Temperatures in April ranged from a high of 78 degrees on the 13th to a low of 21 degrees on the 16th.
The average April temperature was 50.3 degrees, a bit higher than the normal average of 49.7 degrees. This April was wetter than previous Aprils. This year we experienced 5.21 inches of precipitation and 2.1 inches of snow. The normal April precipitation is 3.48 inches.
Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, provides a daily weather summary for the month in the attachment at the bottom of this story.
Blanchard Valley Health System’s Corporate Public Relations & Marketing Department has been named the winner of three 2014 Healthcare Advertising Awards in the 31st Annual Health Care Advertising Awards competition, sponsored by the Healthcare Marketing Report.
BVHS received a Bronze Award in the “Special Video” category for an internal safety awareness video. Merit Awards were also received in the “Employee Communication” category for employee benefits communication and in the “Total Integrated Marketing Campaign” category for the Extraordinary People advertising campaign.
Icon viewers are invited to the ONU Observatory in Ada on Friday, May 2, for the event called "Saturn near opposition." The event, which is open to the public, is from 9 to 11 p.m.
Saturn actually reaches opposition on May 10, but this event takes place while the students are still on campus. During opposition, Saturn is optimally positioned for viewing: it is at its closest to the Earth and rises just as the Sun sets.
Just a few spots remain for craft vendors for the Saturday, May 10, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce arts and crafts show. Information about the show and other chamber information is in the current chamber newsletter.
Bluffton University will offer six summer mathematics workshops—five of them new this year—for teachers of elementary through high school students.
The 26th annual workshops, hosted by adjunct faculty member Duane Bollenbacher, are all three-day sessions, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Cost per workshop is $125 if it is for Local Professional Development Committee credit, or $275 for graduate workshop credit. Lunches are included; other meals and housing are available.
Three companies have signed on as sponsors of Bluffton’s first Be A Beaver Triathlon, to be held Saturday, May 31.
Sponsoring the event are CenturyLink, a Fortune 500 telecommunications firm; Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co. of Bluffton; and Muddy River Bicycle Co. of Findlay, Ohio. Community partners are the village of Bluffton and the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on May 31 at the pool, the event will include a 400-meter swim, a 20K bike ride on nearby country roads and a 5K run through village streets and the Bluffton University Nature Preserve.
Ralf Bronnenmeier, chief executive officer, and Darrin Lanasky, manager, of Grob Systems, Bluffton, presented Pandora-Gilboa High School’s engineering program with a $1,000 donation on April 30.
The annual donation allows P-G’s engineering program to purchase supplies and materials to enhance student learning opportunities. The partnership formed in the fall when five students - in the photo - went to Grob seeking aid in purchasing a CNC mill for a new course.