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• Summer Activities & Events • Boar Report • Corps of Engineers Information • East Fork Information • Bridle Trails, Campsite, Park and Hunting Sun Group Maps NEWSPAPERS

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THE BOAR REPORT MIKE ARNOLD - The BoarsHead Bait & Carryout

Boar’s Head Report Mike Arnold, Owner 724-1211 Howdy Everyone, Fall is here and it shows! The trees are getting good colors, cooling down and the crappie are turning on fast. The last three crappie tournaments the weights have been almost 1 lb ave. to win with lots of 12, 13, and 14 inch fish. They are from around 1.50 to 1.88 in weight. Fall is very good time to catch a lot of fish, the water is cooling down and when it

gets back into the mid 70’s and lower it makes fish start to feed up for winter. The bait fish move to the back of creeks and coves and the fish go with them. So any of the coves or creeks are the places to go. 1 foot to 24 feet, which you say is a big gap, but this means if you fish your comfort depth you will catch fish. It is also a must to use minnows and wax worms. This is a good time for bass on points and strippers on the beach areas, both main and campground. Fall also brings in hunting season with squirrel open September 1 and dove September 1. Deer open September 24 and turkey October 8 with most coming in the first of November. Check hunting regulations for all other dates. This is the first year for new check-in. You have three ways, on-line, by phone, or bring it by and we will do it on-line for you. No more metal tags. Hopefully, this new way will work - time will tell.

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It is time to get out there and hunt and fish. Fall is the time for good things! Good luck and always be safe. Until next time, good fishing and hunting to all and always be safe - wear that life jacket and hunter orange so you can be seen.

E AST FORK STATE PARK CAMPSITE GUIDE

Mike Arnold Boar’s Head Bait & Carryout 513-724-1211

Championship Tournament - Two Days: October 22nd and 23rd Cost $75.00 per team - $15.00 goes to the championship fund - $5.00 goes toward Big Crappie 100% payback with the rest of the money. To qualify for the championship tournament, you must fish 8 out of the 10 tournaments. You may use subs if needed. Call Mike at 724-1211 for more information.

FISHING GUIDE E AST FORK STATE PARK BRIDLE TRAILS

Generations of anglers began fishing as kids by using simple canepole rigs. Some even used a long stick, a piece of string, a cork, and a fish hook. Today, basic fishing equipment is more sophisticated, but still easy to use. Here is what you will need as a beginner learning the fundamentals: RODS and REELS: For most young anglers, a 5 to 5 1/2 foot, light action fishing rod with a spincasting reel.

Rules and Regulations to Remember • All riders must stay on designated trail • No new trails, short cuts, or modifications shall be made • Do not detour around muddy areas • Pack out your garbage • Do not tie horses to trees • Dogs must be kept on leashes

LinE: Light monofilament line of 4 to 6 pound test strength. SinkERS: One or two pieces of split shot placed 4 to 6 inches above the hook will keep bait suspended at the proper depth. bait: Minnows or waxworms for crappies; waxworms, redworms, or mealworms for bluegill or sunfish; nightcrawlers, cut baits, and chicken livers for channel catfish; softcraws for small mouth bass; and minnows or nightcrawlers for large-mouth bass. Artificial bait works well, too.

bObbER: A small or medium-sized plastic bobber shaped like a ball or cigar with highly visible colors, attached 12 to 24 inches above the end of the line, will signal when a fish takes the bait.

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E AST FORK STATE PARK - PARK MAP

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E AST FORK STATE PARK HUNTING MAP NOTE This map is representative of the Official Hunting Map and should be used as a guide only. The official map is available for review at the park office. No hunting within 400 feet of any picnic area, construction area, residence, barn, service building, shelter house, beach, backpack trail, parking lot, road of other structure of driveway within any area administered by the Division of Parks and Recreation. No Sunday hunting on Park Administered land. Hunting of all game, except waterfowl, is prohibited on state park administered areas on Sunday. HUNTING IS PROHIBITED WITHIN 200 FT. OF THE STEVE NEWMAN WORLDWALKER PERIMETER TRAIL ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

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Preventative procedures the best defense against heartworms For many Americans, the most cherished childhood memories revolve around time spent with a favorite family pet. While time spent using a string to play with your cat or running across a field with your dog are indeed happy memories, the sudden death of a pet can be a sorrowful time for youngsters and adults alike. Each year, thousands of family pets fall ill due to the presence of illness caused by parasites, but such problems ca be treated or prevented with a little education and tender loving care. Heartworm, a slow-developing parasitic infection affecting dogs throughout North America, involves the infestation of a dog’s heart by up to hundreds of long, thin, white worms that reproduce and grow until a dog’s heart can no longer pump enough blood to keep the dog alive. The infection can take up to two years to show any physical signs, and even then it could be overlooked. “The first sign of heartworm disease is that there is no sign, the dog looks perfectly healthy,” said Dr. Debbie Chalker with Georgetown Animal Hospital. After that, usually the next sign is weight loss and coughing. It can cause organ failure including heart, kidney, or liver failure. Heartworms spread from dog to dog by mosquitos. The heartworm reproduces through young worms that live in the blood stream. When bitten by the insect, some of these young are then consumed and transported by bites to healthy dogs. Eventually, the young worms grow into adults and the cycle begins anew. “We always have dogs tested, starting at five months or older. You can actually kill the dog if you start it on certain types of prevention before being tested. Depending on the size of the dog and if you want flea protections, it runs from $5 to $20 a month.” The best step to take is pre-

vention, which can begin with puppies. It is estimated that 30% of dogs and cats in the area have heartworms. “If a dog already has heartworm, they need to be treated with medicine to treat it. It can be complicated, they can take a preventive medicine to keep the dog from getting more until it can be treated, but it won’t treat what’s already there. When a dog is diagnosed with heartworm, the procedure to eliminate the infection can be time consuming and expensive. Typically, Chalker said that clearing up an infection takes a week of rest at the vet’s office, plus an additional six weeks of rest at home to prevent secondary problems. The worm is actually killed with medicine, so no surgery is involved, but the procedure must be followed up with preventative medicine to keep the dog from getting heartworm in the future. “If the dog is infected, it’s an injection in the back a day for two days,” said Chalker. The six weeks of rest prevent pulmonary embolisms which could potentially kill the dog. Then they come back in two weeks after the treatment to start on prevention.” Chalker said that, while rare, some cases of heartworm have been found in humans. Preventative medicine is also available for cats. What are heartworms? Heartworms are long, thin, white worms that live in the heart and adjoining blood vessels. During the adult life cycle, the female produce young called microfilariae. These microfilariae live in the dog’s bloodstream. How do dogs get heartworms? Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos. When a mosquito bites an infected dog, it feeds on the blood which contains microfilaria. After 10 to 30 days in the mosquito’s system, the microfilariae become infected larvae. When the mosquito bites a healthy dog, the animal is infected with lar-

vae which then grow into adult heartworms. Even if a dog has a thick coat, that is no protection against heartworm disease. Mosquitoes can bite into areas with less hair - in the stomach area or on the face and nose. Indoor dogs have as much chance of getting heartworms as dogs that live their lives outside. Most dogs are outside at some time during the day, and mosquitoes can enter houses also. Is heartworm disease widespread? Because the disease is transmitted my mosquitoes, it is especially serious where mosquitoes are predominant. The disease is now present all across the U.S. and Canada. What are the symptoms? By the time symptoms appear, heartworm disease has reached an advanced condition. It may take a number of years for symptoms to develop. Coughing, difficulty in breathing, fatigue, and weight loss are all typical signs. Severely infected dogs may die suddenly during exertion or excitement. How are dogs tested for heartworms? The test most frequently used involves drawing a blood sample form the dog. The sample is examined under a microscope for the presence of microfilariae. A snap heartworm antigen test is performed to test for adult heartworms. If a dog is diagnosed to have heartworm disease, a treatment program is set up to remove both adult worms and microfilariae. Can heartworms be prevented? After a dog is tested and found to be negative, it can be started on a preventative medication. This medication keeps the dog form getting infected if it is bitten by mosquitoes carrying the heartworm larvae. Your veterinarian will advise you about type of preventatives and corrct dosages.

PREVENT FLEA INFESTATIONS ON YOUR PETS AND IN YOUR HOME. Because 95% of the flea population in your home is made up of eggs, pupae, and wormlike larvae, the only way to stop infestations and prevent new ones from occurring is to break the flea life cycle at an immature stage. “Call us so we can help you prevent or treat flea infestation.”

N.S. Lodwick, D.V.M. • J.E. Gish, D.V.M. • D.C. Chalker, D.V.M. Office Hours by Appointment 9242 Hamer Rd., Georgetown, Ohio

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Begin Your Day at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center Autumn means beautiful scenery, pleasant picnics and hiking adventures. Begin your exploration of the park at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center open daily through mid October. Conveniently located off SR 222 between the north and south entrances of East Fork State Park, you can pick up trail and park maps, a calendar of events, and other information. Displays allow you to discover the natural history of the park and missions of the Corps. The Deer Ridge Trail, an Overlook, and reservable Picnic Shelter shown above are located near the Visitor Center. For more information about programs, volunteer opportunities, shelter reservations, etc. call the Park Ranger at (513) 797-6081. The Corps Operations area also has fishing access, a boat ramp, hiking trails, and a second reservable shelter in the Tailwater. The Emergency Spillway is popular for flying kites, hunting fossils, and flying model airplanes. Views from the Saddle Dam attract walkers and joggers. And this is all just fifteen minutes from East Fork State Park!

Visitor Center Hours 7:30 am to 3:30 pm M-F 7:30 am to 4:30 pm S&S

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2011 Calendar of Events

East Fork Regional 2011 Events

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - William H. Harsha Lake

(East Fork and Stonelick State Parks) • More detailed information is available by calling (513)734-4323

Get Outdoors to Enjoy your Parks! Most programs listed in this Calendar of Events are offered free of charge by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and will meet at the Corps Visitor Center on Slade Road near the Main Dam unless stated otherwise. For more information and to register for any program or event marked with an RR, call the Corps Ranger at 513-797-6081. Note: schedule is subject to change so please call ahead to confirm the program is still being offered.

OTHER EVENTS

1 . . . National Public Lands Day - 9:30 am - noon - Calling all nature lovers, hunters, anglers, hikers and others who enjoy the outdoors! Celebrate National Public Lands Day by helping to pick up litter along the river and lake shoreline. Great for scouts and students needing community service hours! Register by calling the Ranger at 513-797-6081. 10 . . . Columbus Day 15 . . . Scout Badge Day - 9 am at the Visitor Center - Calling all scout leaders, sign up your troop, pack or den now for this exciting round robin of activities that will help your scouts earn their Junior Girl Scout Rock's Rock and Webeloes Geology Badge. Call 513-797-6081 to register. Space is limited so sign up early. 14-16 . . . Not Quite Halloween 21-22 . . . 26th Annual Halloween Campout - The supreme park event has the thrills of Halloween mixed with the experience of fall camping. Trick or Treat tops off these weekends! Regular camping fees apply. Call EFSP at 513-734-4323. Or call 1 866-644-6727 to make reservations up to six months in advance for either weekend. Check the Ohio State Parks website for a link to online reservations.

11 . . . Veteran's Day 24 . . . Thanksgiving

published each season by The Clermont Sun Publishing Company, 465 E. Main St., Batavia, OH 4503. Telephone (513) 732-2511. East Fork State Park Newsletter is distributed throughout Clermont and Brown County. Published By The Clermont Sun Publishing Company Reproduction without permission, is prohibited.

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‘EAST FORK FISHING TOURNAMENTS’ BOAR’S HEAD CRAPPIE TOURNAMENTS: Call (513)724-1211 for details and to enter. TUESDAY EVENING BASS TOURNAMENTS: Call (513)706-0175 for details and to enter.

STONELICK STARGAZERS: Go to (www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/freestargazes.html) or call the Observatory at (513)321-5186 for more details.

‘CAMPING’ For camping reservations call or go online to the following: 1-866-644-6727 or www.ohiostateparks.org East Fork Camp Office: (513)724-6521 • Stonelick Camp Office: (513)625-6593 NOTE: Both parks campground offices have seasonal and varied hours of operation For more details, maps and other brochures for East Fork State Park and Stonelick State Parkcall or e-mail the main office at the following: (513)734-4323 or East.Fork.Parks@dnr.state.oh.us DON’T FORGET TO GRAB A PARK MAP FOR BOTH PARKS FOR SOME NATURAL AND HISTORICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE AREAS THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING OHIO STATE PARKS

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1&8 . . . 6 or 12 hour Adventure Race: (EastForkStatePark) www.topoadventuresports.org/2011toad.html 14-16 . . . Halloween Campout: (Stonelick State Park) Regular camping fees apply. 14-16 . . . Not Quite Halloween Campout: (East Fork State Park) Regular camping fees apply. 21-22 . . . Halloween Campout: (East Fork State Park) Regular camping fees apply.

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‘FIRE WOOD ALERT’ It is illegal to move firewood and ash tree materials out of Ohio’s quarantined areas. These materials may harbor Emerald Ash Borer, a major threat to Ohio’s ash trees. For more details please call:

1-888-OHIO EAB (1-888-644-6322)

1 . . . Lake drawdown ends at 729 msl (mean sea level) 25 . . . Christmas

Attention Educators! Are you a teacher, home-school educator, or scout leader? Are you searching for stimulating and fun activities for your garden club, senior center or other organized group? Look no further! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers programs free of charge on a variety of topics. Schedule an interpretive program for your class, club, group, troop or den on the following topics: Awesome Animals • Avian Adventures • FBBI-Butterflies Garlic Mustard Blasters! ree-mendous Trees • Fantastic Fossils • Frogs Float • Kids Don’t • Geology Rocks Habitats are Homes • Bugs Don’t Bug Me • Lepidopterist Lady • Movin’ Monarchs The Mating Game • Wet and Wild • Wildflowers • Wildlife in Your World • and Winter Organized groups may also schedule a Control Tower Tour and go behind the scenes of a modern Flood Reduction Dam. Programs can be designed for pre-schoolers through high-schoolers and adults. We also offer service projects for those students and scouts needing community service hours or wanting to earn badges.

To Schedule a Program, just Call the Ranger at 513-797-6081!

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Begin Your Day at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center Autumn means beautiful scenery, pleasant picnics and hiking adventures. Begin your exploration of the park at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center open daily through mid October. Conveniently located off SR 222 between the north and south entrances of East Fork State Park, you can pick up trail and park maps, a calendar of events, and other information. Displays allow you to discover the natural history of the park and missions of the Corps. The Deer Ridge Trail, an Overlook, and reservable Picnic Shelter shown above are located near the Visitor Center. For more information about programs, volunteer opportunities, shelter reservations, etc. call the Park Ranger at (513) 797-6081. The Corps Operations area also has fishing access, a boat ramp, hiking trails, and a second reservable shelter in the Tailwater. The Emergency Spillway is popular for flying kites, hunting fossils, and flying model airplanes. Views from the Saddle Dam attract walkers and joggers. And this is all just fifteen minutes from East Fork State Park!

Visitor Center Hours 7:30 am to 3:30 pm M-F 7:30 am to 4:30 pm S&S

EAsTFOrk sTATE PArk NEws • PAGE 5

2011 Calendar of Events

East Fork Regional 2011 Events

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - William H. Harsha Lake

(East Fork and Stonelick State Parks) • More detailed information is available by calling (513)734-4323

Get Outdoors to Enjoy your Parks! Most programs listed in this Calendar of Events are offered free of charge by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and will meet at the Corps Visitor Center on Slade Road near the Main Dam unless stated otherwise. For more information and to register for any program or event marked with an RR, call the Corps Ranger at 513-797-6081. Note: schedule is subject to change so please call ahead to confirm the program is still being offered.

OTHER EVENTS

1 . . . National Public Lands Day - 9:30 am - noon - Calling all nature lovers, hunters, anglers, hikers and others who enjoy the outdoors! Celebrate National Public Lands Day by helping to pick up litter along the river and lake shoreline. Great for scouts and students needing community service hours! Register by calling the Ranger at 513-797-6081. 10 . . . Columbus Day 15 . . . Scout Badge Day - 9 am at the Visitor Center - Calling all scout leaders, sign up your troop, pack or den now for this exciting round robin of activities that will help your scouts earn their Junior Girl Scout Rock's Rock and Webeloes Geology Badge. Call 513-797-6081 to register. Space is limited so sign up early. 14-16 . . . Not Quite Halloween 21-22 . . . 26th Annual Halloween Campout - The supreme park event has the thrills of Halloween mixed with the experience of fall camping. Trick or Treat tops off these weekends! Regular camping fees apply. Call EFSP at 513-734-4323. Or call 1 866-644-6727 to make reservations up to six months in advance for either weekend. Check the Ohio State Parks website for a link to online reservations.

11 . . . Veteran's Day 24 . . . Thanksgiving

published each season by The Clermont Sun Publishing Company, 465 E. Main St., Batavia, OH 4503. Telephone (513) 732-2511. East Fork State Park Newsletter is distributed throughout Clermont and Brown County. Published By The Clermont Sun Publishing Company Reproduction without permission, is prohibited.

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‘STONELICK’S ANNUAL STARGAZE’

‘EAST FORK FISHING TOURNAMENTS’ BOAR’S HEAD CRAPPIE TOURNAMENTS: Call (513)724-1211 for details and to enter. TUESDAY EVENING BASS TOURNAMENTS: Call (513)706-0175 for details and to enter.

STONELICK STARGAZERS: Go to (www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/freestargazes.html) or call the Observatory at (513)321-5186 for more details.

‘CAMPING’ For camping reservations call or go online to the following: 1-866-644-6727 or www.ohiostateparks.org East Fork Camp Office: (513)724-6521 • Stonelick Camp Office: (513)625-6593 NOTE: Both parks campground offices have seasonal and varied hours of operation For more details, maps and other brochures for East Fork State Park and Stonelick State Parkcall or e-mail the main office at the following: (513)734-4323 or East.Fork.Parks@dnr.state.oh.us DON’T FORGET TO GRAB A PARK MAP FOR BOTH PARKS FOR SOME NATURAL AND HISTORICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE AREAS THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING OHIO STATE PARKS

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NEWSLETTER

1&8 . . . 6 or 12 hour Adventure Race: (EastForkStatePark) www.topoadventuresports.org/2011toad.html 14-16 . . . Halloween Campout: (Stonelick State Park) Regular camping fees apply. 14-16 . . . Not Quite Halloween Campout: (East Fork State Park) Regular camping fees apply. 21-22 . . . Halloween Campout: (East Fork State Park) Regular camping fees apply.

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October 2011

‘FIRE WOOD ALERT’ It is illegal to move firewood and ash tree materials out of Ohio’s quarantined areas. These materials may harbor Emerald Ash Borer, a major threat to Ohio’s ash trees. For more details please call:

1-888-OHIO EAB (1-888-644-6322)

1 . . . Lake drawdown ends at 729 msl (mean sea level) 25 . . . Christmas

Attention Educators! Are you a teacher, home-school educator, or scout leader? Are you searching for stimulating and fun activities for your garden club, senior center or other organized group? Look no further! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers programs free of charge on a variety of topics. Schedule an interpretive program for your class, club, group, troop or den on the following topics: Awesome Animals • Avian Adventures • FBBI-Butterflies Garlic Mustard Blasters! ree-mendous Trees • Fantastic Fossils • Frogs Float • Kids Don’t • Geology Rocks Habitats are Homes • Bugs Don’t Bug Me • Lepidopterist Lady • Movin’ Monarchs The Mating Game • Wet and Wild • Wildflowers • Wildlife in Your World • and Winter Organized groups may also schedule a Control Tower Tour and go behind the scenes of a modern Flood Reduction Dam. Programs can be designed for pre-schoolers through high-schoolers and adults. We also offer service projects for those students and scouts needing community service hours or wanting to earn badges.

To Schedule a Program, just Call the Ranger at 513-797-6081!

AUTO HOME BUSINESS BONDS Call us for all your insurance needs 122 Water Street, Milford, OH

513-831-7900 www.lovins-ins.com

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E AST FORK STATE PARK - PARK MAP

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E AST FORK STATE PARK HUNTING MAP NOTE This map is representative of the Official Hunting Map and should be used as a guide only. The official map is available for review at the park office. No hunting within 400 feet of any picnic area, construction area, residence, barn, service building, shelter house, beach, backpack trail, parking lot, road of other structure of driveway within any area administered by the Division of Parks and Recreation. No Sunday hunting on Park Administered land. Hunting of all game, except waterfowl, is prohibited on state park administered areas on Sunday. HUNTING IS PROHIBITED WITHIN 200 FT. OF THE STEVE NEWMAN WORLDWALKER PERIMETER TRAIL ON THE WILDLIFE AREA.

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Preventative procedures the best defense against heartworms For many Americans, the most cherished childhood memories revolve around time spent with a favorite family pet. While time spent using a string to play with your cat or running across a field with your dog are indeed happy memories, the sudden death of a pet can be a sorrowful time for youngsters and adults alike. Each year, thousands of family pets fall ill due to the presence of illness caused by parasites, but such problems ca be treated or prevented with a little education and tender loving care. Heartworm, a slow-developing parasitic infection affecting dogs throughout North America, involves the infestation of a dog’s heart by up to hundreds of long, thin, white worms that reproduce and grow until a dog’s heart can no longer pump enough blood to keep the dog alive. The infection can take up to two years to show any physical signs, and even then it could be overlooked. “The first sign of heartworm disease is that there is no sign, the dog looks perfectly healthy,” said Dr. Debbie Chalker with Georgetown Animal Hospital. After that, usually the next sign is weight loss and coughing. It can cause organ failure including heart, kidney, or liver failure. Heartworms spread from dog to dog by mosquitos. The heartworm reproduces through young worms that live in the blood stream. When bitten by the insect, some of these young are then consumed and transported by bites to healthy dogs. Eventually, the young worms grow into adults and the cycle begins anew. “We always have dogs tested, starting at five months or older. You can actually kill the dog if you start it on certain types of prevention before being tested. Depending on the size of the dog and if you want flea protections, it runs from $5 to $20 a month.” The best step to take is pre-

vention, which can begin with puppies. It is estimated that 30% of dogs and cats in the area have heartworms. “If a dog already has heartworm, they need to be treated with medicine to treat it. It can be complicated, they can take a preventive medicine to keep the dog from getting more until it can be treated, but it won’t treat what’s already there. When a dog is diagnosed with heartworm, the procedure to eliminate the infection can be time consuming and expensive. Typically, Chalker said that clearing up an infection takes a week of rest at the vet’s office, plus an additional six weeks of rest at home to prevent secondary problems. The worm is actually killed with medicine, so no surgery is involved, but the procedure must be followed up with preventative medicine to keep the dog from getting heartworm in the future. “If the dog is infected, it’s an injection in the back a day for two days,” said Chalker. The six weeks of rest prevent pulmonary embolisms which could potentially kill the dog. Then they come back in two weeks after the treatment to start on prevention.” Chalker said that, while rare, some cases of heartworm have been found in humans. Preventative medicine is also available for cats. What are heartworms? Heartworms are long, thin, white worms that live in the heart and adjoining blood vessels. During the adult life cycle, the female produce young called microfilariae. These microfilariae live in the dog’s bloodstream. How do dogs get heartworms? Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos. When a mosquito bites an infected dog, it feeds on the blood which contains microfilaria. After 10 to 30 days in the mosquito’s system, the microfilariae become infected larvae. When the mosquito bites a healthy dog, the animal is infected with lar-

vae which then grow into adult heartworms. Even if a dog has a thick coat, that is no protection against heartworm disease. Mosquitoes can bite into areas with less hair - in the stomach area or on the face and nose. Indoor dogs have as much chance of getting heartworms as dogs that live their lives outside. Most dogs are outside at some time during the day, and mosquitoes can enter houses also. Is heartworm disease widespread? Because the disease is transmitted my mosquitoes, it is especially serious where mosquitoes are predominant. The disease is now present all across the U.S. and Canada. What are the symptoms? By the time symptoms appear, heartworm disease has reached an advanced condition. It may take a number of years for symptoms to develop. Coughing, difficulty in breathing, fatigue, and weight loss are all typical signs. Severely infected dogs may die suddenly during exertion or excitement. How are dogs tested for heartworms? The test most frequently used involves drawing a blood sample form the dog. The sample is examined under a microscope for the presence of microfilariae. A snap heartworm antigen test is performed to test for adult heartworms. If a dog is diagnosed to have heartworm disease, a treatment program is set up to remove both adult worms and microfilariae. Can heartworms be prevented? After a dog is tested and found to be negative, it can be started on a preventative medication. This medication keeps the dog form getting infected if it is bitten by mosquitoes carrying the heartworm larvae. Your veterinarian will advise you about type of preventatives and corrct dosages.

PREVENT FLEA INFESTATIONS ON YOUR PETS AND IN YOUR HOME. Because 95% of the flea population in your home is made up of eggs, pupae, and wormlike larvae, the only way to stop infestations and prevent new ones from occurring is to break the flea life cycle at an immature stage. “Call us so we can help you prevent or treat flea infestation.”

N.S. Lodwick, D.V.M. • J.E. Gish, D.V.M. • D.C. Chalker, D.V.M. Office Hours by Appointment 9242 Hamer Rd., Georgetown, Ohio

(937) 378-6334

G EORGETOWN ANIMAL HOSPITAL “The Vet With a Heart...”

Trester Auto Parts 995 Highway 28 (1 mile north of 275) Milford, Ohio PHONE:

(513) 831-9141 Call Rene or Cindi To Advertise In The

EAST FORK STATE PARK

N.E.W.S. (513) 732-2511 1 (800) 404-3157

Phone: or

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THE BOAR REPORT MIKE ARNOLD - The BoarsHead Bait & Carryout

Boar’s Head Report Mike Arnold, Owner 724-1211 Howdy Everyone, Fall is here and it shows! The trees are getting good colors, cooling down and the crappie are turning on fast. The last three crappie tournaments the weights have been almost 1 lb ave. to win with lots of 12, 13, and 14 inch fish. They are from around 1.50 to 1.88 in weight. Fall is very good time to catch a lot of fish, the water is cooling down and when it

gets back into the mid 70’s and lower it makes fish start to feed up for winter. The bait fish move to the back of creeks and coves and the fish go with them. So any of the coves or creeks are the places to go. 1 foot to 24 feet, which you say is a big gap, but this means if you fish your comfort depth you will catch fish. It is also a must to use minnows and wax worms. This is a good time for bass on points and strippers on the beach areas, both main and campground. Fall also brings in hunting season with squirrel open September 1 and dove September 1. Deer open September 24 and turkey October 8 with most coming in the first of November. Check hunting regulations for all other dates. This is the first year for new check-in. You have three ways, on-line, by phone, or bring it by and we will do it on-line for you. No more metal tags. Hopefully, this new way will work - time will tell.

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East Fork Fishing & Hunting Report

It is time to get out there and hunt and fish. Fall is the time for good things! Good luck and always be safe. Until next time, good fishing and hunting to all and always be safe - wear that life jacket and hunter orange so you can be seen.

E AST FORK STATE PARK CAMPSITE GUIDE

Mike Arnold Boar’s Head Bait & Carryout 513-724-1211

Championship Tournament - Two Days: October 22nd and 23rd Cost $75.00 per team - $15.00 goes to the championship fund - $5.00 goes toward Big Crappie 100% payback with the rest of the money. To qualify for the championship tournament, you must fish 8 out of the 10 tournaments. You may use subs if needed. Call Mike at 724-1211 for more information.

FISHING GUIDE E AST FORK STATE PARK BRIDLE TRAILS

Generations of anglers began fishing as kids by using simple canepole rigs. Some even used a long stick, a piece of string, a cork, and a fish hook. Today, basic fishing equipment is more sophisticated, but still easy to use. Here is what you will need as a beginner learning the fundamentals: RODS and REELS: For most young anglers, a 5 to 5 1/2 foot, light action fishing rod with a spincasting reel.

Rules and Regulations to Remember • All riders must stay on designated trail • No new trails, short cuts, or modifications shall be made • Do not detour around muddy areas • Pack out your garbage • Do not tie horses to trees • Dogs must be kept on leashes

LinE: Light monofilament line of 4 to 6 pound test strength. SinkERS: One or two pieces of split shot placed 4 to 6 inches above the hook will keep bait suspended at the proper depth. bait: Minnows or waxworms for crappies; waxworms, redworms, or mealworms for bluegill or sunfish; nightcrawlers, cut baits, and chicken livers for channel catfish; softcraws for small mouth bass; and minnows or nightcrawlers for large-mouth bass. Artificial bait works well, too.

bObbER: A small or medium-sized plastic bobber shaped like a ball or cigar with highly visible colors, attached 12 to 24 inches above the end of the line, will signal when a fish takes the bait.

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