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Memorial Day Weekend Century Ride in Dayton to Support

In Dayton Ohio News, Health, Local News, Sports News, Travel, Uncategorized on April 12, 2021 at 10:57 am

Dayton, Ohio – April 12, 2021 – On Memorial Day Weekend, avid cyclists and casual riders alike are invited to participate in the Dayton Century Ride, a 50 and 100-mile bike ride to support the Wounded Warrior Project. This is the second year for the event and there is no cost to participate, however organizers are hopeful participants will encourage family and friends to sponsor their ride and donate to the Wounded Warrior Project campaign. https://communityfundraising.woundedwarriorproject.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=3976

The event begins at 8am on Sunday, May 30, 2021 – Starting point to be announced soon. Participants will follow the Creekside Trail to Xenia where it meets up with the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

Riders will continue south to Cartridge Brewing, located right on the bike trail and a perfect 50 miles, one way. Participants can either have friends and family pick them up at Cartridge Brewing after a well-earned rest around noon or head back north to complete the full 100-mile century ride.

“The first ride was completed in 2020 by a few Air Force officers while stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB,” explained Mark Adams, one of the event organizers. “We hope to make the ride a staple event of the Dayton area, growing in number and impact as the ride becomes better known. We hope you join us on this great ride for a great cause!”

All proceeds support life-changing programs that empower, employ, and engage America’s injured Veterans. Thanks to the generosity of those who donate, warriors and their families never pay a cent for these services.

For more information, please call Mark Adams at 815-307-5004, or email mark.adams@alumni.purdue.edu.

Revitalizing Jamestown: New group hopes to bring life back to downtown

In Local News on April 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

By Gery Deer

Editor

Special Report – Revitalizing Jamestown, Ohio. Watch our feature story here!

April 4, 2021 – Jamestown, Ohio – The eastern Greene County village of Jamestown, Ohio, once had a thriving downtown. Over the years, Jamestown’s business district was home to a movie theatre, five-and-dime stores, hardware, and multiple restaurants. Historically, most of the town’s commerce was generated by farming and lumberyards. Gradually, however, as farming slowed and land was sold off, building and plastics manufacturers became the primary employers.

But in the early 1990s two fires ripped through the downtown area, an economic blow from which the village has never completely recovered. And, while some efforts have been made toward revitalization, only the Jamestown Opera House has been fully restored, thanks to the local historical society. As for the rest of the area, urban sprawl, deteriorating buildings, and overwhelming renovation costs have diminished hope for a full comeback. 

However, one local group of idealistic entrepreneurs is a bit more optimistic. Jamestown native Luke Linville and his wife Adrienne, both realtors, returned to the village a year ago and began working on ways to breathe new life into the decaying business district.  

Main Street Jamestown founders/board of directors:
Amber Trotter, Chase Trotter, Adrienne Linville, and Luke Linville

The Linvilles partnered with Amber and Chase Trotter, who were also interested in a revitalization initiative. Together, the group formed the board of directors for Main Street Jamestown, a non-profit organization intended to support local businesses and property owners through grants, donations, and fundraising events.

“There are a lot of people trying to do good here like the Lions Club. We want to make Jamestown a better place and we have a passion for it, having grown up here,” Linville said. “We are trying to make people aware that there are businesses downtown, that there are people who are doing really good down here.”

When the previous owner of Something New florist retired in 2019, Kristine Erwin purchased the building and started renovations. Located at 18 W. Washington St., on the southwest block of the downtown, the flower shop was one of the few structures to survive the fires along that strip, but not without some scars. 

Kristine Erwin, Owner of Something New Faith, Flowers, Finds in Jamestown, Ohio

“The fire took the second floor of this building and so the roof has been leaking for many years,” said Erwin, a retired Greeneview teacher who credits her faith for guiding her to make this new career move. “There was damage to the ceiling and a lot of mold along the outside wall and in the back. We have replaced the plumbing and the heating and next we will be working on replacing the electrical.” 

One of the major issues with the storefront, however, is the old, single-pane windows, which need to be replaced to help with heating and cooling as well as signage and window displays. Fortunately, Erwin met Amber Trotter, who had also opened a new photography studio right next door. Main Street Jamestown had its first project.

As an inaugural event, the group held a fundraiser on March 20th to help Erwin replace two, large storefront windows. Held in the Lions Club lot next door to the flower shop, Main Street Jamestown offered games, a raffle, food and branded merchandise, with all proceeds going toward the Something New window project. Despite a cold but sunny spring day, organizers said the fundraiser was a great success and raised more than $1,500. More information about something Erwin’s shop is available online at www.somethingnewfaithflowersfinds.com.

Linville and his team would like to support area residents as well as downtown businesses. “Of course it starts with the downtown businesses and goes out from there and we hope to help residents as well,” he said. “We want to help with a leaky roof or landscaping or whatever someone may need that we can do. Every effort helps Jamestown look more attractive to people so they will come here and the businesses and town will thrive.”

The organization is busy on social media with regular live videos and event postings, all in hopes of engaging volunteers and raising money for future projects. “Right now what we’re doing is spreading the word,” Linville said. “If you see us post on social media please like and share. The more people we can get to interact with us, the more people who live in the area will be aware of us; even those who come here visiting family or come to the lake (Shawnee Hills) in the summer.”

Main Street Jamestown’s next event is a downtown street fair slated for April 24; information is available on their Facebook page. The organization is also partnered with the non-profit group Greene Giving and tax-deductible donations can be made online at https://greenegiving.ejoinme.org/MyPages/MainStreetJamestown/tabid/1223992/Default.aspx.

For more information on ways to support Main Street Jamestown, contact them on Facebook @MainStreetJamestown, call 937-374-9424, or email mainstreetjamestown@gmail.com.

You can also support Main Street Jamestown by purchasing branded apparrel. The online store is open until April 11th! https://mainstreetjamestown.itemorder.com/sale?fbclid=IwAR0K-FfFdltryPey7pw0LcQY-tk4-ZxJrCUxDZWmLRIYLG-RxQxQsCRWzg8

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Vested Medical / OrthoIllinois Complete Successful Pilot of Off-Site Sterilization Processing

In Local News on February 23, 2021 at 1:44 pm

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CHICAGO, Feb. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In January 2021, Vested Medical, Inc., Elmhurst, Illinois, and OrthoIllinois Surgery Center, LLC, teamed up for a highly successful proof of an innovative off-site sterilization processing program at the outpatient ambulatory surgery center located in Rockford, Illinois. Vested Medical expertly demonstrated how such a system could help increase surgical capacity, reduce sterilization processing backlogs, and minimize contamination risk while maintaining the highest standards of patient care for outpatient total joint procedures.

Vested Medical / OrthoIllinois Completes Successful Pilot of Off-Site Sterilization Processing
Vested Medical / OrthoIllinois Completes Successful Pilot of Off-Site Sterilization Processing

The collaboration with Vested Medical and OrthoIllinois Surgery Center was focused on total joint replacement instrument trays, which stress space restraints in an ambulatory surgery center sterile processing. Sterile instrument trays were customized at the Vested Medical facility based on the surgical center’s schedule an orthopedic total joint replacement surgeon Dr. John Bottros’ specifications. Upon delivery of sterile trays, post-procedure trays were removed, freeing valuable space at the surgery center and maintaining optimum efficiency. These trays are transported in a specially outfitted van by certified sterile processing technicians to ensure they are always handled by highly trained, experienced professionals in the field.

Dr. Bottros commented, “The process was seamless for me, and I was pleased that by adding this service I am able to serve more patients in a given day.”

As confirmed by Leanne Brennan, the business manager at OrthoIllinois Surgery Center, “We had reached capacity with our own sterile processing, even with added shifts, and we needed to get creative if we were going to be able to accommodate a few more cases each day,” she explained. “But it’s not so much about the manpower as it is the facility and having the capacity in our sterilization department to process instrument trays quickly enough to meet our needs.”

Brennan explained they were suffering from the “total joint hangover,” when full days are dedicated to outpatient total joint replacement procedures while the staff still needs to prepare for the next day’s cases. Even with 24-hour, 7-day staff, space is limited. Outsourcing sterile processing seemed like an ideal concept to solve these problems, and Vested Medical was ready to partner to help solve this challenge.

“We built a process that was best-in-class, and met or exceeded all current and potential future regulatory standards,” explained Paul Borland, Vice President of Operations at Vested Medical, LLC.  “To serve a customer like OrthoIllinois Surgery Center, we had to fully understand their needs and fit into their existing system. We try to understand the flow, touchpoints, accessibility, then capture and build that customer profile so we are a real extension of their process. It needed to be seamless.”

Of course, input, and buy-in, from the OrthoIllinois Surgery Center staff was critical. “We went to the Vested Medical facility to review the workspace and learn about the process,” Brennan said. “It was key to see the metrics and checkpoints, review the sterilization process and how everything is packaged.”

“Everything was seamless and worked according to plan. Now we are looking forward to the second half of the year when we can implement this process to help with storage and processing.”

“The surgical staff shouldn’t feel that the process changed because Vested Medical is now part of it,” Borland said. “We want to integrate to that level and in this case the fact that the OrthoIllinois staff didn’t feel any changes validated the plan. There was always a clear channel of communication from scheduling to what was needed in the cases, and that was crucial to the success of the pilot.”

“Vested Medical is taking the approach that sterile processing is critical to healthcare and should be elevated,” he said. “We’re raising the bar on the profession and the product comes out of the professionals who work there.”

Full results of the pilot program are still being evaluated and another series of measures will be scheduled at a time to be announced. For more information about Vested Medical, LLC, go to www.vested-medical.com.

About Vested Medical, Inc. – Vested Medical was formed in 2019 and is a privately funded healthcare logistics company connecting the orthopedic operating room with the manufacturers who supply them with implants and instruments.  The company currently has 4 sites in various stages of operational readiness. More at www.vested-medical.com.

About OrthoIllinois Surgery Center – Operated by the physicians of OrthoIllinois, OrthoIllinois Surgery Center is a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center utilizing leading-edge technology to support orthopedic, spine, and pain management outpatient procedures.  The center successfully meets stringent AAAHC accreditation standards and was one of the first ambulatory surgery centers in the country to perform outpatient total joint procedures.  https://www.orthoillinois.com/surgery-center/

GCPH Warns Residents of Scammers Posing as Public Health Officials, Sharing Information on Vaccine Availability

In Health, Local News, Media on February 11, 2021 at 11:35 am

GREENE COUNTY, OH – Greene County Public Health officials have been alerted to the possibility of people fraudulently contacting residents by phone, text or email posing as public health officials and sharing information on the vaccine or other topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is to ensure that our residents get the official information from our agency and are not scammed.

If you are part of Phase 1B and have pre-registered to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through our agency, you will receive a call from 937-347-5030 and the caller ID will read as GREENE COUNTY. It will be a recorded message stating the date, time and location of the next available clinic for you to come to receive your vaccine. If you provide your email on the online registration form, you will get an email from bbrooks@gcph.info. If you can not take the call at the time it comes in, it will leave a voice mail for you to check later.

The only place to register for a clinic provided by Greene County Public Health is on our website at http://www.gcph.info. Once on our site, you can click the center blue box that states: Click This Box to go to the COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-Up Page. Read the information very carefully and then click the link to fill out the form. Once you are on the list, you will remain on the list until you get the call to come to a scheduled clinic. It could take several weeks or even longer, pending vaccine availability, before you receive a call. As a federal asset, the COVID-19 vaccine is free to the public, however, we will attempt to bill your insurance for the administration of the vaccine. There is no fee for you and you will not receive a bill.

There are other vaccine providers in Greene County. There is no affiliation between Greene County Public Health and the other providers. Please visit vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov for the list of other providers which can be sorted by county. You are encouraged to get vaccinated in your home county as vaccine allotment to the counties is based on population. Pending vaccine availability, we are running clinics on Wednesdays from 10am – 3pm and Thursdays from 11am-5:30pm at the Russ Research Center, 2730 Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek.

In addition, to avoid loss of personal information, we encourage you not to share a picture of your vaccination card on social media as it does contain personal information. For official information on Greene County Public Health, our response to the pandemic, and the vaccine rollout, please contact Laurie Fox, Public Information Officer, at 937-374-5600, ext. 5669 or by email at lfox@gcph.info. GCPH shares this information on several social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. You can also visit GCPH’s COVID-19 FAQ page at healthalert.gcph.info/COVID19.

Deer re-elected to presidency of YS Chamber of Commerce Board

In Local News on January 18, 2021 at 4:07 pm

Yellow Springs, Ohio – January 14, 2021 – Gery Deer, managing partner and creative director of GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd. in Jamestown, has been unanimously re-elected chair of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. This is the entrepreneur’s third term as the leader of the chamber’s governing body since he joined the board of directors in 2017.

“While I’m not a resident of the village, I have family and have been doing business in town for more than 20 years and care about the people, the community, and the businesses,” Deer explained. “I’m happy to serve a community that has been so supportive of me and my company, helping in whatever capacity I can, and this seems to be the best way at the moment. I also want to thank my fellow board members for their continued confidence in my service.”

Deer’s company, GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd., is a marketing communication, public relations, and creative production shop founded in 1998. The firm specializes in creating content and managing earned media for companies all around the U.S. and supports business executives through success coaching services. More information is available at http://www.gldcommunications.com.

Gery L. Deer of GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd.

Greene County Public Health Provides Vaccination Update

In Health, Local News on January 13, 2021 at 12:30 pm


Phase 1A Ongoing; Phase 1B To Begin The Week of Jan. 19, 2021 Pending Vaccine Availability

January 13, 2021 – GREENE COUNTY, OH — In conjunction with Ohio’s statewide efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to Ohioans in Phase 1B starting the week of January 19, Greene County Public Health (GCPH) officials and the Greene County Emergency Management Agency (GCEMA) are partnering to lead the vaccination efforts. The combined knowledge and decades of training will allow these agencies to continue to serve our local community as we work to vaccinate Ohioans in our community.

Vaccination to individuals in the Phase 1A groups are currently ongoing. These groups include healthcare
providers, individuals with developmental disabilities and those with mental health/substance use disorders who live in group homes and residential facilities and staff at those centers, as well as EMS. Public Health is not providing vaccination to hospital workers or those who live or work in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Those vaccinations are being provided by hospital systems and by local pharmacies.

Governor DeWine recently announced plans for the state to begin rolling out Phase 1B beginning the week of
Tuesday, January 19, pending vaccine shipments and availability. Below is the breakdown of the phase by date:

  1. Week of January 18: Individuals age 80 and older can be vaccinated
  2. Week of January 25: Individuals ages 75 and older can be vaccinated, along with individuals with
    severe congenital, developmental, and early onset of medical disorders.
  3. Week of February 1: Individuals ages 70 and older can be vaccinated, along with K-12 schoolteachers
    and staff only for schools that elect to be in person or offer a hybrid model by March 1.
  4. Week of February 8: Individuals age 65 and older can be vaccinated.

According to Noah Stuby, Deputy Health Commissioner for GCPH, “Our partnership with GCEMA and years
of professional training, developing plans, and preparations make us uniquely qualified to lead this effort in thecommunity. It is important that residents have the most up-to-date information available to make their own educated decision about getting vaccinated”. Rosanne Anders, Director of GCEMA agrees “Once our residents have the facts about the vaccine, it is our hope they will receive the vaccine to protect their health and that of their family members, friends and neighbors”. These agencies remind residents that the roll out of this phase will be very slow due to limited vaccine availability.

In order to make it easy to know when you can get your vaccine from Greene County Public Health,
please visit https://healthalert.gcph.info/COVID19/signup and click on Phase 1A (blue box) or Phase 1B
(purple box). You will then be notified by public health officials when and where there is a GCPH vaccine
clinic available for you to receive the vaccine. This is not for any other local providers that may be offering
vaccine, only those vaccines provided by GCPH.

Public Health officials will announce additional information on new phases as information becomes available through the local news media, our social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GreeneCoPH and our website www.gcph.info. Public Health asks for patience as we work through the Phase 1A and 1B priority groups.

For updates on the vaccination process, visit: www.healthalert.gcph.info/COVID19 or
www.coronavirus.ohio.gov and click on COVID-19 Vaccination Program. For information about the vaccines
currently available, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html

Tim Sontag retiring from Xenia Shoe and Leather after nearly 40 years.

In Local News on December 27, 2020 at 7:44 pm

Sontag’s last official day will be December 31, 2020.

By Gery Deer

Video: Tim Sontag talks about his life’s work and retirement from Xenia Shoe & Leather Repair.
Video courtesy of GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd. – Copyright 2020, All Rights Reserved.

Xenia, Ohio – December 28, 2020 – Tim Sontag and Xenia Shoe and Leather Repair have been a dependable fixture in downtown Xenia. After 38 years, he has decided to hang up his leather tools and hand over the reins for a well-deserved retirement. As of January 1, 2021, the new owner will be long-time employee Matt Jopson.

“I found a great spot across from the Greene County Courthouse in downtown Xenia,” he said and opened his doors in June of 1982. At first, the shop was not exactly the warm, welcoming place it is today. “I remember spending the first winter working here,” Sontag remembered. “I was working over a little Kerosene heater fixing shoes because I was worried about the cost of heating it.” 

Tim Sontag (left) and long-time employee turned new owner, Matt Jopson.

When the store next door went out of business, Sontag acquired a Red Wing account and expanded into shoe sales. He later added Birkenstock and other brands to the line and began updating the repair shop into a high-end retail space. One of Sontag’s specialties has been in pedorthics, using footwear to help ease various types of foot, ankle, and heel conditions.

Originally, Sontag worked alone. But soon he brought in some part-time assistants who eventually became full-time employees. Some of his current employees have been with him for more than 20 years. “It’s been a gradual process of growing employee by employee, and customer by customer over many years.”

The independent shoe and leather repair shop is a dying breed, according to Sontag, but people are moving more toward keeping things longer and having them repaired rather than throwing them away. “I think we offer a personal service in repair and shoe sales and fitting that you just don’t see much anymore, helping people with problem feet or who are just hard to fit.”

That independent spirit has also offered Sontag some great opportunities over the years for custom work. Along with the usual flow of shoe and leather garment repairs, Sontag and his team have been involved in some unique projects over the years as well. 

“We’ve had many odd things over the years,” he explained. For example, “making a custom harness for an elephant, and gloves and mouthpieces for trapeze artists.” He added they have also made custom equipment for scuba diving, equestrians, and specialty designs for the whip training school in Jamestown.

As a lifelong craftsman, the work and the people are what kept him going. “I really enjoy the variety, I enjoy the sort of problem-solving of repair and the craftiness of it, and the satisfaction of the completed job,” he said.“Xenia and Greene County and the greater Dayton area have all been very supportive of us and I really enjoy the customers.”

In his retirement, Sontag said he and his wife would like to travel again, pandemic-permitting, as his two sons live one in Maine and the other in Denmark. He has one grandchild he would like to see more and he has siblings scattered around the country. “I love table tennis and I try to play two or three times a week,” he said. “And my wife and I will probably do more gardening and I love to work with my hands so I’ll probably do some woodworking.” He also hinted that he may return to the shop and help out from time to time. 

As for what’s next for Xenia Shoe and Leather Repair, Sontag and Jopson both agree that customers should not see much of a difference. Both noted there will probably be improvements but the store will go on, as is, with the same group of skilled craftspeople. 

Sontag’s last day as the owner will be December 31, 2020, and he offered this as a final word. “I want to give a huge thank you to all of our loyal customers over the years. We couldn’t have done it without great support from the community, the business community, and everyone who lives here and who has done business with us. Many of them make the conscious choice to support local businesses. All of us here owe a huge debt of gratitude to them, and I think Xenia Shoe and Leather will be a part of downtime Xenia for a long time to come.”

Editor’s Note

TIm Sontag with long-time customer and Jamestown Comet editor, Gery Deer. December 2020.

I first met Tim Sontag in 1989, when I was working on some specialized leather equipment designs and needed a highly-skilled craftsperson to build it. His skill, insight, and friendship over the years have touched so many people and so many parts of my world – including my father. Several years ago, Tim helped me find a special shoe my father could put on by himself given his Parkinson’s limitations.

I’ve also worked with pretty much every one of the talented people in the shop over the years. Each and every time, they’ve come through for me, in one way or another. Tim hasn’t just built a store, he’s created a legacy. He’s leaving his shop in good hands and a nearly four-decade legacy of craftsmanship and community service.

The entire Deer family and our friends and associates want to personally thank Tim for all of his years of great work and friendship. Good luck, sir, and congratulations.

Gery L. Deer, Editor / Founder

Beavercreek Dry Cleaner Announces Unlimited Wash and Fold Offer with free pick-up and delivery.

In Local News on November 19, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Beavercreek, Ohio Buckeye Green Dry Cleaning, located at 2750 N. Fairfield Rd. in Beavercreek, Ohio, has announced a new wash, dry, and fold subscription service. As an added bonus, a limited number of new subscribers will enjoy unlimited laundry service for the first month.

Buckeye Green Dry Cleaners was voted, for the second year in a row, the Dayton Magazine “Best of Dayton” Dry Cleaner for 2020.

The Buckeye Green Dry Cleaners Wash & Fold Subscription includes the following …

  • First Month – Unlimited Wash, Dry & Fold Service
  • Free Pickup & Delivery
  • Free: Laundry Bags
  • Free: No-Touch Payment
  • Free: Eco-Friendly, Sensitive Skin Detergent Upgrade.
  • PLUS! 25% Off Dry Cleaning Service & Exclusive Monthly Offers!
  • Refer A Friend – 25% Discount On One Month of Wash & Fold!

According to Buckeye, another benefit of the service is added safety from the spread of COVID-19. Commercial laundry washes in higher temperatures than normal residential, so garments and linens are thoroughly sanitized, per CDC recommendations.

For more information visit Buckeye Green Dry Cleaners Wash & Fold Website or call 937-429-2120.

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Greene County Public Health Implements Changes To Protect Employees And Public While Still Offering Services

In Local News on March 20, 2020 at 2:03 pm

GREENE COUNTY, OH – March 20, 2020 – Greene County Public Health officials have announced the suspension of all in-person services for three departments until further notice. It is imperative that we protect our employees from COVID-19 so they are able to continue to provide essential operations and services.

Here is what this means to our Greene County residents:

Vital Statistics Office (Birth/Death Certificates)

You may order a certified copy of a birth or death certificate record online using your credit card through our only approved Internet ordering service, VitalChek Network Inc. the link is available on the Greene County Public Health webpage at gcph.info/birth-death-certificates/

You may also apply for a birth or death certificate, by filling out the forms available on the Greene County Public Health webpage and mail it with a money order, NO CASH OR CHECK. Applications will be processed as quickly as possible. Plumbing Office To apply for a plumbing permit or plan review, fill out the forms available on the Greene County Public Health webpage at http://www.gcph.info/public-health programs/environmental_health/plumbing_inspection.

These forms can be mailed in with payment or dropped off in the locked box located outside the entrance doors of the Health Department. Plumbing inspections can be requested in the morning, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. by calling 937-374-5677 or 937-374-5678. Applications will be processed as quickly as possible.

General Services

Anyone needing to submit plans for new/remodeled food businesses and/or food mobile operations must call 937-374-5607 to pre-schedule the submission of those plans. Unscheduled plan drop-offs will not be permitted at the Greene County Public Health office. Plan submission payments will only be accepted via check, money order or credit card; cash will not be accepted.

Additionally, until further notice, no face-to-face meetings to discuss your food plans will be permitted. We can address your questions or concerns via telephone, Skype, GoToMeeting, etc. If you need to pay for a food license, swimming pool/spa license, etc, it is preferable that these be mailed into the health district as opposed to dropping off your application at the health district. If you must bring your application/payment directly to the health district, you will not be permitted beyond the main lobby. Again, only checks, money orders or credit cards will be permitted. If you have any questions regarding these new procedures, please feel free to call Environmental Health Services at 937-374-5605.

Please visit our website at www.gcph.info for any changes to these procedures. Due to the nature of COVID-19, our procedures are subject to change. Should you need further information, please call our office at 937-374-5600.

For details on COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or cdc.gov. You can also call the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 Call Center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH which is open 7 days per week from 9:00am – 8:00pm.

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Contact: Laurie Fox, Public Information Officer March 20, 2020 937-374-5669/866-858-3588; lfox@gcph.info

Drive Merry, Bright, and Sober This Holiday Season. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

In Dayton Ohio News, Health, Local News on December 2, 2019 at 1:03 pm

XENIA, OH — This holiday season, the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition, part of Greene County Public Health is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. We’ll be working together to remind everyone of the importance of planning a sober ride home before heading out to enjoy the holiday festivities and en route to seasonal travel destinations. This holiday season and every day remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

“The holidays are a special time for every community, and it’s more important than ever for us to stress the importance of safe driving habits,” said Jillian Drew, Safe Communities Coordinator and Health Educator at Greene County Public Health. “We know everyone is rushing around, finishing those last-minute errands and attending various holiday parties. But before you ever head out to the festivities, make sure you plan a sober ride home, because driving drunk should never be an option. Help us spread the message: Even one drink is one drink too many. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

According to NHTSA, 37,133 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2017, and 29% (10,874) of those fatalities occurred in crashes during which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08. In fact, 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver during the month of December 2017 alone. The holidays prove to be extra dangerous to drivers, as more people — drivers and pedestrians alike — are out on the roads.

Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem, for men and for women alike. If drivers are impaired by any substance — alcohol or other drugs — they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. It is illegal in all states to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Remember: Driving while impaired is illegal, period. The bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. It’s that simple.
Drinking and driving should never be combined. It’s essential to plan a sober ride in advance if the holiday celebration will include alcohol. The alternative could change your life, not to mention the lives of your passengers, of pedestrians, or of other drivers and passengers nearby.

This holiday season, the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition, Greene County Public Health, and NHTSA urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving.

Party with a Plan
First and foremost: Plan ahead. Be honest with yourself: You know whether you’ll be drinking. If you
plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously — your friends are relying on you.
• Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic
beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home
safely.
• If you see a drunk driver on the road, report them by calling 1-800-GRAB-DUI or *DUI when it
is safe to do so.
• Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get
your friend home safely.
For more information about the Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving campaign, visit
https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving/buzzed-driving-drunkdriving/holiday-season.

For more information on the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition, call 937-374-5683 or email jdrew@gcph.info.
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