Latta comments on EPA Release of Initial Algal Toxin Plan

H.R. 212, The Drinking Water Protection Act

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of their initial strategic plan to assess risks associated with algal toxins in public drinking water as required under legislation authored by Rep. Latta, H.R. 212, The Drinking Water Protection Act:

“This initial plan is a first step in the development of a comprehensive, long-term strategy for assessing and managing the risks of algal toxins impacting our public drinking water,” said Rep. Latta. “I am encouraged at this initial assessment, and look forward to continuing to work with local, state and federal officials to ensure the health, and safety of Ohioans is better protected from the threat of algal toxins in their drinking water.”

Congressman Latta’s legislation, signed into law by the President, required the EPA to develop the strategic plan, and submit its findings to Congress within 90 days.

“Last year nearly 500,000 Northwestern Ohio residents were left without safe drinking water due to the algal toxin outbreak in Lake Erie. I authored The Drinking Water Protection Act in response to this crisis to ensure the EPA was addressing this issue so we may better understand and further mitigate harmful algal toxins in the Great Lakes and other surface waters. Algal toxins continue to be a growing threat to public drinking water – not just in Ohio, but across the country.”

More:

EPA Algal Toxin Risk Assessment and Management Strategic Plan for Drinking Water (LINK)

SHERROD BROWN WILL VISIT TOLEDO FOOD PANTRY

With Nearly One-in-Seven Ohio Families Lacking Reliable Access to Food, Brown will Urge Northwest Ohioans to Support Local Food Banks this Holiday Season

IN ADVANCE OF THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY, BROWN WILL VISIT TOLEDO FOOD PANTRY TO URGE USDA TO RESTORE CRITICAL FUNDING FOR FOOD BANKS

 TOLEDO, OH – In advance of Thanksgiving holiday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will visit the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank on Friday to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase its contributions to ensure food pantries can continue to serve their communities. With nearly one-in-seven Ohio families lacking reliable access to food, Brown will join Jim Caldwell, president and CEO of the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank, and community volunteers to call for increased federal funding and urge northwest Ohioans to donate to local foodbanks this holiday season.

Because of increased demand, many Ohio food banks rely on the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to supply low-income senior citizens and families with nutritious commodity foods, including canned fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, beans, pasta, peanut butter, rice, and soups. But unless the USDA increases funding, the program will see a reduction in funding, leaving many food pantries in Ohio and across the country with the prospect of seriously depleted food stock.

Jr High Girls Basketball Results – 11/18/2015

Pandora Gilboa @ North Baltimore

Pandora Gilboa @ North Baltimore

8th Grade Girls

NB – 23

Pandora Gilboa – 5

 

Leah Lee – 7

Simone Thompson – 6

Kirsten Mason – 4

Chloe Hopple – 2

Skylar Vogelsong – 2

Kealeigh Leady – 2

Over all Record 2-0, BVC Record 2-0

 

Fotos by Ferg:

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Girls 8th grade Basketball vs. Pandora-Gilboa
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Girls 8th grade Basketball vs. Pandora-Gilboa
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Girls 8th grade Basketball vs. Pandora-Gilboa
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Girls 8th grade Basketball vs. Pandora-Gilboa

7th Grade Girls

NB – 32

Pandora Gilboa – 15

 

Lexie Long – 12

Mia McCartney – 6

Kirstan Mason – 6

Allie McPherson – 4

Myra Stewart – 2

Abigail Buchanan – 2

Over all Record 2-0, BVC Record 2-0

 

Fotos by Ferg:

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Girls 7th grade Basketball vs. Pandora-Gilboa

 

Girls 7th grade Basketball vs. Pandora-Gilboa
Girls 7th grade Basketball vs. Pandora-Gilboa
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Girls 7th grade Basketball vs. Pandora-Gilboa

 

Girls 7th grade Basketball vs. Pandora-Gilboa
Girls 7th grade Basketball vs. Pandora-Gilboa

Upcoming Girls Jr High Games:

Tue 12/1/15 @ McComb, 5:00

Sat 12/5/15 @ Patrick Henry, 1:00

Submitted by Suzanne Bucher

Church news for Sunday, November 22, 2015

United Methodist Churches………….

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate Christ the King Sunday on November 22, with worship beginning at 10:15 am.

Rev. Susan Kronbach will be preaching “Giving Thanks for All God Has Done!”

Sunday  School for youth and adults is held at 9:15 am, and during worship following the children’s moments for elementary school age children.  Please plan to join us!

We will also be gathering for the Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 22, at The Bridge Fellowship Church, at 7:00 pm.  This service is sponsored by the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry, and we welcome the community to join with us!!

Bairdstown United Methodist Church

The Bairdstown United Methodist Church will be celebrating Christ the King Sunday on November 22, with worship beginning at 9:15 am.

Rev. Susan Kronbach will be preaching “Giving Thanks for All God Has Done!”

Sunday School class is held immediately following worship.  Please plan to join us as you are able!

West Branch Commerce Park Site Receives CSX Select Site Designation

CSX today announced that a portion of the West Branch Commerce Park in Berkeley County, South Carolina has been designated a CSX Select Site.

Select Sites are development-ready properties along the CSX network where standard land use issues and comprehensive due diligence items have been previously addressed. These properties are pre-positioned to meet manufacturers’ needs, which significantly reduces the time required to construct facilities and ultimately bring products to market.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — CSX today announced that a portion of the West Branch Commerce Park in Berkeley County, South Carolina has been designated a CSX Select Site.

Select Sites are development-ready properties along the CSX network where standard land use issues and comprehensive due diligence items have been previously addressed.  These properties are pre-positioned to meet manufacturers’ needs, which significantly reduces the time required to construct facilities and ultimately bring products to market.

“The State of South Carolina continues to be a magnet for new industry,” said Clark Robertson, assistant vice president, regional development at CSX. “Located 30 miles from the Port of Charleston, this site is ideal for manufacturers with overseas customers or international supply chains and is well-positioned to capitalize on the area’s superior logistics capabilities.”

Formerly a wholesale nursery operation, this 689-acre industrial park is adjacent to both U.S. Highway 52 and CSX’s mainline, three miles south of the Town of Moncks Corner. The southern half of the park, totaling 362 acres, received CSX Select Site designation.

CSX introduced the Select Site program in 2012 to better serve new or existing customers on its network. CSX partners with The Austin Company, a nationally-known site selection consulting firm, to screen candidate sites and assist communities with the application and certification process.

Anita Zucker, whose company owns the site, said, “As both a CSX Select Site and a South Carolina Department of Commerce certified site, West Branch is ready for the immediate development of rail-served industry and manufacturing along Berkeley County’s prime US-52 growth corridor.”

The West Branch Commerce Park is the third site in South Carolina and the first in South Carolina’s Low Country to be designated as a CSX Select Site.

“Today’s announcement of West Branch Commerce Park being chosen for CSX Select Site certification is a testament to Berkeley County’s highly attractive investment environment – incredible infrastructure, a well-trained labor force and the lowest county government tax rate in the state,” said Hon. Bill Peagler, Berkeley County Supervisor.

To receive CSX Select Site designation, the location must meet a rigorous list of criteria, including infrastructure and utility availability, environmental reviews, appropriate zoning and entitlement, rail serviceability, proximity to highways or interstates, and other attributes. Once certified, the sites are featured on a new user-friendly web portal that includes press releases, promotional materials and direct marketing to site selection professionals.

To learn more about CSX Select Sites online, visit www.csxselectsites.com

ODOT District Two Weekly Construction Update – Nov. 19

Please pay attention to what you are doing at all times when you are driving! It’s not just about YOU! There are others on the roads who have loved ones to see and jobs to do. Don’t make for unnecessary delays or worse with your selfish desires (speed, talking or texting on the phone, eye contact with a passenger, using your hands to talk instead of drive, eating, reaching, smoking, arguing, kissing…. you get the idea!) ~ JP Miklovic

Please pay attention to what you are doing at all times when you are driving! It’s not just about YOU! There are others on the roads who have loved ones to see and jobs to do. Don’t make for unnecessary delays or worse with your selfish desires (speed, talking or texting on the phone, having to make eye contact with a passenger and/or using your hands to talk instead of drive, eating, reaching, smoking, arguing, kissing…. you get the idea!) ~ JP Miklovic

ODOT District Two Weekly Construction Update – Nov. 19

Lucas/Wood Counties

1. Interstate 75: Widening
Wood & Hancock Counties (170-14, 199-14, 237-14 & 3000-14):

The below work will take place to switch traffic onto new pavement along I-75 from I-475 to US 6.  Work will take place overnight to minimize the impact to drivers.  Please be advised of changing traffic patterns.

Effective Thursday, November 19 at 11pm, through Friday, November 20 at 6am.  Shoulder and short-term lane restrictions are possible at the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg for barrier wall relocation and restriping. 

Effective Friday, November 20 at 11pm, through Saturday, November 21 at 4am, the ramp from eastbound I-475 to southbound I-75 will be closed for traffic pattern change.  Suggested alternate route:  northbound I-75; US 20 (Exit 193). 

Effective Friday, November 20 at 11pm, through Saturday, November 21 at 5am, the following ramps may be closed for traffic pattern change: 

·         The ramps to/from southbound I-75 to/from SR 582. 

·         The ramps to/from northbound I-75 to/from SR 64. 

·         The ramps to/from northbound I-75 to/from US 6.

Effective Saturday, November 21, southbound I-75 traffic, from the I-75/I-475 split in Perrysburg to SR 582, will be on the northbound pavement.  Additionally, at this time, northbound I-75 traffic, from US 6 to SR 582, will be on the southbound pavement.

*Motorists are advised of the changing traffic patterns in this work zone.*

Interstate Restrictions:

Through November 2016, overnight, from 7pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg and CR 99 in Hancock County.  Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg and CR 99 in Hancock County. 

Ramp Restrictions:

·         Through July 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on the ramps from northbound and southbound I-75 to Cygnet Road (Exit 171) and from Cygnet Road to northbound and southbound I-75.

Local Routes:

Through February 2016, Bays Road at I-75 will be closed for bridge work.  Detour: SR 25; SR 281; Solether Road.

Through Monday, November 23, Jerry City Road at I-75 is closed for bridge work.  Detour: SR 25; SR 281; Solether Road.

Through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, is closed for bridge work over I-75.  Project complete: October 2017.  All work is weather permitting.

2. Interstate 75: Widening *UPDATE*
Lucas County (485-14, 536-14):
  Through July 2018, overnight, 7pm through 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75, from I-475 in Toledo to I-280 for bridge work.  Through fall 2016, one lane of I-75 traffic is maintained in the current northbound lane and one lane of traffic is relocated to southbound I-75 and separated by barrier wall.

The following ramps are closed:

·         Through June 2016, the ramp from Phillips Avenue to northbound I-75.  Detour: Manhattan Boulevard; Lagrange Street; South Expressway Drive.

·         Through July 2016, the ramp from southbound I-75 to Phillips Avenue (Exit 206).  Detour: North Expressway Drive (Exit 207); Stickney Avenue; South Expressway Drive.

·         Through August 2016, the ramp from northbound I-75 to Jeep Parkway (Exit 205A).  Detour: Berdan Avenue (Exit 205B); Detroit Avenue.

·         Through October 2016, the ramp from northbound I-75 to Phillips Avenue (Exit 206).  Detour: south Expressway Drive (Exit 207); Stickney Avenue; North Expressway Drive.

·         Through July 2018, the ramp from Jeep Parkway to southbound I-75.  Detour: Berdan Avenue.

·         Through July 2018, the ramp from Willys Parkway to northbound I-75.  Detour: Berdan Avenue; Detroit Avenue; Phillips Avenue.

·         Through July 2018, the ramp from southbound I-75 to Willys Parkway (Exit 205A).  Detour: Detroit Avenue (Exit 203B).

Local Streets:

Lane restrictions on Lagrange Street at I-75 for bridge work are complete.

 

Through December, expect lane restrictions on Phillips Avenue at I-75 and Stickney Avenue at I-75 for bridge work.

Through May 2016, expect lane restrictions on Berdan Avenue at I-75 and Detroit Avenue at I-75 for bridge work.

Through June 2016, South Expressway Drive is restricted to a single lane between Stickney Avenue and Lagrange Street.

Through August 2016, Jeep Parkway from Central Avenue to Berdan Avenue is closed.  Central Avenue; Detroit Avenue; Berdan Avenue.

Through October 2016, the ramp from northbound I-75 to Berdan Avenue is restricted to right turn only movements.  Suggested alternate route: Berdan Avenue; Detroit Avenue; Phillips Avenue; Haverhill Drive.

Through November 2016, Elm Street and Wersell Avenue at South Expressway Drive, will be closed.

Through May 2017, the Polish Village Overpass is closed for bridge work.  Detour: North Expressway Drive; Stickney Avenue; South Expressway Drive.

Through July 2018, Willys Parkway from Pioneer Lane to Jeep Parkway is closed.

Project complete: September 2018.  All work is weather permitting.

3. Interstate 75: Pavement Rehabilitation
Lucas County (268-14):
Through August 2016, I-75, from the I-75/475 split in Toledo to the Anthony Wayne Trail, is reduced to two lanes.  Overnight, 10pm through 6am, single lane restrictions are possible in this work zone. 

•      The ramp from northbound I-75 to Bancroft Street is now open.

Through August 2016, the following ramps are restricted or closed:

·         The interchange ramp from eastbound I-475 to southbound I-75 is reduced to one lane.

·         The interchange ramp from northbound I-75 to westbound I-475 is reduced to one lane.

·         The ramp from D­etroit Avenue to southbound I-75 is closed.  Detour: Monroe Street; Michigan Avenue; SR 25.

·         The ramp from Detroit Avenue to northbound I-75 is closed.  Detour: Monroe Street; 14th Street.

Through May 2016, Oakwood Avenue, between Wells Street and Grove Place, is closed for bridge work.  Seek alternate route.  Project complete: August 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

4. Interstate 75: Rest Area Closure

Wood County (170-14)Through July 2016, the northbound and southbound I-75 rest areas are closed as part of the I-75 widening project.  Project complete: July 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

 

5. Interstate 475: ProMedica Parkway Ramp
Lucas County:
  Through 2016, the ramp from ProMedica Parkway to eastbound I-475 is closed for traffic control.  Detour: westbound I-475; Douglas Road.  All work is weather permitting.

6. Interstate 475/U.S. Route 23: Interchange Upgrade
Lucas County (184-14 & 210-15):
 Through December, the ramp from southbound US 23 to Central Avenue is closed.  Detour: southbound I-475/US23; Airport Highway (Exit 8A).  Additionally at this time, southbound US 23 traffic is reduced to one lane from the I-475/US 23 split in Sylvania to Central Avenue.  The ramp from westbound I-475 to Central Avenue (Exit 13) is open.

Overnight lane restrictions are possible at the interchange of I-475/US 23 from Central Avenue to N. Holland Sylvania Road.  Through October, lane restrictions are possible on Blossman Road, between Moffat Road and Plainview Drive for bridge work.  Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.  Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

 

7. Interstate 475: Bridge Widening *ANGOLA ROAD IS OPEN*

Lucas County (251-13 & 235-14):  Angola Road at I-475 is now open.  Through May 2016, overnight from 8pm until 6am, lane restrictions are possible on I-475, between Angola Road and Salisbury Road/Dussel Drive.  11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-475, between Angola Road and Salisbury Road/Dussel Drive. Project complete: August 2016.  All work is weather permitting.  

8. Interstate 475: Noise Wall Installation

Lucas County (314-14):  Through November, intermittent shoulder restrictions are possible on I-475, between Corey Road and Woodley Road, for finish work.  Project complete: October.  All work is weather permitting.

9. Interstate Maintenance Work

Lucas and Wood Counties:  Through December, intermittent overnight lane restrictions are possible on I-75, I-280 and I-475 in Lucas and Wood counties for maintenance work.  Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

10. U.S. Route 20: Central Avenue Interchange Project
Lucas County (210-15): 
Through September 2017, overnight from 9pm until 6am, lane restrictions are possible on I-475/US 23 between Dorr Street and the I-475/US 23 interchange.  11-foot lane width restrictions are in place within the work zone. Additional restrictions will be announced.  Project complete: September 2017.  All work is weather permitting. 

 

11. U.S. Route 20: Utility Work

Lucas County:  Through November, overnight from 9pm until 6am, lane restrictions are possible on Central Avenue, between I-475 and Central Park West, for gas line relocation.  For more information, contact Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077.  All work is weather permitting.

12. U.S. Route 20A: Eber Road Roundabout Project *UPDATE*
Lucas County (184-15):
  Through December, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on US 20A at Eber Road for finish work.  Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

13. State Route 2: Anthony Wayne Bridge Project

Lucas County (58-13): All lanes of the Anthony Wayne Bridge are now open.  Through November, intermittent lane restrictions are possible and there is no pedestrian access for finish work.  Project complete: May 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

14. State Route 25: Safety Project
Lucas County (299-15):
  Through September 2016, southbound (outbound from downtown Toledo)Anthony Wayne Trail, between Hippo Way and City Park Boulevard, will remain reduced two lanes of traffic for pavement rehabilitation.  Project complete: November 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

 

15. McCord Road: Underpass Construction
Lucas County (236-14): 
Through September 2016, McCord Road between North Mall Drive/Hall Road and Spectrum Drive is closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  Detour: Holland Park Boulevard; North Mall Drive.  Project complete: November 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

16. U.S. Route 6: Pavement Reconstruction and Bridge Work
Wood County (170-14):
  Through June 2016, the ramp from southbound I-75 to eastbound US 6 is closed.  Detour: westbound US 6; SR 25.  Through June 2016, US 6, between SR 25 and Dunbridge road, is reduced to one lane in each direction.  Lane widths are restricted to 11ft in this work zone.  Work complete: June 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

17. State Route 64: Slide Repair
Wood County (155-15):
  Through November, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on SR 64, between Reitz Road and SR 64/65 Waterville Bridge, for slide repair.  Project complete: November.  All work is weather permitting.

18. State Route 582: Bridge Rehabilitation
Wood County (154-15):  
SR 582, between Stony Ridge Road and Laymen Road is now open.  Through November, intermittent lane closures are possible on SR 582, between Stony Ridge Road and Layman Road, for finish work.  Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.  Project complete: November.  All work is weather permitting. 

19. Tracy Road: Bridge Replacement *PROJECT COMPLETE*

Wood County (3040-15):  Tracy Road, between Welling Road and Latcha Road, is open.  The bridge replacement project is complete.

20. Five Point Road: Bridge Replacement  

Wood County (3040-15):  Through November, Five Point Road, between SR 199 and Thompson Road, is closed for bridge replacement.  Detour: SR 199; Dowling Road; Lime City Road.  Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

21. Buck Road: Bridge Work

Wood County:  Through Sunday, November 22, overnight from 9pm until 5am, Buck Road over I-75, will be closed for bridge work.  Suggested alternate route: northbound I-75; Wales Road (Exit 198); southbound I-75.  Additionally at these times, left turns from I-75 to Buck Road (Exit 197) are prohibited.  Northbound I-75 to westbound Buck Road detour: Wales Road (Exit 198); southbound I-75.  Southbound I-75 to eastbound Buck Road detour: SR 795 (Exit 195A); northbound I-75.  All work is weather permitting.

 

Ottawa/Sandusky/Seneca Counties

 

22. State Route 2: Lightner Road Bridge Widening

Ottawa County (232-15):  Through August 2016, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on SR 2, between SR 53/SE Catawba Road and SR 269, for bridge work.  Additionally, Lightner Road, between Kirk Road and East State Road, may be reduced to one lane for temporary pavement construction.  Traffic will be maintained by flaggers.  Additional restrictions will be announced.  Project complete: September 2016.  All work is weather permitting.

23. State Route 163: Culvert Replacement *ROAD OPEN*

Ottawa County:  SR 163, between Lightner Road and SR 269, is open.  The culvert replacement work is complete.


24. U.S. Route 6: Roundabout Construction
Sandusky County (8018-15
):  Through November, a temporary traffic signal is used to maintain one lane of traffic on US 6/SR 53, between Napoleon Road and Muskellunge Creek Road.  Through November, Muskellunge Creek Road, between Spieldenner Road and Gerwin Road, is closed.  Project complete: November.  All work is weather permitting.

25. State Route 19: Railroad repair *WORK COMPLETE*

Sandusky County:  SR 19, between East Cole Road and North Coast Inland Trail, is open.  The railroad repair work is complete.

Williams/Fulton/Henry Counties

26. County Road 49/County Road 16: Bridge Replacement

Williams County (3036-15):  Through November, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on CR 49/CR16, between CR I50 and CR J, for finish work.  Project complete: November.  All work is weather permitting.

27. State Route 18: Culvert Replacement *WORK COMPLETE*

Henry County:  SR 18, between CR 10 and CR 11, is now open.  The culvert replacement work is complete.

28. State Route 109: Damascus Bridge: Bridge Replacement

Henry County (1-15):  Through October 2017, motorists should watch for additional truck traffic near SR 109 at the Damascus bridge for bridge work.  Work impacting traffic will be announced.  Project complete: October 2017.  All work is weather permitting.

District Wide 

                                                                                                                                                      

29. Various Routes: Guardrail & Electrical Maintenance

District Wide (1071-14 & 1076-14):  Through December, intermittent lane restrictions are possible district wide for guardrail and electrical maintenance.  Project complete: December.  All work is weather permitting.

Tiger JH Boy B-ball Result – Nov. 16

North Baltimore Junior High Boys Basketball hosted Vanlue on November 16, with the 8th graders winning, 7th losing.

North Baltimore Junior High Boys Basketball hosted Vanlue on November 16, with the 8th graders winning, 7th losing.

Jr High Boys Basketball Results – 11/16/2015

Vanlue @ North Baltimore

8th Grade Boys

NB – 44

Vanlue – 10

Levi Gazarek – 15

Clayton Heineman – 13

Brayden Holloway – 8

Logan Gunter – 4

Hunter Vogelsong – 4
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7th Grade Boys

Vanlue – 28

NB – 22

Zach Weinandy – 13

Nick Morales – 4

Hunter Baker – 4

Alex Stump – 1

Upcoming Boys Jr High Games:

Tue 12/1/15 Home vs McComb, 5:00

Sat 12/5/15 @ Patrick Henry, 10:00

submitted by Suzanne Bucher

Latta Sends Letter Urging President to Halt Admission of Syrian, Iraqi Refugees

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) signed a letter to President Obama urging the immediate halt of admissions of refugees from Syria and Iraq into the United States. The bipartisan letter was signed by over a hundred Members of the House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) signed a letter to President Obama urging the immediate halt of admissions of refugees from Syria and Iraq into the United States. The bipartisan letter was signed by over a hundred Members of the House of Representatives, and called for admissions of refugees to be suspended until effective vetting and monitoring processes are established, and the Administration can certify that asylum seekers from these countries do not pose a safety threat.

Reports have indicated one of the attackers responsible for the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris entered Europe as a refugee.

“Without an effective means of gathering information on these refugees, or the ability to monitor those entering the country, we risk putting American’s in harm’s way. The tragic attacks in Paris are further evidence that freedom-loving nations must be ever vigilant in the war against ISIS. This terrorist organization poses a clear and present danger to the United States, and to our allies across the world. We must take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of the American people. Until these vital security issues have been addressed, I ask the President to suspend the admission of these refugees.”

MORE: 

Letter to President Obama (LINK)

Latta on Attacks Against Paris (LINK)

Latta Speech on Paris Attacks (LINK)

Ohio PTA to Hold Statewide Book Fair

The Ohio PTA will hold an online book fair from Nov. 27 to Dec. 11, 2015. Funds Raised will benefit the Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarship Program 

COLUMBUS – The Ohio PTA will hold an online book fair from Nov. 27 to Dec. 11, 2015.  The book fair can be accessed at:  http://ohio-pta.childrensbookstore.com.

The Ohio PTA will earn 30 percent of every sale.  Books will ship directly to customers.  There are more than 200,000 juvenile titles available.  Shoppers can select from a range of shipping options to ensure books arrive in time for the holidays.

“We’re thrilled to carry out this innovative fundraiser for Ohio students,” said Sheila Ragland, president of the Ohio PTA. “We invite Ohioans to do their holiday book shopping through the book fair.  Every purchase made will be a gift to Ohio students.”

Money raised will benefit the Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Established in 1947, the fund annually grants $500 scholarships to students enrolled in college/university and technical programs.

“We thank all who work so hard to help our students achieve their dreams, and we hope this online book fair can be a tool to assist our students complete college/university and technical programs,” Ragland said.

The Ohio PTA, a 114-year-old branch of the National PTA, is composed of nearly 88,000 members.  PTA volunteers throughout Ohio work to ensure every child, regardless of socioeconomic circumstance, receives a quality education.  For more information about the Ohio PTA, visitwww.ohiopta.org.