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March 6, 2015


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Village of Bluffton issues ordinance notifying residents of need to clear sidewalks

Village officials have received several questions and concerns about sidewalks covered with snow. In an attempt to address the issue by educating the public before taking court action, the village has issued this notice:

From family-oriented 15-mile to serious 100-mile biker: "Ride to Remember" bike event planned here July 11

Plans are underway for the first-ever Ride to Remember bicycle ride this summer in Bluffton.

The Saturday, July 11, event offers short bike routes for families interested in biking together all the way to a 100-mile route for experienced riders.

Based at BFR Sports and Fitness and the Buckeye lake area of Bluffton, the event serves as a springboard to a make Bluffton a bicycle destination and bike center for enthusiasts of the sport.

Details are still in the planning stages, but sponsors hope to offer routes of 15, 31, 62 and 100 miles on July 11.

Lions selling tickets for shopping spree

The Bluffton Lions Club will begin to sell tickets for the “Shopping Spree” to be held at the Community Market on April 4. Lions will be selling these tickets every Friday and Saturday at the Community Market beginning March 6. Proceeds from this project will go to the Lion’s Scholarship Fund. $500 scholarships will then be available to High School Seniors in Bluffton, Pandora/Gilboa and/or Cory/Rawson Schools for their fall classes.

Chamber offers free "social media speeding dating" workshop March 13

Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce offers a “speed dating social media” program during its 7 a.m., Friday, March 13, breakfast meeting in the third floor of the town hall. A social media workshop will follow the program.

Four Bluffton University students, who are chamber members, will present the program. Tables at the breakfast will be arranged in four clusters. Each student will give a seven-minute presentation at each table cluster during the program.

Gardeners of Bluffton-Pandora announced 2015 meeting plans

The Gardeners of the Bluffton-Pandora Area announced its 2015 program calendar, which follows: 

(A copy of the organization's current newsletter is an attachment at the bottom of this story.)

February's in the books; let's move on: only 6 days above freezing

February was a month for the weather books. Consider: 10 days with the minimum temperature in the minus column and only six days with the maximum temperature above freezing.

Here’s the summary, according to Pandora weather observer, Guy Verhoff.
• Average temperature = 14.8 degrees
• Normal average temperature = 28.6 degrees
• Precipitation = 17.2 inches snow; 1.48 inches rain
• Normal average precipitation = 2.02 inches
• Maximum temperature = 47 degrees on Feb. 8
• Minimum temperature = -9 on Feb. 27

3.7 inches of snow on March 1

Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer, reports 3.7 inches of snow fell on March 1. Add to that .33 inch of precipitation. March 1 high temperature was 26 and the low was 11.

So, March came in like a lion.

BVH named one of Truven Health's 100 top hospitals

Blanchard Valley Hospital was today named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics,TM a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. This is the third time Blanchard Valley Hospital has been recognized with this honor (2005, 2011, 2015).

Junior high Pirate girls' and boys' basketball teams recognized on Friday

Lots of spring sports-related activities get underway in March at the junior high level in Bluffton. But first, the successful junior high boys' and girls' basketball teams will be recognized on Friday, Feb. 27. Here's a list of several March events related to Bluffton middle school, from the school website.

JH boys' and girls' basketball recognition

BVHS offers scholarships

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is offering educational scholarships to individuals pursuing health care careers. BVHS associates, current college students and high school seniors entering college are eligible to apply.

A complete list of scholarships, along with applications, deadlines, qualifications and contact information can be viewed at www.bvhealthsystem.org by clicking on the “Scholarships” link under the “Careers” menu.

Those who receive a BVHS scholarship may be required to make a commitment to the organization.