This past Thursday, the South Summit Water Rescue Team took to the Portage Lakes for a live-action, mass casualty training event.
Roughly 100 members of the New Franklin Fire Department, Green Fire, Coventry Fire, Akron Fire, Twinsburg Fire, and other agencies were on hand for the "all hands on deck" rescue training. Eight civilian volunteers were there as well, playing "victims" of a two-vehicle crash on the lake.
As a member of the media, I was able to witness the training firsthand, as first responders were deployed to a real-time call of an capsized water vechile with multiple casualties in the water. It was impressive to see the coordinated and highly organized response right from the beach, as teams were deployed on their department's vessels to the middle of the lake where the staged crash had occurred.
New Franklin Fire Lieutenant Don Burroughs told me this is the first training event like this for the full team.
This year there have been two drownings at the State Park, including most recently an 11-year-old boy from Tallmadge who was pulled from the water earlier this month.
Thursday's event, while primarily for training purposes, also serves as a teachable moment for the community. Local officials are stressing the importance of boat, kayak, and other water safety for everyone who takes to the water.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has an updated list of boating and water safety here.
You're not alone if you have had hassles with your mobile phone service.
Follow along with my tale of woe, as I outline how I tried to resolve a problem with my mobile carrier, what it took to get it done, and what you can do if something like it ever happens to you.
Don't get mad...get empowered! Find out how.
(Summit County Public Health) [Akron, OH] – In an effort to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in Summit County, starting on August 27, 2021, Summit County Public Health (SCPH) will offer $100.00 Visa or MasterCard gift cards to any Ohio resident 12 and over receiving their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination while supplies last. The kick off for the $100.00 incentives will be on August 27, 2021 during a drive through clinic at 1867 W. Market St., Akron from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm. We will offer all three vaccines during the event. SCPH will continue to offer $100.00 gift cards to individuals receiving their first dose at all public SCPH clinics while supplies last. This will be a onetime incentive for first doses only while supplies last, and we will be verifying first dose status in the State of Ohio’s vaccination registry.
SCPH encourages all residents and particularly those who are unvaccinated to continue to engage in safe and effective behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
Stay home if you’re sick, even with mild symptoms
Be mindful in your interactions with others. Limit your chances of exposure by maintaining social distancing of at least six feet from non-household members
Wear a mask in public
Consider necessary travel only
Follow good hygiene standards:
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds Use hand sanitizer frequently
Avoid touching your face Cover coughs and sneezes
If you have questions, call the COVID-19 Call Line (330) 926-5795. The call line is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. M-F.
83 year old George Robotkay has dementia, and has been missing since last night.
Strongsville police say the 5'6, 145 pound, white man with hazel eyes and brown hair left his home on Century Oak Drive , and they are concerned for his safety.
For more information, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Local-Law-Enforcement/Missing-Adult-Alert
As the students head back into the classroom and employees venture back to the workplace, it is time for a refresher course in handwashing. Dr. Eliot Mostow is with Akron Dermatology, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to provide the basics in proper handwashing. Dr. Mostow believes the public should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, or the length of singing the tune Happy Birthday, in order to fully cleanse. Dr. Mostow also touched on proper moisturizers, for those with sensitive skin and those whose skin dries out and cracks.
Ohio lawmakers are considering a request to allow consumers to buy what could be a dangerously radioactive chemical product, which is used for deicing snowy sidewalks and driveways.
Aqua Salina, which is made from recyled wastewater "brine" from oil and gas wells, is already used on highways as a deicer and dust suppresant in many states, including Ohio. But, the Northeast Ohio company that makes it, Nature's Own Source, LLC, wants to sell it to other consumers as well, and says it is safe.
That assertion, however, is disputed by a number of citizens, environmental groups, and some state officials, including the Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
In a June 22, 2021 letter to the chairs of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and House Energy & Natural Resources Committee; ODNR Director, Mary Mertz expressed concerns about proposed regulatory changes that would result in her agency losing the ability to regulate oilfield wastes and tracking their flow, for example, into water supplies. Her conclusion: "HB 282/SB 171 does not ensure the protection of public health and safety or the environment."
Whether or not the bills will advance out of the committees that have been considering it, and come to a full vote in either chamber is still up in the air.
Listen now to hear clips of testimony on both sides of the issue, as well as interviews with Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking member, 37th District State Representative Casey Weinstein (D) of Hudson, and former Athens County Commissioner, and current Ohio Brine Task Force Spokesperson, Roxanne Groff.
State Representative Casey Weinstein, (D) Ohio 37th District
Roxanne Groff, Ohio Brine Task Force
**Please note: This program is available as a podcast on Apple, Android, Spotify, and Stitcher.