Watch out for ticks, Ohio agencies warn


Watch out for ticks, Ohio agencies warn

COLUMBUS

The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are reminding Ohioans that ticks remain active in cold weather and that people need to take precautions to prevent tick bites, which can carry diseases such as Lyme disease.

The ODH reported that cases of Lyme disease, a bacterial disease transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected deer tick, have steadily increased in Ohio during the past 5 years. The ODNR offers tips to reduce the chances of being bitten. They include: Walk in the center of trails and paths; apply bug repellent to everyone, including pets; tuck pants into boots or socks and shirts into pants; shower immediately after returning from the outdoors to remove unattached ticks; check dogs for ticks after returning from tick habitats; remove any attached tick by grasping it with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pulling it straight out. Do not twist or jerk.

For information about ticks and Lyme disease, go to www.odh.ohio.gov.

Greenbriar care center marks 25th anniversary

BOARDMAN

Greenbriar Health Care Center, with a facility in Boardman, is celebrating 25 years of service to the community this month. Built in 1992, Greenbriar focuses primarily on long-term care and short-term rehabilitation after an injury or illness.

In addition, the staff and facility have sponsored numerous community events such as Easter egg hunts for children and those that raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

Over the past year, Greenbriar has sponsored spaghetti dinners for fallen Austintown firefighter John Fritz and for Hannah Tringhese, who was diagnosed in kindergarten with an inoperable brain tumor. The center also had its fourth annual car show and basket raffle with all proceeds donated to the American Heart Association. Also, Greenbriar, in conjunction with Animal Charity of Ohio, has sponsored several adoption and donation drives for cats and dogs.

Expert: More vines needed to grow Ohio wine production

COLUMBUS

A winemaking expert says Ohio needs more vines to continue its growth as one of the country’s biggest wine producers.

Todd Steiner directs the winemaking program in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He says it’s important to ensure there’s enough fruit for the state’s many wineries.

Steiner says tough winters are hard on vineyards, especially since newly planted vines take at least four years to produce grapes.

A report from the government’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau earlier this year says Ohio is now the country’s sixth-biggest producer of wine with about six million gallons annually.

Lawmaker seeks to make it harder for issues approval

COLUMBUS

An Ohio state lawmaker wants to make it more difficult to put constitutional amendments before voters, saying the goal is to keep out-of-state interests out of Ohio politics.

The resolution would amend the Ohio constitution to increase the number of signatures needed to get an item on the ballot.

Republican State Rep. Niraj Antani of Miamisburg made the proposal a week before the Nov. 7 election.

The resolution also would increase the vote total needed to pass from a majority to 60 percent of the vote.

The measure would ban campaigns from paying people who collect signatures for ballot petitions. Ohio had a similar ban that was struck down as unconstitutional in 2006.

Staff/wire reports

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