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Director of Nursing, Wood County Health Department

Gov. Ted Strickland is urging all Ohioans to support breastfeeding during Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August.

The theme is “Breastfeeding-a vital emergency response. Are you ready?” Breastfeeding provides better health outcomes than formula feeding for both the mother and baby. It also provides unequaled protection against malnutrition and disease during disasters, emergencies and economic downturns. Breast milk is a free, safe and reliable food source for infants and young children.

There have been many reported instances of children being kept alive during disasters by breastfeeding. During an emergency, the breastfeeding mother and her family have the comfort of knowing that the baby has a safe and adequate food supply available as long as necessary.


On Feb. 4, 2008, Tom Kitz began a courageous battle with the deadliest of all

Tom Kitz’s twin brother Tim, of Santa Monica. Calif.
and nephew and fund-raiser organizer Bryan Kitz of Maumee.

major cancers – pancreatic cancer. Although the Oregon man lost his battle on March 4, of this year, many continue the fight, hopeful for a cure.


Last month, Tom’s family hosted the inaugural Tom Kitz Memorial Open at South Toledo Golf Club to honor his memory and raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN).

The event raised just under $7,000. “The outing was an overwhelming success and we exceeded every goal, including attendance for golfers, dinner-only guests and most of all, funds raised,” said Barb Kitz, Tom’s wife of 31 years.

“In addition, we added another 15 names to Tom’s Army, a group of 150 family members, friends and colleagues that send e-mails and make telephone calls to elected officials asking for support on legislation affecting the funding of PC research,” she said.


For the past four years, “Serenity Seekers,” a grief support group, has been offered by Neidecker, LeVeck and Crosser Funeral Homes, Crosser Funeral Homes and Stein Hospice. This year is no different.

“Grief is not a mental illness; it’s a natural normal reaction to a loss,” said Samantha Bechtel, Bereavement Program director at Stein Hospice. “Most of the services that are available out there are more mental health, mental illness focused. What we do in the grief groups is provide education and support. Our goal is to help people understand the grieving process and how to cope with that process and support them through that.”

The six-week support group is intended to help anyone 18 years or older deal with the recent death of an adult. The support group is free and is held in both the Port Clinton and Oak Harbor areas.


Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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