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Bark For Life Scheduled Aug. 9
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:34 PM

The Monroe County Relay for Life will be having a Bark for Life on August 9 at the Hannibal Locks and Dam. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. There will be awards for the Best Dressed, Top Fundraiser, Best Trick and doggie games.

The American Cancer Society Bark for Life is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of our Canine Caregivers. It presents an opportunity for people to be emplowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society.

Monroe County Farm Bureau to Hold Annual Meeting on Aug. 4
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:33 PM

The Monroe County Farm Bureau will hold its annual meeting of members on Monday, August 4, at Laings Community Center, Six Pts. Rd., Laings. A grilled pork chop dinner and a candidate reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

At this meeting the members will vote on proposed policies and select Trustees for the Board of Trustees as well as Delegates to the Ohio Farm Bureau 2015  Annual Meeting. Policy issues include wildlife concerns, oil and gas issues, animal welfare, and consumer education items.

The program also features presentations of awards to outstanding contributors to the organization and dedicated volunteers from this past year. “We have excellent volunteers that give of their time to promote agriculture in Monroe County and to work with our legislators to inform them of the importance of continued agricultural growth in Ohio, and it’s important to give them the recognition they rightly deserve,” stated Linda Schaefer, president of Monroe County Farm Bureau.

Monroe Manor Unit Goes Smoke Free; Health Department Warns of Dangers of Secondhand Smoke
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:31 PM
Pictured celebrating a smoke free unit at Monroe Manor is site manager Jode Lude (left) and Carol Hehr of the Monroe County Health Department.

Monroe County Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Grant, funded through the Ohio Department of Health, has been working with managers and owners of multi-unit houses to implement a policy to provide smoke free housing to their residents. The policy may be for one or all of the buildings in the complex.

Program director Carol Hehr has been working with RLJ Management Company to adopt a smoke free policy at Monroe Manor. RLJ completed a total renovation of Monroe Manor in the fall of 2013 and after the renovations, adopted a smoke free policy for one of their buildings. Tenants now have the chance to live in a smoke free environment and have commented on how much they appreciate the managements’ decision.

Monroe Manor is the first apartment complex to adopt a smoke free policy in Monroe County, and Hehr will be working again with Monroe Manor and other multi-unit complexes in the county to provide information on smoke free policies.

Jodee Lude, Site Manager at Monroe Manor, already knows her property will benefit from the smoke free policy. “It’s amazing, and you don’t realize until you get into a renovation the damage smoke actually causes to a unit,” Lude said.

A sign was installed at the building Monroe Manor has designated smoke free. It was provided by the Ohio Department of Health.

To date, forty-seven properties in Ohio have gone smoke free, a trend that seems to be growing throughout Ohio.

The Monroe County Health Department has the following message about secondhand smoke and the importance of facilities going smoke free:

Everyone knows that smoking is harmful, but what many people do not realize is that secondhand smoke can also be extremely harmful to the health of non-smokers as well. Most exposure to secondhand smoke occurs in the home and workplace and can cause many long-lasting and debilitating illnesses or make breathing problems worse, especially in infants, children and older persons. 

ODNR Report: Several Bobcat Sightings Reported in County
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:29 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:31 PM )
A bobcat is pictured in a reader-submitted trail came photo.


Anyone who lives in rural Monroe County knows that bobcats are now plentiful in the area. Motorists constantly see them crossing the road ahead of them, and hunters catch them frequently on trail cams. A recent report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife verifies that Monroe County is near the epicenter of the Ohio bobcat population.

According to the Division of Wildlife report, issued on July 23, there were 200 verified sightings of bobcats in Ohio in 2013. Verified sightings consist of photos or videos of bobcats that were submitted to ODNR, observed road kills, reports to ODNR of incidentally trapped animals, and sightings by qualified personnel.

Although the verified sightings took place in 36 Ohio counties, neighboring county Noble had the most with 32. The report said Guernsey, Belmont, Monroe, Washington, Morgan and Muskingum counties combined for 106 sightings but did not break down the figure per county.

Automobile Crash Fatality Reported July 22 Near Clarington
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:28 PM

The St. Clairsville Highway Patrol Post is investigating a one vehicle fatal crash that took place on Tues., July 22. The crash occurred at 4:30 p.m. on Dry Ridge Road (TR 198) near Clarington.

Perishing in the crash was Louis Gugliemetti, 58, of Oakmont, PA. According to the report, Gugliemetti was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The vehicle was northbound on TR 198, traveled off the left side of the road and traveled 132 feet over the embankment, rolling several times and ejecting the driver. The crash remains under investigation.