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Abby Prater plays her xylophone during her presentation. Photo by Austin Arnold

Bluffton Eighth Graders Create Their Own Musical Instruments by Austin Arnold During their unit study of sound, Mr. Dave Bracy’s eighth grade science classes at Bluffton Middle School have been focusing on a special project that has students researching and building a musical instrument of their choice. Requirements of the project consist of conducting research on the instrument they choose, discovering the history of the instrument, dissecting the mechanics of it and being able to explain how it works and makes sound. Then the students need to take this knowledge and apply it in order to build the instrument. This is the stage of the project where some imagination enters in

for each student because household items are often used to make the instruments. “I tell them you don’t have to go out and spend a bunch of money to build an instrument, but instead look around the garage, barn or basement and be creative and see what could be used to make an instrument,” Bracy said. “A lot of the students take the project and run with it.” From the eyes of the instructor, how well each student is graded is not based on how loud or well the instrument plays, rather that there is evidence of hard work put into the assignment. And, most importantly, the students learn for themselves

what the components of music are. “It’s about the process, the kids learning through trail and error the changing of tones and pitch when they are modifying their instrument,” Bracy said. Parents were allowed to help with this project, especially if power tools were involved. It serves as a good opportunity for the parents to connect and get involved with what their kid is doing at school, and some of the parents enjoy the project as much as the kids do, Bracy said. And, in general, there is a good deal of enthusiasm that pours out from the students while taking on this project. continued on page A8

Top: Bluffton University President James Harder opens the remembrance ceremony. Bottom: Family members of the victims and survivors of the crash place their hands on the monument “Touching Home” at the conclusion of Friday’s ceremony. In the middle are Estee Arend and Tim Berta. Photos by Austin Arnold

Introduction written by Scott Borgelt of Bluffton University. Story by Austin Arnold

tended community of support stretching all the way to Atlanta and beyond.”

Bluffton Lions Select Elaine Harris 2011 Citizen of the Year

Calling it “a very special place on our campus,” university President James Harder said the Circle of Remembrance “speaks profoundly to the many visitors, and now to a new generation of Bluffton students, who are inspired by the story it conveys.” The memorial summons reections “of deep loss—loss of life at an unfairly young age for Zachary Arend, for David Betts, for Scott Harmon, for Cody Holp and for Tyler Williams, as well as for the bus driver and his wife. Loss of sons, of brothers, of teammates and of close friends,” Harder said. To the 28 others on the bus that March morning— players, student managers and coaches—the circle also brings reections “of injuries and trauma, in some cases with lifetime scars,” the president added. He asserted, however, that it carries other messages as well—“of God’s providence, of profound courage, of true teamwork, of deep acts of love for each other, of a spontaneous outpouring of caring from fellow students, faculty and staff, and from an ex-

Friday March 2, 2012 marked the fth anniversary of the shocking tragedy that occurred with the accident of Bluffton University’s baseball team bus in Atlanta, Georgia. At noon last Friday, a somber ceremony was held at the Circle of Remembrance next to BU’s baseball diamond, Memorial Field. University faculty, students, current and former baseball players, family members of the victims and community members all gathered together to reect on the lives that were lost on that Friday morning half a decade ago. On what was a chilly, wet and eventually stormy day, the ve-year remembrance service was opened and closed by Harder. In between there were several university members that contributed to a graceful ceremony. A song, “Go, My Friends, In Grace,” was sung by current students; Kristin Beckman, Kimberly Rupert, Stephanie Patterson, Beth McCullough, Scott Troyer, Neil Macke, Jonathan Luginbill and Justin McCall. BU’s baseball coach James Grandey, who was at the helm in 2007, accompanied

While best known for her tireless effort and leadership with the Blaze of Lights Committee, for the past 20 years, Elaine Harris has been extremely active in many other civic organizations. Thus, she meets the Bluffton Lions Club Citizen of the Year criteria because she has selessly given time, effort and talent for the benet and betterment of the greater Bluffton area. The Bluffton Lions Club would like to thank Elaine for all her hard work. Elaine has been a resident of Bluffton for over 50 years. Born on a farm near McComb, she learned to work hard, cooperate and compete as she and her seven siblings helped their father farm. The work was also an outlet for her incredible energy. She

Tim Berta (left) stands next to James Grandey as he reads scripture to the audience. Photo by Austin Arnold

TFC Holds Annual Banquet at BU

Chaplain James Spallinger shares his personal testimony at the annual Transport for Christ banquet held on Friday, March 2nd at Marbeck Center of Bluffton University. More details and photos can be found on page A8. Photo by Austin Arnold

graduated from Cory-Rawson High School, wed, and moved to Bluffton in 1957. Unfortunately, her marriage failed and her next twenty years were spent as a single parent of four, working as many as three jobs at a time to support her family. She still found time to be a leader in Brownies and Cub Scouts for nine years, and also was in the 1961 Bluffton Centennial Rockettes Chorus Line. After her children were grown, she married Ray Ruggely, who encouraged her to nd new interests and develop her many talents. Ray was diabetic, and Elaine was a loving caregiver until his death. She then met Bob Harris. They fell in love, married 21 years ago and bought Twin Lakes Campground, which they

by fellow survivor and senior member of the ‘07 baseball team, Tim Berta, took the platform to read separate scriptures to the audience. Grandey read Psalm 46: 1-3, 10-11 and Berta read Isaiah 41:10 and Hebrews 13: 5-6. Director of Bluffton’s career development Kathy Dickson then shared some special words of her own as she told the audience while she is one of the many that will never forget what happened, she and others look forward to the future with God as a constant presence. After the meditation and a moment of silence, BU junior Estee Arend, sister of Zachary, joined Dickson in a reading of a responsive litany with the many observers. After concluding the ceremony with a closing prayer, Harder invited anyone in attendance that had a special connection to anyone who had left a mark (either a handprint or other symbol made by a survivor or shoeprint from one of the cleats of the ve fallen players) on the monument that commemorates those involved in the accident to place their hands on the sculpture, if they wished to do so. continued on page A3

still operate today. Since then, she has been a xture in Bluffton Civic Culture. She joined the Chamber of Commerce immediately and has been an active member, serving as a secretary for six terms and president for two terms. Except for the time she was Chamber president, she has been on the Blaze of Lights Committee, acting as chairperson for ve years and parade emcee for two years. She has been a member of the Festival of Wheels Committee since joining the Chamber. Although it has been disbanded, Elaine was a charter member and principle promoter of the Bluffton Optimist Club. continued on page A3


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Mr. Putin has faced unprecedented popular opposition in recent months since United Russia rigged the Parliamentary elections in December. He has, it seems, become something of a victim of his own success. His autocratic rule was welcomed by the Russian people when he first came to power in 2000 following the tumultuous decade of the 1990’s. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1989, the country’s economy was racked by corruption and near chaos during the inept administration of Mr. Putin’s predecessor, Boris Yeltsin. In the early years of the new century, Russia’s economy has been bolstered by high prices for its oil and gas exports. The Putin administration showered the Russian people with higher pensions and pay increases that resulted in the emergence of a relatively well-off middle class of educated people. This largely younger generation with little memory of the previous chaos, has become accustomed to more freedom of choice in employment and consumption and has begun to demand similar freedoms in their political choices. While the administration still exercises relatively strict control over the broadcast and print media, the internet is providing uncensored opportunities for communication among

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” President Franklin Roosevelt is given credit for this quote he used in his first inaugural address. Roosevelt was quoting Sir Francis Bacon who first wrote 400 years ago, “Nothing is to be feared but fear itself. Nothing grievous but to yield to grief.” Roosevelt was seeking to assure the country that the economic problems of the Great Depression could be overcome. Some of today’s leaders of the world’s great powers would do well to heed that advice. It seems that much of what passes for national defense policy is a paranoid reaction to largely imagined threats. While acknowledging that almost nothing in international affairs is as simple or as reasonable as it seems, I’m reminded of George Orwell’s novel, 1984, in which he portrayed a world of perpetual war in which alliances and combatants kept changing among three great world powers. I believe that Russia, China, and the U.S. are approaching that kind of perpetual competition and potential conflict. I also believe that the respective concerns of these nations are overblown. Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was just reelected by a large margin in what is widely regarded as an election largely manipulated by his United Russia party.

the discontented activists. There have been large public demonstrations in Russia’s large cities in which protesters have demanded an end to Putin’s reign. While such protests are unlikely to have an immediate effect on Russian politics, the fact of an emerging

Ruminations George Stultz class of dissent along with weakening European demand for Russia’s natural gas exports is expected to weaken Mr. Putin’s grip on Russian life. Some experts believe Putin’s current term as President will be his last. Faced with domestic challenges and in spite of his fiercely anti-American rhetoric, Putin and Russia pose little threat to America’s security. In what the U.S. described as strictly defensive against the possibility of Iran’s acquiring intercontinental missiles, the placement of a missile defense system in Eastern Europe was seen by Russia as a move directly intended to neutralize Russia’s missile forces. If the Western al-

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Korea for their nuclear enrichment and weapons programs. But neither China nor Russia poses a strategic security threat to the U.S. as we still maintain a military force with many times the capacity of either country. And, even though China’s overall economy may overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest in the next decade, because of their massive population, its per capita production and wealth is and will remain a mere fraction of that in America. Bellicose statements from the Republican primary candidates for President notwithstanding, America’s economic and military preeminence in the world is not threatened by either or both of these ideological adversaries. Perhaps in a few generations China’s economic progress might place it at the forefront of world economic powers, but it is still a good wager that as more Chinese enter the middle class and begin to enjoy the fruits of economic liberalization, the monolithic state will find it increasingly difficult to dominate Chinese life. China will then find itself in the position of having to assume a more responsible stance in world affairs. The world’s most populous country may become our best customer and a reliable ally.

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ourselves to be, the Russians believe they have good reason to doubt our intentions. They believe through the expansion of NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) by the addition of former Soviet countries, the U.S. seeks to encircle Russia with our own allies. The Chinese have similar doubts about American efforts to establish military cooperation with other Asian nations. They already have a history of propping up North Korea which serves as a buffer between China and U.S. troops stationed in South Korea. China has embarked on a significant build-up of its military forces, particularly its navy which they feel is necessary to counter

the overwhelming strength of U.S. naval forces in the Pacific region. But, even with its expansion, China’s military budget remains a fraction of that of the U.S. - about one-fifth of the U.S. military budget. China is extremely dependent on ocean shipping for its exports and worries that total U.S. dominance of Pacific waters can threaten China’s access to important shipping lanes. U.S. support for Taiwan, a Chinese island claimed by China, but inhabited by people who fled the Chinese mainland to escape the communist takeover in the late 1940’s, is another burr under China’s saddle. Since its declaration of self-determination some 60 years ago, Taiwan has received heavy U.S. military and economic assistance to China’s consternation. The post-WWII era of China depending on Soviet military armaments is long past and there remains deep-seated distrust between the two Asian powers, so there is minimal potential for them to constitute a combined threat to U.S interests or security. They have, however, combined to thwart U.S. led efforts to impose penalties on the brutal and merciless regime in Syria and they have historically dragged their collective feet in imposing sanctions on Iran and North

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Bluffton Reflects on Fifth Anniversary of Tragic Loss continued from A1 Like many others in attendance Grandey had both a heavy heart and mind midday last Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of things going on in my head today, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pausing to remember the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;07 team and the players we lost, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also nervous and anxious to travel again tomorrow, so there are a lot of things there but, most importantly, its about remembering the guys that were lost and being able to see some of those that were on the team that were here and their family members, it was nice,â&#x20AC;? Grandey said. The current Beaver baseball team left Saturday for Port Charlotte, Florida for a stretch of eight games to be played within a matter of

six days. But, before departing, Grandey said no matter whether the team is home in Bluffton or down in Florida, they will feel the love and encouragement of many wherever they go and that is something that has been consistent for five years now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The outpouring support immediately after the accident all across the country and especially in Bluffton and Northwest Ohio was all very moving. Obviously, life goes on, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been one of the hardest things that you deal with as you work through tragedies like this, but there have been thousands of people that have prayed for me, the team and the families and people still do today,â&#x20AC;? Grandey said.

This season, the BU baseball team will be sporting new uniforms, according to Grandey, which will feature a black armband around one of the sleeves of each player in honor of the five members that were lost from the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;07 team. The team fundraised to get the new uniforms and they will serve as another tribute, along with the Circle of Remembrance and the five retired jerseys that hang on the left field fence of Memorial Field. The rain held off just long enough, as it started to fall once again minutes after the ceremony ended, and a few streaks of lightning could be seen as the last few observers were leaving the site.

Presidential Candidate Back in Bluffton, Still Running U.S. independent presidential candidate â&#x20AC;&#x153;average Joeâ&#x20AC;? Schriner and his family have recently moved back to Bluffton after a five year stint in the inner city of Cleveland to do outreach work. The Schriners lived in Bluffton between 2001 and 2004, leaving shortly after the election. Joe has run in four successive election cycles (including this one), and has logged 125,000 campaign miles, to date. The Schriners, who travel in a late-model camper, have been featured in more than 1,000 newspapers, 175 regional network TV news shows and hundreds of radio shows. Over the years, Joe has talked to student groups at the University of Notre Dame, Xavier University, Northern Arizona State University, the University of Dayton... to name a few. A former journalist, Joe has spent the past 22 years doing extensive cross country research for a set of position papers that cover a wide gambit of domestic and foreign relation issues.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a serious attempt by an average citizen to run for president,â&#x20AC;? Schriner told The Post-Journal in Jamestown, during a campaign tour of upstate New York. Schriner said his family tries to live the messages they convey in their platform. For instance, the Schriners believe to systemically address inner city poverty, some people need to roll up their sleeves and move back into Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cities to help. This was the impetus for the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s move to Cleveland. While in the city, the family volunteered with a Catholic Worker outreach to the homeless. Joe and his wife Liz also regularly coached Rec. Center League Sports for youth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids down there are daily trying to dodge hunger, needles and bullets growing up,â&#x20AC;? said Schriner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being a positive influence in their lives can literally mean the difference between them joining a church, or joining a gang.â&#x20AC;? As he did while he was in Bluffton, Schriner wrote a

book about his experiences in the city titled: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Urban Neighborhood. He based it on people doing what he perceived to be the â&#x20AC;&#x153;bestâ&#x20AC;? things to make a difference in the community. (Schriner used the same tact in writing two books about Bluffton being â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Town.â&#x20AC;? He is also the author of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back Road to the White Houseâ&#x20AC;? book series.) Schriner has a six-week tour planned that will span about 2,000 miles and take him (and his family) through the Gulf Coast, Texas and some of the Plains states. And when Joe isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t out campaigning or writing, he does some part-time house painting now. The Schriners currently live on S. Main St. in Bluffton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Average Joe the Painterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on Main Street USA,â&#x20AC;? Schriner smiled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get much more populist than that.â&#x20AC;? For more on the campaign, see: www.voteforjoe. com

Estee Arend and Tim Berta (to the right), along with others, reflect at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Touching Homeâ&#x20AC;? monument. Photo by Austin Arnold

Harris Named Lions Club Citizen of the Year for 2011 continued from A1

Independent presidential candidate and Bluffton resident Joe Schriner. Photo submitted by Joe Schriner

Elaine is an active member of the S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club as chairperson for the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement at Vance Street Apartments and Mennonite Memorial Home and participates in the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Adopt-A-Family program. She was chairperson for the Sesquicentennial Food Drive, a member of the Village Hall remodeling committee and serves as

a member of the United Way committee. Elaine is a vice president of the Bluffton Lions Club, chairperson of the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pancake Breakfast and Chicken BBQ fundraisers, and is on the Board of the Bluffton Lions Foundation. She actively represents her Bluffton business as an active member of the national and state campground owners associations.

Anyone reading this is invited to join the Lions as they honor Elaine at 6:00 p.m., March 20, 2012 in the Patio Room at Maple Crest. Reservations for the meal and festivities can be made by contacting Don Hostetler (419-369-4488) by Monday, March 12. The cost of the event is $13.

Invasive Plants Workshop to be Held Saturday, March 17 The Allen-Putnam Pheasants Forever Chapter #260 will be hosting an Invasive Plant Workshop on March 17, 2012 at the Kalida Fish and Game Club. This workshop will consist of morning presentations and (weather permitting) a field walk to allow for hands on learning in the afternoon. Invasive plants have become a big problem in Northwest Ohio. Due to their high competitive nature and lack of natural predators such as disease and insects their numbers have grown expo-

nentially. This workshop is designed to help landowners identify common invasive plant species; learn how they manipulate the natural ecosystem and a few management techniques for control. The Kalida Fish and Game Club is located at 16415 State Route 694, Ottawa, Ohio 45875. The Allen-Putnam Chapter will be providing refreshments throughout the workshop, along with bringing in respected professionals in the wildlife/plant community field as speakers. These speakers will focus on upland

habitats along with some wetland plant species. This workshop will be free and open to the public, we would like to invite anyone who has had issues with invasive plants in the past or would just like to have the general knowledge of how to prevent them from becoming a problem. For any questions or to RSVP please contact Ted Welsh, Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist. He can be reached by phone (419) 439-8858 or email twelsh@pheasantsforever.org

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Bluffton University News Peace Lecturer Tells Story of Bluffton Baseball Offers Shear Support to Kids with Cancer More than 12,000 children and teenagers are diagnosed with cancer every year. Wednesday afternoon, about 45 Bluffton University baseball players and coaches symbolically showed they care. Having already raised more than $7,700 in the last month for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation—which funds research for potential childhood cancer cures—the baseball Beavers took their support a step further on Wednesday (Feb. 29), having their heads shaved in solidarity with young cancer victims. The mass shearing, courtesy of stylists from The Curling Iron in Bluffton, began at noon and continued for an hour in The Commons in the university’s Marbeck Center. It was the first BaseBald for the Cure event for St. Baldrick’s, a Monrovia, Calif.based charity. BaseBald was organized two years ago at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill by Chase Jones, a brain cancer survivor. Now working for St. Baldrick’s, he is attempting to expand the program by recruiting participating teams. He sold Bluffton’s Aaron Hutchison on the idea when they met at the American Baseball Coaches Association convention in early January. “I really hope we can do this,” Hutchison, the Beavers’ assistant coach, recalled thinking at the time. “I think our guys will respond well.” And so they did. On the first day of preseason practice, the Beavers set a goal to raise $2,500. Exceeding the goal in less than a week, they doubled it to $5,000. They surpassed that figure about two weeks ago and moved the target again, first to $6,500 and then to $7,500—both of which they eclipsed this week. “They grasped the idea of helping others,” said their head coach, James Grandey, adding that “being able to help younger kids resonated with them.” What Grandey called a

“bonus side effect” of the effort has been the chemistry it has helped build among teammates, some of them in friendly competition to raise more money. “It’s helped bring us together,” Hutchison said. Among the players who raised the most—$521 each—were roommates Doug Paulin, a sophomore infielder from Jeromesville, Ohio, and Matt Calhoun, a junior outfielder from Bonita Springs, Fla. Seeking donations from family, Bluffton friends and other friends affected by cancer, Paulin passed his initial goal of $150 in three days. “Once they found out what it was about, it was easy to get the money,” he said. Ben Roeschley, from Graymont, Ill., said his teammates rallied around a good cause, using social media to their benefit. “It took off a lot more than I thought it would,” admitted the sophomore pitcher, who raised $128. “We’ll probably turn some heads when we’re in Florida,” where the Beavers will travel this weekend for eight

spring-break games in Port Charlotte, Roeschley noted. But people’s questions about their shaved heads will enable the players to “spread the awareness” about childhood cancer, he pointed out. “I needed a haircut,” added Roeschley, “but I haven’t had it shaved off like this since second grade.” He, and his teammates, had the local stylists to thank for that. The Curling Iron closed for the occasion and even provided small bottles of sunscreen for the players and coaches to pack for Florida. Guests at the event included, along with his mother and brother, 5-year-old Austin Gallagher of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Austin, who was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms tumor in 2007 and has had 10 surgeries since, is one of St. Baldrick’s five Ambassador Kids in 2012. “Childhood cancer is filled with darkness and fear,” said Austin’s mother, Krissy Dietrich Gallagher. “But in the midst of all that darkness, there is a lot of light in days like today.”

A freshly shaved Ben Roeschley (left) pauses for a word with Aaron Hutchison, Bluffton University assistant baseball coach and MC at Wednesday’s BaseBald for the Cure event on campus. Photo provided by Bluffton University

Afghan Women to Speak in Bluffton Two Afghan women—a filmmaker and a humanitarian—will discuss conditions in their native country Monday and Tuesday, March 12 and 13, at Bluffton University. In the first of three events that are free and open to the public, the documentary film “Afghanistan Unveiled” will be shown at 8 p.m. Monday in Stutzman Lecture Hall in Bluffton’s Centennial Hall. Mehria Azizi, one of the Afghan women who made the film, will be present for the screening and, afterward, will facilitate discussion of her filmmaking experiences. Preceding the screening will be a 7:30 p.m. reception with Azizi and Suraya Sadeed, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Help the Afghan Children and author of “Forbidden Lessons in a

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Kabul Guesthouse.” Sadeed will then give Bluffton’s annual Women’s Studies Lecture at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Founders Hall, addressing “What Social Justice Might Mean in Afghanistan.” At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Azizi will be among the participants in “A Celebration of Women’s Voices,” featuring readings, poems and singing in the Musselman Library Reading Room. Azizi was born in 1984 in Kabul, where she also graduated from high school. She received training in video journalism in a first-of-its-kind Afghan Women’s Project and began work at the Aina Media and Cultural Center in 2003. Facing personal safety issues as a result of her work, she went to India with her husband and infant son in Sep-

tember 2008. Several months later, they received refugee status from the United Nations refugee agency and relocated to North Dakota. She and her family, now including two young sons, continue to live there. Sadeed came to the U.S. from Afghanistan in 1982 and became a successful businesswoman. In 1993, during the Afghan Civil War, she returned to her native country and was shocked both by its destruction and the horrific conditions for children. That same year, she established Help the Afghan Children. Her efforts to provide humanitarian aid, medical care, education and hope have since benefited an estimated 1.7 million Afghan children and their families.

Photo provided by Bluffton University

Senior Art Exhibit to Open March 13 Bluffton University seniors Kelsey Greeley, Abby Ferrell and Heather Smith will showcase their artwork during their senior exhibition from March 13-23 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery in Sauder Visual Arts Center. The exhibit, titled “Three

Blind Mice,” is free and open to the public, as is a reception for the artists from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The three students will display pieces they have created during their four years at Bluffton. The work will include paintings by Greeley,

from Elida, Ohio, and Ferrell, from Arlington, Ohio, and Raku ceramics by Smith, from Elkhart, Ind. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18.

Tortured Hutterite Draftees In the cemetery at Rockport Colony, S.D., are the small, rectangular grave markers for Joseph and Michael Hofer, each bearing one of the brothers’ names, his birth and death dates and, in capital letters beside each brother’s name, the word “MARTYR.” The Hofers were so designated by their fellow Hutterites—a communal branch of Anabaptists—following their imprisonment at Alcatraz and what the church regarded as torture and death at the hands of the U.S. Army in 1918, at the close of World War I. Dr. Duane Stoltzfus, a professor and chair of communication at Goshen College, told the conscientious objectors’ story in the C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture Feb. 28 at Bluffton University. Off to Camp Lewis Farmers whose church had taken a pacifist stance for 400 years, Joseph and Michael Hofer, along with a third brother, David, and Joseph’s brother-in-law, Jacob Wipf, were summoned for service nonetheless in the spring of 1918. On May 25, leaving wives and children behind, they boarded a military train bound for Camp Lewis, Washington, where recruits from the western half of the country were training. “The Hutterites were determined not to participate in the military, but they had been drafted and wanted to cooperate as long as they could, hoping for an assignment they could accept,” Stoltzfus said. Tension between the Hutterites and their neighbors had been growing since the Americans entered the war the previous year. In addition to their refusal to buy war bonds, the Hutterites spoke German—the language of the enemy. “On the very day that the men left for Camp Lewis, South Dakota had banned the speaking of German in schools and churches, one of many efforts to ensure loyalty to the United States,” the Goshen professor noted. The Hutterite men’s black dress and beards also contributed to the tension. On the second day of the train trip to Washington, a group of soldiers knocked on the door of the compartment where the Hofers, Wipf and a fifth Hutterite draftee had been sequestered. The soldiers said they only wanted to talk and, when the men inside eventually relented and cracked the door open, they “stormed in,” Stoltzfus said, hauling the Hutterites off to cut their beards and much of their hair. “For the men with shears, it was a harmless and patriotic way to get the Hutterites to look the part of soldiers— ‘free barbering,’ they called it,” he pointed out. “For the Hutterites, it was a frightening introduction to life in the U.S. Army.” Writing to his wife Maria about the experience, Michael Hofer said “Our savior has indeed said that they will come to us in sheep’s clothing, but in truth they are ravenous wolves.” Stoltzfus explained the government’s rationale for giving pacifist draftees no option for civilian service. “In sending all drafted men to military camps,” he said, “President Woodrow Wilson and Newton Baker, the secretary of war, were confident that they could persuade everyone, including members of the historic peace churches, like the Hutterites, to do their part for the Army and the nation. Men who didn’t want to carry a gun might, as soldiers, drive an ambulance or cook in the kitchen.” “Wilson and Baker also envisioned the army as a melting pot,” he added. But less than 24 hours after their arrival at Camp Lewis, the Hutterites had already been singled out for their refusal to fall into formation and to fill out a card with the heading “Statement of Soldier.” They insisted they weren’t soldiers, so they couldn’t complete the card, line up with other men as soldiers or wear a soldier’s uniform, Stoltzfus said. The Hutterites, he continued, “were committed to their own worldview in

which two kingdoms, one of God and one of the world, stood in conflict. They believed they could not contribute to the nation if it meant having to wear a uniform and serve in the Army. … The Hutterites and military officials were talking to one another across kingdom walls.” The Hofer brothers and Wipf also “had the misfortune of arriving at Camp Lewis just as commanders across the country were intent on using trials to send a message to conscientious objectors and just before Secretary Baker opened the way for farm furloughs,” said Stoltzfus. Accused of disobeying orders, the four men went on trial and were found guilty and sentenced to 20 years of hard labor at Alcatraz, then a military prison. Alcatraz At the end of July 1918, the four prisoners—chained together in pairs—traveled by train down the coast to Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay. On arrival at the cellhouse, each was instructed to take a bath and put on prison dress. “When the men refused to put on the Army clothing,” Stoltzfus said, “they were led down a flight of 14 stairs to the basement of the prison, a place of solitary confinement known as ‘the hole.’” There, they entered a pitch black cell 6.5 feet wide by 8 feet deep. “For the first four and a half days, the Hutterites received half a glass of water each day, but no food,” he said. They “slept without blankets on the cement floor that was wet from water that oozed through the walls.” Guards had left a uniform on the floor for each of them, but, as Wipf recalled later, “we had decided to wear the uniform was not what God would have us do. It was a question of doing our religious duty, not one of living or dying—and we never wore the uniform.” During their last 36 hours underground, with prison officials determined to break their resistance, each man’s hands were crossed one over the other and chained to bars in the door. “The chains were drawn up so that only their toes touched the floor, a technique known as ‘high cuffing,’” Stoltzfus said. When guards led them upstairs and into the outside yard after nearly five days underground, they couldn’t put on their jackets because their arms were too swollen. The Hutterites rotated into and out of the dungeon during their four months at Alcatraz. Stoltzfus explained that military law forbade keeping convicts in the dungeon longer than 14 days at a time, and required that they receive a normal diet during the interim time between trips back to a bread and water diet in solitary confinement. That punishment, he noted, had nearly been declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in an 1890 case in which a Colorado murderer had been held in isolation for a month awaiting execution. “World War I provided more evidence that solitary confinement was a medieval practice,” he added, pointing out that authorities closed the isolation cells at Alcatraz and elsewhere. “As members of a communal group, the Hutterites must have felt the isolation with an extra burden,” Stoltzfus said, “but the men are silent in their letters home, except to suggest that death is in the offing.” Wrote David Hofer to his wife, Anna: “We all do not expect to see each other in this world anymore, the way it seems now, but we should not despair, with God’s strength we hope to overcome, as we have promised God, we trust in him. He’s the only one who can help us, as he did in olden days.” Finally, to Fort Leavenworth Three days after the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice ended the war, the Hutterites left Alcatraz, still in chains, aboard a train to the Army’s main disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Arriving at 11 p.m. on Nov. 19, they were hurried up a hill to the military prison, where they were separated for the first time since their arrival at Camp Lewis six months before. David Hofer and Wipf were placed in solitary confinement, standing in chains nine hours a day, while Michael and Joseph Hofer were hospitalized, gravely ill. Prison authorities notified family members in South Dakota, and their wives reached Leavenworth on the evening of Nov. 28. Barely able to communicate, Joseph Hofer died the following morning. Guards wouldn’t let his wife, Maria, see her husband in his coffin, but she demanded permission from the head officer, who relented. “When the lid was opened, she found Joseph in death dressed in a military uniform that he had steadfastly refused to wear in life,” Stoltzfus said. “Michael Hofer died a few days later.” “To the Hutterites, the men were martyrs, who died because of mistreatment at the hands of the state while remaining true to their religious beliefs,” he said. “The Army listed the official cause of death as pneumonia, brought on by influenza.” David Hofer was immediately released to accompany his brothers’ bodies home to South Dakota. Wipf remained in solitary confinement, but several days after the Hofers’ deaths, Secretary of War Baker ordered that prisoners no longer be chained standing to the bars of cells, Stoltzfus noted. Wipf was finally released in April 1919, nearly 11 months after his arrest. In retrospect “The experience of the four men contributes significantly to one of the darker chapters of this period of American history, when a wartime patriotic fever and a widespread suspicion of all things German fueled attacks on conscientious objectors and others who did not rally to the cause,” said Stoltzfus. “But their tale, distressing as it is, does not follow a simple script, neatly dividing the cast into heroes and villains,” he continued. “We can see why the Hutterites became absolutist objectors during the war and feel empathy for the men in the face of their sufferings. At the same time, we can appreciate the challenges set before military commanders and guards who followed a different set of orders and, by their worldview, could not understand why these men would not contribute to the national cause, if only by pushing a broom. “The Hutterites were part of a stream of Americans who, during World War I, when it was easiest to fall in line, stayed true to their religious convictions,” he said. Those conscientious objectors asked their neighbors, Washington politicians and Supreme Court justices what it meant to have freedom of religion and expression. And over time, he maintained, the answer came back, “We can do better,” resulting in a strengthened First Amendment and a more robust Constitution. Stoltzfus, who holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Goshen and has taught there since 2000. He serves as adviser for The Goshen College Record, as well as copy editor for The Mennonite Quarterly Review. He previously worked as a reporter and editor with several newspapers in New York and New Jersey, including The New York Times. The C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship honors the late professor and Mennonite historian who taught at Bluffton for 35 years, from 1913-48, after spending 10 years at Goshen. The lectureship is awarded each year to a faculty member from one of the Mennonite colleges, with priority given to Goshen and Bluffton faculty. The chosen faculty member must prepare a lecture that promotes the Mennonite peace stance and present it at Bluffton and Goshen.


A5 The Bluffton News

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Money Can’t Buy the Days Spent at Stratton School HISTORY ORY PAGE PA

The following article is a reprint of the one published on page nine of the February 20, 1986 Bluffton News. by Blanche Shulaw The Stratton country school was located on State Route 103 where the Sunoco gas station and Lickety Split Shoppe now stand. Many changes have taken place since the school was there. Even so, I can still see the school

standing there, in my memory, with the white fence around it. Many times the children walked the fence and fell, but tried again. Finally the fence was removed. We played ball every school day, when the weather permitted. We’d play Andy over the school house, too. A ball would get caught behind the chimney and a boy would have to climb up and retrieve it. Many of the pupils who attended the school are gone now. In the winter the snow would get so deep that it was high or higher than the fence posts. Weather has changed a lot since then. As I was very small for my age, and on cold winter windy days,

Photo of Blanche (Young) Shulaw

my sister Golda and cousin Lillian would let me walk close behind them to break the wind. I recall many bitter days that we didn’t have the clothes and boots children have today. In the fall we would fill our lunch pails with hickory nuts, as there were four or five trees to gather from. Sometimes, during the winter, the man who built the fire in the morning at school would be late. We would have to walk around or march around in the building to keep mark until the school would get warm. We would do our school work sitting around the stove. In the fall we would have box suppers at night. There would always be plenty of food for a young couple to enjoy. The boxes would always be sold to the highest bidder at auction. Then the owner of the box and the buyer would eat together. There were picnic dinners on the last day of school. There were spelling bees on Friday afternoons during the morning. We would pray and sing a hymn before school started. We would exchange names at Christmas and would give and receive gifts. We would also give a gift to the teacher. The teacher always gave each pupil an orange or a sack of candy. I’ll never forget the time a girl tripped a boy as he was running to play a game at recess at school. The boy fell and hit the corner of the desk and lost three teeth. On another occasion, the teacher saw a note that a girl had written. The teacher was in a rage and asked to see the note.

Friends to Sponsor Victorian Tea Mark your calendars now to attend “A Victorian Tea,” sponsored by the Friends of the Bluffton Public Library. The tea will be held Thursday, April 12, at 5:45 p.m. in the Richland Room of the library at 145 South Main St., Bluffton. Christie Weininger, director of the Wood County Historical Center and Museum, will present

“The Victorian Secret: The Secret beneath the Shape.” The presentation will show examples of the ladies’ fashions during the 1870’s and 1880’s. She will demonstrate how the changing roles of women in society prompted changes in the fashions during the Victorian Era. The program will be preceded by a light meal consisting of typical foods

served during formal teas. In previous years, the following foods have been served: scones with lemon curd, Devonshire cream, strawberry preserves, finger sandwiches, fresh fruit and delicious desserts. The evening promises to be both entertaining and educational. Tickets are on sale at the library. Seating is limited.

‘Geek Out at Your Library’ During Teen Tech Week 2012 Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Bluffton Public Library celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week March 4-10, 2012. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country that are celebrating this year’s theme, “Geek Out @ your library®.” Teen Tech

Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through

libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.

A discussion of Rebecca Skloot’s book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will take place in the family room of Maple Crest Senior Living Village on Monday, March 26, at 3 p.m. Maple Crest Senior Living Village is located at 700 Maple Crest Ct., Bluffton. Copies of the book are available at Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St., Bluffton.

When he read the note, he told us not to leave our seats and then he went outdoors. He cut a stick from a tree. You can guess when he got back we were in our seats sitting mightly still. The teacher made a switch and told us that if he ever saw a note passed again like that we would all get a good switching. It wasn’t a very clean note, I guess. Most of the pupils feared but respected the teachers. Most of the parents taught the children to obey the teachers. My teachers were Frances Dorsey, Wade King, Flo Stratton, Beulah Slusser, Clarah Beagle and Carey Steiner. The pupils attending Stratton school came from the following fami-

lies: Edingers, Ausburgers, Johnsons, Nonnamakers, Strattons, Geigers, Youngs, Cooks, Slussers, Beagles, Hersheys, Niswanders, Hinkles, Shifferlys, Garlingers, Dodges, Perrys, Blakleslys, Petersons, Amstutzes, Williamsons, Stagers, Warrens, Swicks, Swanks, Badertschers, Clarks, Vermillions, and Reeds. In 1920, my first year of school, Carey Steiner was in the eighth grade. He went to high school and college and came back to the Stratton school as a teacher in 192728. That year was my last year in grade school. On one occasion we got into mischief. The county superintendent came to school. Some boys tied tin cans to the back of

his car. He didn’t see the cans until he drove down the road. Then, he heard them and stopped and took them off. That certainly didn’t set well with the teacher, but the students enjoyed it. Actually, I think that the teacher enjoyed it, too, but he turned his back and laughed. Our teachers certainly loved their jobs. I’m sure that their patience was tried many times. I enjoyed school every day. I dreaded to see the last day when I knew my country school days had ended. I’m not ashamed to say I shed many tears on the last day of school. Money cannot buy those days spent at the country school.

This photo is of Stratton School and was printed with the original article in 1986. The information included with the photo says that the school used to be located at Route 103 and Airport Road. The photo was originally from the collection of Don Evans, a former teacher at Stratton School. Both photos were provided by the Shulaw family

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

100 YEARS AGO March 14, 1912 – Greding Brothers announced “that they have purchased the hardware store of Steiner & Niswander in Bluffton, and expect to continue the same in the same location as before,” the newspaper reported. “It will be our aim to study the needs of the community and supply the wants at the most reasonable prices possible. It will also be our aim to extend courteous and liberal treatment to all our customers. Besides the usual line of goods, found in a hardware store, we will also carry a line of farming implements.” In other news that week, the “German Settlement” column reported, “Leonard Stager and family, Amos Sutter and wife, Enos Sutter, Homer and Eldon Hilty and Peter Schnegg leave today for Saskatchewan, Canada, to try their skill in cultivating foreign soil. Joel Lehman, wife and three sons and Alvin Lehman expect to go later. They will all locate in the same vicinity.”

75 YEARS AGO March 11, 1937 – Bluffton-Richland school district superintendent A.J.B. Longsdorf announced a “kindergarten course open without tuition charge to all five-year old children of the Bluffton-Richland district” to “be organized at the Grade school building next Monday morning…” the newspaper reported. “The kindergarten is sponsored by the board of education here with founds for its operation provided by the recreational division of W.P.A. Miss Marilyn Holmden will be the instructor. Classes will continue during the summer.” In other news that week, Bluffton Milling Company officials reported an increase in business during the previous year. E.L. Diller was the secretary-manager of the company, and other board of director members were Noah Diller, president; L.T. Greding, vice president; H.P. Mann, treasurer; and Albert Winkler, David Lugibihl and Adam Steiner.

50 YEARS AGO

March 15, 1962 – Richard J. Boehr, Bluffton area salesman for Lima real estate agent Arthur Gnagi, “has announced plans to open his own real estate agency, with offices in his home on Route 2, Bluffton,” the newspaper reported. “Mr. Boehr passed the real estate brokers examination and received his license to sell real estate on February 28. His real estate salesman’s license was received in March, 1957.” Mr. Boehr graduated from Pandora High School and attended Bluffton College. In other news that week, fourteen new members were elected to the National Honor Society at Bluffton High School. They were Kenneth Graber, Diane Neeper, Brice Balmer, Elaine Baker, Linda Baber, Carol Basinger, Thomas Brauen, Thomas Criblez, Diana Hilty, Henry Janzen, Dan Luginbuhl, Carol Pimlott, Marcia Travis and Gerald Weaver.

25 YEARS AGO March 12, 1987 – Bluffton residents William and Betty Mumaugh established the W and B Mumaugh Tool Company recently. “W and B is a partnership of the Mumaughs,” the newspaper reported. “They purchased the former Cameron Manufacturing Co., Lima, in February... W and B is located at 3818 Elida Road. Within six months, they Mumaughs hope to move their business to Bluffton. W and B is a job shop for the machining or welding of aluminum and steel.” In other news that week, Bluffton resident Anita Potts opened a home party business called “Country Store to Your Door.” Among the items she sold were country baskets, woven rugs, pottery and folk art.


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Galen Burkholder to be Guest Speaker at St. John Mennonite Church

God is Already Looking Dear Friends, In Luke 15, Jesus was teaching, the Pharisees comment: “This man eats with sinners” as if to suggest that those people are too unimportant to desire God’s attention. He responds with three parables of things that are lost – the sheep that wanders off from a large herd; the coin that was lost out of ten; and the Parable of the Prodigal son – the one son who wandered away from the family. We can view these stories about lost things as an answer to the question: “What matters to God?” Now, oddly enough, in one way or another, all the lost things in Luke 15 could be written off! A man with a herd of 100 sheep can afford to lose one. The woman is obviously poor, still the coin she hunts for is a small coin – less than a quarter! – so even if she finds it, she will still be poor! With the Prodigal son, hard as this may sound, in the hierarchy based family structure of the time, the father had by his side the important son – the eldest son. The other one could be seen as unimportant. Certainly this is true in respect to how that younger son treated his father. Now how does something become lost? In the Christian vocabulary, we tend to use the words ‘the lost’ to mean those outside the fellowship and/or those who sin. Certainly it can be used this way, but it isn’t the only way we can use this imagery. For example, in the case of the lost sheep story, we don’t have a sinful sheep. No, the animal simply wandered off. In the way of all sheep, there was a blade of grass here or something over there just looked more promising to eat. If you’ve ever had livestock, you know how prone they are to wander! And how about the coin – what did it do? The coin did absolutely nothing to become lost. It was just lost. And truly, like in the case of the younger son, we can be the cause of our own “lost-ness”. How have you felt when you’ve been lost before? Did you feel something like: “I don’t know where I am”, “I don’t know what I am doing”, “I don’t know why I am here”, “I don’t know what happens next” . . . .? But rather than all the questions, I just want us to think of one: “When I feel lost - what is God doing?” Well, God is searching for us! Maybe searching like the father – scanning the horizon, awaiting our return. Maybe searching like the shepherd – knowing the dangers – wanting to save us. Maybe searching like the woman – throwing the glow of Light into all the dark places – giving illumination. But what ever the way, God will be active on your behalf. No matter how we became lost, God is seeking our deliverance and care. No matter how unimportant we might think that we are – or unimportant we might fear our problem seems – God doesn’t see it that way – God is seeking us out. No matter what the details, one thing all three of these parables have in common is a caring, searching God. If you feel lost – God is already busy looking. PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for always looking for me, no matter where I find myself. Amen.

Galen Burkholder Galen Burkholder will be the guest speaker at the Mission Festival on March 11 at St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora. He is the international Director of Global Disciples. The theme of the festival is “The Changing Face of

World Missions.” Global Disciples is a ministry that assists clusters of congregations around the world to develop their own, locally sustainable patterns of training disciples to go and make disciples, sending their workers to plant churches in un-reached areas and equipping Christ-like leaders. Currently, Global Disciples serves approximately 340 groups of churches in about 43 countries. Prior to establishing Global Disciples in 1996, Galen served for 12 years as Discipleship Ministries Director with Eastern Mennonite Missions. He was also the Youth and Young Adult Director for Lancaster Conference. He has a master’s degree in Evangelism Church Planting. Galen is a graduate of Hesston and

Bethel colleges in Kansas and Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Virginia. Julie Stratton, who just recently joined Global Disciples as Advance Director of Advancement, will participate as well. Nine mission agencies will be represented at the Mission Festival. Services on Sunday, March 11 are: St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora (419-384-3680). First service: 8:30-9:30, joint ABF 9:45-10:45. Second Service: 11:00-12:00. A special service with Galen Burkholder and Julie Stratton will be at the Ebenezer Mennonite Church 8905 Columbus Grove Road, Bluffton, Sunday evening, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. (419358-8588).

Annual Spaghetti Dinner to be Held at First United Methodist on March 14 Bluffton First United Methodist Church, 116 Church Street, invites everyone to their Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. It will be held Wednesday, March 14th, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the First UMC Fellowship Hall (church basement). Tickets

cost $7.00 each and the meal includes baked spaghetti, salad, breadstick and a drink. Tickets can be purchased from any First UMC Middle or High School student or in the church office from now through March 10th. Desserts will be available on a dona-

tion basis. A limited number of tickets will be for sale at the door, and carry-out will be available. All proceeds will benefit children/youth activities at Bluffton First UMC. Please contact the church office (419-358-8921) with any questions you may have.

There will be a Chicken BBQ on Sunday, March 18 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E.Washington St. (Rt 12) in Pandora. Tickets are $7.50 per person (dine-in or carry-out). For ticket information, call 419.384.3782. Some tickets will be available at the door.

In the Peace of Christ, Rev. Dr. Matthew Zuehlke Bluffton Presbyterian Church

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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. Christian Education, 9:15 a.m.; Worship, 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.

Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.

EMMANUEL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST - 8375 Phillips Rd. Eric Rummel, pastor. Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m.

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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 Melton. 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 Wade Melton. 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.

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TRINITY UNITED - South Main, Terry Ream, pastor. Worship, 10 a.m.; Wednesday, Bible study, 7 p.m.

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

GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP - Pastor David Leman- Corner of County Rd. 37 & CR 313. Web Address: www.gospelfellowshipgfc.org. 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.

ministry, kids’ choirs; Wednesday, 7 p.m.: POW

NEW HOPE UNITED METHODIST -208 N. Main St. Michael Armstrong, pastor.

E. Washington St. Duane Kemerley, pastor.

(Prayer on Wednesday) for adults, Pioneer Club for 3 years old- 6th grade, junior high & senior high youth ministries. PANDORA UNITED METHODIST - 108 Sunday school, 8:30 a.m.; Worship, 9:30 a.m.


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Obituaries Mary Ellen Reichenbach

Mary Ellen (Rickly) Reichenbach, 98 passed away peacefully at 10:42 a.m. on Tuesday February 28, 2012 at her residence with her daughter by her side. She was born February 12, 1914 on the family farm in Putnam County to Samuel and Arletta (Huffman) Rickly. She graduated from Pandora High School in 1932. On July 27, 1934, Mary Ellen married Myron (Mike) Reichenbach and he died on January 13, 1980. In addition to farming, Mike and Mary Ellen owned and oper-

ated Reichenbach’s Flowers & Gifts on their farm from 1965 until 1978 when they sold their farm and moved to Bluffton. Mary Ellen was a lifelong member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church, formerly Pleasant View Evangelical United Brethren where she served as church historian. She was known to sing duets with many partners at the church over the years and she provided flower arrangements for the church altar every Sunday for many years. Mary Ellen was an extremely creative and talented woman in many areas. She won many awards and ribbons for her sewing, knitting and crocheting projects. She was also an accomplished woodworker making Currier and Ives picture frames, as well as a grandfather clock. She loved her family and enjoyed making things for them. She was a volunteer at Bluffton Hospital for 25 years. She is survived by a daughter Sandy Yoakam, Reynoldsburg, Ohio; three grandchil-

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dren Michael (Holly) Yoakam of Canal Winchester, Karen (Bob) Davidson of Columbus and Jennifer (Chris) Brown of Blacklick, Ohio; eight great-grandchildren Stephen, Brandon, Matthew, Jesse, Macailyn, Ashley, Joshua and Faith; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Alva, Oscar, Irvin, Raymond and twin brother and sister Jessie and Bessie (Rickly) Sutter. A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Mt. Cory. Rev. Jerry Lewis officiated. Burial was in Clymer Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday from 4-8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant View United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

Kenneth E. Geiger, 87 of Bluffton died at 10:45 a.m. February 29, 2012 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born November 17, 1924 in Allen County to Pearl E. and Burdella B. (Amstutz) Geiger. On November 17, 1950 he married Virginia Klingler and she died November 23, 2011. He retired as an electrical technician at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton after 42 years and had also worked in maintenance at Bluffton Public Library for 17 years.

He was a lifelong member of the Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton where he was a Sunday night teacher, and was the Sunday school treasurer. He was a volunteer at Bluffton Hospital with 3,419 hours served. He was a Republican Committeeman for many years. He was an amateur radio enthusiast with the call letters WA8BGS. He was a past president of the Bluffton Amateur Radio Club. He also operated Ken’s Radio and Repair service out of his home. He was a 1942 graduate of Bluffton High School and attended Bluffton College. Survivors include a son Robert (Patty) Geiger of Bluffton; two daughters Brenda (Greg) Scott of Dublin, Cheryl (Tom) Martin of Bluffton; four granddaughters Jamie Geiger of Lima, Stacy (fiancé Garrett Stumbaugh) Geiger of Bluffton, Sara (Jon) Perkins of Roanoke, IN, Katelyn Scott of Dublin; a grandson Jason Martin of Bluffton; a step

granddaughter Evelyn Francisco of Chicago, IL; a step grandson Glen Scott of Las Vegas, NV; a great grandson Landon Perkins of Roanoke, IN; two step great grandsons Alexander and Lance Francisco of Chicago, IL; two brothers Myron (Lou) Geiger of Dunkirk, Oh. and Weldon (Marcene) Geiger of Beaverdam, Ohio He was preceded in death by a sister Wilma Wilch and an infant brother Leland Geiger. A service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. Rev. Dick Potter and Kathy Brauen officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral Home, Bluffton and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer Mennonite Church or Mennonite Memorial Home.

dance of hobbies including, but not limited to, camping with his family, spending time with his loved ones, traveling across the United States, hunting and fishing with friends, tending to his orchard, and working with the Northwestern Bee Keeping Association. Mr. Boutwell was a 1943 graduate of Ada High School. Following high school, he served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II and the United States Navy Reserves during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Boutwell was a member of The American Legion Post 0536 of Gilboa, Ohio and The Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 09381, Ada, Ohio. Survivors include three daughters: Gay Lee (Ken) Martin of Elletsville, Indiana, Elaine (Bruce) Sommers of Delphos, and Patsy (Carey) Arthur of Pandora; nine grandchildren: Bryan (Candie) Burkholder, Chad (Kel-

ly) Burkholder, Tiana Burkholder, Jennifer Leonard, Kristen (T J) Lewis, Shawn (Natalie) Sommers, Chris (Sara) Sommers, Annie (Michael) Gill, and Amie Arthur; thirteen great-grandchildren: Madeleine, Meghan, Kyle, Sierra, Jada, Emileigh, Ellie, Cora, Blake, Brody, Colt, Carli, and Ailey. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Riley Creek Baptist Church, Bluffton. Rev. David Lanquist will officiate. Burial will be in Hasson Cemetery, Van Buren Township with military rites by the Veteran of Foreign Wars Honor Guard. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Creek Baptist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

Thomas D. Nusbaum Willis Boutwell Thomas D. Nusbaum, 70 of Bluffton died at 10:20 a.m. February 28, 2012 at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. He was born January 28, 1942 in Lima to Elmer and Florence (Krites) Nusbaum who preceded him in death. On June 15, 1963 he married Barbara Shepler and she survives. He retired from Dana Corporation, Lima. After retirement he was a bus driver for Bluffton Schools. He was a member of the Eagles, Lima. He had been a member of the Bluffton Fire & EMS Departments. Survivors also include two daughters Pam (Bob) Bryer of

Bluffton and Cindy Vogel of Findlay; a son Daryl (Tawana) Nusbaum of Bluffton; eight grandchildren and two sisters. A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. James Basinger officiated. The family received friends following the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bluffton Fire & EMS Departments or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com

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Willis (Bill) Boutwell, 87, died at 4:14 a.m. on March 6, 2012 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Mr. Boutwell was born May 26, 1924, in Lafayette, Ohio, to John and Ethel Shrider Boutwell, who preceded him in death. On October 16, 1948, he married Wanda Mae Claypool and she survives.

Mr. Boutwell was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many. Those who knew him will always remember his jovial nature, kind-hearted spirit, enthusiastic laugh, and his desire to share the apples and honey that he harvested for years on end from his personal orchard. Bill was an active member of Riley Creek Baptist Church, Bluffton, Ohio, where he served as a deacon and as a member of numerous committees. Bill was the proprietor of Arthur’s Round Table Restaurant in Lima, Ohio from 1949 till 1965. For the next 25 years, he then became an investment broker for the Investor’s Diversified Financial Services now known as AmeriPrise. Over the course of his adult life, Bill enjoyed an abun-

Community Calendar BEGINS March 8— BFR Girls B-ball Festival BU W Softball Rebel Spring Games @ March 12— Kissimmee, FL TBA Bluffton Senior Citizens Dinner Mtg Noon March 9— Weight Watchers - St Mary’s Bluffton Area Chamber of Church 5:45PM Commerce Mtg Bluffton Club 56 - For 5th & Town Hall, 3rd Fl. 7:30AM BU W Softball Rebel Spring 6th Graders 3:15PM @ Bluffton Campus Life Room Games @ Bluffton/Pandora Club JV Kissimmee, FL TBA Campus Life - For 7th & 8th Graders 8-9PM @ BCLR March 10— BFR Girls B-ball Festival March 13— Town & Country Mothers March 11— DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME 7:30-10PM

Club Notes Lions Club Members meet every ACT: Citizen’s Action 1st and 3rd Tuesday of Group each month at noon. Members meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of Bluffton American each month at noon at Legion Post 382 Common Grounds. Members meet every 1st and 3rd Monday Bluffton Boy Scouts of each month at 7:30 Troop 256 meets every p.m. at the Sportsmen’s Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 Club, 405 N. Spring St. p.m. on the third floor Bluffton, Ohio. of Town Hall, Main Street. Weight Watchers Members meet at Creative Writers 5:45p.m. each Monday Members meet the evening at St. Mary’s second Monday of Catholic Church. each month (September through May) at 2:00 O v e r e a t e r s p.m. in the Maple Crest Anonymous lounge. Members meet at 9a.m. each Tuesday at St. To add your Mary’s Catholic Church organization to Club Notes, call 419-358TOPS Club 8010 or email editor@ Members meet at 6:30 blufftonnews.com p.m. each Tuesday evening at St. John’s United Church of Christ

TOPS - St. Johns UCC 6:30PM Gardeners of Bluffton & Pandora Area 6:30PM Boy Scouts 7-8:30PM Bluffton/Pandora Campus Life - 8-9PM @ Bluffton Campus Life Room March 14— BU W Softball @ Adrian 3:30PM Bluffton Breakfast Club - 7:157:55AM @ Bluffton Campus Life Room

Happy Birthday! March 8 Jared Staley Josh Carmack Pam Birchnaugh Angela Montgomery Lindsay Smith Jim Augustine Mary Boyer Myrna Engelhardt March 9 Brian Goldsberry Jerry Goodman Tom Hursey Judy Gillett Curt Mathewson March 10 Mike Carr Dorothy Frantz March 11 Heidi Steiner Jessica BrockertMikesell Tony Gratz Tasha Main Jason Pahl

March 12 Marie Place Bruce Fields Bob Fields Scott Schumaker Jr. Fred Williams Cindy Luginbuhl Gene Caskey Kristen Parkins Gene Snare March 13 Pam Everett David Hall Doug Schweingruber Burnetta Moser Ian Moser March 14 Kayleigh Coughlan Heather Hauenstein Matthew Gillett Louise Matthews Norman Vercler Grace Cramer Debbie Mohr

Annual Wild Game Dinner at Ebenezer Mennonite to be Held March 31 The annual Ebenezer Wild Game Dinner will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012. This year’s speaker is Mike Tison. Mike is married and a father of five children. He is the founder of H2O a Christian outdoor ministry known as His2Overcome Adventure Ministries. H2O offers adventures, retreats and mission trips for men with the purpose of connecting them with God while out in His creation. The church is located two

miles west of Bluffton at 8905 Columbus Grove Road. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. Exhibits open and a variety of appetizers will be served beginning at 5:00 p.m. A meal of venison sausage will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the speaker at 7:00 p.m. Numerous door prizes will be given away throughout the evening. Tickets are $10 each and are pre-sale only. Contact the church at 419-358-8588 for more information.

Trinity Lutheran Ladies’ Aid to Host Guest Night Trinity Lutheran Ladies’ Aid will be hosting a guest night on Monday, March 12, at 7:30 pm at the church, 301 North Main Street, Jenera. Beth Huffman, author of “Run, Amy, Run!” and “Awesome Andrea” will be the guest speaker. She will give a presentation on her work to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis research. Beth, a former teacher at Cory-Rawson and Columbus Grove, has devoted her retirement to raising awareness of the disease. Her first book is about a CoryRawson graduate, Amy Core Greer, and the second is about

Andrea Ramsey, a first grade student at Bath Elementary. Everyone is welcome and the church is handicapped accessible. The fourth Lenten service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm. Pastor Al Schmitzer will speak on “Glory Be to Jesus” and the choir will sing “We Will Glorify”. A light supper will be served at 5:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the supper and service and the church is handicapped accessible.

Bluffton Hospital Birth Announcements Ryker Donald Courtney February 28, 2012 Parent: Jeremy & Amanda Courtney Sex: Male Length: 19 inches Weight: 7 lbs. 12 oz Resides in Ottawa, Ohio

Jada Marie Helton March 5, 2012 Parents: James Helton & Amber Christie Sex: Female Length: 21 inches Weight: 8 lbs. Resides in Kenton, Ohio


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Mr. Bracy’s Students Make Music into a Science Project continued from A1 “It’s really a fun project. We are learning about sound, frequency, wavelength and how music works and not only how to create music, but what is a pleasing sound and what isn’t,” Bracy said. While this year’s eighth graders put in about two weeks of work, altogether, into this assignment, the annual project was started eight years ago, and some got by with using a Kleenex box and rubber bands and calling it a guitar, the first time around. So, Bracy decided to put a few guidelines on the project and since then he said the instruments have gotten better and better. Every year Bracy asks to hold on to a couple of the most impressive and unique instruments. He then puts them on display on the back wall of his classroom and dubs it the “Wall of Fame.” The “Wall of Fame” gives current students prime examples of homemade instruments. Not only does the

“Wall” provide inspiration but it is also a benchmark, as Bracy said many students attempt to get their instrument eventually hung up as well. “I’ve had some up there for eight years and I will replace some new ones with old ones. Students will actually come back before graduating and ask for their instrument back,” Bracy said. Some students are reluctant to part ways with their instrument and ultimately decide to hold on to their project rather than putting it into the “Wall of Fame.” That goes to show how much time and effort some students put into the project, as overall many are dedicated to putting a lot of hard work into their respective instruments. That trend has been consistent, according to Bracy. And, for the students that have a special interest in music or are gifted in that department, this project really gives them a chance to showcase what they are all

about. “A lot of the musical kids excel at this, it’s a project where the musically talented can really shine,” Bracy said. Along with using the help of their parents, the students are also encouraged to use technology to help them through the process of creating their instrument as well as their presentation. Bracy allows them to find websites and videos online that help them understand how an instrument works and in turn, while they are presenting, they can use that video or website to explain it to the class. The students must present all of the factors that made up their projects. This introduces the students to the skill of presenting in front of groups, a skill they will likely have to fine tune later on in their educational careers and possibly in the professional world as well. Photos by Austin Arnold

Sara Matter plucks her homemade guitar for the class.

Dylan Whitlow demonstrates the xylophone he made for the class project.

A view of Bracy’s “Wall of Fame” featuring the best instruments made by students over the years.

Transport for Christ Banquet BHS Student Wins Best of Show On Friday evening, Transport for Christ (TFC) held its annual banquet which featured food, fellowship, testimony, music and prayer. After everyone had a chance to finish their meal and visit with other guests, a special testimony was given by a local TFC chaplain James Spallinger. He shared his story of how he came to know God and accepted Jesus into his life. Then, a session of wonderful music was provided by saxophone player Tom Kennerk. There were over a dozen TFC chaplains in attendance for the event, and all are happy to help anyone that stops by to their respective chapels in need of either guidance or

simply fellowship. TFC is a world-wide ministry with the mission of leading truck drivers as well as the trucking community to Jesus Christ and helping them to grow in their faith. Volunteers from area churches serve as chaplains to visit, encourage, and lead services to truckers that visit the chapel. Persons interested in additional information may visit the TFC website @ http://www.transportforchrist.org/privacy.cfm Locally, the Second Chance Mobile Chapel resides on the grounds of Pilot Travel Center in Beaverdam, located at I-75 and 30N, Exit 135. The chapel was dedicated on October 5th, 2008. The Second Chance Cha-

pel is open daily 10 am to 10 pm and Sunday Services are at 11 am and 7 pm.

Brooke Heinze stands next to her best-of-show winning piece. Photo submitted by Vickie Garmon

A Bluffton student won the best of show at the Kewpee High School Art Invitational. The show is held at Lima Artspace and the work will be on display until April 14th. Brooke Heinze won the best of show with the painted model of Kylee. BHS also won first place in painting with Lily Schumacher’s painting. Others that were selected for show are Megan Dulle, Sara Chappell-Dick (two pieces), Kyla Dawson, Brittany Brown, Mikaela Diller, and RJ Stratton. 20 schools participated and 107 pieces were selected.

Price was Right for Bluffton Man

Top right: James Spallinger tells his story to the audience. Middle: TFC Chaplains mingle with guests during dinner. Bottom left: Tom Kennerk shares his gift of music with his saxaophone. Bottome right: Pastor John Maynard leads the opening remarks and prayer for the evening. Photos by Austin Arnold

In case you haven’t heard, former Bluffton resident Justin Tuck Atkins won big on an episode of “The Price is Right” that aired on Wednesday, February 29th. He earned a total of $44,973 in prizes. After winning his way onto the stage he went on to win a scooter and TV and eventually made it to the “Showcase Showdown,” where he made a bid on a package deal that included trips to Boston and New Orleans and a Nissan Sentra. Even

though his bid was shy by $15,000 of the real price, his opponent overbid making Atkins the big winner for the day. Atkins was

evidently excited as he slid exuberantly well over a dozen feet on the stage on his way to see his brand new car that he won.


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SPORTS

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Zach Wilson Earns Fourth Pirate Boys Basketball at State Wrestling Meet Season Ends in Overtime by Sam Brauen At the start of the high school wrestling season, thousands upon thousands of wrestlers had the goal to stand atop the podium at season’s end. For the second straight year, Pirate Zach Wilson proved himself rst class as he nished fourth in the state, this year in the 145 class. Wilson nished the season with a 51-3 record and notched his 100th win along the way. Zach opened the tourna-

ment with an 11-4 victory over Cory Larick of Carey on Thursday afternoon. Wilson had already taken out Larick in the Van Buren Invite earlier in the year and got by him to make it to the State Quarternals. Friday morning, Zach defeated Norwaye’s Kurt Moore by a 17-10 score to set up a state seminal spot for himself. Friday night in the seminals, Wilson suffered just his second loss of the entire season, a 10-7 setback to Delta’s Tyler Fahrer. With the loss, Zach was knocked

out of contention for the State Title but could still go for third place. Saturday morning, Zach again took out Larick, this time by 6-2 score in the consolation bracket, to advance to the third place match. Ashland’s Wyatt Music jumped out to a 7-2 lead and Wilson could not recover, eventually falling 10-5. The junior has a lot to hang his hat on, and will be looking for a fourth straight trip to the state meet next season. Congratulations Zach on another great year.

The boys basketball team fell 58-52 in overtime to Delphos Jefferson Tuesday, February 28th in Wapakoneta. Michael Donley scored 22 points, including the game

tying three pointer to send the game into overtime. RJ Stratton scored 12 in his nal game for the red & white. Fellow senior Michael Liska also played his nal game.

Inset: RJ Stratton pulls up for a jump shot against Delphos Jefferson. Above: Michael Donley hitting the game tying three to send the game into overtime. Photos by Marvin Foster Zach Wilson in action at the State meet. Photos by June Orr

Hornets Go On Tournament Run, Eliminated by Bulldogs by Benji Bergstrand Cory-Rawson won their fourth straight game as they advanced to the Division IV sectional nals with a convincing 55-37 win over Arcadia. The Hornets opened the game with a 12-9 advantage over the Redskins in the opening quarter. Arcadia answered with a 10-8 run in the second quarter that left the two teams separated by just one point at 20-19 in favor of Cory-Rawson. In the third quarter CoryRawson took control. The Hornets outscored the Redskins 14-2 in the early minutes of the third quarter and never looked back. CoryRawson outscored Arcadia 19-10 and 16-8 over the nal two periods. The Hornets, usually dangerous from the three-point

line, took it inside against Arcadia. Post player Grant Marshall led the charge with 18 points while the Hornets’ other inside threat, Grant Risner, chipped in 8 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Also scoring for the Hornets were Tyler Harris with 7 points and Mathew Alspach with 5 points. CR vs. CG Cory-Rawson’s deep sectional tournament run came to an end Friday versus Columbus Grove. A slow rst quarter start proved to be the Hornets’ undoing. After the rst quarter the Hornets were only outscored by one point for the remainder of the game. Columbus Grove came out ring on all cylinders as they poured in 23 points while holding Cory-Rawson

to only 6. The Hornets began to claw their way back in the second quarter settling down to outscore the Bulldogs 13-10 in the second quarter. Cory-Rawson trailed 33-19 at the half. Columbus Grove inched further away throughout the second half. The Bulldogs outscored the Hornets 11-9 in the third quarter and 1210 in the fourth for a nal score of 56-38. Grant Marshall was the Hornets’ leading scorer for the second straight night with 21 points. Marshall also led the Hornets in rebounding with 5 boards. Alspach chipped in 6 points. Tyler Harris added 5 points. The Hornets peaked at the right point in the season winning 5 of their last 7 games to nish with a nal record of 9-13.

BFR Boys Basketball Classic 2012

17th Annual BFR Boys Basketball Classic, 6th Grade Champions Pandora-Gilboa Rockets Top Left: Dallas Hilvers,Eli Phillips,Ryan Shartell, Drew Johnson, Carter Nofziger, Bottom Left: Josh Wauters, Cooper McCullough, Adam Schwab, Ryan Lee, Cole Schwab Coaches Left: Larry McCullough, Joe Schwab, Jon Lee Photo submitted by Leah Johnson

Rockets’ Postseason Momentum

Stopped by McComb Panthers by Matt M. Stutz The Pandora-Gilboa boys basketball team’s 201112 season and their road to Columbus both came to an abrupt end this past week as they dropped their OttawaGlandorf Sectional seminal game to McComb. The Rockets (5-16) momentum carried them through the rst half as they came out of halftime holding onto a slim 19-18 advantage. The second half though was another story, as it was all Panthers, all the time. P-G was outscored over the nal sixteen minutes to the tune of 31-

16 dropping the tournament game by a nal of 49-35. P-G was led by two seniors playing their nal game for the red and white as Owen Lugibihl led the way with 14 points while teammate Nathan Schutz poured in 10 points. P-G had trouble nding the bottom of the net as they only shot 38% (12 of 32) from the oor including 0 for 9 from behind the 3-point arc. Also contributing to their demise were the 18 turnovers committed. Josh Breece also a senior in his nal P-G game, dropped in 8 points and secured a team high 6 rebounds. Two

underclassmen closed out the scoring for the Rockets, doing their damage from the charity strip. Seth Schmenk hit two free throws for his 2 points and Abe Basinger hit one free throw for his lone point to go along with his 6 rebounds. With the close of the season, P-G must also say goodbye to seniors Chris Wagler, Eric Fenstermaker, and Levi Hovest who wrapped up their high school basketball careers for the red and white. Their contributions to this season and the Rocket basketball program, certainly will not go unnoticed.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

University Sports Fisher and Hill Selected to AllHeartland Conference Teams Junior Josh Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) earned second team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference recognition for his play at both ends of the floor during the 2011-12 men’s basketball season. It is the second straight season that Fisher, an honorable mention selection a year ago, has been named All-Heartland Conference. Senior Mychal Hill (London/Jonathan Alder) collected his third consecutive All-HCAC award when he was named honorable mention. Hill was a first team selection as a sophomore and he garnered second team honors in 2011-12. Josh Fisher led Bluffton in scoring with 12.0 points per game on 88-of-208 shooting from the field (42.3 percent). He hit 31-for-88 from distance (35.2 percent) and was outstanding at the line in knocking down 56of-70 attempts for 80.0 percent. Fisher topped the team with 1.1 steals per game and he also dished out 32 assists while pulling down 2.3 rebounds per game. Even more impressive was Fisher’s work on the defensive end against the premier scoring guards in the conference. He frustrated First Team All-HCAC honorees Phil Hogan and Logan Wolfrum as well as Heartland Conference tourna-

ment MVP Julian Strickland, holding the trio in check each time they matched up. After three seasons, Fisher ranks 16th all-time with 76 made three point goals and he is 45th on the career scoring list with 731 points as he looks to become Bluffton’s first 1,000 point scorer since Colt Cunningham (2005-09). Mychal Hill capped his career with a third straight All-HCAC honor following a 16-10 campaign just two years removed from a 2-23 season for the Beavers. He was second on the team with 10.9 PPG on 50-of-131 (38.2 percent) shooting from outside the arc. Hill was superb from the charity stripe, connecting on 79-of-87 (81.4 percent) while also dishing out a team-best 63 dimes. The senior floor general added 2.5 RPG and he picked up 18 steals. Hill ended his four years at Bluffton 28th on the alltime scoring list with 947 points despite missing parts of his freshmen and sophomore seasons due to injuries. His 145 three-pointers are 7th all-time while his 40.2 percent shooting from deep places him 15th on the career list. Hill converted 276 free throws, 12th all-time, while his 81.9 percent shooting at the line ties him with Ryan McClure for 9th all-time. He dished out 189 career assists

for 16th on the career list. In conjuntion with the All-Heartland Conference awards, the conference has announced the All-HCAC Sportsmanship Team for the 2011-12. This award has been developed as part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative. Members of the All-HCAC Sportsmanship team are selected by the coaches and their teammates as individuals who demonstrate the ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field/court of competition. Bluffton senior Steve Swick (Elida) was recognized for his sportsmanship this season. Bluffton capped the final full season in Founders Hall with its seventh winning campaign in the last eight years. It marked the Beavers’ third Heartland Conference tournament berth in the last four seasons. The 16 wins knotted the 2011-12 squad with the 1991-92 and 200001 teams for the fourth-best season in school history while the 10 conference victories equaled the 2006-07 squad for the most ever in Heartland Conference action. The Beavers knocked off the top two teams in the HCAC, Hanover and Transylvania, on successive Saturdays to end the season as the #4 seed in the conference tournament.

BU Softball Opens 2012 with Wins over Catholic and Beloit Clutch hitting in game one coupled with lights out pitching in game two proved to be a recipe for success as the Bluffton University softball team kicked off its 2012 campaign with wins over Catholic University and Beloit College on Monday, March 5, at the Rebel Spring Games. Catholic, like Bluffton, was playing its first game of the season, while Beloit slipped to 1-2 after a split on Sunday. A two-out rally by the Beavers netted three runs for Bluffton in the home half of the second against Catholic. Lindsay Robertson (Cincinnati/Northwest) ignited the rally with a triple to right center. Fellow freshman Brittany Baker (Springboro), who went 4-of-5 in her first day of collegiate softball, followed with a bloop single to center for a 1-0 lead. Following a free pass to Shelby Erford (Paulding), Shelby Wade (Delaware/Buckeye Valley) dropped in a base hit which plated Baker from second before a passed ball allowed Erford to scurry home for the 3-0 lead. Catholic took advantage of a changed call in the top of the third, tying the game with three unearned runs. A

run-scoring double by Mel Galella followed by a Megan Rizzi two-RBI two-bagger made the score 3-3 in the third inning. Two tallies by Catholic in the top of the fifth did not faze freshman Katie Clark (New Palestine, Ind.) who launched a tworun bomb to straightaway center field in the home half. Clark’s shot was a no-doubter and it flipped the momentum back in Bluffton’s favor. A walk to freshman Mackenzie Bedlion (Marshallville/Smithville) in the top of the sixth set the stage for two more Bluffton tallies. Pinch runner Jenelle Theisen (Carleton, MI/St. Mary Catholic Central) moved up 60 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Robertson before Brittany Baker picked her up with a base knock to right center. Baker came all the way around from second on an infield single by Shelby Wade, making the score 7-5. Baker was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, including the gamewinner. Clark and Wade, who was 2-of-2, both drove in two runs for the victors. Kayla Owens (Cincinnati/ McAuley) worked three innings of scoreless relief with one strikeout for the victory.

Freshman Chloe Shell (Covington) allowed five runs, just two earned, on seven hits in her first collegiate start. Following three scoreless frames to open game two, Bluffton went up 1-0 when Katie Clark doubled home Chelsie Osborne (Chillicothe/Waverly) in the top of the fourth. Three scores by the Beavers in the sixth allowed Bluffton to show off its depth in the circle following five perfect innings from freshman Megan Patton (Perry). Emily Manahan (Columbus/Bishop Watterson) plated Osborne for a 2-0 lead before an RBI groundout from Lindsay Robertson. Jenelle Theisen capped the scoring when she crossed the dish on a Baker sacrifice bunt. Freshman Emily Kolezynski (Strongsville) closed out the shutout with two scoreless innings of relief. She struck out two and Patton fanned eight in the victory. Osborne was a perfect 2-of-2 at the plate with two runs scored. Clark went 2-of-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Bluffton finished with eight hits, compared to just two for Beloit.

Lauren Hutton Selected to AllHeartland Conference First Team Bluffton University junior Lauren Hutton (New Riegel) was recently named First Team All-Heartland Conference following the 2011-12 women’s basketball season. She was one of only 12 women selected by the HCAC women’s basketball coaches. Standout post player Lauren Hutton collected her first piece of Heartland Conference post-season hardware while topping the Beavers in both points per game (12.8) and rebounds per contest (5.8). Her 117 made field goals this season place Hutton 15th on the single season

Dr. Abate is joined by his wife, Lisa, and their children, Lauren, Ava, Luke and Isaac.

awards, the conference has announced the All-HCAC Sportsmanship Team for the 2011-12. This award has been developed as part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative. Members of the All-HCAC Sportsmanship team are selected by the coaches and their teammates as individuals who demonstrate the ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field/court of competition. Bluffton senior Alicia Amis (Mechanicsburg) was recognized for her sportsmanship this season.

Beavers Open Trip to Florida with 8-5 Win over John Carroll The Bluffton University baseball team picked up its first win of the year in its Florida lidlifter when it defeated John Carroll 8-5 on Sunday, March 4. A 17-5 setback at the hands of Baldwin-Wallace gave the Beavers (1-3) a split during the first day of the Snowbird Classic. The Beavers plated one run in the second and third innings, four in fourth and two in the eighth for the 8-5 victory over a John Carroll squad that slipped to 0-3 on the season. Miles Richardson (Granville/Newark Catholic) improved to 1-1 on the season while tossing seven innings of two-run ball. Ben Roeschley (Graymont, Ill./Flanagan) allowed three runs in the eighth before Tyler Stephenson (Springfield/ Northwestern) earned a save for the Beavers by striking out three batters in the final frame. In the second inning, Tyler Wright (Troy) ripped a triple and then crossed the plate on an Airic Steagall (Hillsboro) RBI groundout. Kevin Martin (Bryan) scored a run for the Beavers in the third inning. He singled, moved to second on an error, went to third on a fielder’s

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Welcomes George Abate, DO Dr. Abate graduated in 2002 from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He completed his OB/GYN residency at MetroHealth Medical Center/The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Abate is board certified and a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

list and her 306 points were the 24th highest total ever. She was solid at the line, knocking down 66-of-87 free throws for 75.9 percent. Hutton hit 45.9 percent from the field (117-of-255), including 6-for-20 outside the arc. The junior dished out 28 assists, blocked eight shots and picked up nine steals. With one season to play, Hutton is 10th on the career free throw list at 73.2 percent (104-142). She has compiled three double doubles and went over 20 points twice this year. In conjunction with the All-Heartland Conference

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choice and crossed the plate thanks to a wild pitch. Wright doubled to lead off the fourth, and following a free pass to Steagall, he crossed the plate on a throwing error. Steagall crossed the dish following a Martin single. Tim Webb (Delaware/Worthington Christian) and Martin scored on a Richardson double, making the score 6-2 in favor of the Beavers. In the bottom of the eighth, the Beavers tacked on two crucial insurance runs following three scores by John Carroll in the top of the eighth frame. Stephenson doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and made it 7-5 on a Wright single. A Matt McKinney (Lima/Bath) double plated Wright for the final 8-5 count in Bluffton’s first game of the afternoon. Wright powered the offense with three hits and three runs scored. Stephenson and Martin added two hits apiece, while Richardson drove in a pair of runs. Martin also scored two runs for the Beavers. Seven runs for the Yellow Jackets in the bottom of the fourth followed by four more in the fifth proved too much to overcome as BaldwinWallace improved to 5-1

with its fifth straight victory after a season-opening loss. Kelly Barnes (Toledo/ Toledo Christian) fell to 0-1 on the season after allowing eight runs on six hits in 3+ innings on the hill. Freshman Brad Schlabach (Fredericksburg/Hiland) finished out the fourth frame before the Yellow Jackets added nine more scores over the final four innings. The Beavers scored two runs in the second inning. Tyler Stephenson opened with a double, took third on a passed ball and crossed the plate on an Airic Steagall single. Tim Webb picked up Tyler Wright with a sacrifice fly to right for a 2-0 lead. The Beavers scored one run in the third inning as Nick Broyles (Toledo/Whitmer) took advantage of three errors and a wild pitch. Bluffton finished off its scoring in the top of the fifth inning with two runs. Kevin Martin walked, advanced to third on a Kyle Niermann (Napoleon) single and scored on a Broyles base hit. Niermann crossed the plate on a Wright single. Stephenson and Steagall both went 2-of-4 to pace the Beaver offense.

Bluffton Takes Down Muskingum 12-8 at Snowbird Classic A pair of four-hit performances from sophomores Tyler Wright (Troy) and Airic Steagall (Hillsboro) powered Bluffton University to a 12-8 baseball win over Muskingum University on Monday, March 5, 2012. The Beavers improved to 2-3 on the season, while Muskingum slipped to 1-1. The Fighting Muskies went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first only to see Bluffton respond with a four-spot in the second. Wright led off with the first of five consecutive singles by the Beavers. He crossed the dish on a Kyle Trainer (Mechanicsburg) base knock and when Kevin Martin (Bryan) singled home Steagall, Bluffton led 2-1. Junior Greg Franks (Smithville) scored on a fielder’s choice before Miles Richardson (Granville/Newark Catholic) drove in Trainer. With Bluffton up 5-2 going to the top of the fourth, Richardson smoked a two-run shot following a Kyle Niermann (Napoleon) double, making it 7-2 in favor of the Beavers. Muskingum trimmed it to 7-4 in the bottom half courtesy of two walks, a single and a sacrifice fly. Trainer plated Steagall with a sacrifice fly to center in the fifth before a two-run Tyler Wright single an inning later made the score 10-4. The

Muskies countered with three tallies in the bottom of the sixth despite just one safety in the inning. Three walks and a hit batter helped Muskingum pull within three runs (10-7) heading to the seventh frame. Wright came through again in the eighth inning, singling home both Nick Broyles (Toledo/Whitmer) and Tyler Stephenson (Springfield/Northwestern) for a commanding 12-7 lead. The home team on the scoreboard tallied one run in the bottom of the eighth, but sophomore David Ianiro (Highland Heights/Mayfield) closed the door on Bluffton’s 12-8 victory with a shutout ninth. Bluffton rapped out 20 hits, including four each by Wright and Steagall. Wright drove in four and scored twice. Richardson went 3-of-6 with three RBI while Broyles, Stephenson and Steagall all scored two runs. Stephenson, Martin and Franks all chipped in with two hits. Ryan Leugers (Botkins) improved to 1-1 after allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings of work. He fanned four and walked two batters. Freshman Brad Schlabach (Fredericksburg/Hiland) limited the Muskies to just one run in 2.2 innings of relief.

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