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Three BHS Artists Receive Buckeye Creativity Awards

   Three Bluffton students had their work chosen to be a part of The Ohio State at Lima Buckeye Creativity Awards, sponsored by Lima Optimist, for the 2012 edition. Out of 400 entries, 21 pieces are ultimately selected to be published in the Hog Creek Review Journal, a literary journal of the Ohio State University at Lima. Kyla Dawson, Carissa Luginbill and Brooke Heinze were the three contributors from Bluffton that had artwork chosen for the journal. Specifically, Dawson’s photo titled “Secrets of Its Own,” Luginbill’s pencil drawing titled “Parasailing,” and Heinze’s photo titled “Kylee” and drawing titled “Bella,” were Buckeye Creativity Award winners.  Each student received a gift card.

BU's Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center Turns 25 Years Old

by Sarah Bergstrand   For twenty-five years, the Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center has shared the vision of the peaceable kingdom with students and communities here and abroad.  The idea began in 1986, in the mind of Libby Hostetler, then an education professor at Bluffton College, after hearing two influential lectures on campus.  The first imparted to her the importance of travel and building relationships with people in other cultures and countries.  The second lecturer, a woman named Elyse Boulding, shared, “If you want to be a peacemaker, you have to have a vision of the peaceable kingdom.”

Local Trapshooting Legend Still Firing Away at Targets

by Benji Bergstrand   Willis “Willie” Anderson was recently inducted into the Hancock Sports Hall of Fame for a stellar trapshooting career that has spanned over five decades. Anderson’s roots in shooting and Bluffton go back even farther than that.
   Anderson has always lived within a mile of where he was born just outside of Bluffton. He remembers his boyhood days hunting with his dad. “I went on hunts before I was even old enough to carry a gun,” Anderson said. “I just kind of tagged along.”

Bluffton Celebrates Arbor Day

   On Saturday Morning, April 28, members of the Bluffton Tree Commission and volunteers came together to plant a tree at Buckeye Park in honor of Arbor Day, which was recognized nationally this past weekend. The multi-colored beech tree that was planted marked the 20th year Bluffton has planted a tree for Arbor Day and also recognized Bluffton as a Tree City USA member. After the tree was planted,  tree commission members and volunteers braved the cold and rainy elements and helped spread mulch around the many trees of Buckeye Park. Tree commission member Joanne Antibus said she would like to thank all of those that helped on Saturday with the tree planting and mulching.

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