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Haskins Council backs anti-bullying efforts PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:51
HASKINS - The efforts of Otsego Local Schools to eliminate bullying in the district and surrounding communities received support from village council Tuesday night.
The members heard a presentation from Otsego Elementary counselor Cindy Johnson.
"We all know that bullying doesn't just happen at school, it basically happens anywhere the kids go," said Johnson.
Like many districts throughout the county, Otsego utilizes the Olweus bullying prevention program which includes a number of components, including frequent classroom meetings led by teachers.
Johnson emphasized that the district wanted to ensure the entire Otsego community was involved in helping the stamp out bullying. Posters featuring this year's anti-bullying theme, "Kindness," are hung throughout the school building, and the village councils of Tontogany, Grand Rapids and Weston all previously signed anti-bullying proclamations. Haskins was the last stop in her series of community presentations, and the council signed copies of the district's proclamation, which are to be hung in the elementary and high school buildings.
As part of Otsego's program, students caught being kind are given a "kindness card", which they can then turn in for a pencil in Johnson's office.
"What we hope to do is going to all of our businesses throughout all of our communities" so that they can hang up the kindness posters and also hand out the cards, said Johnson.
Health dept. clinic to grow PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 03 March 2014 11:10
Renovation plans for the Wood County Health District are beginning to take shape.
Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center, located within the health district, needs additional clinic space and other changes to handle more clients and offer expanded services. Health district staff learned late last year that the center would receive an ongoing federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.SClBThe clinic will receive $787,500 this year and $650,000 in 2015, with the grant expected to become an ongoing funding source as long as its requirements are met.
Staff began meeting with Poggemeyer Design Group in December to draw renovation plans, which currently designate a reconfigured flow through the clinic and four new exam rooms so more patients can be treated. The grant allows for up to $100,000 in renovations in the first year, but that would only address reorganization of clinic space. A building expansion that is also proposed for the health district would need to be paid for separately from grant or levy funds, likely up front by the county with the health district making payments.
More people packing PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:38
(Photo illustration by J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A massive increase in the number of concealed-carry permits in the state of Ohio at-large is being mirrored here in Wood County.
Statistics released last week by the Ohio Attorney General's Office showed more than 145,000 licenses were issued - either new or renewals - in 2013. That is the most in a year since CCW permits were issued in 2004. In 2012, 76,810 licenses were issued - meaning that the 2013 numbers came close to doubling the previous year's statistics.
The phenomenon is similar here in Wood County.
Deputy Isaiah Loar of the Wood County Sheriff's Office said Monday that in 2012, approximately 1,200 new and renewed CCW permits were issued. Permits must be renewed every five years.
In 2013, however, that number skyrocketed to 2,395.
"So we essentially doubled last year," he said. "Pretty darn close."
In a story last year, Loar reported he already had a six-week waiting period for CCW-seekers just to see him. He generally interviews 25 to 30 applicants a day for CCWs.
Loar noted a number of possible reasons for the increase, including the fact that some people are only just discovering that they can apply for a concealed-carry permit.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:54
Alicia’s Voice changes focus PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA, Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Monday, 03 March 2014 10:50
File photo. Kathy Newlove. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
It's an era of change at Alicia's Voice, but not a swan song for the seven-year-old organization that has, until now, been based in Bowling Green.
The visible face of Alicia's Voice for the past three years, the headquarters building at 344 S. Main St., is no longer in use, confirms board member Mimi Yoon, assistant prosecutor at Bowling Green Municipal Court, although the lease will not run out until March 31.
Alicia's Voice co-founder Kathy Newlove told The Sentinel-Tribune a year ago that the plan would be to maintain the lease at that location for only one more year. At the time, she and other board members agreed it was not the best use of their limited funds to pay $5,400 annually for rent.
Since then the board has crystallized its plans for a change in mission focus as well.
"We felt that the limited funds that we have are better used for education and awareness, with the goal of preventing a recurrence of domestic violence," said Yoon, rather than primarily trying to fulfill women's immediate needs such as rent money, gas cards and the like.
Yoon likened the latter approach to "putting a Band-Aid on stuff without getting to the underlying issues."
Recently, the 18-member board of directors developed the following mission statement for Alicia's Voice:
• To increase awareness and prevent domestic violence in the local community through the development of educational programs for elementary, middle school, high school and higher education level students; additionally, education for law enforcement officers.
• To empower victims in the community to use their voice.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 10:54
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