The Press Newspaper
September marks the observance of National Preparedness Month and the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) is leading a statewide campaign with a diverse group of national, state and local partners to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and to promote community involvement.
National Preparedness Month 2009 is focusing on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness to help Ohioans understand what it truly means to be Ready. Each week during National Preparedness Month, ODPS will be sending a press release or providing information on different areas of preparedness most likely to impact Ohioans.
In 2008, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Ohio had more than 48,000 fires and 150 deaths as a result of fires, many of which could have been prevented. It is important to learn about fires and how your family will respond to a fire in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Ohio's popular deer-gun season opens statewide on Nov. 30, offering hunters a full week to harvest a whitetail. The upcoming season will again include an extra weekend of gun hunting on Dec. 19-20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Deer can be hunted with a legal muzzleloader, handgun or shotgun from one half-hour before sunrise to sunset through Dec. 6 and Dec. 19-20. With a pre-hunting season population estimate of 650,000 white-tailed deer, the ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates 115,000 to 125,000 deer will be killed during the nine-day season. Approximately 420,000 hunters are expected to participate in this year's season, including many out-of-state hunters.
The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in Ohio, frequently pursued by generations of hunters. Ohio ranks 8th nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with the hunting-related industry. Each year, hunting has an $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more.
Before she became the pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in South Toledo, Cindy Getzinger worked as a paralegal for 25 years.
“Different events happened, and the attorney I was with retired,” Getzinger recalled. “God was calling me into the ministry and I pursued it. It took me five years to do seminary. Usually it’s four. I started out at Winebrenner Seminary in Findlay. I did the slow-boat road.”
Eighteen years ago, Cindy Hansen was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a form of inflammatory bowel disease that involves ongoing inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.
“That was truly the reason I was able to go back to school,” Hansen said. “I had lost my job because of my illness. I went back to the University of Toledo and got my degree in social work, and I entered the seminary the following summer, in 2004.”
The villages of Genoa and Pemberville will usher in the holiday season with
open houses and special events the weekend after Thanksgiving.
The Genoa Merchants will sponsor their Holiday Open House event Nov. 27, 28 and 29.
The special holiday event will offer the perfect occasion for family members and friends to get together, get a jump on their holiday shopping and maybe enjoy a leisurely lunch – one that doesn’t include turkey leftovers. In addition, some of the merchants will be offering drawings and specials.
At Packer Creek Pottery, shoppers will find unique and colorful majolica pottery created by artist Jan Pugh. Packer Creek Pottery can be found in the homes of many celebrities, including Jerry Seinfeld, Julie Andrews, Barbara Bush, Queen Noor of Jordan, Cokie Roberts, Jamie and Joy Farr, Katie Holmes, and The White House. Pugh specializes in handcrafted items in a wide variety of patterns and designs, including festive holiday patterns.
Just next to the pottery shop is Genoa Custom Interiors, which features rooms of home-decorating and gift ideas including furniture, jewelry, purses, scarves, silk floral items, etc.
Calling it a “trifecta of injustice,” Trent Dougherty, attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the OEC plans to appeal a decision by the 11th District Court of Appeals that said property owners along Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie own the land above the water’s edge and the land beneath the water is open to the public.
The ruling in August largely upholds a decision by the Lake County Common Pleas Court in 2007 that established a moving boundary.
Dougherty, who is also Legal Director of the OEC Environmental Law Center, said a point of law beside the public access issue is at stake in the case.
He said the appeals court’s ruling, in effect, deprives the office of attorney general of legal standing in the case.
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