Although measles is spreading outside of Central Ohio, currently, the disease has not spread to any county inside the Northwest Ohio’s Public Health Emergency Planning region, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department reports.
The most recent case involves an infant less than 6 months old whose family traveled in mid-May to north-central Ohio, where six counties are experiencing a measles outbreak.
Ohio’s continuing measles outbreak is part of the largest outbreak in the U.S. since 1994. The health department urges families who plan to travel to affected areas of Ohio, the U.S., or abroad to check with their healthcare provider to make sure they are up to date on immunizations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website lists U.S. and international “Measles Cases and Outbreaks” at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/case-outbreaks.html.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily. Symptoms begin with fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, and red, watery eyes for about four days, followed by a rash. The rash usually lasts five to six days and begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck, and proceeds down the body. The disease can also cause severe illness and complications such as diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis (brain infection), seizures and death. These complications are more common among children under 5 years of age and adults over 20 years of age.
There is no specific treatment for measles. People with measles need bed rest, fluids, and control of fever. Patients with complications may need treatment specific to their problem.
Dr. David Grossman, Lucas County health commissioner, notes the best way to protect oneself from measles is getting vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
For more information, call 419-213-4100.
Tent revival set
Grace Baptist Church, 325 S. Toussaint-Portage Rd., Oak Harbor, will conduct its annual tent-meeting revival June 22-26.
Sunday’s services will commemorate the church’s 28th anniversary. The Sunday School hour begins at 10 a.m. and worship hour begins at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck dinner. The evening service starts at 6 p.m.
Monday’s service will begin at 7 p.m. Services Tuesday through Thursday will be at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Free meals precede each service and will be provided Monday at 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 a.m., noon and 7 p.m.
Evangelist Mark Rogers will be the featured speaker Sunday. Others speaking include Dr. R.B. Ouelette (Saginaw, Michigan), Chuck Keesee (Elyria, Ohio), Dr. Martin Holman (Richmond, Indiana), Dr. Roger Green (Middletown, Ohio), Pastor James Lewis (Clyde, Ohio), Brett Groves (Hoven, South Dakota). Holman and Green are former area pastors. Holman pastored Fremont Baptist Temple from 1975-1993 and Green pastored Sandusky Baptist Temple from 1979-1990.
The Crown College (Powell, Tennessee) traveling ensemble and Mark and Liz Rogers (Mark Rogers Ministries) will provide special music.
There is no cost to attend, and transportation is available by calling 419-898-4002.
The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Independence Day Celebration Thursday, July 3 along the Portage River in the village’s downtown.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. Highlights of the event will include a performance by Class A Dance Studio at 5:30 p.m.; Harbor Lites Baton Corp at 6:45 p.m.; Last Born Sons at 7:30 p.m. and a Royal Duck Race at 8 p.m. Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk.
There will also be giant inflatables; a fish fry presented by Bonifish Friars; a Cruz’n Nights Car Show at Spangler Motors and more. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased at the event; coolers will be subject to inspection.
For more information, visit www.oakharborohio.net or call the chamber office at 419-898-0479.
Youth Fishing Derby
The Oak Harbor Conservation Club will present a Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, June 28 at 975 S. Gordon Rd., Oak Harbor.
The event is free and open to children ages 3-12 accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring their own poles; bait will be provided. Each child will receive a coupon for a hot dog and a beverage. Food will be available for purchase for adults and other attendees. Prizes will be awarded.
Registration will be held at 11 a.m. Fishing will start at noon for ages 3-7. Youths 8-12 years old will fish from 12:45-1:30 p.m.
For more information, call Scott Kieffer at 419-707-0232.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Scenic Rivers program is seeking volunteers to conduct water quality monitoring on the Maumee and Sandusky rivers.
Local residents interested in helping with stream quality monitoring are invited to attend workshops. Volunteers will be trained to sample the water quality by learning how to net and identify the aquatic insects that live in the rivers. The type, number and diversity of these aquatic macro-invertebrates are indicators of water quality. The data that these volunteer monitors collect is published in an online annual report.
The workshop provides interested volunteers with free training on how to check for changes in water quality and aquatic habitat as well as learning about the aquatic inhabitants found in our state’s scenic rivers. Training includes learning how to fill out and submit report forms as well as more information about Ohio’s scenic rivers. Interested participants are asked to pre-register and attend a training workshop. Volunteers are asked to wear old clothes and closed-toe shoes as this activity occurs by wading in very shallow portions of streams.
Workshops will be held on the Sandusky River July 19, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Johns Scenic River Area at the intersection of County Road 6 and Township Road 131; and on the Maumee River July 23, Independence Dam, 6-8 p.m.
For more information, visit http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/scenicrivers.
National recording group Berlin, featuring Terri Nunn will headline the 5th Annual City of Oregon and BP/Husky Refinery Boomfest at the Grove Friday, July 4 from 2 p.m.-midnight at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Admission, entertainment and parking will be free for the event, which will also include the “Cruisin’ in the Grove” Car Show from 2-6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.
Live entertainment and children’s activities will begin at 5 p.m. First to perform will be KGB, a Motown-style band, followed by popular Toledo band, Arctic Clam at 7:30 p.m., who will also perform after the fireworks until midnight.
Berlin, with Terri Nunn, will perform hit songs such as “Take My Breath Away,” from “Top Gun; “No More Words” and “The Metro.”
“We are excited to partner once again with the local business community and the GAF to present a fun event for Oregon-area families,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “This event has grown over the last few years and we hope to continue building on this new Oregon tradition in the future.”
Craft, rummage sale
The Harbor View Historical Society will host a one-day Craft Show and Rummage Sale Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the HVHS Museum, located at 2083 Autokee St., Oregon.
“This is our first craft show and rummage sale event, said Michael A. Joseph, co-founder HVHS. “We hope to make this an annual event.”
Funds raised from the event will help fund various Historical Society programs.