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The Ida Rupp Public Library is continuing their Do You Believe series with Do You Believe in Bigfoot! Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation will be attending Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and refreshments will be served. The series is held at the Ida Rupp Library located at 310 Madison Street, Port Clinton.

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Common Pleas Court Looks to Fight Opiate Addiction with a Promising New Medication

Talks have begun to introduce Vivitrol, a breakthrough medication to help treat opiate and alcohol addiction, into the county’s jails.

No longer a problem that can be overlooked and ignored, opiate addiction is an epidemic that is overwhelming the state of Ohio and creating a skyrocketing death toll due to prescription drug and heroin overdoses.  As more and more people become addicted every day, it is becoming clear that something new and different needs to be done in order to tackle the problem.  Here in Ottawa County, where the majority of criminal defendants test positive for some illegal substance when they are arraigned, this issue is particularly pressing and is having devastating effects on the community.  

Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge Bruce Winters is frustrated by this devastation and looking for a solution.  A new non-narcotic drug, Vivitrol, may be an answer to addiction that can benefit the county.  Vivitrol is a monthly injection that blocks opiate receptors in the brain and prevents a person from getting high. Unlike other addiction medications on the market, such as Suboxone, it is not a substitute for an opiate, it is non-addictive, and does not create any sort of physiological or psychological dependence.  It merely prevents a person from feeling the euphoria that is associated with opiate and alcohol use, making using these drugs pointless.

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PCMS Media Center receives donation

Port Clinton Middle School Builders Club, sponsored by the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club, recently donated $944 to purchase books for the PCMS Media Center.  Students held various fundraisers throughout the year to raise money.  Pictured are Emily Driggers, Builders Club Advisor, Alexis Bradshaw, Morgan Bagovich, Allison Batterton, Carrie Sanchez, Principal, Grace Heilmann, and Troy Diels, PCMS Assistant Principal.

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Bataan Intermediate Grade 3 Passport to Fishing

Bataan Intermediate Elementary student Taylor Bollinger perfects her cast as her mom, Heather Martin looks on.  Both took part in the annual grade 3 fishing trip, part of the ODNR Passport to Fishing program.  

Grade 3 students at Bataan Memorial Intermediate Elementary School recently participated in the Passport to Fishing program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) - Division of Wildlife.  Mr. Bob Hathaway, Guidance Counselor and certified Passport to Fishing Instructor, taught the students in four areas of fishing:  habitat and handing of fish; knots and rigging; casting; and local information/resources.  

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TOPS OH 1487 recognizes 2013 winners

Tops OH 1487 held an awards ceremony at their meeting on May 20. Special Guest, Area Coordinator Tana O’Donnell, joined our ceremony. Juanita Larson was the chapter’s 2013 Queen, losing the most weight to her goal weight.  She lost 77.5 pounds. Our chapter King and State King was Phil Carstensen who lost 58.5 pounds to goal. Chapter royalty were given a certificate, banner, and a gift.  

Division winners were also given awards, divisions are determined by the person’s starting weight of the year. The division winners in 2013 were: Division 3 Male 1st place, Phil Carstensen losing 61# in 2013; Division 3 Female 1st place, Cindy Fedor lost 10#; Division 4 female 1st place, Juanita Larson losing 18.75#.  Division winners were given a certificate, banner and a pin. We had three members who were awarded pins and certificates for perfect attendance for the entire year, they were Phil Carstensen, Cindy Fedor, and Pat Schraidt. 

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Surgical Technologist Graduation

Graduates include:  Amanda Wiparina (Bucyrus), Liane Hersh (Norwalk), Tia England (Bellevue), Brittany Adkins (Port Clinton) and Julie Baker (Wakeman).  All five students passed their certification exam and are now Certified Surgical Technologists. 

If you or someone you know would like to enroll for the next Surgical Technologist program, contact EHOVE Adult Career Center at (419) 499-4663 x280.  More information is available at www.EHOVE.net.

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Terra State’s Spring Semester Dean’s List

Students receiving academic honors and named to the Dean’s List at Terra State Community College for the spring semester have been announced. These students have met the college requirements for this honor by carrying 12 or more credit hours and achieving a grade point average of at least 3.50. 

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Expert on Multiage Education Comes to Immaculate Conception School

Immaculate Conception School is announcing that it will host a 3 day multiage workshop in mid-June presented by Dr. Sandra J. Stone.  Dr. Stone is an internationally renowned speaker and workshop leader who is the founder and director of the National Multiage Institute.  Dr. Stone’s resume is vast in the area of education using a Continuous Progress/multiage approach to learning.  She is a former multiage teacher and professor of Literacy and Early Childhood Education.  She is the author of numerous books and articles, including Creating a Multiage Classroom and Playing: A Kid’s Curriculum.  Dr. Stone has conducted multiage training workshops in the U.S., Canada, and in 16 countries in Europe, Asia, and South America and has been invited by the Minister of Education to transform all schools in the Netherlands Antilles to multiage education.  

Immaculate Conception School will be slowly implementing this style of education within the next 2 years into its classrooms in order to give students an education that is focused on the student and the student’s needs.  Continuous Progress Education is a student-centered curriculum in which students are taught at a level of readiness.  

The 3 day workshop will be held at Immaculate Conception School June 23-25 from 8 a.m. till 3:30 p.m.  This workshop is open to any interested educator at a cost of $25 per day.  To register for this workshop, please call the school at 419.341.3315.   Anyone interested in attending the parent/community presentation on June 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. is more than welcome.  This presentation will be held in the Immaculate Conception School gymnasium and there is no charge for this event.  Please feel free to call the school with any questions you may have about Dr. Sandra Stone’s visit.

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Magruder’s Diabetes Program Earns National Recognition

Magruder Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program recently renewed their certification for National Recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

The outpatient program, which requires a physician referral, offers patients the skills they need to better manage their diabetes on their own.

The ADA reviewed and evaluated Magruder’s program by the National Standards earning them National Recognition.  "It really assures us that the education we offer is the best it can be for our diabetic patients,” said Kathy Buckingham, RD, LD, CDE,  Magruder’s Director of Nutritional Services and coordinator of the program. 

The ADA Education Recognition effort is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards. The program was originally awarded Education Recognition in September, 2007.

“We have a lot of patients who come in and are scared because they have just been diagnosed and aren’t sure of just how their life is going to change. They see our Nurse Diabetic Educator, Krista Jeffries, RN, CDE and myself and we are both Certified Diabetic Educators.  We help take away their fears and anxieties by giving them the tools they need to successfully manage diabetes on their own. This helps to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions, and can cut down on acute and chronic complications,” said Buckingham.

For more information about Magruder’s Self-Management Education Program, call Kathy Buckingham at 419-734-3131 ext. 3544 or visit magruderhospital.com.

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