April 17, 2014

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Weather patterns tells us it is April

High of 71, low of 34. It must be April. Here's the 14-day weather summary so far for mid-April. It's from Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Bluffton Tree City, Arbor Day event April 26

On April 9 at the annual Tree City USA awards ceremony, Bluffton was recognized for its 21 years as a national Tree City community.

In 1872 the state of Nebraska adopted a day each year for the planting of trees. Now a worldwide event, this day is known as Arbor Day. 

Bluffton Tree Commission members continue to celebrate this day with the planting of Bluffton's 22nd Arbor Day tree. The public is invited to attend at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 26th, at Steinmetz Soccer Field, in the concession stand area.

BFR announces lots of April-May programs

Friday All Sports Class to start April 25 at BFR. Youth in grades K-5 are welcome to participate in a new BFR informal sports program on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Each week, youth will participate in a different sport: basketball, wiffleball, dodgeball, and kickball. A minimum of 8 youth need to register for the program which will start April 25 and end May 16; cost for the 4 sessions is $12 or free for BFR members. Call BFR Sports & Fitness at 419-358-4150 to register. Van service from Bluffton schools is available for a nominal fee.

Community Assistance Program receives $1,500 from Fresh Encounter/Community Markets

The Bluffton Community Assistance Corp. recently received a $1,500 check  from "Making Change" from Fresh Encounter, which is a fundraising campaign that is in cooperation with community markets and great Scott supermarkets.

The funds raised were part of a collaborative effort between Community Markets, local customers and Making Change. Holding the check are Javen Crawfis and Mason Shank with Jaegar Crawfis. They are the sons of Sarah Shank and Jami Crawfis, co-directors of the Community Assistance Corp. 

Monday after Easter is a school make-up day

As the end of the school year gets closer and closer more year-end programs pop up on the school calendar.

Here is a list of events of note for students from the Bluffton High School website:

Make Up Calamity Days:  The following days will be used for make up calamity days: 4/21 (Monday after Easter); 5/30  and 6/2/

Mobile Meals of Bluffton looking for volunteer drivers

Mobile Meals of Bluffton is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver meals. Drivers are needed on the second Monday and the third Friday of each month. Meals are delivered only in the Bluffton community, a task that takes only 30-45 minutes.

Delivering Mobile Meals is a practical volunteer project that helps people in our community.   If you would like to help out with this worthwhile, important volunteer work, please contact Mary Ann Ring, MMH volunteer coordinator, at 419-358-1015, extension 248.

Explore Bluffton visitors' guide hot off the press

Bluffton’s new visitors’ Guide “Explore Bluffton,” a 46-page full-color booklet will be on downtown store counters on Tuesday.

Published by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, the guide includes a list of all chamber members and other businesses in the community, plus lots more.

The guide includes the following sections:
• Welcome to Bluffton
• Bluffton past and present
• Visiting in Bluffton
• What do see and do in Bluffton
• Living in Bluffton
• Doing business in Bluffton
• Photos of the community

Everyone wins at Saturday's Southgate-chamber fireworks fundraiser

If you’ve not marked Saturday, June 28, on your calendar, do so now. That’s the date that Bluffton’s going up in the air in all sorts of decorative colors and sounds.

It’s the date of this year’s Bluffton fireworks held at Bluffton University’s Salzman’s Stadium.


Bluffton food pantry receives $1,500 from Community Markets

Community Markets and parent company Fresh Encounter, Inc. are doing their part to help alleviate food shortage concerns throughout the state of Ohio by donating over $13,000 to area food banks and shelters.

Nearly 3 inches of rain in first week of April

April showers bring May flowers. If the first week of April is any indication of the rest of the month, it will be a wet month. According to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, 2.68 inches of rain fell in the Icon viewer area during April 1-7.

For a complete daily weather summary, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.