Sunday, September 17, 2000

Local Digest

Food Bank gets $27,000 in grants

        The FreeStore/FoodBank received two grants totaling $27,000 for local programs and services for people in need.

        The Charles H. Dater Foundation Inc. awarded a grant of $20,000 for the organization's Client Services Division. Of the people served by the Client Services Division in 1999, approximately 25 percent were children.

        Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger awarded a $7,000 grant for programs and services. Mazon is one of the largest privately supported philanthropic organizations addressing hunger in America.

Harvest event for seniors on Thursday

               WARREN COUNTY — The Annual Fall Harvest event for seniors will be from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Camp Lebanon, 4464 Emmons Road, Oregonia.

        Sponsored by the 741 Senior Center and the Senior Nutrition Program of Warren County Community Services Inc., the event brings together participants from all over the county. A hearty meal will be served. Entertainment, nature walks and bingo are planned as part of the day's activities.

        Advance reservations are requested. A suggested donation of $6 covers the cost. Tickets are available at each of the county's seven Nutrition Sites and the 741 Senior Center.

        For more information or reservations, call Kathy Cranmer at 695-2239, 932-6301, 423-0876 or 925-2100.

Dinner auction to aid veterinary group

               Local veterinarians and pet owners are invited to the 3rd annual Dinner Auction to benefit the American Veterinary Medical Foundation on Tuesday, at the Mandalay Banquet Center, 2700 East River Road in Dayton. The reception/cash bar begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

        The AVMF supports veterinary-related emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts for animals injured in or affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes.

        The dinner costs $50 per person — tax deductible — with all proceeds going to the AVMF's disaster-relief fund. A live auction of goods and services will take place. In addition, many animals from the Columbus Zoo will make appearances.

        For information or reservations, call Amy Dicke at (937) 264-7537 and leave a name and phone number.

Hydrants being serviced in Hamilton

               HAMILTON — The Hamilton Fire Department has begun its annual hydrant servicing program. It will take firefighters several weeks to complete the task. More than 200 hydrants will be checked Monday through Friday, and occasionally on weekends in areas of high congestion.

        People planning to wash clothes should check their water to make sure it is not discolored. Large quantities of water moving through the water mains will disturb particles that can discolor the water. This discolored water is safe for cooking and drinking.

School starts later to help raise scores

               NEWARK, Ohio — Middle school students are starting classes nearly an hour earlier than last year so that high school students can get more sleep. The goal: to help the high schoolers do better on the state proficiency tests.

        The idea to shift starting times is based on studies that show older students perform better on tests when classes start later, said Superintendent Randy Stortz, hired after the district had fallen into emergency academic status.

        Classes start this year at Newark High School at 8 a.m., 30 minutes later than last year.

        The district was declared in academic emergency after failing 18 of the state's 27 rating standards last year. The district met 13 of the standards this year, enough to lift it to academic-watch status in January.

        Mr. Stortz said his orders are simple: Improve test scores and run the 7,286-student district with less money. Mr. Stortz said his goal is to achieve effective status — the highest of four state rankings — by 2006.

Nursing home rule delayed

               CLEVELAND — A staffing rule for nursing homes has been pulled from a package of changes the Ohio Department of Health is proposing to update regulations.

        After months of debate among state regulators, consumer advocates and the nursing-home industry, the rule changes were submitted Sept. 1 to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

        State health officials wanted to require nursing homes to provide an average of four hours a day of “direct care” to each nursing home resident.

        The federal Health Care Financing Administration recently released the first part of a study that reported “strong findings on the relationship between staffing and quality” of care at nursing homes.

        Gov. Bob Taft sought a delay in the staffing regulation, the Plain Dealer reported Saturday.

        “The governor felt he had not been properly informed and involved in the process,” said Mary Anne Sharkey, Mr. Taft's communications director. “He wanted time to take a second look at it.”

        The nursing home industry has fought mandated staffing levels, saying labor shortages and high turnover have left nursing homes unable to fill jobs open under current standards.

        Facilities should be held accountable for quality of care, not told how to do it, said Pete Van Runkle, president of the Ohio Health Care Association, which represents for-profit nursing homes.


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