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Wright Library plans July 17 public meeting OAKWOOD — A public meeting will be held Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. in Wright Memorial Public Library’s meeting room to update everyone on the interior renovation plans. The plans have evolved considerably during the last four weeks. Ruetschle Architects created a master plan incorporating features to position the Library to better serve 21st century patrons, such as small conference rooms and upgraded technology. The architects’ opinion of the probable cost for the entire project is $931,500, or about $47 per square foot. Options for dividing the project into two or more phases were presented, but it was determined that phasing the project would increase the total cost by 10 to 15 percent. At its June meeting, the Library Board decided to delay starting the project to allow time to explore some additional fundraising opportunities to supplement funds already set aside for the remodeling. This would make it possible to do the project all at once without depleting the Library’s reserve funds beyond the level the Board considers prudent. Library Board president Alan Halpern, architect Mike Ruetschle and library director Ann Snively will provide the update and answer questions about the plans. Wright Memorial Public Library is located at 1776 Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood. Call 937-294-7171 for more information. Wright Library’s web site is at www.WrightLibrary.org.
Watch kids for signs of heat illnesses
Times photo/Shawn Bauman Fire destroyed this home on E. Rahn Rd., sending the 80-year-old resident to the hospital.
Rahn Rd. home destroyed by fire By BILL DUFFIELD Times editor email@example.com KETTERING — A fire that hit in the early hours of Saturday, June 30, sent the 80 year old resident of the East Rahn Rd. home to the hospital while destroying the residence. “There is still not a whole lot of info,” Kettering Fire Marshal Bill Ford said of the fire at 2218 E. Rahn. “The fire was reported at 4:11 a.m.
(Saturday) when a passer-by called it in on a cell phone. Fire units arrived some six minutes later. “Heavy fire was viewed coming from the attic,” Ford continued. “There was word of a victim inside and crews went in and removed him from the residence.” Ford said resuscitation was performed at the scene before the man was transported to Miami Valley South Hospital and eventually to Miami
Valley’s main hospital in Dayton. “The cause of the fire was not a candle as has been suggested by some reports,” Ford said. “This fire is still under investigation.” Ford said that the suggestion of the candle causing the fire came from the fact that the neighborhood was without power from Friday night’s storms. As of presstime Monday, July 2, the victim’s name or condition was released.
By BILL DUFFIELD Times editor firstname.lastname@example.org KETTERING — As the heatwave that is enveloping the area continues, it is even more important for those who must be outside to take precautions to avoid being overcome by the weather. This is especially true for our younger generation, who may dehydrate quicker than their adult counterparts. According to the Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, getting too hot can lead to our bodies shutting down. The body is cooled by sweating and radiating heat through the skin. But when temperatures and humidity are high, or when the body is undergoing vigorous exercise in the hot weather, the cooling system can fail. That failure can lead to a body’s internal temperature becoming dangerously high, causing heat-related illness such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heatstroke. See HEAT, page 2
KCMA names Angerer Interim program director KETTERING — Fran Angerer, Kettering College alumna and a physician assistant faculty member since 2006, has been selected interim director of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at the school. After earning her associate degree from Kettering in 1993, Angerer received a bachelor’s in medical technology from the University of Dayton and then a master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is currently working toward a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Dayton. The University of Dayton announced June 18 that it has tapped Kettering College’s Sue Wulff to become the founding director of its new physician assistant department. Wulff is a graduate of the Kettering College PA program and has been a faculty member for the past 15 years. She was named chair of Kettering’s PA department in 2002 and helped launch the College’s first on-campus master’s degree program. “We are fortunate to have someone within the ranks who can provide stability to the program as well as carry on the departmental tradition of creative, committed leadership,” said William Nelson, dean for academic affairs.
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Miss Holiday at Home and court
There’s a new Miss Holiday at Home and it’s Nancy Walters of Kettering. Pictured above are, from left to right, Princess Justine Templin, 18, of Bellbrook; Princess Jessica Prior, 17, of Miamisburg; Miss H@H Nancy Walters, 19, of Kettering; Princess CC Salzman, 18, of Centerville; and Princess Anne Weidner, 21, of Miamisburg. Centerville’s Bryan Von Der Vellen, 17, was the winner of the Skip Lowe Award. The six honorees receive scholarships. They will also be part of the Holiday at Home Parade, Puttin’ on the Glitz, on Labor Day in Kettering. Look for more photos online at ko-times.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kotimes.
Supreme Court upholds health care law Politicians, health care officials share views By PAUL COLLINS Staff Writer email@example.com MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Several Ohioans involved in the health care field and officials populating the state’s political landscape shared their views concerning the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) on Thursday, June 28. The Supreme Court upheld much of the law, including the controversial individual mandate. The
Historical look at health care reform efforts Obama signing health act into law in 2010
Roosevelt in 1935 1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt favors creating national health insurance, but decides to push for Social Security first.
1929: A hospital in Texas originates group health insurance. Dallas teachers pay 50 cents a month to cover hospital care. The plan grows into Blue Cross.
individual mandate requires all people to acquire and maintain health care or pay a penalty. The court asserted that the mandate constitutes a tax, placing it under Congress’ taxing authority. While states that choose not to participate in the expansion of Medicaid can be denied new Medicaid funding, the court stated that Congress cannot prevent noncompliant from receiving all of their Medicaid money. On Ohio’s political scene, three individuals voiced their dissatisfaction with the court’s ruling: Lt. Gov.
1945: Saying medical care is a right of all Americans, President Harry Truman calls on Congress to create a national insurance program but can't get it passed.
1965: Under President Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, Medicare for people age 65 and older and Medicaid for the poor is signed into law. Johnson signing Medicare and Medicaid into law
1974: President Richard Nixon puts forth but never realizes a plan to cover all Americans through private insurers.
1986: Congress passes a law requiring that employers let former workers stay on the company health care plan for 18 months after leaving a job, with the worker bearing the cost.
2008: Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a sweeping health care plan central to her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. She loses to Barack Obama, who promotes his own less comprehensive plan.
2010: Congress passes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, designed to extend health care coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people.
2012: Supreme Court upholds the individual insurance requirement at the heart of Obama’s historic health care overhaul, allowing the law to proceed. AP
Mary Taylor and congressmen Steve Austria and Mike Turner. During a Thursday, June 28, telephone press conference, Taylor stated that she and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are “disappointed.” The Lt. Gov. expressed Kasich’s desire to see the law repealed. Taylor also contended that the election of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to the Oval Office would serve as a corrective measure. “We clearly believe the best way to have Ohio have the flexibility it needs is to replace Obama with
Mitt Romney,” said Taylor. Taylor asserted that the act had created “additional spending obligations” that Ohio will have to shoulder even if the state does not participate in the expansion of Medicaid. According to Taylor, the state’s share to cover individuals who are eligible for Medicaid but not enrolled will increase expenses to $369 million in 2014 and $665 million by 2018. The Lt. Gov. said that the increased expenses “could cripple Ohio’s recovery and wipe out the state’s savings.” See VIEWS, page 2
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OCC lists upcoming events
Teddy Bear Picnic – This magical class held at Smith Gardens. Children ages 3-5 should bring their favoriteTeddy Bear and be ready for crafts, games and a snack. July 9, 12:30-2 p.m. Register at the Oakwood Community Center today. FamilyMovieNightatOldRiver–TheOCCand Wright Library are please to present an outdoor movie night. Mark your calendars’Friday,August 17, 8 p.m. at Old River Sports Complex we will be viewing “Hugo”. Grab your blanket and chairs for this enchanting night under the stars. OCC Basketball Camp -This camp will meet at Orchardly Park’s outdoor court.This camp is designed to help you learn the sport of basketball while having fun. Limited spaces are available so stop by the Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Rd., and sign up now. Camp Shafor -Art can be found everywhere.This week,July9-13,youwillexploredifferentwayofmaking art out of everyday items. On Friday we will that a trip the DaytonArt Institute. Camp Shafor is for boys
and girls ages 6-9 register today at the OCC. Kiddie Kamp – Independence Week, July 9-12, children ages 3-5.This week we will celebrate Independence Day in Shafor Park.We will make flags and hats. Play colonial hat toss and boom tag. This will be a Great week. Register at the OCC. Pottery Wheel 101 - Has your child ever used a pottery wheel? Register them for this popular course! They will learn how to transform a piece of clay into a wonderful bowl, vase or plate. This class has limited space, register early. July 9 & 16, 4-6:30 p.m. at the OCC. Enriching Kidz Better Baby Sitters (entering grades 5th-8th) -This course was designed by nurses,teachersandparents.Thegoaloftheclassistoteach students the advanced expertise to become a Better Baby Sitter. Not only are these classes interactive and fun, it also gives the students an opportunity to expand their empowerment, decision making, interviewing and marketing skills. Register today at the OCC, 105 Patterson Rd. or call 298-0775 for more information.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 598 Delegates, from left to right, Jackie White of Oakwood, Katia Molinaro of Oakwood, Rebecca Deal of Oakwood, Claire Saizman of Centerville, and Caroline Grogan of Kettering.
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Heat cramps are brief, severe cramps in the muscles of the legs, arms, or abdomen that may occur during or after vigorous exercise in extreme heat. The sweating that occurs with vigorous exercise causes the body to lose salts and fluids. And the low level of salts causes the muscles to cramp. Kids are particularly susceptible to heat cramps when they haven’t been drinking enough fluids. Although painful, heat cramps aren’t serious. Most heat cramps don’t require special treatment. A cool place, rest, and fluids should ease a child’s discomfort. Massaging cramped muscles may also help. Heat exhaustion is a more severe heat illness that can occur when someone in a hot climate or environment hasn’t been drinking enough fluids. Symptoms may include dehydration, fatigue, muscle weakness, clammy skin, headache, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, and/or irritability. If a child is suffering from heat exhaustion, the child should be brought indoors or into the shade. The child’s clothing should be loosened or removed and the child should be encouraged to eat and drink. A cool, not cold, bath would also be a benefit. A doctor should be consulted for further advice, because if the child is cannot eat or drink, intravenous fluids may be necessary. If left untreated, heat exhaustion may escalate into heatstroke, which can be fatal. Heatstroke is the most severe form of heat
VIEWS Continued from page 1
“We feel like the wind is in our face,” said Taylor. Taylor was joined by Ohio Medicaid Director John McCarthy. McCarthy reiterated Taylor’s assertions, stating that while Medicaid expansion is now optional, states will still have to deal with the individual mandate. He expressed concern with the mandate, contending that it would have a “woodwork effect,” pushing costs higher. In a Thursday, June 28, press release, Austria stated that he respected the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health care reform law, but disagreed with what he described as “the sharply divided, 5-4 decision.” “The U.S. Supreme Court allowed the individual mandate to stand, but that doesn’t make this massive tax increase a good thing for the American people,” the press release said. “It is estimated that this health care law contains approximately $525 billion in new taxes on hard-working families and small businesses.” Austria asserted that the majority of American oppose the law, viewing it “as an expansion of government in our lives.” The congressman promised to joining with those opposed to the law and to endeavor for its repeal. “It is the responsibility of Congress to carry out the will of the people and I intend to work with our leadership in repealing this job-killing healthcare reform bill and replacing it with a common sense bill that is focused on lowering the high cost of healthcare, making it more affordable for hardworking families and small businesses, and protecting individual rights,” said Austria. Turner voiced concerns about the law that were similar to Austria’s sentiments in a Thursday, June 28, statement to the press. He asserted that the individual mandate, now classified as a tax, “will have tremendous consequences on individuals, working families, businesses, and local governments.” According to Turner, the individual mandate is an additional tax the American people must shoulder at a time when government should be focused on tax reduction. “At a time when the economy is still struggling to recover, we should be focused on reducing taxes on hardworking Americans,” Turner’s statement said. “There are many things which are considered legal or constitutional, but are not good ideas. Obamacare is one of them.” Turner stated that the “law will be devastating” to southwest Ohio businesses and their employees. He pointed out that he had voted against law and, like Austria, promised to work for its repeal. “I will join with my colleagues in the House in repealing portions of this law which will stifle job creation and place undue burdens on Ohioans,” Turner said in the Thursday, June 28, press release. “Following that we can begin an open and transparent process where real reforms can be enacted which will make healthcare more accessible and
illness. It is a life-threatening medical emergency in which the body loses its ability to regulate its own temperature. Body temperature can soar to 106º F or even higher, leading to brain damage or even death if it isn’t quickly treated. Prompt medical treatment is required to bring the body temperature under control. Factors that increase the risk for heatstroke include overdressing and extreme physical exertion in hot weather with inadequate fluid intake. Heatstroke also can happen when a child is left in, or becomes accidentally trapped in, a car on a hot day. When the outside temperature is 93 degrees F, the temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees F in just 20 minutes, quickly raising body temperature to dangerous levels. You should call for emergency medical help if a child has been outside in the sun exercising for a long time and shows any symptoms, such as flushed, hot or dry skin with no sweating; a temperature of 105 degrees F or higher; a severe, throbbing headache; weakness, dizziness or confusion; sluggishness or fatigue; seizures; decreased responsiveness; or loss of consciousness. While waiting for that emergency help, keep the child indoors or in the shade. Douse the child with cool water but do NOT give fluids. There is help to keep your kids safe in the heat. Give the kids the knowledge to protect themselves. Kids should learn to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after activities, even if they’re not thirsty and they should come indoors immediately if they feel overheated. affordable.” In an interview with this paper, Greene County Combined Health District Health Commissioner Mark McDonnell stated that if Ohio participates in Medicaid expansion, the district would see more potential clients. “That would mean even more folks showing up at our doors,” McDonnell told this paper. The problem, according to McDonnell, is that Ohio lacks an adequate number of physicians to completely implement ACA. The commissioner asserts that if Ohio participates in the expansion, there would not be enough physicians to deal with the demand created by the increase in those eligible for Medicaid. Addressing that issue, says McDonnell, would be no easy task. “There are no magic wands on this one,” said McDonnell. “It takes 11 years to get physicians through school and into the system. There’s going to have to be a concerted effort between the parties involved to solve the problem.” McDonnell is quick to point out that ACA is not without merit. He contends that the law “kickstarted” efforts to remove barriers to poor people seeking preventative medical care, such as vaccinations and health screenings. When asked about the Supreme Court decision and the potential impact of the health care reform law, Premier Health Partners (PHP) responded with a statement from Jim Pancoast, the president and CEO of PHP. Pancoast acknowledged the need reform to the healthcare system and promised that PHP will make preparations for the healthcare needs that will emerge in the future. “While there will be a variety of opinions about the Supreme Court decision, there is general agreement that significant change is needed in the nation’s health care system,” said Pancoast. “At PHP, we continue to plan proactively so that the communities we serve can have access to quality care at a cost that provides the greatest value to the patients and employers in our region. We have taken steps, over time, to be better prepared for the future.” Roy Chew, the executive vice president of the Kettering Health Network (KHN), also provided this paper with a statement concerning the Supreme Court’s decision and the potential impact of the ACA. Chew stated that it is too soon to pass judgement of the ACA, but promised that KHN will adapt to the regulatory climate finally emerges as a result of the law’s implementation. “It is too early for a detailed analysis of the Affordable Care Act,” said Chew. “Regardless, the future will require the need to treat more patients with less resources. Kettering Health Network, which includes Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center, will continue to focus on providing high quality, safe and timely access to care for everyone who comes through our doors. We will provide excellence in care for patients both now and in the future, whatever the regulatory environment. We will monitor regulatory changes and make adjustments as needed.”
Members of MVERN prepare to take off for Russia.
Teen group to take a mission trip to Russia MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Eight Dayton teens and two adults left last Wednesday on a mission trip to a village in Russia as part of a group of 22 teenagers and chaperones who are participating in MVERN’s (Miami Valley Episcopal Russian Network) sixth youth trip to Russia from June 27 to July 11. After exploring Russian history and culture in St. Petersburg and Novgorod, both former Russian capitals, the youth will spend 10 days in the village of Sablino, the site of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, MVERN’s companion parish. At the newly renovated Sablino Youth Center the American teens will help lead a large sum-
mer day camp for local students, building relationships through music, art, drama, sports and more. They also will join their Russian peers in clearing debris left from a fire that destroyed a nearby home. MVERN is a unique ecumenical project of 13 Miami Valley churches (11 Episcopal and 2 Orthodox) and a pioneering Russian Orthodox Church located in Sablino, Russia, a village 30 miles south of St. Petersburg. During the last 14 years more than 100 southern Ohio youth have traveled to Russia with MVERN on youth exchanges. In addition, approximately 25 Russian youth also have come to the US in alternating years.
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