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Four school levy information meetings in April

The Committee for Better Schools announced four community levy informational meetings held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 22; at 7 p.m.
  • and Tuesday, April 27 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

All meetings will be held in the elementary library, except for the 9 a.m. meeting on April 27, which will be held in the high school library.

These meetings concern the renewal of a one-half percent income tax for permanent improvements, which will be on the ballot May 4.

Hospital groundbreaking set April 8

Bluffton Hospital will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its facility expansion on Thursday, April 8 at 1:30 p.m. The event will feature remarks by Bill Watkins, Bluffton Hospital's chief administrative officer, as well as others involved with the project. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (419) 423-5551.

March was a "warm one"

March was warmer than normal, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer. Here are the fact to back up that statement:

March normal average temperature 37.5 degrees

March 2010 average temperature 40.7 degrees

March normal average precipitation 2.71 inches

March 2010 precipitation 2.4 inches

March 2010 snowfall 1.3 inches

March maximum temperature 71 on March 31

March minimum temperature 17 on March 4, 5 and 6

Blanchard Valley Hospital among top 5% in U.S. for patient safety

Blanchard Valley Hospital is a recipient of the 2010 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM, meaning that its patient safety ratings are in the top 5% of U.S. hospitals.

This award was based on a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Blanchard Valley is one of only 17 hospitals in Ohio and one of only 238 hospitals in the country to receive this designation.

Groves Bears will reopen Monday in former Movie Gallery

Groves will temporarily relocated in the former Movie Gallery

Groves Bears will relocate in the former Movie Gallery building at the corner of Jefferson and Vance Street, according to Robin Wilch of the Main Street business.

Originally, the shop planned to relocated in another Main Street storefront.

"We signed the lease on March 26 and took possession of the building on March 29," said Wilch. "The space is huge with wonderful lighting, customer parking and many other features that will accommodate our needs."

It's getting warmer: Lowest "high" in past 7 days was 39

It's getting warmer! The lowest "high" temperature reading in the past seven days was 39 on March 26. Here are the highs and lows for the past seven days, reported by Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

Date High Low Precip

March 23 56 36 trace

March 24 57 30

March 25 45 27

March 26 39 23

March 27 52 23