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Stein Hospice Announces Workforce Reductions and Cuts

Stein Hospice today informed its employees that it will be reducing its workforce by about 12 percent and reducing some of its non-core services to patients. The organization is projecting significant reductions in revenue due to scheduled Medicare funding cuts that affect the entire industry, as well as shorter lengths of stay for patients at some of its hospice facilities.

“Ninety percent of our funding comes from Medicare,” said Jan Bucholz, chief executive officer of Stein Hospice. “As a result, those reductions have a serious impact on our operating budget. Meanwhile, we currently are serving 17 percent fewer patients than we did last year, and most of that decline has been in the past few months.” She said that personnel costs make up about 60 percent of Stein’s annual budget.

“This was a very difficult decision, especially because of the impact it will have on our dedicated, hard-working employees,” Bucholz said. “We looked exhaustively at all options for reducing costs but, sadly, we had no choice but to reduce staff and adjust some service offerings to balance our budget.” Despite the challenges, she said, Stein Hospice remains committed to providing patients with the highest quality hospice care. The cuts do not impact core hospice services, which will remain at or above industry standards. Non-core service offerings that will be impacted include music, art therapy, massotherapy and personal care. In addition, salaries have been reduced for members of the management team and spending has been reduced for non-patient services.

“We are sorry economic conditions are forcing us to make this decision,” said Bucholz. “We are committed to providing comprehensive comfort, compassion and support for our patients during life’s final journey. That means making sure our services are available for every terminally ill patient who needs our care, not just today but for many years to come. We are taking every precaution to make these reductions in a way that will have minimal impact on our patients and their families.”

About Stein Hospice

Stein Hospice is a not-for-profit agency that has been caring for patients and families in Ohio for more than 30 years. The agency’s service area includes Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Lorain and Brown counties.

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National Safe Boating Council: Choose to Boat Safely

Choosing to boat safely goes a long way in minimizing risks and liability while maximizing enjoyment on waterways. It is important to act responsibly to protect lives and property. The best insurance policy for a great boating experience is to incorporate knowledge, wisdom, preparedness, precaution, experience, discretion and judgment. Provide protection for those with whom you boat by following these tip from the National Safe Boating Council.

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Wolcott Keepers House had a busy clean up day

Friends of the Keeper's House and Boy Scout Troop 331 installed new carpet in the Museum/Gift Shop, washed windows, picked up pine cones and tree limbs in the yard, and mulched the flower beds on clean-up day last Saturday. They also cleaned the inside of the House, preparing it for a fresh coat of paint. 

Members of Scout Troop 331 assisting were Gilbert Marez, Nolan Johnson, Nate Borgio and leaders Curt Laubner and Ray Johnson.  Keeper's House friends participating were Phil Edwards, Sally Heximer, Rich Vedell, Nel Adcock, Suzy Dunham Wittenmyer, Rich Norgard, Jim Blm, Pat O'Keefe, Dick Taylor, and Bill and Sharon Coder.  

The summer season for the Benjamin Wolcott Keeper's House, restored 1820's home of the Marblehead Lighthouse's first keeper, starts on Tuesday, June 10.  Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and every Saturday from June 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The house is located 2 1/2 miles southwest of the Marblehead Lighthouse at 9999 East Bayshore Road. Phone 419-798- 9339 or check keepers.house for more information.

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Memorial Day weekend in Lakeside Chautauqua

Over Memorial Day weekend, Lakeside Chautauqua will remember U.S. military men and women who lost their lives while serving our country, and honor those retired and in active duty.

Lakeside Chautauqua will also kick off the summer season and offer guests a glimpse of the Chautauqua experience through the many religious, educational, cultural and recreational programs offered.

The Lakeside Chautauqua gates are in operation starting at 7 a.m. Friday, May 23, until 7 p.m. Monday, May 26. A (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Pass, which is a reduced price for Memorial Day weekend, is required to enter the grounds; $10 for adults and $7 for youth (ages 12-18) per day. A Season Chautauqua Pass is available for adults and youth. Visit.lakesideohio.com/passes for more information. Children under the age of 12 and guests over the age of 90 are always free.

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Looking for some family fun? Go perch’n!

In this day and age of instant entertainment at the push of a button on a home computer, video game, cell phone, or television, it is sometimes hard to get kids away from the electronics to go outside and experience what the outdoors has to offer. Living in a town next to one of the best fishing lakes in the world is an opportunity not to be missed.

Fishing is not usually at the top of their list of fun activities, due to the lack of patience that develops as we mature. While walleye fishing can be exciting at times, it demands more patience, since it is not always fast and furious action.

Perch fishing can be the perfect solution to a family outing on the water. It’s relatively inexpensive to get set up with the basic equipment of a 4 ½-5 foot ultra light rod, and an inexpensive reel to match it. Then all you need are some shiners, a couple of Zip-Loc bags, a cooler full of ice, and a counting device to keep track of how many fish you are catching.

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Skipper Bud’s Kids Fishing Derby scheduled for May 25

The Skipper Bud’s Kids Fishing Derby at the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, at 12 p.m.  This free family-oriented event will take place at Derby Pond.

All children ages 12 and under are invited to participate.  Trophies for each age group will be awarded in each of the following categories: longest, shortest, most fish caught, and most unique.  Trophies will be presented in the Entertainment Tent immediately following the Derby.

A limited number of fishing poles will be provided.  Children are encouraged to bring their own lucky pole. Bait will be provided.

Each registrant will receive a goody bag.  Registration begins day of the event at 11 a.m. at Derby Pond.  Please complete the registration form in advance and bring with you the day of the event, to help expedite the registration process.

Registration forms for the Skipper Bud’s Kids Fishing Derby can be picked up at the Main Street Port Clinton office located at 110 Madison Street in downtown or by downloading the form at the walleyefestival.com.

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Danbury Baccalaureate

All Danbury High School graduating seniors, along with family and friends, are invited to a community Baccalaureate Service on Wednesday, May 28, at 7 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 541 Church Road, Lakeside-Marblehead.  This ecumenical worship service is a celebration for graduates, planned by students and sponsored by area churches represented in the Danbury Ministerial group.  Graduates are invited to wear their robes and arrive by 6:30 p.m.  The Laker’s Chorus, under the direction of Mr. Scott Nave, will provide special music.  Graduates will each receive the gift of a Gideon pocket-sized New Testament.  A reception with refreshments will follow the service.

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Danbury comes up short against Emmanuel Christian

Samantha Puckett batting against Emmanuel Christian.

The Lady Lakers came up several runs short in a 5-2 loss in a game played against Emmanuel Christian in a 5-2 loss in a game played May 16.  The only two runs for Danbury that were scored were in the sixth inning when Paige Wright singled, Taylor Zelms walked, Kylah Mackall flied out to center field, ElissaRae Barrere hit a ground ball to Christian's third baseman who made an error scoring Paige.  Haley Menier then got on base scoring Taylor for the two runs tallied by Danbury. Photos by John Kozak.

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