may require a genetic test from a patient before prescribing it, according to Kisor. Right now, there are about 12 drugs the FDA requires genetic testing for and that number is only going to go up Kisor said. This is all in an attempt to do best by the patient and save money all at once. Saving time, money and preventing someone from a possible adverse effect from a medication are certainly all positives. But, with the good there is the bad. One negative aspect of knowing your own genetic makeup is seeing what conditions you are at risk for, which can be startling to anyone. However, Kisor pointed out that all the genetic information really tells you is that you are at a relative risk for certain health concerns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With any of this information, our DNA is not ab-

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bluffton University News

Photo Exhibit to Explore â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gray Space,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; February 5 Black and white photography by American and international artists will be showcased in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gray Space: Windows from the Ordinary into the Extraordinary,â&#x20AC;? an exhibition opening Sunday, Feb. 5, in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sauder Visual Arts Center. Continuing through March 2, the exhibit is free and open

to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Among the photographers whose work will be featured is visiting artist Craig Line, a Findlay, Ohio, native who lives in Vermont and has worked for The Associated Press and Vermont Magazine. He will give a talk, also free and open to the public, at 6

p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the arts centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hester Lecture Hall. Findlay artists Spencer Cunningham and Danny Gantchev will be represented in the exhibition as well, along with Roger Sugden, a Findlay native who now lives in Fort Wayne, Ind., and photographers from Cincinnati, New York City, Paris, Spain and Bucharest, Romania.

Dementia Expert to Speak at Bluffton, February 7 Dr. Shelly Weaverdyck, director of the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Education and Research Program at Eastern Michigan University, will discuss dementia in a Bluffton University Forum at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Yoder Recital Hall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Brain Goes Awry: Effects of Brain Quirks and Disorders on Thinking and Doingâ&#x20AC;? is the title of the Bluffton alumnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presenta-

Elisabeth Pridonoff (standing) makes a point with a local high school student during a piano master class Jan. 27 in Bluffton Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yoder Recital Hall. Pridonoff and her husband, Eugene, comprise the Pridonoff Duo, who conducted the master class for about 40 piano students and teachers the morning after presenting a concert in the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Artist Series. In addition to performing internationally, the Pridonoffs are professors of piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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tion, which is free and open to the public. Weaverdyck, who earned a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in psychology from Bluffton in 1977, founded the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Research Program at Eastern Michigan and has served as director since 1991. Until recently, she was also a dementia specialist at the Turner Geriatric Clinic at the University of Michigan, where she has taught and been a researcher

and consultant as well. Among other publications, Weaverdyck collaborated on a 2005 book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teaching Dementia Care,â&#x20AC;? published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and contributed a chapter on assessment to another book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Key Elements of Dementia Care,â&#x20AC;? published by the national Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association.

Free Social Media â&#x20AC;&#x153;One-on-Oneâ&#x20AC;? Available to Bluffton Chamber Members Do you have social media questions, but are afraid to ask? The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce offers a new benefit for members this winter. Through the assistance of Emily Turner, Bluffton University chamber intern, the chamber will provide free one-on-one, or small group social media workshop sessions. Turner will graduate in May with a double major in Business and Accounting with a minor in Information Technology. These major and minor backgrounds provide her with marketing and technology skills to assist chamber members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One specific class Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken is Introduction to Information Systems. There I learned how the social media interacts with todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business world. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve used Twitter on a daily basis for the past four months and Facebook on a daily basis for the past seven years. This gives me quite a bit of experience with both social networks,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Turner is available to provide free consultation with chamber members in any of these areas. Contact Fred Steiner of the chamber to set up a free consultation session. Here are days and times Turner is available: Monday and Wednesdays 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 a.m. or, Noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m. Thursdays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an important benefit of being a member of the Bluffton chamber,â&#x20AC;? said Steiner, chamber CEO. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Professional social media consultants charge anywhere from $50 to $200 per hour. The Bluffton chamber offers it free to members. The free consultation opportunities come from the two previous social media workshops held by the chamber. One session could be worth an entire yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s membership in the chamber.â&#x20AC;? For persons interested in joining the Bluffton chamber, e-mail:

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Med, Hod and Dode Murray—Bluffton’s First Triplets HISTORY ORY Y PAGE P PA

This article was originally published on page three of the Thursday, May 13, 1982 Bluffton News. by Howard Raid ‘A.B.’ Murray



born in Ireland and Mrs. Murray, a Deppeler, was from Switzerland. From a clipping in the Findlay Moring Republican we read, “The following Spring Mr. Murray built two wagon houses and another building. These buildings have been transformed into homes of the three brothers.” He worked as a wagon maker and an undertaker. Some Excitement

Many of the readers will recall that A. B. served the community ably for many years as the superintendent of the public schools. He is a graduate of the public schools and of Bluffton College. Some time ago he called me from his home in Ashtabula to add some information to one of my articles. At that time we questioned him about the Murrays. Later he stopped at our home to visit briefly and to buy slaw cutters. Since he is one of the original stockholders in the company, he promotes the operation by giving slaw cutters to his relatives and other friends. So again we asked him for some more Murray information. A. B. promised to send me some clippings. It was with some real expectation that I opened his letter. So to the clippings. The parents move to Bluffton (Shannon) The parents moved from Niles in Trumbull County to Shannon in the fall of 1848. The Joseph Murray family lived in a home just south of what is now the Deringer Appliance place of business. Murray was

Just imagine the news that spread quickly through the village now called Bluffton since 1861, that cold January the 22nd morning 1868. How the folk must have run from one home to another with the news, “Quadruplets have been born to the Joseph Murray family.” Remember that in those days there was no Bluffton Community Hospital. The doctors had only the very simplest of equipment and medicines. Furthermore the births took place in the Murray home. There is no information about what caused the death of one of the ‘quads’ within a short time after birth. In a way it is a miracle that any of them lived in those days before incubators for the small babies. The three remaining boys were christened Willis Medlow Murray, Maurice Monroe Murray and Horace Greeley Murray. They were to provide local color to the Bluffton scene for many years. P. T. Barnum An article from the Lima Sunday News reports of the triplets’ invita-

tion to the P.T. Barnum Circus. In 1872 the circus train stopped in Lima for a show. While there he heard that quadruplets had been born in Bluffton just a few years earlier. Since he always boasted of being the possessor of the ‘wonders of the world’ he sought out the Murray family. He made arrangements for the boys to appear for one day of the circus. The parents had first been contacted to see if the boys might go with the circus. But the parents agreed to bring them over for one day. Barnum was unaware that there were only three of the quadruplets that had survived. When he found this out he still insisted that the triplets should be a part of the exhibition during the show in Lima. “Proud of his family, Murray came to Lima and was given the freedom of the entire ‘big top.’ The triplets attracted as much attention as the whole circus. They were four years of age. In subsequent showings in Lima after 1872, P. T. Barnum always inquired about the triplets and on one occasion visited them. Whenever the circus showed within 50 miles of Bluffton the Murray family were always special guests of P. T. Barnum.”

The executive board of the Friends of the Bluffton Public Library held a special general membership meeting after their regular board meeting January 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Richland Room of the Bluffton Public Library. The general meeting, the first of the year, was a chance for members to meet newly appointed board members and officers. In late October, the Friends held a general membership meeting to instate several officers and board members into their 2012 positions, but instead they announced that they did not have a presidential candidate to elect that evening as they had planned. The group decided to also hold off on electing the executive board members until they had the presidential issue settled. Using the Internet, the Friends voted in December to ratify the group’s revised constitution and to elect the executive board members and the group’s president and vice president to their new positions. The officers are: Jim Shaffer- President, Jan Potter- Vice President, Paula Scott- Secretary and Sallie Jordan Jones- Treasurer. Jim Shaffer is new to his role of president, as Jan Potter had previously held that position for several years. Paula Scott and Sallie Jordan-Jones resume their previous duties. The new executive board members are: Tammy Bradshaw, Darrell Huber, Sharleen Olson, Elfrieda Ramseyer, Teri Sato, Pat

Sheidler and Tracey Steele. Darrell Huber and Elfrieda Ramseyer are new to their positions on the board. As the clock hands indicated that it was exactly 6:30 p.m. the meeting commenced and Pat Sheidler said that the group needed to come up with a way to draw more of the members to the rare general membership meetings. Both the October 2011 and January 2012 general membership meetings drew fewer members than desired. It was suggested that perhaps having a speaker talk or give a presentation would garner higher member attendance. Tracey Steele suggested possibly getting a local movie critic to talk before a meeting. Jim Shaffer offered the idea of getting one of the travel series people, like he’d seen in Columbus, to Bluffton as a draw. Paula Scott wondered if the Friends could have a slide shown before a movie at the Shannon Theater advertising the group and upcoming general meeting or event. The other members agreed that would be an excellent idea, especially in April for national library week when they could advertise their annual tea and spring book sale. At the general meeting the Friends of the Library also discussed how much money their fundraising efforts of 2011 had gathered. The spring book sale made $468 and the fall book sale made $702. The annual spring tea in April brought in $568. The golf outing accumulated $1,437 for the Friends. Jordan-Jones said

The Triplets’ Family From the 1933 copy of the Findlay Morning Republican and Courier we get the following information. There were “Four other children in the Murray family. Mrs. Ella Mohler of Bluffton is the oldest. Emma has passed away. Lloyd Murray is in

the cement block business. Mrs. Leo Triplehorn, wife of the mayor of Bluffton and Mrs. Genevieve Basset who died in Texas recently. Medlow’s children were the twins Dwight and Dwain, the twin girls Mrs. Scott Woods of Rawson and Mrs. Arthur Amstutz of Bluffton. Their children were Melvin Murray and Mrs. Everett Crawford of Findlay; Nile who just passed away this winter and Clayton, deceased, the father of John Murray now residing in Elida. The children of Horace Murray were Aaron then of Plain City and Mrs. Eddie Badertscher of Bluffton.” Remember that this report was mostly given in 1933. The Community Activities of the Triplets Medlow operated a wallpaper and paint store near his home for many years. He did painting and papering in addition to the sales. His son, Clayton, followed his footsteps.

Monroe served as the Bluffton Postmaster. A. B. reported that he was appointed by three presidents, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and then by Herbert Hoover. Horace served for many years as the deputy recorder in the Allen County Courthouse in Lima. The Nicknames When we came to Bluffton in 1947 all we heard Monroe called was ‘Dode.’ We just assumed that was his name as it was listed that way in the telephone book. Horace was called ‘Hod.’ While Medlow was called ‘Med.’ He was the last of the Murray triplets to pass away in 1958. Thus ended an interesting set of brothers who added a certain zest to the Bluffton Community.

Got a Big Kick What kid would not get

This photo of the Murray brothers was featured with the original 1982 article in The Bluffton News.

Friends of the Bluffton Public Library Hold First Meeting of 2012 by Kathryn Tschuor

a big kick out of being the guest of honor at a circus? In those days many of the ‘kids’ would get up at 4a.m. on circus day to watch the first section pull into town. “But it was an even more gala day for the Murray brothers Medlow, Monroe and Horace, when P. T. Barnum seated them in a section all by themselves. Together they watched the clowns and elephants and certainly enjoyed it. To hundreds of others who assembled under the ‘big top’ the triplets were a part of the show. The triplets wore Russian boots, celluloid collars and all the fixin’s of the yesteryears.”

that at the end of the year, the Friends of the library had $5,380.49 in their checking account. “So we’re in very good shape.” Added JordanJones. At the next tea, planned for April 12, 2012, the special guest will be Christie Weininger who will give a presentation called ‘Victorian Secret, The Secret Beneath the Shape.’ The topic will be Victorian era fashion. The last weekend of that month the Friends plan to have another spring book sale with a special preview sale for members the night before. In June 2012 the Friends will hold their 2nd Annual Birdies for Bookworms Golf Scramble at Bluffton Golf Course. The golf outing is scheduled for June 9. During the meeting, one of the board members announced that the library needs someone to donate a couple dozen cookies or bars for the library’s 2nd Annual “Cook for Books” Chili Cook-Off. The cook-off will be held on February 25 and the cookies or bars need to be at the library the day before. The Friends also need volunteers to make items for the 2012 spring tea or to host a table during the event. Table hosts make sure the tea pots are kept full and provide all of the plates, tea cups and saucers, napkins, silverware, water glasses, etc. needed for a table of six. The Friends of the Library adjourned their meeting slightly after 7:00 p.m. and will hold their next board meeting at the end of February.

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A look back in time... Compiled by: JUSTIN CRAWFIS

100 YEARS AGO February 8, 1912 – A “Farmers’ Institute” was slated to be held at the Bluffton Town Hall on February 14 and 15, 1912. Among the speakers scheduled to present speeches were Rev. W.S. Gottshall, Mayor A.D. Lugibihl, Frank Blackford, E.J. Hoddy, Philip Baer, Mai Jennings, Lida Spangler, Mrs. R.E. Hughson, Mrs. Marion Hixon, Mrs. C.G. Coburn, Mrs. C.R. Swank, Gertrude Grey and Rev. J.H. Butler. Members of the committee on resolutions were Henry Gratz, president; Joseph Huber, secretary; and J.R. Marshall, W.H. Radabaugh and I.M. Jennings. In other news that week, the “Armorsville” column reported, “Monday afternoon, the neighbors gave Grandma Boyd a wood chopping. With gasoline engine, buzzsaw and axes the wood piled up rapidly. With a smiling face the aged lady came out and said, Boys if you leave before supper I’ll be after you with the broom. The boys enjoyed the well prepared evening meal.”

75 YEARS AGO February 4, 1937 – The local column reported, “Eugene and Stanley Moyer, grandsons of Mrs. Orpha Harris of South Main street who have been playing with the Jimmy Richards band at Grandview Gardens, Steubenville, Ohio spent the latter part of last week with their mother at Findlay. They report that they were well out of the flood area and returned to join the band at Wheeling, W. Va., where they filled an engagement at the opening of the Diamond club in that city, Saturday night. In other news that week, Pine restaurant proprietor Leland Sechler “began construction Monday of a second story at the rear of his block over rooms occupied by the restaurant and the Star theatre,” the newspaper reported. “The brick addition, seventy by thirty feet when completed will consist of a dining room and also nine hotel rooms for transients.”

50 YEARS AGO February 8, 1962 – Rev. Martin Waidmann was scheduled to assume the pastorship of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bluffton. He had previously served as pastor of two Evangelical and Reformed churches in the vicinity of Bellevue, Ohio. A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Rev. Waidmann was a graduate of Washington University and Eden Theological Seminary. In other news that week, the Allen County Chapter of the Central Ohio Heart Association announced that Mrs. Paul Diller had been appointed as general chairperson of the 1962 Heart Fund in Bluffton. “Mrs. Diller said plans are becoming completed for the regular observance of Heart Sunday in Bluffton, which comes usually on the last Sunday in February,” the newspaper reported. “The Heart Fund is a member of the Bluffton-Richland United Fund.”

25 YEARS AGO February 8, 1987 – New officers of the Bluffton Community Hospital Auxiliary were installed during a recent candlelight ceremony. Trudy Baber was elected president, replacing former president Lois Rodabaugh, while Linda Augsburger was elected vice president. Re-elected as treasurer was Ruth Badertscher and Lucille Steiner was elected secretary. In other news that week, Bluffton area resident Daryl Steiner “was named the 1986 junior associate leader of the Meeker Agency of Connecticut Mutual Life,” the newspaper reported. This honor was “in the area of life and disability income insurance, mutual fund investments, and retirement plans. He works in conjunction with Hardy Financial Group of Lima, and works with individuals and businesses in developing and implementing financial plans.”

A6 The Bluffton News

Thursday, February 2, 2012

CNB Shareholders Meeting Flying Pancake Fundraiser to be Held at Maple Crest continued from A1

This would be equivalent to a 9.60 percent return on the market value of Bancshares stock and the stock value was increased to $1,000.00 per share in June. The bank’s market to book price at the end of the year held steady at 1.24 percent of book. Total loans increased by 3.26 percent in 2011 and the bank saw growth in agricultural loans and real estate loans. Many depositors left money in their transaction accounts and checking account balances increased by over $13.7 million in 2011, while interest bearing account balances declined. Total deposits finished the year at $422.0 vs. $414.6 in 2010. There were also a couple of announcements made, as the bank looks forward to 2012 and beyond. CNB has begun reviewing plans to add on to its Operations Center building in 2012. Romey said when the planning is complete, they hope to begin construction of a major addition to the building in the spring. The bank also announced the approval from its regulator to establish a full service office in Defiance, Ohio and they have entered into a contract

to purchase the bank lot with the intention of building in 2013. The Forecast for the upcoming year remains rocky. Romey said they expect to have a lower interest rate environment in 2012 in general, but with higher and lower rates. The economy is anticipated to be influenced by the great unwinding of debt with both government and consumers continuing to pay down excessive debt loans. “We still have a long way to go until the consumers will be in position to hold up their two-thirds of the economy. The labor force is shrinking and the real wage rate was negative last year when adjusted for inflation. It was the first time in 30 years that has happened,” Romey said. Romey also mentioned the poor housing market, with home prices still well above long term trend lines and the surging of foreclosed home prices. While 2012 looks to be another tough year economically, CNB will rely on what has delivered the bank success for the past half dozen years. The ability to continue providing a

diversified loan portfolio, including agricultural, commercial and manufacturing loans will be key along with remaining a conservative bank. Romey said the fact that CNB is a conservative lender is largely why it did not run into problems in the big downturn of the economy in 2008-09. Another big part of the bank’s success is knowing the customer and knowing when to offer the customer a loan. “We expect another challenging year in 2012 and believe our success will be determined by our ability to find additional qualified borrowers and our ability to hold onto our current borrowers when competitors offer them lower rates and unreasonable terms,” Romey said. Additionally, with each employee owning stock in the company, everyone has a vested interest in making sure their investment is profitable, according to Romey. “We remain extremely excited that our employee ownership model has lead to some superior results again this year which we attribute to the hard work and dedication of all our shareholders.”

The Pandora United Methodist Church is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, February 2 from 1-6 p.m. The church is located at 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. To schedule an appointment, please call the Red Cross at 419-5234810 or visit and enter sponsor code: PANDORAUMC.

It’s not your ordinary pancake breakfast. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, pancakes will “fly” right onto your plate. The breakfast, in the Patio Room of Maple Crest Senior Living, 700 Maple Crest Ct., Bluffton, is a fundraiser for the Maple Crest Memory Garden Project, according to Laura Voth, CEO of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. The pancake event, open to the public, is an interac-

tive experience that is fun for all ages. Pancakes provided by Chris Cakes of Columbus, work this way: you have the option of catching your pancakes as they are tossed through the air to your plate. If that sounds too scary, you may simply have your pancakes placed on your plate. The breakfast features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and orange juice. “The event is a fundraising kick off for the Memory Garden project at Maple Crest,” said Voth. “The Memory

Garden will be located by the main pond at Maple Crest. It will include a dock, screen house, walkway and reflection area, all surrounded by a beautifully planned garden of trees, shrubs and perennials.” All proceeds from the breakfast will go toward the project. Donations are also accepted. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older and $5 for children 5 and under. For more information contact Maple Crest at 419358-7654.



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Bluffton BAPTIST - 345 County Line Road. John McMinn, pastor. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship service, 10:45 a.m.; Evening worship, 7 p.m.; Wednesday - AWANA, Bible study and prayer service, 7 p.m. ENGLISH LUTHERAN - 111 Grove St. Kevin Mohr, pastor. Worship, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. FIRST MENNONITE - 101 S. Jackson St. Steven Yoder, pastor. Louise Wideman, associate pastor. Worship 9:15 a.m., Christian Education 10:30 a.m. FIRST MISSIONARY - 247 N. Lawn Ave. Rev. Gary Marks, pastor. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m.; evening service, 6 p.m.; Thursday, prayer meeting, 7 p.m. FIRST UNITED METHODIST - 116 Church St. Bryant Miller, pastor. Worship 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. PRESBYTERIAN - 112 N. Main St., Pastor Matthew Zuehlke. Sunday School 9:00 a.m., Worship 10:15 a.m. ST. JOHN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST - 223 W. College Ave. Rev. Carol Clements - Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Worship, 10:30 a.m. ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC - 160 N. Spring St. Sister Carol Inkrott, pastoral leader. Saturday Mass, 4 p.m.; Sunday Mass 10 a.m. TRI-COUNTY ASSEMBLY OF GOD - 835 N. Main St. Terry D. Hunt, pastor. Sunday: Christian education 9 a.m.; Worship, 10 a.m.; Evening service, 6:30 p.m.; Monday Crossfire Youth Alive, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Lay Leadership Training Institute, Royal Rangers, M’Pact Girls Clubs, 7 p.m. QUAKER MEETING - (Religious Society of Friends) 118 S. Spring St., Jon and Sally Weaver-Sommer residence; Sunday, 10 a.m., 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays.

Rural Bluffton BETHEL CHURCH OF CHRIST - 4014 Co. Rd. 304, Ada. Minister, Brandon Mayden. Youth Minister, Mike Kupferer; Minister to Seniors, Harrison Underwood. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; COUNTY CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN - Tom Dearth, pastor. Ray Hadley, associate pastor. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m.; Evening worship, 7 p.m.

EBENEZER MENNONITE - Corner Columbus Grove-Phillips Roads. Dick Potter, senior pastor, Jim King, co-pastor. Wade Slechter, pastor of student ministries. Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m. EMMANUEL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST - 8375 Phillips Rd. Eric Rummel, pastor. Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. PLEASANT VIEW CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN - Thayer Road, a mile south of St. Rt. 30. Mark Bowyer, pastor. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. RILEY CREEK BAPTIST - Corner Hancock CR 12 and Orange TR 27. David Lanquist, pastor. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m.; Evening worship, 6 p.m.; Wednesday prayer and praise, 7 p.m. BLUFFTON TRINITY UMC - 2022 St. Rte. 103 Pastor Wade Nelton. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. worship 10:15 a.m.

Jenera TRINITY LUTHERAN - 301 N. Main St., Jenera. Alois Schmitzer III, and Jeffrey Bolwerk, pastors. Worship, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Christian education, 9:20 a.m. Trinity Lutheran School, grades preschool through 8th grade. An extra service will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. thru August 17. ST. PAUL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN (ELCA) - 9340 Twp. Rd. 32, rural Jenera. Steven Edmiston, pastor. Phillip Riegle, youth ministry coordinator. Traditional worship, 7:45 and 9 a.m., contemporary worship, 11:15 a.m., Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. JENERA UMC - Pastor John Foster Worship 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m.

Mt. Cory MT. CORY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Jerry Lewis, pastor. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. PLEASANT VIEW UNITED METHODIST - Twp. Rd. 37. Jerry Lewis, pastor. Sunday school 10:30 a.m.; worship, 9:15 a.m.

Rawson GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP - Pastor David Leman- Corner of County Rd. 37 & CR 313. Web Address: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m.; Monday Youth 7-8:30 p.m.; Wednesday Bible Study/Prayer Meeting 7-8:00 p.m. NEW HOPE UNITED METHODIST

-208 N. Main St. Michael Armstrong, pastor. Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. TRINITY UNITED - South Main, Terry Ream, pastor. Worship, 10 a.m.; Wednesday, Bible study, 7 p.m.

Beaverdam CHURCH OF CHRIST - 308 E. Main St. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship and Jr. church, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday evening service, 7 p.m.; Tuesday evening Bible study, 7 p.m.; Wednesday prayer meeting/ Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. at Richland Manor. ROCKPORT UNITED METHODIST 5505 Rockport Road, Columbus Grove. Greg Coleman, pastor. Worship, 9 a.m.; Church school, 10 a.m.

Pandora, Gilboa GILBOA UNITED METHODIST - 102 Franklin St. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. Chapel Belles Boutique and Etc Shop open Thursdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. GRACE MENNONITE - 502 East Main St., Pandora. Dennis Schmidt, pastor. Sunday school, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. PANDORA CHURCH OF CHRIST - Steve Holbrook, minister. Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. Missionary - 300 Rocket Ridge. Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. RILEY CREEK UNITED METHODIST Corner Road M and Road 7-L. Mark Hollinger, pastor. Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. ST. JOHN MENNONITE - 15988 Road 4, Pandora. D. Lynn Thompson, preaching and teaching pastor. Dave Stratton, leadership/discipleship pastor. Grace Burkholder, children & family minitries. Paul Ginther, youth director. Worship, 8:30 and 11 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday evening, 6 p.m.: Adult cell group ministry, kids’ choirs; Wednesday, 7 p.m.: POW (Prayer on Wednesday) for adults, Pioneer Club for 3 years old- 6th grade, junior high & senior high youth ministries. PANDORA UNITED METHODIST - 108 E. Washington St. Duane Kemerley, pastor. Sunday school, 8:30 a.m.; Worship, 9:30 a.m.

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Community Calendar February 2— B Girls JV/V Basketball vs Columbus Grove 6PM B Boys Freshman Basketball @ Col Grove 5PM PG Girls Varsity BB vs. Arcadia (Home) 6pm Arlington V/JV Girls Basketball w/ Cory Rawson 6pm Red Cross Blood Drive @ First Mennonite Church Bluffton 12-6pm Pandora UMC Blood Drive 1-6pm February 3— B Boys JV/V Basketball @ Col. Grove 6PM PG Music Booster BBQ Dinner 4:30pm PG Boys Varsity BB vs. Arcadia (Home) 6pm Arlington Varsity/ JV Boys Basketball @ Vanlue - 6pm C-R SOS Camp Wilson Spaghetti Dinner 4:30pm C-R V/JV Boys’ Basketball with LB 6pm February 4— B Boys JV/V Basketball vs Van Wert 6PM BU W Basketball vs Anderson 3PM

BU M Basketball vs Anderson 1PM (Alumni Day) BU Men’s basketball reunion game, 11 a.m. BU Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Marbeck Center PG Girls Varsity BB @ Kalida 1pm Arlington V/JV Boys Basketball w/ Riverdale 6pm

Ada Invite 4:30pm

February 7— TOPS - St. Johns UCC 6:30PM Boy Scouts 7-8:30PM Lions Club @ Maple Crest 11:45AM Bluffton/Pandora Campus Life - 8-9PM @ Bluffton Campus Life Room B U Forum: “When the Brain Goes Awry” February 5— by Shelly Weaverdyck C-R All County Band/ Ph.D., 11 a.m., Yoder Choir Concert 3pm Recital Hall PG Boys Varsity BB February 6— @ CG 6pm Bluffton Scrap Artist C-R V/JV Girls’ Quilters 7PM Basketball with Weight Watchers - St Hopewell-Louden 6pm Mary’s Church 5:45PM C-R V/JV Boys’ Bluffton Music Basketball at Lakota Boosters - HS Band Rm 6pm 7PM C-R V/JV Wrestling BFR Session III Indoor with Allen East and OG Soccer (5wks+tourney) 6pm BFR Ultimate Fit begins February 8— Bluffton Elem. PTO BU W Basketball @ Elem. Library 6:30PM Manchester 7:30PM Bluffton Club 56 BU M Basketball vs For 5th & 6th Graders Manchester 7:30PM 3:15PM @ Bluffton Bluffton Breakfast Campus Life Room Club - 7:15-7:55AM @ B l u f f t o n / P a n d o r a Bluffton Campus Life Club JV Campus Life - Room For 7th & 8th Graders PG HS Quiz Bowl vs. 8-9PM @ BCLR Wayne Trace (home) C-R HS Quiz Bowl at 4pm

Club Notes Lions Club Members meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at noon. Weight Watchers Members meet at 5:45p.m. each Monday evening at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. O v e r e a t e r s Anonymous Members meet at 9a.m. each Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church

TOPS Club Members meet at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday evening at St. John’s United Church of Christ

of Town Hall, Main Street.

Creative Writers Members meet the second Monday of ACT: Citizen’s Action each month (September Group through May) at 2:00 Members meet the 1st p.m. in the Maple Crest and 3rd Thursday of lounge. each month at noon at Common Grounds. To add your organization to Club Bluffton Boy Scouts Notes, call 419-358Troop 256 meets every 8010 or email editor@ Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third floor

Area Students Announced to Respective Dean’s Lists A number of students from the local area have been named to dean’s lists at universities throughout Ohio. Students listed on their college’s dean’s list earned a grade point average of 3.5 or better during the fall semester or quarter.

The University of Toledo Bluffton – Mitchell Cramer, Sierra Inbody, Kelsea Kiene Mt. Cory - Kassondra Verhoff

Ohio State Lima Bluffton -Sarah Amstutz, Alan King, Eric Numbers Additionally, Sierra Thomas, of Bluffton, received an honorary nursing pin from Owens Community College.

Tax Services Available at Bluffton Senior Center AARP Tax-Aide help will be available at the Bluffton Senior Center starting Thursday, February 2 at 9 a.m. AARP volunteers specialize in helping taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Appointment is required and may be made by calling 419-358-8971 or stop by the Bluffton Senior Center. Please bring the follow-

ing with you when you come for your appointment; current year’s tax forms, copy of last year’s income tax returns, W-2 forms from each employer, unemployment compensation statements, SSA1999 form if you were paid Social Security benefits, all 1099 forms, all forms indicating federal income tax paid, and Social Security cards or other official documentation

for yourself and all dependents. Everyone must also present a current photo ID a the time of their appointment. The volunteers are not trained to do schedule C, complicated/lengthy schedule D, or schedule E (rental property, royalties, partnerships, and trusts that involve depreciation), so those cases could be turned away.

Mennonite Home Health Receives Excellent Rating Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services of Bluffton has received a 0 (zero) deficiency survey from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), according to Laura Voth, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio CEO. The state requires that all home health agencies be reviewed every 12 to 36 months. ODH completed its

review of Mennonite Home Health and found no deficiencies or deficits. “The state surveyor accompanied the Home Health staff into the patient’s homes and found the highest quality of care was being given by our nursing staff and home care assistants,” said Voth. Also reviewed by the state were all the Home

Health policies and procedures. ODH complimented us on the fine organizational skills that met all state regulations, added Voth. This is the 16th year for the Home Health program of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. During that time it has always been found, by the state surveyors, to be giving quality in-home care.

Happy Birthday! February 5 Emily Porgue Jessica Foltz J o n a t h o n Montgomery Joey Welch Nancy Smith Carmen Maroscher Sue Kinn John Marshall

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BMS Dec. Students of the Month

Bluffton Eighth Grade Science Fair Participants On January 18, 2012, Bluffton Middle School conducted the annual science fair for 8th graders. The students started working on their projects in September and after a lot of research and testing they presented their projects to the judges on the 18th. Eight students received Superior scores (three with perfect scores) and three students received an excellent score. Students receiving a superior score will move on to district competition at Ohio Northern University on March 24th. The Science Fair participants are as follows along with their project subject and score: Sara Bertka – Do people tend to remember information better by hearing or seeing? – Perfect score of 40

Elizabeth Nisly – How does the appearance of food affect your perception of the taste? - Perfect score of 40 Joel Siefker – Does temperature affect how much energy a wind turbine makes? – Perfect score of 40

Brielle Hamilton – Is the accuracy of your serve impacted by the shape of your hand when serving in volleyball? - Superior Jared Metzger – Is a vacuum the best way to sound proof a room? – Superior

Samuel Crisp – Do football gloves increase your ability to catch the ball in wet or dry conditions? - Superior

Abby Prater – Does the amount of air pressure affect the distance in kicking a football? – Excellent

Katie Frazier – Which type of dance exercise (jazz, barre, modern, none) helps a dancer’s balance? - Superior

Patrick Rhonemus – Does color affect memory retention? – Excellent

Misha Groman – Do different brands of fish food give a Betta fish brighter colors? Superior

Amy Warren – Which type of pop is the most corrosive on tooth enamel? - Excellent

Aaron Belcher

Trevor Bassitt

David Myers

Lani Bischoff

Sarah Siders

Sami Fruchey

6th Graders: Aaron Belcher, son of Tracy & Jodi Belcher of Bluffton Aaron participates on the following athletic teams: basketball, football, and baseball. In his spare time he likes to play basketball and play PS3. He also likes to go to the BFR. Lani Bischoff, daughter of Joseph & Melissa Bischoff, Bluffton Lani is a member of the BMS choir. She plays basketball, soccer, and is in dance. She attends the Ebenezer church. In her spare time she likes to paint, do pottery, and draw.

7th Graders: Trevor Bassitt, son of Tom & Mindy Bassitt, Elida Trevor is a member of the BMS basketball team. In his spare time he likes to play basketball. Sarah Siders, daughter of Aaron & Joy Siders, Bluffton Sarah is a member of the BMS strings program. She is a 4-H member and shows horses. In her spare time she likes to ride her horse.

8th graders: David Myers, son of Phil & Faith Myers of Bluffton and Pat Myers of Pandora David is a member of the BMS football team. In his spare time he likes to play video games. Sami Fruchey, daughter of Brad & Kelli Fruchey, Bluffton Sami is a member of the BMS Choir. She plays on the MS basketball and volleyball teams and plans to play on the Jr. High softball team. She attends Emmanuel UCC. In her spare time she likes to play travel softball and watch movies.

Bluffton High School Honor Bluffton Middle School Honor Roll, Second Nine Weeks Roll, Second Nine Weeks 9th Grade – all A:

All A Honor Roll 6th Grade Madison Bassett, Kassandra Bishop, Dakota Bricker, Brayton Businger, Kaitlyn Burkholder, Sarah Gillen, Christian Groman, Garrett Habegger, Christopher Harnish, Sydney Hoff, Kalysta Jolliff, Kayla Kindle, Alexandra Moser, Darby Prichard, Nathaniel Staley 7th Grade Isaac Andreas, Haley Baker, Joshua Begg, Kayleigh Coughlan, Nathan Heinze, Brice Metzger, Zane Meyers, Douglas Nester, Abbie Parkins, Alex Roob, Sabrina Shrider, Sarah Siders, Jayme Siefer, Megan Sycks, Phillip Tatarkov, Sarah Theisen, Kristen Yost 8th Grade Saraelizabeth Bertka, Mark Bixel, Mia Edwards, Sami Fruchey, Jeremiah Garmatter, Misha Groman, Brielle Hamilton, Kylee Leugers, Jack Marcum, David Myers Elizabeth Nisly,

Bret Rumer, Katherine Scott, Joel Siefker A and B Honor Roll 6th Grade Lelani Bischoff, Braden Conrad, Kaden Reneker, Tabitha Geiger, Conor Greer, Kaylee Kinn, Emily Parker, Morgan Auchmuty, Kimberly Gordon, Laura Strahan, Dakota Jolliff, Allison Wise, Lucie Fett, Braeden Edwards, Kaleb Jefferson, Kelli Leugers, Colton Fruchey, Nicole Schweyer, Abbey Gambrell, Jared Arnold, Nathan Reynolds, Nash White, Miranda Schutz, Meta Nickels, Natalie Reynolds, Britney Essinger , William Deitsch, Hunter Brodman, Daniel Setzer, Karis Wilson Raine Sumney, Brianna Keeler, Cyndie Salsbury, Aaron Belcher, 7th Grade Jadyn Barhorst, Matthew Bowden, Trevor Bunch, Levi Mikesell, Marley Runk, Bracy, Katie Burkholder, Connor Dawson, Marie Hotmire, Emily Metzger, Jake Staley,

Grace Nickels, Eli Bourassa, Ceandra Thurmond, Tyler McLaughlin, Marie Roe, Booke Koontz, Ana Spiridigliozzi, Levi Smith, Ryan Sprague, Colin Phillips, Trevor Bassitt, Shane Combs, Brian Deeds, Nicholas Marcum, Alton Burkholder, Baylee Liddick, Samuel Edwards, Andie Schmutz, Cole Wilson, Noah Woodruff, Chris Walters, Emily Stratton,Dakota Arnett, Sarah McOwen, Alicia Schmutz, Morgan Rieman, Antony Kingsly 8th Grade Samuel Crisp, Katelynn Frazier, Kaitlin Kidd, Nicole Edelbrock, Cole Harlow, Kaitlynn King, Amy Warren, Nikki Campbell, Maggie Fett, Carrick Lancaster, Noah Edwards, Jared Metzger, Zachary Little, Jack Burrell, Cody Gesler, Patrick Rhonemus, Lauren Bish, Richard Cleveland, Mitchell Ault, Cassidy Bush, Kyle Swank, Blake Sampson, Taylor Monday, Abby Heaster, Gabriel Meyer, Abby Tuttle, Adam Wannemacher, Amelia Heslep

Neva Adams, Adam Basinger, Kevin Childs, Joshua Garmatter, Lacy Hill, Bryce Johnston, John Oakley, Jordan Skilliter, Olivia Sneary, Mackayla Wilson, Emma Woodruff, Roger Zeits 10th Grade – all A: Courtney Barnett, Tyler Begg, Jacob Bishop, Katie Breidenbach, Meg Burrell, Sara Chappell-Dick, Landon Cluts, Julian Harnish, Morgan Humphreys, Kit-Ann Knisley, Andrew Lee, Sophia Marcum, Audrey Marshall, David Nester, Kaleigh Oberly, Trent Phillips, Bailey Prichard, Joel Ritter, Lily Schumacher, Emily Schwager, Hunter Solmonson, Celeste Stauber, Noah Stratton, Emily Sycks, Stephen Tatarkov, Billy Theisen, Lauren Yost 11th Grade – all A: Aaron Basinger, Jessica Brockert, Tyler Carroll, Anna Crisp, Jonathan Nisly, Justin Paul, Rachel Sehlhorst, Emily Sprague 12th Grade – all A: Brandy Aller, Alaina Bixel, Emily Born, Jenna Buro-

ker, Hannah Chappell-Dick, Ashlin Gable, Kristi Geiser, Zachary Harlow, Lucas Harnish, Seth Heaster, Jennifer Hieronimus, Keshaun Hughes, Liza Hunt, Michael Liska, Victoria Parson, Abbey Rieman, Logan Skelly, Lindsey Sneary, Taylor Steele, Halle Steingass, Jane Sycks, Kallen Terry, Kaitlin Thompson, Isaac Winegardner, Mary Wodruff 9th Grade – A/B:

Robbie Stratton, Alexander Hord, Erica Sheehan, Kathryn Basinger, Madison Domer, Elijah Runk, Taylor Mayer, Michiah Schlievert, Makayla Smith, Kyle Strahm, Kayla Phillips, Alexandria Schmutz, Mariah Fleming, Emma Burkholder, Sidney Joseph, Clay Wilson, Aisha Oliver, Aaron Shaw, Adel Sommers, Eric Prater, Lauren Parkins, Sahaj Vohra, Jayden Taulker, Colt Freeman 10th Grade – A/B: Joseph Bertka, Jill Steinmetz, Andrew Demellweek, Isaac Little, Drake Luginbuhl, Sarah Wright, Sydney Bonnell, Paige Buroker, Alan Childs, Joshua Bracy, Madison Essinger, Abigail Heslep, Andrew Hoff, Molly

Moser, Jonatan Moser, Ryan Sprague, Jonah Bourassa, Morgan Pugsley, Jacob Scalf, Olivia Hunt, Richard Williams Basinger, Hunter Smith, Joseph Bischoff, Morgan Schroeder 11th Grade – A/B: Kory Enneking, Julie Althaus, Katie Palte, Michael Deter, Francinny Oliveira, Nathan Bunch, Karli Leugers, Megan Dulle, Jacob Garmatter, Nathaniel Diller, Josiah Conley, Rachel Yoder, McKenna Reneker, Delaney Reineke, Michael Sheehan, Matthew Spallinger, Alexis Lugibihl, Jacob Neuenschwander, Brittany Brown, Stefan Stechschulte, Kyle Huber, Nicholas Slinger, Adrian Rumer, Matthew Deter, Zachary Wilson 12th Grade – A/B: Peter Grihalva, Austin Housh, Kayla Longworth, Alissa Garmatter, Nathan Little, Mikaela Diller, Logan Steingass, Andrew Courtney, Matthew Gillett, Chelsea Moran, Jacob Nienberg, RJ Stratton, Chase Wilson, Lydia Guagenti, Ava Yoakam, Jeremy Basinger, Ellis Barnes, Kyle Risner, Jamie Wickert, Megan Kirkendall, Ryan Conner

BHS Band Solo and Ensemble Results - January 28 Superiors (“I”) Class A

Class B

Class C

Class C Andrew Hoff Sara Chappell-Dick Jane Sycks Julian Harnish Lauren Yost

euphonium flute trumpet piano voice

Bluffton Cello Duet Mary Woodruff


cello violin voice voice voice voice

Jacob Bishop


Elizabeth Leis Emily Swisher

voice voice

Emma Woodruff Nicholas Slinger Jane Sycks Ladies String Quartet Senior String Quartet Men’s Quartet Senior SA Ensemble Sophomore SA Ensemble Jennifer Hieronimus

oboe alto sax piano

Courtney Barnett Emily Sycks Emma Woodruff Rachel Ann Woodruff String Quartet String Choir Justin Weaver

piano piano piano piano

Bluffton Senior String Quartet: Hannah Chappell-Dick, Lindsey Sneary, Mary Woodruff, Rachel Woodruff


Bluffton Ladies String Quartet: Emily Sycks, Morgan Humphreys, Emma Woodruff, Lauren Yost

Audrey Marshall JacKyle Andrew Hoff

Class C

Senior SA Ensemble: Jane Sycks, Lindsey Sneary, Kristi Geiser voice

Excellents (“II”) Class B

Goods (“III”) Class A

Jack Henry Neff Kyle Kahle Danielle Diller Victoria Briggs Katie Jo Breidenbach Wynter Wise

Sophomore SA Ensemble: Samantha Rhonemus, Emily Sycks, Lauren Yost, Katie Jo Breidenbach, Morgan Schroeder Men’s Quartet: Chase Wilson, Clay Wilson, Eli Runk, Lucas Harnish

Bluffton String Quartet: Celeste Stauber, Amanda Diller, Stefan Stechshulte, Julian Harnish piano voice

JacKyle: Jacob Bishop, Kyle Kahle Bluffton Cello Duet: Mary Woodruff and Julian Harnish Bluffton String Choir: Violins: Hannah Chappell-Dick, Emily Sycks, Jacob Bishop, Morgan Humphries, Celeste Stauber, Rachel Woodruff, Liz Leis, Stefan Stechschulte, Kyle Kahle, Amanda Diller. Violas: Lindsey Sneary, Emma Woodruff. Celli: Mary Woodruff, Lauren Yost, Julian Harnish, Jack Henry Neff. Basses: Sara Chappell-Dick, Landon Cluts.

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One Up, One Down for Wilson Gets Win #100, Pirate Boys Basketball Wrestlers Place 11th at LCC by Evan Skilliter The boys basketball had a big home win early last week over Pandora-Gilboa, but followed it up with a tough road loss at Ada. The Pirates are 3-11 on the year and travel to Columbus Grove Friday. The Pirates earned their third victory of the season and second in a row Tuesday, beating the PandoraGilboa Rockets, 69-60, at Bluffton High School. Matt Gillett scored a career high 31 points to help lead the Pirates to the non-conference victory. The first quarter found the lead change nine times as both teams found plenty of offensive production. Michael Donley scored nine first quarter points for the Pirates, hitting 4-of-6 from the field including 1-of-1 from behind the arc. The Rocket’s Abe Basinger hit a three at the buzzer to tie the score at 16 to end the first quarter. Matt Gillett hit a three to start the second quarter, but both teams hit a cold streak from there as neither team scored in the following two minutes. Pandora’s Owen Lugibihl ended the drought with a bucket in the paint, but that was quickly matched by a lay-up from Gillett to help the Pirates maintain a three point lead. The Pirates kept that lead for the rest of the half as they scored 10 second quarter points and held the Rockets to only six, making the score 26-22 in favor of the home team at the half. Donley led all scorers at half-time with 12 points while Gillett scored 10 of his own. Lugibihl led the Rockets with eight first half points. RJ Stratton led the Pirates in the third quarter, scoring 8 points on a 4-of-5 performance from the field, including three straight layups in a two minute span. That gave Bluffton a 4135 lead with 30 seconds remaining in the quarter. However, just before the quarter ended, Pandora hit a half-court buzzer beater, bringing the score to 44-38

in favor of the Pirates. The fourth quarter belonged to Matt Gillett. The senior caught fire and scored the Pirates’ first 10 points. He scored 15 total points in the quarter, not missing a single shot on 2-of-2 from the field, 3-of-3 from behind the arc, and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. The strong final frame helped the Pirates to a 69-60 win. “It’s nice getting that third win,” Gillett said. “I think we’re getting a better feeling for the offense. We’re starting to get out and run a little bit and I think that’s more our pace. Hopefully that helps us out the rest of the season.” Head Coach Todd Boblitt was very pleased with his team’s performance. “We got some easy baskets in transition there in the second half and we

converted… Our guys were extremely unselfish tonight on the offensive end. I was really proud of how well we shared the ball,” said Boblitt. The Pirates out-rebounded the Rockets 24-21 on the night, while committing five less turnovers (19-14). Bluffton shot 18-of-37 (49 percent) from the field, 8-of12 for three (67 percent) and 9-of-18 (50 percent) from the free throw line. The Pirates struggled at Ada Friday, as they lost a Northwest Conference game to the Bulldogs, 5927. Ada played tight defense all night, only allowing 15 points combined in the first three quarters of the game en route to win number 12 on the season and number four in the NWC. continued on page B2

Zach Wilson stands in front of a banner made for his 100th career win. Photo by June Orr by Sam Brauen Bluffton’s wrestling team finished eleventh out of forty teams in the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbird Invitational. Junior Zach Wilson won the 145 class and recorded his 100th career win along the way, quite a feat for a junior. But many Pirates experienced success in Lima. Wilson dispatched Carlisle’s Jimmy Sandlin 12-7 in the finals for the championship. Zach improved to 30-0 on the season .

Senior Kody Koronich took third place in the 285 class, recovering after being pinned in the semfinals. Kody won a hard fought 3-2 decision in the third place match over Coldwater’s Alex Grieshop. Colt Freeman fell in the fifth place match of the 106 class by a 7-2 score. Colt went 3-3 in the tournament, with three pins. Zach Cozadd and Jacob Garmatter both went 3-2. Garmatter won all three matches by pin and Cozadd added one as well. Josh Bracy and Josiah Conley both

ended with 2-2 records. The team travels to Eastwood this weekend in a duals meet before, beginning the stretch run of the season. Next weekend in the Northwest Conference tournament at Columbus Grove and the following weekend the OHSAA District Meet begins. Complete individual results for each wrestler can be found online at www. under the Sports tab.

Lady Pirates Give Up Too Many Second Chance Points to Ada by Sam Brauen

Michael Liska waits for the air to clear before shooting vs Pandora Photo by Troy Breidenbach

Underneath the main scoreboard in Bluffton’s home gym a handmade sign reads, “Know Defense, Know Winning. No Defense, No Winning.” After giving up a few too many offensive rebounds and second chances to the Ada Bulldogs in a 5134 loss Thursday night, the sign could simply replace “defense” with “rebounding” and be just as accurate. The Bulldogs won the second half 31-18 and gave the Pirates their third straight loss. The red & white reversed a poor habit of late, when they started quickly. Lydia Guagenti, Bailey Prichard, Sierra Amstutz and Katie Palte each scored as BHS staked claim to an 8-2 advantage in the first quarter. But the Bulldogs hit two three pointers and ended the quarter on an 8-0 spurt to regain the lead 10-8. Bluffton’s cold shooting limited

their scoring throughout the the aggressor to make a game game, but the Pirates grabbed of it. This was not the case the lead back early in the against the stout Ada defense. second quarter on a layup by continued on page B2 Danyelle Hughes that made the score 16-13 off a beautiful zip pass from Paige Buroker from the top of the key. Unfortunately, Ada had another 8-0 run in them to end the half, including back to back three pointers as the catalysts. The Bulldogs took a 21-16 advantage to the locker room and had all the momentum. In games past, the Pirates were able to reverse roles in the second half Katie Palte blocks an Ada shot with Sierra and come out Amstutz’ support Photo by Troy Breidenbach


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P-G Boys Refuel in Second Hornets Rebound for Half to Overtake Hornets Win Against St. Wendelin by Matt M. Stutz The Pandora-Gilboa boy’s basketball team split their pair of games this past week as they lost a non-conference battle to host rival Bluffton last Tuesday evening. The boys quickly turned things around three days later, as last Friday night they came-frombehind in the second half for a Blanchard Valley Conference win. Looking ahead on the schedule, the Rockets (3-3 BVC, 1-3 PCL, 4-10) will look to build upon their win this past weekend and host BVC rival Arcadia this Friday evening Feb. 3rd. The Rockets will then travel down State Route 12 this coming Tuesday night Feb. 7th to take on Columbus Grove in a PCL tilt. Bluffton The Rockets ran into a buzz saw when they traveled to Bluffton last week in a non-league showdown between the two border-

ing schools. The two teams played to a 16-16 deadlock after eight minutes of play, as Bluffton slowly pulled away from there, dropping the Rockets by nine, 69-60. Most everything the Pirates threw in the air from behind the 3-point arc seemed to go in as the Rockets had no answer defensively. Nathan Schutz led the Rockets scoring effort with 12 points, nailing two 3-pointers, while teammate Owen Lugibihl pitched in a solid 10 points. Seth Schmenk and Eric Fenstermaker both tossed in 8 points, Abe Basinger was right behind them tallying 7 points, as the duo of Josh Breece and Alex Osborn each connected on 6 points. Jared Tousley rounded out the scoring with his 3 points. The turnover margin didn’t do the Rockets any favors as they turned the ball over 5 more times than the Pirates 19-14.

fell behind early, 7-6 after the first quarter of play and then faced a 23-27deficit at the halftime break. But whatever was said in the halftime locker room, the Rockets listened, as they went out and outscored the Hornets 32-22 in the second half for a 49-45 BVC win. Owen Lugibihl led the Rockets charge as he piled up 14 points and Abe Basinger added 10 points, as P-G evened their BVC record at 3-3. Josh Breece finished his night with 9 points, Seth Schmenk followed him up with 7 points, connecting on two 3-pointers. Alex Osborn contributed 4 points, Eric Fenstermaker hit a field goal and free throw for his 3 points, and Nathan Schutz banked in one shot from the floor for his 2 points. Over all in was a well played game as both teams combined for only 19 turnovers. Cory-Rawson won the JV game.

Cory- Rawson Things didn’t look good early for the Rockets as they

The Pandora-Gilboa Lady Rockets played two games this past week, splitting the pair. P-G lost their Blanchard Valley Conference match-up versus McComb last Thursday, and then the next time out they nearly doubled up Continental in their Putnam County League win over the Lady Pirates. Looking ahead on the schedule the Lady Rockets (5-2 BVC, 2-3 PCL, 9-6) will host state ranked Arcadia this Thursday night Feb. 2nd. They will then turn their attention to the PCL side of things as they will travel to Kalida this Saturday afternoon Feb 4th to battle the Lady Wildcats. McComb The Lady Rockets never really seemed to get on track in this game as they fell behind by a score of 9-7 after the first quarter and 24-21 at the half before the Lady Panthers pulled away in the second half, as P-G lost 56-44.

Even though in a losing effort Megan Maag had a career type night for the Lady Rockets as she posted a doubledouble scoring a game high17 points and pulling down a game high 10 rebounds. Her teammate Megan Hovest had a solid night as she poured in 15 points hitting three 3-pointers. Others to contribute in the scoring effort were Hunter Hermiller, hitting four free throws to finish with 4 points, Vanessa McCullough hit a 3-pointer for her 3 points, Morgan Gerdeman and Ashley Williams each popped in 2 points, while Ashley Alt closed things out with her lone point. The Lady Rockets had a decisive edge in the rebounding department (35-22) but wiped out that advantage as they committed twice as many turnovers (20-10) than McComb. P-G won the JV game. Continental A 24-7 scoring advantage for the Lady Rockets in the second quarter proved to be the springboard that propelled P-G to a 70-37 win

Pandora - Gilboa Cory-Rawson let a strong 1st half go to waste as Pandora-Gilboa rallied late to snatch a Blanchard Valley Conference victory on Friday. Both teams started slowly with Cory-Rawson taking a slim 7-6 lead after one quarter of play. The Hornets warmed up in the second quarter going on a 16-9 run to take a solid 8 point lead at the midway point. That lead would slowly disappear in the second half as Pandora-Gilboa cut it to only 2 points by the end of

over Continental. The duo of Megan Hovest and Megan Maag combined to outscore Continental themselves as they accounted for 40 of the 70 point outburst for P-G. Hovest poured in a game high of 22 points while catching fire from long range, connecting on five 3-pointers. Meanwhile Maag finished with 18 points while also securing a team high 9 rebounds. Those two couldn’t have done it by themselves with out getting help from their teammates. Ashley Williams ran the show as she dished out 11 assists to go along with her 5 points, and even though Vanessa McCullough didn’t score its worth noting she passed the ball around accumulating 6 assists. Keri Conine had a solid all around game as she contributed 8 points while Morgan Gerdeman and Megan Verhoff both tallied 6 points each. Hunter Hermiller was the final lady to find her name in the scoring column as she tossed in 5 points. Continental won the JV game.

the 3rd quarter. Pandora-Gilboa continued their momentum into the 4th quarter to take the lead and win by a final score of 49-45. Tyler Harris hit four 3-pointers as he led the Hornets with 19 points. Mathew Alspach had 9 points. Alex Edson added 8 points. Jeremiah Alspach had 7 points and led the Hornets in rebounding with 5. St. Wendelin Solid defense and a balanced scoring attack helped Cory-Rawson take down St. Wendelin 54-35 in non-conference play on Saturday.

Cory-Rawson opened up with a 13-11 advantage over St. Wendelin in the first quarter. The Hornets extended that lead to 27-20 at the half. Defense was the key for the Hornets in the 2nd half as they held the Mohawks to only 15 points over the final two quarters while putting up 25 points themselves. Tyler Harris led all scorers with 13 points and 4 assists. Alex Edson matched Harris in assists and scored 10 points. Risner added 9 points. Jeremiah Alspach chipped in 8 points while Grant Marshal contributed 7 points. The Hornets improve to 4-9 overall.

Lady Hornets Fall Behind Early, Lose to Leipsic by Benji Bergstrand

Lady Rockets Propelled by Early Lead Over Continental by Matt M. Stutz

by Benji Bergstrand

Cory-Rawson fell behind early and never recovered as they fell to Leipsic in Blanchard Valley Conference action on Thursday. Leipsic shot out of the gate with a 20-4 run in the first quarter. Cory-Rawson picked up the offense in the

second quarter scoring 12 points, but Leipsic was still able to extend their lead to 34-16 by halftime. Coming out of the break Leipsic went on another run outscoring Cory-Rawson 18-12. The Hornets rallied in the 4th quarter with a 12-9 advantage over the Vikings but

it was too little, too late. The final score was 61-40 in favor of the Vikings. Morgan Woodward and Courtney Dulle led the Hornets with 11 points each. Kiley Scott led the Hornets in rebounding with 7. The Hornets are now 5-9 overall and 1-6 in the BVC.

University Sports

Beavers Knock off Grizzlies The Bluffton University men’s basketball team avenged an early season 82-79 home loss to Franklin College by pulling out a tough 65-57 victory on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Beavers upped their season record to 13-6 overall and 7-5 in the HCAC. Franklin dropped to 10-9 (7-5 HCAC) with its second consecutive loss. The Beavers charged out of the gate, opening an 11-0 lead as five different players put points up on the scoreboard. After the Grizzlies finally got untracked and cut the lead to seven, a hit from deep by senior Mychal Hill (London/Jon. Alder) put the visitors back up 16-6 midway through the first period. Franklin then settled in on its home court and began chipping away at the

Bluffton lead until they knotted it up and then went ahead 24-22 on a jumper by Zach Mershbrock. Consecutive layups by Will Pope (Somerville/Preble Shawnee) put the visitors back on top, 26-25, heading into intermission. The teams battled for the first seven minutes of the second period with Bluffton clinging to a slim lead until senior Brent Farley (Lima/ Shawnee) nailed a jumper and Josh Johnson (Ottawa/ Ottawa-Glandorf) followed with a deuce on back-toback possessions, pushing the Beaver lead to eight at 38-30. The Grizzlies had one last run in them as they cut the deficit to 52-50 with just under four minutes to play, but that was as close

as they could get. As Franklin looked to knot the game or go ahead with a three, a huge steal by Josh Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) led to a fast-break layup which shifted the momentum back in Bluffton’s favor. The veteran visiting squad closed out the game 65-57 by draining 9-of-12 from the charity stripe to quell Franklin’s hopes for a season sweep of the Beavers. Hill paced the Beavers in scoring with 15 points while also adding four dimes and five boards. Fellow senior Nate Heckelman (Norwalk) also had a productive game for the team, sinking all 10 of his free throws to finish with 12 points and three rebounds. Farley chipped in with 11 points and five boards as well.

Women’s Basketball HCAC One Up, One Down for BHS Boys Winning Streak Comes to End continued from B1

The Bulldogs came out on a mission to put as much pressure as possible on Pirate ball handlers. Mission accomplished. In the first quarter, the Pirates were able to shoot only 2-of-12 from the field to score only five total points. On the other side of the ball, the Bulldogs shot 7-of-9 from the field to score 16 total points. The story did not change much in the second quarter as the Pirates were forced to take uncomfortable shots over the top of close defenders, making just 2-of-11 from the field and scoring only seven second quarter points. The Bulldogs continued to score and took a 28-12 lead into halftime, marking the lowest scoring half for the Pirates all

season. Konnor Baker led all scorers at half-time with 12 points, hitting 3-of-6 from two point range and 1-of-1 from behind the arc. Michael Donley led the Pirates with six first half points. The Pirates could only muster three points in the third quarter as the Bulldogs jumped out to a commanding, 41-15, lead heading into the final frame. That lead would prove to be too much as the final quarter found the Pirates unable to come back. They hit the showers with the final score 59-27. Ada’s Baker led all scorers for the night, turning in 17 points on an 8-of-14 night from the field, including 1-of2 from behind the arc. RJ

Stratton led the Pirates with 12 points, hitting 5-of-12 from the field and 2-of 2 freethrows. Other scorers for the Pirates were Drake Luginbuhl (2 points), Donley (8 points), Matt Gillett (3 points), and Jordan Skilliter (2 points). The Pirates shot 10-of-40 (25 percent) from the field, 2-of-13 (15 percent) from behind the arc, and 5-of-8 (63 percent) from the charity stripe. They pulled down 15 rebounds as a team and committed 16 turnovers. The Pirates will be back in action Friday, February 3, at Columbus Grove at 6 p.m. and then Saturday, February 4, at home against Van Wert, also at 6 p.m.

Ada Grabs Win from Lady Pirates continued from B1 Eight third quarter Pirate turnovers and five Bulldog offensive rebounds spelled doom for Bluffton. Ada won the quarter 17-11 to extend the lead out to eleven and they never looked back. The Pirates shot just 2 of 11 from the field in the fourth quarter making a comeback nearly impossible as the deficit grew out of reach. Ada’s Taylor Willeke scored 12 points to lead a balanced Bulldog attack. Tori Wyss and Tabby Jolliff each added 11.

“We got a lot of the looks we wanted,” Coach Eric Garmatter commented. “We were able to go inside at times and also get out in transition. Our shots simply did not fall tonight.” The Pirates shot a cool 11/39 (28%) inside the arc and just 2/9 (22%) on threes with makes by Guagenti and Anna Crisp. “We struggled to defensively rebound the ball and gave up second and third chance points, and we just can’t do that.” Because of the 15 of-

fensive boards and turnovers (Bluffton 24, Ada 19) the Bullogs were able to hoist 18 more shots than the Pirates, helping them to the win. The 7-9 Pirates have a week to get ready before hosting Columbus Grove, who is 7-8 on the season. Both squads are 3-3 in Northwest Conference play. Bluffton Scoring: Guagenti 10 points, Amsutz 7, Prichard 6, Palte 4, Crisp 3, Lugibihl 2, Hughes 2

The Bluffton women’s basketball team put up a strong fight but fell short (60-45) on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, to the conferenceleading Grizzlies of Franklin College. The loss snapped a streak of five-straight HCAC wins by the Beavers while dropping the team to 7-12 (5-7 HCAC). The home team improved to 18-1 overall (11-1 HCAC). Lauren Hutton (New Riegel) started the game hot for the Beavers, scoring the team’s first three buckets for a 6-2 advantage five minutes in. Franklin settled down and answered with a 12-point jag for a 14-6 lead with eight and a half minutes

to play in the first period. Beth Yoder (Marshallville/Smithville) made her mark in this big game for Bluffton. The senior sharpshooter came off the bench and gave the team a spark in the first period, scoring seven of Bluffton’s nine points in a quick run by the Beavers which cut the Franklin lead to 17-15 with 2:32 remaining in the half. Franklin standout Sarah Condra drained a triple that put the home team up 22-17 heading into the locker room. Franklin notched the first 10 points of the second stanza to open up a 32-17 advantage just three minutes into the period. A Kylee

Burkholder (West Unity/ Hilltop) layup with 13 minutes to play cut the deficit to 35-25, but after that tally, it was all Grizzlies. They built the lead up to as much as 20 and coasted in for a 6045 victory at the expense of Beavers who were looking to extend their school-record five-game HCAC winning streak. Turnovers and fouls plagued Bluffton throughout the game as they struggled to find any offensive rhythm. Sending the skilled and experienced Franklin squad to the charity stripe for 21-of28 freebies was too much to overcome.

Three School Records Broken on Day Two of Findlay Classic The Bluffton men’s and women’s track and field team were back in action on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, the final day of the Findlay Classic Invitational. Although it was a long, two-day meet, the Beavers had several strong performances. Sophomore Kayla Mullenhour (Delphos/Jefferson) opened the second day of competition on the track by breaking the school record in the 60-meter hurdles and setting a new personal record of 10.40. Junior Maddie Moore (Linn Grove, Ind./South Adams) then took the track to break the

school record in the onemile, running a time of 5:31.24. Sophomore Brandi Dominique (Wauseon) also rewrote the record books by setting a new school record in the 800-meters with a lifetime-best time of 2:28.16. Multiple personal records were additionally set on the track. Freshman Jenna Strauss (Bridgewater) had a trio of lifetime bests by running 9.32 in the 60-meter dash, 32.44 in the 200-meter dash and 10.66 in the 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Eric Dameron (Galion) ran two personal records in the 200-meter dash (25.69)

and in the 400-meter dash (57.85). Freshman Josh Mattoon (Rawson/CoryRawson) also had a pair of lifetime bests by running 57.87 in the 400-meter dash and 25.67 in the 200-meter dash. Junior Chris Arnold (Fort Wayne, Ind./Canterbury) ran a lifetime personal record in the one-mile with a time of 5:14.36. Highlighting the field events on day two was sophomore Julie Court (Galion) who had a lifetime best throw in the shot put with a distance of 31-08 feet.

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Bluffton Library to Host Chili Cook-Off Bluffton Public Library invites you to warm up with great chili and enjoy live music at its second annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cook for Booksâ&#x20AC;? Chili Cook-Off. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 145 South Main St., Bluffton. Save $2 per person by getting advance tickets at the library for a minimum donation of $6 per person. Tickets will be $8 at the door unless the event sells out in advance. Ticket holders will enjoy a sample of each chili, dessert and beverage. Live entertainment will be provided by local musicians. Jim Boedicker will perform from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Matt Keeler from 12:301:30 p.m. Three local â&#x20AC;&#x153;celebritiesâ&#x20AC;? will conduct a blind taste test

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Intellectual Property Seminar, February 10 The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce and Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs will co-host a free seminar focusing on â&#x20AC;&#x153;intellectual property.â&#x20AC;? The seminar is at 8:45 a.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in the third floor of the Bluffton town hall. The seminar follows the chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly member breakfast. Jake Ward, attorney with the firm of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC, Perrysburg, is the workshop speaker. He will address topics including intellectual property and technology law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, technology transfer, intellectual property management and infringement issues. The attorneys in the firm

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Ezekiel Lee Coffman January 24, 2012 Parent: Michael & Megan Sex: Male Length: 21 inches Weight: 7 lbs. Resides in Bluffton, Ohio

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February 02, 2012 issue of the bluffton news

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