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AGENCY SEEKING caregivers to assist DD (FKA MRDD) clients. 1st, 2nd, 3rd shifts & weekends available. Amelia & Eastgate area. 513-681-2472. ALLIED AMBULANCE Services looking for FT/PT EMT Basics, $10.00hr., EMT Intermediate $13.50hr.; Paramedic $15.00hr. & Dispatchers. Contact 937-379-1404 for more information.

BONUS $500 Sign on bonus Class A CDL with experience. Regional position, tanker endorsement a plus, not required. Percentage Pay, Company match Simple IRA, Vacation & Holiday Pay. Call 513-724-7140. DRIVERS: CDL-A. Dedicated Route. Home Daily. Limited Positions Solos and Teams. Excellent Pay/Benefits/Bonuses. Newer Equipment/No Touch Freight. Recruiting 855-347-2703. DRIVERS: CDL-B: Great Pay, Hometime! No-Forced Dispatch! New Singles from Springfield to surrounding states. 2-yrs req exp. Call Now: 1-855-204-3216.

DRIVERS: PAM Transport! Company Drivers & Owner Operators Wanted! No Touch Freight, 90% Drop & Hook, dedicated opportunities available. Call 877-698-4760 Also seeking Recent Grads. Call Lavonna 877-440-7890 Apply Online: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Brown County Court of Common Pleas is seeking a Probation Officer. For full details, visit our website at:; you can submit the employment application, along with a current resume, to Joni Dotson, Court Administrator, Brown County Court of Common Pleas, 101 South Main Street, Suite 2, Georgetown, Ohio 45121 or email the same to:jdotson@browncounty Looking for

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CARE GIVERS No prior experience needed to work in our 8-client family home in Milford/Goshen area. You’ll help teach our developmentally disabled clients daily living skills. Our orientation is paid & our comprehensive training includes FA/CPR. With a HS diploma/GED; clean background check & acceptable driving record, you could be working immediately. EOE.

FT/PT 2nd/3rd shifts

Now Hiring Class A CDL Drivers. Must have clean record and pass drug test. Good equipment, steady work, mostly local with some overnights. Retirement and health insurance available. Bonus & Performace Incentives. Call 937-444-3717.

DRIVERS: GREAT Pay, Benefits & Hometime! Haul Flatbed OTR. CDL-A, 2yrs Exp. EEO/AA 800-628-3408.






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HIRING DRIVERS! is looking for company drivers and owner operators to run 1200 mile radius of Cincinnati, pulling 53 ft. vans. Must have a Class A CDL, two years of current tractor trailer experience and clean MVR. HOME EVERY WEEKEND! Call (513) 734-6696 and ask for Ron

CLERMONT SUN PUBLISHING Is looking for part-time help in the Composition Department. Need to know QuarkXpress, Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign. Good typing skills. Newspaper layout and ad design helpful but not necessary. Please send resume to: FULL TIME medical assistant needed for busy Batavia practice. Monday-Friday. Experience prefered. Please send resume to: Clermont Internists Attn: Practice Administrator 2055 Hospital Drive Suite 300, Batavia, Ohio 45103.

HAIRSTYLIST NEEDED at busy salon in Sardinia. Manager’s and IC License a must. SunQuest Hair Designs 7588 Staten Rd. 937-446-2306.

HIRING CAREGIVERS Clermont & Brown County openings helping seniors to remain at home by providing non-medical care. All Shifts. Home Instead Senior Care Call 513-230-5111

IF YOU’RE a person who is called to serve God through ministry w/children & families then come serve with us! Mt. Orab United Methodist Church is seeking a qualified & energetic candidate for our Children’s & Family Ministry Coordinator. For more information on this exciting opportunity go to “employment” at:

NOW HIRING DIRECT CARE AIDES PINE RIDGE PINE VILLAGE RESIDENTIAL HOMES INC. IS NOW HIRING FOR FULL AND PART TIME. WEEKENDS TO BE EXPECTED. Direct care aides needed for individuals with Developmental disabilities in a residential setting. Must have a valid driver’s license, clean background check and a High school diploma /GED. No experience necessary will train. Starting pay @ 11.25 per hour. Apply in person @ 146 North Third St. Williamsburg, Ohio 45176.

NOW HIRING Experienced Only Tow Truck Driver. Must pass background check & drug screen. Clean driver’s license, CDL preferred, but not required, 21 & over. 937-446-3021.

DD CLIENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR Full time salaried position for individual to plan, coordinate and implement daily living programs for the developmentally disabled population in two progressive eight client family homes in Milford/Goshen area (Clermont County). Required: bachelor degree in related field of human services; habilitation; teaching and minimum l year experience working with developmentally disabled. If you meet both requirements email resume to Must be able to work varying shifts. Previous supervisory experience a plus.

Community Concepts, Inc. Equal Opportunity Employer/ Community Concepts, Inc. is a drug free workplace.

Joshua Manor Apartments

91 Simmons Avenue Peebles, Ohio 45660 Applications for low-income senior housing will be accepted for Joshua Manor Apartments at 91 Simmons Avenue, Peebles, Ohio on Wednesdays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. To qualify you must be 62 years of age or older. Persons requiring a unit designated for persons with a mobility impairment are not required to be 62 years or older to apply. For more information contact Patricia Montgomery at 1-800-553-7393 ext. 257. “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”


SUBSTITUTE CUSTODIANS WANTED Georgetown Exempted Village School District is currently in need of qualified substitute custodians for the 2013-14 school year. Interested parties should contact Chris Burrows, Superintendent, at 937-378-3876.


PRIVATE ROOM available for a senior citizen that needs “Elder Care” in my Williamsburg/Mt. Orab home. Country setting. Experienced Caregiver. References available. 937-444-6038.

300 - APTS. UNFURNISHED 1 & 2BR APARTMENTS, Williamsburg, all utilities included except electric. 513-724-7802. FAIRWAYS at Royal Oak Move in TODAY! 513-898-3792 *Largest 1 Bedroom Apt in the area *5 min off Beechmont/ I-275 *Golf course community, pool, fitness center, dog park, 24hr maintenance *Large dogs welcome (some restrictions) *Only $649/month, $125 deposit *Brand new renovated apts also available


1BR APARTMENTS in Ripley across from St. Michael’s. 2 ground floor units. 1 second floor. All appliances including dishwasher & garbage disposal, walk out decks with French doors and yard, utility room with shared washer/dryer & individual locked storage room. Perfect for singles or couples. No pets or smokers. Rent $350 to $390 includes water & sewer. Renter responsible for electric & trash. 1 month rent required for deposit. Application & references required. Call 513-528-5100 ext. 211 or email: 2BR APARTMENTS w/attached garage in a 1-story tri-plex w/an equipped kitchen & laundry room, ample closet space, patio & a yard. No steps, private street. Darling apartments. Utilities not included. Small pets allowed. Located at the Sandstone Estates, a mature-living community in Mt. Orab. 513-625-4522.

Qualifications: A minimum of Associateʼs Degree in Special Education, Rehabilitation, Social Work/Mental Health or closely related field. Eligibility for ODODD Service and Support Administration Certification, Specialist Level, required. Satisfactory BCII and drug screen check. Computer skills required. Valid Ohio Drivers License. Summary of Duties: Knowledge of social services; coordinates intake and eligibility and Facilitate Board services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, assess service needs; develop Individual Service Plan for all individuals on assigned caseload; assists individual and families in selecting qualified providers of services; knowledge of behavior support planning and programs; monitoring of the implementation of service plans; review unusual incidents and major unusual incidents for pattern and trends; provide 24 hour crisis intervention services as needed; able to define problems; collect data and communicate effectively in written and oral form; completes service and training documentation, and maintain records and reports in a timely manner. Work Schedule: Flexible as needed, normally Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Application deadline: Until filled. Apply to: Brown County Board of DD, 9116 Hamer Road, Suite A, Georgetown, Ohio 45121. Telephone: 937-378-4891 ext. 33, Fax: 937-378-3585, Email:


ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 1, 2 & 3br, Equal Opportunity Housing, apply at Forest Glade Apartments, 9001 Airport Rd., Georgetown, OH, 937-378-4565. BATAVIA - Two and three bedroom apartments available with open waiting list. Accepting applications M-F, 9am-4pm. Apartments are income based. 513-732-3804. BATAVIA: 2BR, $525/mo., balcony, quiet family friendly, central a/c, eat-in equipped kitchen, laundry. Off-street parking. 513-561-4014. FAIRWAYS at Royal Oak Move in TODAY! 513-898-3792 *Large 2 Bedroom Apt 5 min off Beechmont/ I-275 *Golf course community, pool, fitness center, dog park, 24hr maintenance *Large dogs welcome (some restrictions) *Only $749/month, $125 deposit *Brand new renovated apts also available

FELICITY GARRISON PLACE SENIOR APARTMENTS 62 & OVER Rent Subsidized Free Utilities Secure Bldg. On-site laundry Pets allowed

LYTLE TRACE Senior Apartments. 62 & over, rent subsidized, secure building, free utilities, on-site laundry, pets allowed. Call 513-724-3358. TTY 800-750-0750.

513-876-3590 TTY 800-750-0750

GEORGETOWN - 2 & 3br apartments available for immediate occupancy. 2br, 1ba, c/a, all kitchen appliances, w/d hookup, $500/mo & util., $500/dep. 3br, 1.5ba, 1-car att. garage, c/a, all kitchen appliances, laundry room, $675/mo & util. $675/dep., 513-253-8170.

2BR,WASHER, dryer, stove, refrigerator, $650 includes water/sewage & trash. Mt. Orab area. Also, Sardinia, 2br, 1ba, $600/mo., includes water/sewage & trash. GEORGETOWN, 937-728-9694. COURTHOUSE Square, 1-bedroom, 1-bath, APARTMENTS FOR equipped kitchen. $450. a rent, call about our spe- month. 1-months deposit cials, studios & 1br avail- & references required. able. 937-795-0261. 513-625-4371.

MT. ORAB Candlelight Apartments 2br Townhouses Start at $565 With discount. Visit our website:

or call 513-532-5291 or 937-515-3092


Owensville Commons Apartments is currently accepting applications for 1br apartments for 62 years of age or older, handicapped/disabled regardless of age. Applications taken M-F 9:30a.m.-3:30p.m. 513-732-6935 TDD #1-800-750-0750 “This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” Equal Housing Opportunity

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RIPLEY LARGE 3 bedroom, upstairs apartment, large dining room, kitchen & living room. No pets. $425 plus utilities & one month deposit. 937-213-0540.

WILLIAMSBURG, SPACIOUS 1 & 2br apartments available, off street parking, heat & water included. 513-732-5771.



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3-BDRM, 2-BATH. Kitchen, Living Rm, range, dishwasher, fridge. Central heat & air. 2-car garage, nice yard. Good neighborhood. ELSD. Very nice home. Located 12403 Orr Rd Sardinia, OH (just off SR 32). $750. per month, $750. security deposit with 12 month lease. 1st & last mo. rent due at signing. References required. Call 937-213-2131 or 937-446-2917. BETHEL HOUSE for rent, 1br, $450 rent plus deposit, plus utilities. 513-509-9162. FAYETTEVILLE Nice 3-bedroom house, 2baths with an extra 12x12 room and covered patio, 2-car garage. Nice 22x40 barn with concrete floor on 1.5 acre lot, 1/2 woods. Blacktop drive, corner lot. Move in NOW! $800 mo., $800 deposit. 513-659-4627 or 513-260-4331.

FELICITY - HOUSE FOR RENT. 3br, 1 bath. Two-story. New carpet, paint, blinds & ceiling fans, W/D hook-ups. Storage garage. New roof. No indoor smoking or pets. $685 month plus utilities. Deposit, first month rent & references required. 513-405-3011. FELICITY HOUSE for rent. 2br, 1ba, new flooring, bathroom, paint, blinds & ceiling fans, open kitchen, washer/dryer hookups, attached 1-car garage w/outbuilding, new roof $750 plus utlities. Deposit & references required 513-405-3011. GEORGETOWN IN Village - 2br, 2ba home. No Pets. $500 month, $500 deposit. Renter pays utilities. 513-304-0041. MT. ORAB area. Three bedroom, two baths, 3-year-old home. Ready to move into. 513-404-4543. NORTH APPLE St. in Georgetown, 3br, 1ba, tenants pay all utilities. New carpet & painted walls $600. Call 937-444-5223.


DOUBLEWIDE 3BR, 2ba behind Ripley Elem. References, deposit, $400. No pets. Nice. 937-515-4447 or 937-392-4068. IN GEORGETOWN 3br 2-full bath, tenant pays utilities. $475, Ripley duplex 3br, 1-full bath, owners pay water & sewage $550. 937-444-5223. MOBILE HOME 16x80, 3br, 2ba, no pets, Mt. Orab area, 937-444-2720, $600mo. plus deposit. SARDINIA/MT. ORAB area, 14’x70’ mobile home, 2br, 1ba, all electric, on 1.5 acres, $425/mo. plus $425/dep. Renter pays utilities, NO PETS. 937-446-4677. TWO HOUSES in Ripley for rent. $425/mo. plus deposit, 2 or 3 br, one w/basement, washer/dryer hookups, 937-213-2401 or 937-378-4706.


WANTED - Farm ground to rent for 2014 season & beyond. Call Jeff at 937-213-3909.



1214 YANKEETOWN, Hamersville. 3br, 2ba brick ranch. Open floor plan, cathedral ceilings. WB insert FB, 5.7 acres, fenced w/600 SF stone outbuilding, horse barn w/stalls. Assumable 4.25% FHA loan PITI $810 month. 513-429-5504. FSBO-RIPLEY, 4-BEDROOM, 2-bath, family room w/fireplace, eat-in kitchen, large heated garage, $74,000. Owner eager for offer. Call 513-720-4495.

615 - MISC. FOR SALE OLDER RUTHVEN prints, framed & matted. Must sell. Call 513-518-4351.

FARM WITH nice 1.5 story older home w/basement, 3 car detached garage, barns & 20 rolling acres with large rock lined creek and woods, great for hunting or farming, more or less acreage available, Bethel New Hope Rd., 1 mi. from Clermont County line, Western Brown but close enough for Bethel. Asking $215,000 513-734-6349 or 937-444-6925 Dan (May also sell for less with fewer acres) HOUSE FOR Sale in Fincastle, 3br, 2ba, w/carport, 2-car garage & 3-outbuildings on approximately 2-acres. 937-764-1618.

CLEAN SWEEP Cleaning Service Full service home and business cleaning. Available daily, weekly or monthly. Contact Shannon Howell at 937-213-3749. HOLIDAYS ARE COMING! Time to think about cleaning good for the holidays. I have great references & great rates! I also clean, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Call Sandy at 513-255-4342.


For all your sewing needs for you, your family and your home. Call 937-4444276. Reasonable rates, expert service. SEWING & ALTERATIONS For you & home. Reasonable rates, quality service, day or evening. 513-967-1873

511 - CRAFTS

CRAFT SUPPLIES. Georgetown. 513-314-6594. Plastic canvas, Pretty Punch yarns, pellon, paper twist, lamp kits, beads, etc., too much to list.


ANTIQUES AND Collectibles. Georgetown 513-314-6594. Lighted Christmas houses, accessories; sewing machine, silk-skin dolls, churns, lard can, wood-spool thread, more.

402 - APT. HOUSES FOR SALE MT. ORAB 2-family apartment house, zoned com- 607 - FIREWOOD mercial, located in FIREWOOD FOR Sale growing area, - $100 pickup truck load. For details call Drew $125.000.00, Howser 937-444-4787 or possible owner Corey Spitznagel at financing, 937- 937-444-4525. 444-2689. FOR SALE Firewood, sold by 403 - MOBILE HOMES State Regulations, FOR SALE 2005 GAIL Legacy 14x60, shingle on metal, 2br, 1ba, $1500 down, $500 month. 513-505-8311, 859-466-3554, 513-724-7233. 3BR, 1BA mobile home in Moler MHP, Mt. Orab, excellent condition, all appliances included, $12,000 OBO. 513-313-5553 ABANDONED DOUBLEWIDE with land, PLEASE TAKE OVER, $3500 deposit. 888-221-4503. MOBILE HOME for Sale 1993 Palm Harbor, 16x80 shingle on vinyl, 3br, 2ba, $2,000 down, $550 a month, 513-505-8311, 859-466-3554, 513-724-7233.

405 - LOTS & ACREAGE BEAUTIFUL 50ACRES W/large rock lined creek & woods, great for hunting or farming. More or less acreage available. Bethel New Hope Rd. 1-mile from Clermont County line, Western Brown but close enough for Bethel.

Asking $199,500 Dan 513-734-6349 or 937-444-6925 (Smaller parcels also available)

406 - FARMS FOR SALE 50 ACRE farm Mt. Orab area. 42-acres tillable, 6-acres woods. Totally remodeled 4br home, 3-car garage, large barn, $359,000. Call 937-444-2689. 501 - CHILD CARE DAYCARE HUGS & KIDS, LLC. 6th & Willow St., Williamsburg Call Dorothy Lewis 513-218-7471 or Stephanie Lewis 859-801-0125 I CURRENTLY have openings for daycare in Georgetown M-F Anytime AM to 5:30 PM. Contact Shannon 937-213-3749. References available. 5-years of consecutive experience.

u-pick up or we deliver. For fast friendly service call Cox Firewood at: 937-378-4309 No answer, leave message Located 3600 SR 125 Georgetown, OH State & County Voucher welcome Credit Cards Accepted

SEASONED & split mixed hardwood, fullsize pick-up truck load thrown in & thrown out, $90. Will deliver in area between Mt. Orab & Felicity and Amelia & Georgetown, 937-379-5071 or 513-259-1070.

608 - FARM PRODUCE HAY FOR sale - square bales, mixed grass. Leave message 937-549-3802. SQUARE BALES of high quality alfalfa timothy hay, green & leaFY 50-60lb bales, 2nd 3rd & 4th cutting. 937-373-3631.


ANTIQUES CASH PAID! For costume jewelry, dishes, vases, silverware, sterling silver, old toys, metal signs, crocks, old books of Brown, Adams or Clermont Counties, Indian relics. See Kay at Ripley’s Old Piano Factory Antique Mall Monday 10am-4pm or call 513-313-0338 anytime.

CASH PAID TODAY! Antiques • Jewelry • Furniture • Appliances • Gold • Silver • Records • Tools • All Collectibles • Household • Estates • Used Cars • 30 Year Buyer

Almost Anything! 937-378-2850 937-378-1819

614 - HORSES/LIVESTOCK 1ST CALF Angus Cross Heifers, gentle & medium framed, breed to be fresh January, February 2014. 937-373-3631.

615 - MISC. FOR SALE BEAUTIFUL WHITE Maggie Sottero wedding gown, size 8, never worn, $800 OBO Also, Chapel length veil never worn, $75 OBO For more information call:



MARK WANTS running, wrecked, dead cars and trucks. Now paying $150 - $400/cash for complete vehicles. FREE TOW! 937-446-3021 or 513-739-0774 JUNKED, WRECKED unwanted autos, autos, trucks, motorcycles, etc., some towed free, cash paid for some. Call 513-734-1650

901 - SALES

HUGE FAMILY Yard Sale every Fri., Sat. & Sun. from 9am-7pm at Holly Lanes on St. Rt. 125, Amelia. Lots of items for home, clothes for kids & adults, great prices.

ODNR announces new chief for ODNR Soil and Water Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer announces that Mike Bailey has been named chief of the ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources (DSWR). Bailey has served as deputy chief of the division since 2012. “His agricultural background and experience in the field of soil and water made Mike the ideal candidate for this job,” said Zehringer. “Behind his leadership, I anticipate the division will make great strides in furthering ODNR’s efforts to improve the health of Ohio’s waters and lands.” Karl Gebhardt, former chief of the division, has been serving as division chief and deputy director. He will continue to serve in his role as deputy director of the department.

As chief of the division, Mike will be responsible for day-to-day operations, including issues related to agricultural nutrients, soil and water conservation districts, watershed programs, water resource issues and dam safety. Previously, Bailey worked at the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) for eight years in various capacities. He served as executive director of the Office of Farmland Preservation, where he oversaw the administration of the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program, the Ohio Agricultural Easement Donation Program and the Ohio Agricultural Security Area Program. Most recently at ODA, Bailey served as the executive director of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. His role involved

coordinating all of the legal, legislative, communications and administrative functions in support of the board’s efforts to lead the nation in creating sound and comprehensive standards of care for livestock. Bailey earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University. As a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Bailey currently serves as an intelligence officer in the United States Army Reserve. He resides with his wife and family on their third-generation farm in Union County. The ODNR Division of Soil and Water Resources provides leadership and that enable services Ohioans to conserve, protect and enhance soil, water and land resources.

Uecker seeks to improve Ohio’s Mechanical Repair Facility standards Senator Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township) recently introduced legislation which would require mechanical repair facilities to register with the Motor Vehicle Repair Board. There are over 4,000 mechanical repair facilities in Ohio that currently lack oversight. As a result, Ohioan’s cannot be certain that these facilities are complying with Ohio laws and regulations. “This bill will not only level the playing field, it will also protect consumers by ensuring businesses have proper liability insurance should something happen to their vehicle while at the repair facility, “said Uecker. “Passage of this legislation will help continue our mission in the Statehouse which is to support Ohio’s business while promoting the protection of consumers.” The largest volume of complaints reported to the Ohio Attorney General’s

JOE UECKER, STATE SENATOR Office are within the faulty automotive repair category. This problem is only exacerbated when consumers use services located on websites such as Craigslist without first researching the company’s reputation. Of all the categories of complaints reported to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, faulty automotive repairs make up the largest volume. The reputations of legitimate mechanical repair facilities often suffer when competitors fail to comply with standard business regulations. Senate Bill 232 seeks to provide a standard level of oversight so the names of good businesses can be protected while weeding out bad actors.

This legislation has been referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce and Labor for further consideration. Senator Uecker will soon offer sponsor testimony before that panel on the bill’s merits. ### Senator Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township) presented a proclamation on behalf of the Ohio Senate to Batavia High School this afternoon for receiving a $25,000 grant from the State Farm “Celebrate My Drive” campaign. Schools across the nation have been working to raise awareness for safe driving while competing for a chance to win several grants through the program. Grants were awarded to the top 100 schools with the most commitments made to safe driving. “Through their diligent efforts, the students of Batavia High School helped increase aware-

ness for safe driving, and helped remind others that driving is a privilege rather than a right,” said Uecker. “As auto accidents are the number one cause of death amongst teenagers in the United States, it is important that we continue to remind each other that driving is a privilege that requires a lifelong commitment.” During the week of October 18th the school arranged several events to help raise awareness, including a tailgate party, pep rally and an after school seat belt check. Celebrate My Drive was created by State Farm in 2012 and since then has been joined by thousands of students, schools and families who are committed to spreading awareness while sharing the belief that safe driving is a lifelong commitment. Click here to find more information on the “Celebrate My Drive” campaign.


WILLIAMSBURG/ GEORGETOWN - Efficiency or 3br. Trash paid. Beautiful setting, spacious apartment homes. Rents $319-$750. Call to view 513-365-4000.

400 - HOUSES FOR SALE 506 - CLEANING BEAUTIFUL 3BR, 2.5ba home located at Lake Waynoka. 2240 sq. ft. of living space including a finished basement. Home located on a 1-acre private park-like wooded lot. Newly renovated, including a dimensional shingle roof, siding, gutters & carpet. Nice spacious outbuilding, large deck across back of home. $147,500. Call 513-659-3569 for inquiries or to schedule a showing or go to:


Protecting Ohio children with lifesaving medicine for allergic reactions Recently, I traveled to schools around the state to hear from students, nurses, parents, and health professionals about what severe allergic reactions can mean when they occur unexpectedly in a classroom, playground, or sports field. These severe allergic reactions – known as anaphylaxis – can occur within minutes of exposure to any allergen. The most common allergens that cause anaphylactic shock are food, insect stings, and medications. It’s estimated that one in every 13 children in the U.S. has a food allergy. That’s about two students in every classroom. Having a food allergy means that if these children come into contact with food that triggers an allergy – whether it’s from the school cafeteria, a birthday party in the classroom, or even another student’s food – it can create a potentially deadly situation. Allergic reactions to food send Americans to the emergency department once every three minutes – that’s over

SENATOR SHERROD BROWN 200,000 ER visits per year. A medication called epinephrine – commonly provided through an EpiPen – is the first line of defense to treat the reaction. EpiPens administer medication that quickly stops the severe symptoms of allergic reactions – like swelling that impairs breathing or dangerously low blood pressure. Many kids with an allergy have an EpiPen at home and at school, just in case. But a quarter of anaphylaxis cases at schools involve kids with undiagnosed allergies. At a school in Youngstown, Theresa Murphy of Cortland, a nurse and mother of a nine-year-old son with severe food allergies, reminded me that we prepare for fire drills, and yet we’re unprepared for equally unexpected cases

of anaphylaxis. We should be doing everything we can to prepare for the unforeseen. That’s why the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which I cosponsored and President Obama signed into law earlier this month, is so important. This commonsense, bipartisan law gives funding priority for asthma control programs to states that ensure that ALL schools maintain a supply of EpiPens for students with undiagnosed allergies and as a backup for the kids suffering from known allergies. This bill also encourages states to allow school personnel to receive training on how to use the EpiPen in case of an emergency – a potentially life-saving action, especially in rural areas where quick access to medical care may be a problem. But, only states that ensure that ALL schools have a supply of EpiPens and training for their use are eligible for the priority federal funding for this bill. Thirty states already have laws

or guidelines in place that allow schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine. A long-standing law in Ohio only allows schools to keep an EpiPen for students with a known allergy and a prescription written specifically for them. And it has been illegal to use an EpiPen on a student without a prescription. The Ohio House recently passed legislation that would allow schools to keep undesignated EpiPens on hand for students who have an undiagnosed allergy. This is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough. Further action by the Ohio House is necessary to ensure that all Ohio schools have an emergency supply of EpiPens, thereby enabling Ohio to qualify for priority federal funding. We should take every precaution to protect our kids from unforeseen emergencies. It’s critical that the Statehouse take action to expand this legislation, and that Governor Kasich signs it into law.




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