Coping with traumatic stress
The bombings in Boston, the plant explosion in Texas and the severe weather hitting area communities have forced people to confront a wide range of traumatic and stressful events during the last week.
Incidents like these require everyone –not just those on the ground in the affected areas but also those watching media outlets in other places – to pay attention to their mental health and to take steps to positively manage stress.
“This is a very upsetting time for Americans, and it’s important for everyone to pay attention to what they’re thinking and feeling and to take care of themselves,” said Becky Hauserman, American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio Disaster Mental Health volunteer. “It’s especially important to take care of the children around you and to reassure them of their safety.”
The American Red Cross has some simple steps everyone can take to help cope with the recent events:
• Stay informed, but limit exposure to media coverage of the events.
• Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
• Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration and anxiety.
• Stay connected with your family and other support systems. Reach out and accept help from others.
• Encourage children to express their feelings and thoughts. Reassure them about their safety.
To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
Children are especially at risk since they may become afraid that a disaster could affect them, or that they or someone in their family may be harmed. It is important to comfort children and talk to them in a calm manner. Their view of the world as a safe and predictable place is temporarily lost during emergency situations. How a parent or other adult reacts around children following a disaster can determine how quickly and completely they recover.
People can find more information on recovering after a disaster or emergency on redcross.org.
Christian group to perform
One of America's most respected and distinctive Christian groups, the Gospel Harmony Boys will perform May 5 at 2 p.m. at the historic Pemberville Opera House. The concert is the final performance in the Live in the House! concert series.
The Gospel Harmony Boys originated in Huntington, W. Va, in 1952 and have been presenting concerts all across the United States and Canada in churches, auditoriums, amphitheaters, fairs, and festivals ever since. They are known for their diverse musical styles, intricate harmonies and modern renditions of the old gospel favorites.
In 2008 they were inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and in 2012, they were recognized by the American Artist Music Guild on their 60th anniversary in 2012.
The Pemberville Opera House is located at 115 Main St. Tickets are available at Beeker’s General Store, or by calling Carol 419-287-4848. Visit www.pembervilleoperahouse.org for more information.
ISOH/IMPACT is accepting donations to help those affected by the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.
Donations, in the form of prepaid bank gift cards, may be sent to ISOH/IMPACT’s offices at 25182 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Hunting rules detailed
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) encourages hunters to educate themselves about Ohio’s new game tagging and checking procedure for the 2013-2014 hunting seasons.
These changes provide a more consistent tagging process between exempt landowners and those using a permit. The new game check process applies to spring turkey, fall turkey and white-tailed deer hunting seasons.
A new feature this year is that hunters will need to make their own game tag to attach to the turkey or deer. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time and county of kill. The ODNR Division of Wildlife has a blank game tag available at wildohio.com, which is suitable for the tagging and checking process.
Follow these steps when tagging wildlife during the upcoming spring hunting seasons:
• Protect permits and game tags from the elements by placing them in a plastic bag or protective pouch before hunting.
• Landowners and permit holders must complete a game tag immediately upon harvest and prior to moving the animal. The game tag must include the hunter’s full name, date, time and county of kill. Hunters need to make their own tag from any material they choose, and write legibly with an ink pen or permanent marker.
• Attach the game tag to the animal immediately upon harvest and prior to moving it.
• Permit holders must complete the spring turkey permit with the date, time and county of kill. Those exempt from purchasing a permit can ignore this step.
• Complete the automated game check process and receive an 18-digit confirmation number. Permit holders must record this number on the permit.
• The 18-digit confirmation number must also be attached to the animal. Hunters may also choose to write the number on the game tag.
All hunters must report their turkey harvest using the automated game check system. Hunters have three options to complete the game check: online at wildohio.com or ohiogamecheck.com; by telephone at 877-TAG-ITOH (877-824-4864) and at all license agents. A list of agents can be found at wildohio.com.
Game-check transactions will be available online and by telephone seven days a week including holidays. License agents’ locations will be available for turkey check-in during normal business hours. Hunters can call the license agent for specific hours of operation. All turkeys must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. the day of the kill.
Landowners exempt from purchasing a turkey permit, and any other person not required to purchase a turkey permit, cannot use the phone-in option.
More information, including a pamphlet explaining the process, is available at wildohio.com. Hunters with questions can also call 800-WILDLIFE (800-945-3543).
Nature Walks set
Black Swamp Conservancy invites the public to experience springtime in the Great Black Swamp at a wildflower walk May 4 at 10 a.m. at Huber Woods, a rural Pemberville property new to the conservancy this year. The event, which will be held rain or shine, is free and open to the public.
Huber Woods retains many qualities of the Great Black Swamp. The property boasts six state-listed species including the Three-birds Orchid and the Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
Guides for the walk will be landowners Robert Huber and Moira Von Stadden, both biology professors at Bowling Green State University. The tour will include a visit to the great blue heron rookery located on the property.
National Train Day
National Train Day Toledo – a celebration of trains and train travel – will be held May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Toledo Amtrak station and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza.
The celebration will begin the evening before with a new event, “Friday Night by the Tracks” – a preview reception that will be hosted by the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association May 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Attendees will get a preview of the exhibits and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and entertainment. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online at http://ntdtoledopreview.eventbrite.com/.
National Train Day Toledo will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome from Amtrak officials, local and state elected officials and other dignitaries.
Following the opening remarks, visitors will enjoy exhibits and displays on three floors of the Plaza until 4 p.m. On the first level is the Amtrak station, which will feature art displays, raffles for train travel and access to the trains and locomotive engines on the tracks. On the second floor, Engineer Steve will amuse and educate children about safety near the tracks. On the third floor in the Grand Lobby, there will be model train layouts, music, food, vendors and more.
Admission and parking are free. A shuttle will be available from the Owens Corning parking lot on Summit Street to the nearby Amtrak station and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza.
For more information, call 419-241-9155 ext. 134.
Experts involved in local, state and federal efforts to fight environmental crimes will share their knowledge with law enforcement, public officials, community leaders and public defenders at a free workshop sponsored by Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB), a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful May 3, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency, Ottawa County Courthouse, 315 Madison St., Port Clinton.
Communities are increasingly grappling with the effects of environmental crimes. “The source of most litter in our three-county district of Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties is personal litter and /or illegal dumping of garbage,” said Amy Drummer, assistant director of the OSS Solid Waste District. “We have litter crews, Adopt-A-Road groups and a number of beach and park cleanups every year, but we are continually striving to stop this growing problem at the source. Through education and awareness of our valuable natural resources we hope to send a positive message about the importance of recycling and litter prevention in our area,”
Attendees will learn about enforcing laws governing these crimes and other topics, including meth lab training, scrap metal, how to form a local environmental coalition and community policing best management practices.S
A registration form can be downloaded at www.keepohiobeautiful.org or call 330-338-8328.
Funding for the workshop is provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Registered sanitarians and sanitarians in training can receive five CEUs.
Cinco de Mayo
The Toledo Zoo will celebrate Mexico’s rich heritage, freedom and liberty with Cinco de Mayo festivities Sunday, May 5.
The celebration will include music, dancing and a variety of family-friendly activities which will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Zoo’s Main Plaza; in case of rain, the activities and performances move indoors to the Museum of Science.
The entertainment schedule includes:
11 a.m.-noon –DJ Tony Rios
Noon-1 p.m. – El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico Dance Group
1 p.m. – Kids, take a swing at our piñata filled with tasty treats.
1-2 p.m. – DJ Tony Rios
2-3 p.m. – El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico Dance Group
Follow the festivities at toledozoo.org/cinco.
All area women are invited to attend the “Accessory Dressery” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection May 9 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon buffet.
Barb Moran from her “Personal Design Shop” in Fremont will discuss the art of accessorizing and Deb Bradish, of Toledo, will provide vocal entertainment. Speaker Mary Thompson, of South Ryan, Mich., will present, “Music Teacher Learns to Keep Her Eyes on the Conductor.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.
Boating safety classes
An Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered in two sessions May 6 and 7 at Bass Pro Shops, 10000 Bass Pro Blvd., Rossford.
The classes will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. both days. The course fee is $5, which covers the cost of course materials. Pre-registration is required due to class size limitations.
Ohio law requires any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1982 to complete an approved boating safety education course in order to operate any watercraft powered by a motor greater than 10 horsepower.
For more information or to RSVP, contact the Maumee Bay Watercraft Office at 419-836-6003 or visit www.ohiodnr.com.
GBU Western Night
A Western Night featuring Bob Wurst will be held Saturday, May 4 from 6-11:30 p.m. at Oak Shade Hall, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The event, sponsored by GBU, will include a hot roast beef dinner served from 6-8 p.m. Music will run from 7:30-11:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available.
Tickets are $15 and are available by calling Nancy at 419-698-1445 or JoAnn at 419-729-1775.
Phone scam reported
The Wood County Sheriff’s Department reported a resident last week received repeated phone calls from an individual claiming to be an employee of Microsoft in an apparent scam.
The resident told deputies the caller persisted in attempting to persuade the resident to make certain changes to his computer operating system.
The number from which the phone calls were made was 530-619-3038.
The sheriff’s department said such calls are an effort to have residents reveal personal information.
Any county resident receiving similar calls should contact the sheriff’s department: 419-354-9001.