St. Luke’s Lutheran News

We are recommending that everyone wear a mask…..

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore, Sunday Worship, August 1, 2021, in person and live on Facebook @ 10:15 am @ Facebook.com/stlukesnb/.  

Due to new information from the CDC we are recommending that everyone wear a mask.  Communion will be shared using safe handling protocols.  All are welcome!

Plan now to join us on August 8, when we will welcome guest preacher Tammie Showalter, who will share her experiences working with deaf children in Haiti.

BVHS: Spinal Arthritis

WeekendColumn…..

According to the CDC, over 32 million people suffer from osteoarthritis.  Arthritis is inflammation and soreness in your joints.  Chronic pain caused by arthritis affects approximately one in four adults. This equates to over 15 million people. Spinal arthritis is a specific type of arthritis that focuses on inflammation of the facet joints that can be located throughout the whole spine.

The most common form of spinal arthritis is osteoarthritis. This is a non-inflammatory or degenerative type of arthritis caused by wear in tear. It is usually more pronounced with bending or twisting and affects the facet joints. Facet joints are located on the top and bottom of each vertebra that connects the vertebrae to each other and permits motion. The facet joints are located in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. When these joints become inflamed and cause pain, it is known as facet joint syndrome or spondyloarthritis. Symptoms of facet syndrome include back and neck pain, stiffness, loss of flexibility of the spine, the feeling of grinding with movement, fatigue, weakness and pain.

Treatment options may include over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, lifestyle modification and injection therapy. Patients who have long-term pain should consider seeing a pain management specialist.

Thomas Kindl, MD, Blanchard Valley Pain Management

Thomas Kindl, MD
Pain Management
Blanchard Valley Pain Management

OHSAA Updates and Precautions as Fall Sports Begin

Media regulations, Board of Directors, academic requirements and divisional breakdowns also covered….

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With practices for all fall sports beginning this Sunday, August 1 and the season kicking off later that month, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has sent updates and reminders to it 817 member high schools and 747 member 7th and 8th grade schools.

 

In addition to the items in this release, the OHSAA’s memo to member schools on July 23 included information about upcoming meetings and other reminders. The July 23 memo is posted at: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/BulletinBoard/20210723AdministratorUpdate.pdf

 

Key dates for all 26 OHSAA sanctioned sports are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Calendar

 

Heat Precautions

School administrators and coaches are asked to review the heat acclimatization and exertional heat illness prevention section in the OHSAA Handbook prior to any interscholastic practices. The section is on pages 81 and 82 and can be found at https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/SchoolResources/Handbook.pdf. The sport of football has a five-day required acclimatization period and cross country has a 10-day required acclimatization period. All athletes joining the team at any point of the season also must participate in the sport-specific acclimatization period prior to any contact drills (football) or competition (cross country). Visit the sports medicine section of the OHSAA website for additional resources at: https://www.ohsaa.org/medicine.

 

COVID-19 Update

The Ohio Department of Health released newly revised guidance for K-12 schools on Tuesday, July 27, with some information related to interscholastic sports. Although Ohio lifted most statewide pandemic-related health orders on June 2, 2021, the risk is still there for illness from COVID-19. The OHSAA and ODH urge the membership to continue to follow safe protocols to protect everyone, especially those individuals who are not fully vaccinated. There are currently no mandates regarding vaccinations and social distancing, and the only mandate on masks is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirement that masks be worn while using public transportation, which includes school busses. It is highly recommended that coaches and student-athletes who are eligible for vaccinations to be vaccinated and it is highly recommended that those who are unvaccinated maintain social distancing and wear masks in indoor facilities and in outdoor facilities where there are crowded situations.

    The OHSAA’s complete school memo from July 27 is posted at: https://ohsaaweb.blob.core.windows.net/files/BulletinBoard/20210727AdministratorUpdate.pdf

 

2021-22 Media Regulations

The 2021-22 OHSAA Media Regulations have been approved by the Board of Directors. Similar to last year, for all regular-season events, including all sports and all days of the week, the host school controls all media access and broadcasting permissions, including live video. The OHSAA asks host schools to accommodate the broadcast requests for the visiting school.

 

For OHSAA postseason tournament contests, Spectrum has exclusive access for live video (TV and streaming) at selected football playoff games, along with the girls and boys basketball state tournaments. The NFHS Network also has exclusive access for live video streaming at selected tournament contests in several sports. If the NFHS Network is covering a contest, delayed video is still permitted with payment of a rights fee. If neither Spectrum nor the NFHS Network is covering a contest, live video is permitted for some contests with payment of a rights fee. The Board will approve the postseason broadcast rates in August. Media shall contact Tim Stried for details.

 

2021-22 OHSAA Board of Directors

The OHSAA would like to thank all school administrators who are serving on District Athletic Boards. The following administrators will serve as the 2021-22 OHSAA Board of Directors:

Scott Kaufman, Board President; Athletic Director/Assistant Principal, Lakota West High School (Class AAA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Steve Watkins, Board Vice President; Principal, Dalton Middle School (7th-8th Grade Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Bo Arnett, Dean of Students/Athletic Director, Waverly High School (Class AAA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

Ryan Fitzgerald, Athletic Director, Hamilton Twp High School (Class AA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Gina Franks, Director of Student Services, Dover High School (Female Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

Gary Kreinbrink, Athletic Director, Leipsic High School (Class A Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Dr. William R. Nye, Jr., Superintendent, Grand Valley Local Schools (Class A Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

Jeff Wheeler, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Meadowbrook High School/Middle School (Class AA Representative-Board of Directors thru 2024)

TBA – Ethic Minority Representative-Board of Directors thru 2022)

Glen Gillespie, (ex-officio, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association)

Dr. John Richard, Deputy State Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education (ex-officio, State Department of Education Representative)

 

Academic Eligibility Reminder

A reminder that for the first grading period of the 2021-22 school year, the OHSAA has suspended the academic requirement that student-athletes must have passed five one-credit courses (or four classes at the 7th/8th grade level) in the final grading period of the 2020-21 school year. Therefore, all student-athletes are eligible with respect to their OHSAA scholarship eligibility, for the first grading period of the 2021-22, unless a school chooses to enforce its own scholarship standard.

 

However, the OHSAA’s academic requirement will be back in use for the second grading period. That means that fall and winter student-athletes need to be certain they pass at least five one-credit courses at the high school level or four classes at the 7th-8th grade level.

 

Divisional Breakdowns Remain the Same for 2021-22

Per action by the OHSAA Board of Directors, the 2020-21 enrollment data and tournament divisions will be utilized again in the 2021-22 school year. With some schools not offering sports along with many students transferring to non- traditional learning modules last fall due to COVID-19, the Executive Director’s Office deliberated on how to handle enrollment data, since October 2020 is when the OHSAA traditionally would have received that data (EMIS) from the Ohio Department of Education for use in tournament representation, tournament division breakdowns and classifications for OHSAA District Athletic Board elections. While understanding many schools had various unique enrollment situations this year, it was determined that utilizing the same data for a third and final year was the fairest for all OHSAA member schools since any new data collected would likely be severely skewed and/or an unreliable representation. Constitution Article 6-1-9 allowed the Executive Director’s Office to make this change, and it was subsequently approved by the Board.

 

Fall Sports (Official Practice Begins August 1)

The starting date for coaching for all 2021 OHSAA fall sports is Sunday, August 1. Each school/school district shall determine if they choose to start on that date or later. As a reminder, at the January 14, 2021, OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting, a recommendation was approved that permits schools to complete the first two days of the football acclimatization period in July. During that time, a helmet is the only equipment that may be worn.

Golf: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/golf

Girls Tennis: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/girlstennis

Field Hockey: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/fh

Cross Country: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/cc

Volleyball: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/volleyball

Soccer: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/soccer

Football: https://www.ohsaa.org/sports/football

 

CSP: “Women Breaking the Mold”

Five Continental Structural Plastics Professionals Recognized…

Auburn Hills, Michigan – July 28, 2021 — Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a Teijin Group Company, today announced that five of its female employees have been recognized by Plastics News in the publication’s annual “Women Breaking the Mold” edition. This special issue features women who have made significant contributions to their organizations within the plastics industry.


The CSP 2021 honorees are:

  • Janice Brandenburg, plant controller, Sarepta, Louisiana, operations
  • Deanna Fry, assistant plant manager, North Baltimore, Ohio, operations
  • Jodi Poulson, plant controller, Van Wert, Ohio, operations
  • Roxanne Siebeneck, Human Resources manager, Carey, Ohio, operations
  • Jessica Van Epps, plant manager, Conneaut, Ohio, operations
Deanna Fry, assistant plant manager, North Baltimore, Ohio, operations(at the time of the story-currently: Continuous Improvement Manager)

 

“We are beyond thrilled that these women from CSP were selected to be recognized by Plastics News,” said Steve Rooney, CEO of Continental Structural Plastics and General Manager, Teijin Composites Business Unit. “As an organization that values diversity in its workforce, we truly appreciate the skills, dedication and unique perspectives each of these women bring to the company.”

Roxanne Siebeneck, Human Resources manager, Carey, Ohio, operations


Those recognized were selected from hundreds of applications submitted for consideration. Profiles and photographs of each honoree were included in the July 26, 2021, issue of Plastics News.

The Peak of Summer Season Temps

When outages do occur, it’s rarely due to a lack of available power on the grid…..

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Ohio was 113 degrees on July 21, 1934. While most Ohio summers don’t reach this extreme peak, temperatures in the 90s and 100s affect the demand on the electric grid. Managing that demand and ensuring the continuation of power requires coordination between utilities and regional organizations. 

Ohio’s six PUCO-regulated electric utilities are members of PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest regional transmission organization that is comprised of over 65 million electricity customers in 13 states and the District of Columbia. PJM and utilities start the grid preparation for both the summer and winter seasons far in advance by conducting operations studies. These seasonal operating studies assess the electric system and attempt to predict the upcoming demand based on several factors.
PJM summer checklist

The image above, from the PJM Learning Center, summarizes the steps in preparation for the season.

For the 2021 summer season, PJM power system operators have forecasted a peak demand at approximately 149,000 MW. The organization then performs reliability studies at even higher levels to make sure the grid can withstand the demand – in this case, over 155,000 MW for 2021. At any time, the PJM’s Market and Operations page also displays the current and forecasted MW load. 

When summer arrives, so does the highest peak usage of electricity for the year. Extended heat waves can lead to an increased power load and more wear on facilities. Dispatchers monitor the grid 24/7 and use computer algorithms to predict what electricity may be needed. PJM also issues Hot Weather Alerts to help prepare transmission and generation facilities for potential problems on the grid before they occur.  

Utilities can help offset demand during peak energy times with programs that reduce the electrical load, known as demand response programs. These demand response programs can engage customers by using time-based rates. Time-based rates rely on supply and demand: as demand increases, so does the real time energy price. When demand is lesser and supply is more generous, in the early morning and late evening, the rate decreases. This in turn incentivizes customers to use less energy at peak times to help reduce costs. 

When outages do occur, it’s rarely due to a lack of available power on the grid. Advanced preparation and real-time monitoring ensure that the electric demands made by high temperatures are met. 

Source: Ohio Public Utilities Commission

NB Board of Education Meets for July

More positions filled with new hires…

By Sue Miklovic, www.theNBXpress.com

The North Baltimore Board of Education met on July 27, 2021 at 2012 Tiger Drive for their July meeting. Board member Jaimye Bushey was absent.

The meeting was mostly filled with back -to-school-updates, including hiring of several new employees.

Superintendent Ryan Delaney said interviewing was finally finished as of last Friday, and “It was exhausting this year”. The District had more than a normal number of openings this year.
He also reported:
– Kindergarten registration numbers are in the high 50s
-All school supplies for the elementary school are being donated again by National Beef
-The new school playground equipment is “Guaranteed to be in place before the first day of school”
-Masks are optional for students (Editors note: this meeting was held Tuesday,7/27/21, before the CDC updated their recommendations for masks on Wednesday, 7/28/21-stay tuned for updates)

District Treasurer Steven Stewart reported $11.8M in appropriations for fiscal school year 22. He also shared that $7M is in the Star account(investment)and the district is “Still in the black. This looks real good”


Mrs. Semancik, Powell Elementary principal was in attendance at the meeting, even though it is Summer Break for our principals.

Here are some actions of interest taken during the meeting:

The Board accepted resignations from: Zach Walls, elementary PE Teacher; Martin Zamudio, Spanish Teacher; Holli Satler, elementary Counselor; Maggie Seeger, Intervention Specialist;

The Board approved a one-year unpaid, sabbatical leave of absence to Erika Miklovic, elementary Art.

The Board hired: Makayla Rein, Intervention Specialist; Emily Jones, Intervention Specialist; Lauren Rohrs, elementary PE; Allison Flick, half-time Spanish teacher; Crystal Borchert, elementary Art teacher; and Trina Hagemyer, elementary Counselor;

New to NBLS: Emily Jones, Allison Flick, Lauren Rohrs, Makayla Rein

 

The Board approved an agreement with the Wood County Educational Service Center for On-site Prevention Specialist for the 2021-2022 school year.

New to NBLS DIstrict: Trina Hagemyer, elementary Counselor; Lauren Rohrs-Powell PE

Many athletic related supplemental contracts were approved.

A three year Administrative contract was approved for Chad Kiser, MS/HS Principal, 8/1/2022-7/31/2025

A five year Administrative contract was approved for Steven Stewart, Treasurer, 8/1/2022-7/31/2027

A five year Administrative contract was approved for Steven Stewart, as Assistant Superintendent, 8/1/2022-7/31/2027 at no additional cost to the Board.

Accepted the resignation of Ryan Delaney, submitted for the purposes of initiating earned retirement benefits, effective at the end of the work day on May 31, 2022.

Approved a contract to employ Ryan Delaney as Superintendent on 8/1/2022-7/31/2027.

Approved Jeremy Sharninghouse as Delegate, and Tami Thomas as Alternate, to the Ohio School Boards Association for the 2021 OSBA Business meeting.

Approved the graduation date for School year 2022 to Sunday, May 22,at 2:00pm
The Board moved into Executive Session, with no further action expected



NOTE:

BACK TO SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE-POWELL AND MS/HS-Monday, August 16th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

TEACHER IN-SERVICE DAY- Tuesday, August 17

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL- WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Pets Safe in the Garden

Consider these hazards that can negatively impact the well-being of your furry friends…..

(Family Features) If you have pets that enjoy spending time outdoors, it’s important to make sure your yard is a safe place for them to be.

Consider these hazards that can negatively impact the well-being of your furry friends.

Poisonous Plants – Some common plants can be dangerous for animals, causing anything from mild oral irritations and upset stomachs to cardiovascular damage and even death. For example, these are some of the toxic plants the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has identified as harmful for either cats or dogs:

  • Aloe – can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, anorexia and depression
  • Azalea – can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, weakness, coma, cardiovascular collapse and death
  • Burning bush – can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and weakness, as well as heart rhythm abnormalities with large doses
  • Caladium – can cause burning and irritation of the mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, vomiting and difficulty swallowing
  • Daylilies – can cause kidney failure in cats
  • Hibiscus – can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and anorexia

Mulch and Compost – The decomposing elements that make compost good can be bad for pets, according to the National Garden Society. Keep compost in a secure container or fenced off area so pets can’t get to it. Cocoa mulch can be a particular problem for dogs. A byproduct of chocolate production, cocoa mulch can cause digestive problems and even seizures in dogs. Shredded pine or cedar mulch is a safer choice.

Fertilizer and Insecticides – The chemicals used to get rid of pests or make your lawn lush can be toxic to pets. Some of the most dangerous pesticides include snail bait with metaldehyde, fly bait with methomyl, systemic insecticides with disyston or disulfoton, mole or gopher bait with zinc phosphide and most forms of rat poison, according to the ASPCA. Follow all instructions carefully, and store pesticides and fertilizers in a secure area out of the reach of animals.

Fleas and Ticks – In addition to using appropriate flea and tick prevention methods such as collars and sprays, make sure your yard isn’t a welcoming environment for these pests. Keep the lawn trimmed and remove brush and detritus, where fleas and ticks often lurk. Fleas can cause hair loss, scabs, excessive scratching, tapeworms and anemia. Ticks can do all of that, plus bring you and your family in contact with diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

Find more tips for keeping pets safe in your yard at eLivingtoday.com.

(Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

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eLivingtoday

Deliver Flavor and Nutrition Despite Busy Schedules

These recipes require minimal prep….

(Family Features) As kids and parents return to busy schedules full of sports, homework and weeknight activities, building a plan for nutritious and easy meals can be challenging. Piecing together a menu that fuels active minds without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families.

These recipes require minimal prep and call for on-hand ingredients like dairy food favorites that provide nutrients people of all ages need to grow and maintain strong bodies and minds.

Whether you enjoy it together in the morning before getting the day started or mix it up with breakfast for dinner, this Sustainable Frittata is called “sustainable” because you can use leftover cheeses, veggies, ham, sausage and more to recycle ingredients you already have on hand.

For a customizable kid-pleaser, turn to Chopped Chicken Taco Salad and garnish with your family’s favorite toppings. When it’s time to put a twist on a classic while changing up your dinner routine, Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are perfect for putting something new on the table. Make supper a cinch with Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese, which lets you put the work in the hands of your slow cooker for a versatile dish that can be served when homework is finished.

Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more recipes perfect for bringing loved ones together.

Chopped Chicken Taco Salad

Recipe courtesy of Megan Gundy of “What Megan’s Making” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Dressing:

  • 1          cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3       cup buttermilk, plus additional (optional)
  • 1          tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice, plus additional (optional)
  • 3          tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2          tablespoons taco seasoning

Salad:

  • 2          pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2          tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          head leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1          avocado, chopped into bite- sized pieces
  • 1          cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1          cup corn
  • 1          pint grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1          cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Mexican)
  • tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips, for topping
  1. To make dressing: In small bowl, stir yogurt, buttermilk, lime juice, cilantro and taco seasoning until combined. Taste and adjust lime juice and cilantro as needed. If dressing is too thick, add buttermilk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make salad: Season chicken on both sides with taco seasoning. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken to pan and cook on both sides until outside is golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Remove to cutting board and slice into strips.
  3. On large platter, heap chopped lettuce. Sprinkle chicken over top. Add avocado, beans, corn, tomatoes and shredded cheese. Drizzle dressing on top and sprinkle with tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips.

Sustainable Frittata

Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth of “Jenny With the Good Eats” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 12        eggs, beaten
  • 1/4       cup whole milk, half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 2          cups shredded cheese, any variety
  • 3          cups assorted cooked vegetables and pre-cooked meats
  • fresh herbs, for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Preheat cast-iron pan or oven-safe skillet over medium heat.
  3. In large bowl, mix eggs, milk and salt then add shredded cheese.
  4. Add cooked vegetables and meats to pan to reheat. Once vegetables have softened, add egg mixture to pan and scramble. Let sit over medium heat 1 minute.
  5. Carefully transfer to oven and bake 10-15 minutes. Frittata is done when eggs have set. Remove from oven and top with fresh herbs.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Gurk of “Rachel Cooks” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Servings: 8

  • 16        ounces elbow pasta
  • 4          tablespoons butter
  • 3          ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2          cups whole milk
  • 12        ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2       cup light sour cream
  • 2          large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4       teaspoon ground mustard
  • pepper, to taste
  • 8          ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8          ounces grated provolone cheese
  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and pour into large slow cooker.
  2. In small saucepan over medium heat, whisk butter and cream cheese until melted. Stir in milk, evaporated milk and sour cream; whisk until combined. Remove from heat; whisk in eggs, ground mustard and pepper, to taste. Stir in cheeses. Pour mixture over cooked macaroni and stir to combine cheese and pasta.
  3. Cover and cook 2 hours on low. Switch to warm until ready to serve.

Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Katie Serbinski of “Mom to Mom Nutrition” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 4          slices French or Italian bread
  • 3          tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2          large roasted red peppers
  • 4          slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2          tablespoons butter, softened
  1. Preheat skillet or grill pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Spread insides of bread slices evenly with pesto. Stack red peppers and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Spread outer sides of bread with softened butter and grill until toasted and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. Rest 1 minute before cutting.


SOURCE:
United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Ghanbari Announces Ohio’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday

This yearly event provides additional tax relief for Ohioans during back-to-school season….

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) announced today(Wednesday) that Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday will begin Aug. 6 and last through Aug. 8.

The annual holiday is always popular with Ohioans, who don’t have to pay state sales tax on certain exempted items during the holiday.

“August is here and our children are soon heading back to school,” said Ghanbari. “As a father myself, I know parents can be hit with lots of expenditures during this time and I hope they take advantage of these discounts when they’re shopping for those school clothes and supplies.”

The holiday exempts clothing items priced up to $75, school supplies up to $20 and school instructional materials at $20 or less. Items for trade or business are not exempt during this holiday.

State lawmakers created the sales tax holiday as a yearly event to provide additional tax relief for Ohioans during back-to-school season.

There is no limit on the number of items, and the exemption is eligible for online purchases as well. With the challenges from COVID-19, online sales could be increasingly vital for some shoppers.

For more information about Ohio’s sales tax holiday and qualifying items, please visit the Ohio Department of Taxation’s website at https://bit.ly/OHSalesTaxHoliday.

Adopting a new cat?

 5 tips for new cat parents….

(BPT) – Welcoming a new cat or kitten into your home is an exciting event. However, like any new experience, it can feel daunting to prepare your home for your new furry family member. Now is the peak season for finding kittens and adult cats available for adoption, as it’s the height of the kitten season. And of course, there are always wonderful adult and senior cats in need of forever homes, all year round.

Cats make excellent pets, especially for those who live in apartments or other areas with limited green space, which would be needed for a dog. Cats are also an excellent option for those with limited mobility who are in need of companionship. If you are considering opening your home to a new cat, here are some tips to help make the transition easier — both for you and for them.

1. Prep your home ahead of time

Before you go to pick up your new cat or kitten, make sure you’re all set up with the appropriate supplies. Here is a quick checklist of things to do and buy:

  • Crate or carrier to safely bring home your new feline friend
  • Food dish and appropriate food for your kitten or adult cat
  • Water dish
  • Quiet area to set up food and water
  • Litter box, litter scoop and litter (if you have more than one cat, supply one box per cat so they have adequate space)
  • Cats are very curious, so remove breakables on shelves or tables that cats could access
  • Make sure you have no ductwork, HVAC registers or other holes that could be hazardous — or cover them up.

2. Choose a “starting room”

When you first introduce your cat to their new home, pick one room to isolate them for a few days so they can slowly get used to the new sights, sounds and smells of your home. It should be the same room where their litter box is kept, so they’ll know that location from the start. Make sure to supply your new furry friend with clean water and food.

After a few days in the starting room, gradually open up more rooms of the house so your cat can explore. If you’re introducing them to other animals in the house, do so very gradually. Let them get used to each other’s smells first by swapping rooms for several days, before allowing any supervised face-to-face interactions.

3. Offer them a cozy hideout

Cats love small, enclosed places where they’ll feel safe and secure. You can leave a cat carrier open or supply a cardboard box or covered cat bed. Make sure the box or carrier is big enough for the cat to stand up and move around in. Put down a soft blanket or towel to make the box comfy.

If possible, position the box or carrier so it faces the door to the room. That way they won’t be startled by people or other pets entering.

4. Set up their first vet appointment

After adopting a new cat, it’s always a good idea to have it checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. You’ll want to immediately get a sense of health issues and any special care that may be required. If your cat is adopted from an animal shelter, they may have recommendations for vets in your area.

5. Let them come to you

A new cat will likely be nervous at first. Give them time to become accustomed to their surroundings without rushing them or pushing them to be affectionate. If you’re quiet and still, they are more likely to come out and visit. Teach your children to wait patiently for the cat to come to them — and they will be rewarded over time. If your children aren’t used to cats, make sure to supervise them the first few weeks.

You can gently coax your cat to interact with a fun feather toy or tempting treats, and it won’t be too long before they’re ready to socialize — and to show you how happy they are to be living in their welcoming new home.

Are you ready to adopt a new cat or kitten? Learn more about how you can support animal rescue efforts, foster or adopt a new pet at PetSmartCharities.org.

6-State Trooper Project Focused on Move Over Law

Ohio troopers issued 546 Move Over citations…….

 

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project enforcing and raising awareness about the Move Over law from July 18 through July 24. The high-visibility campaign included the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

During the initiative, Ohio troopers issued 546 Move Over citations and educated motorists about the state’s Move Over law. The entire initiative issued over 1,000 Move Over citations across the six partnering states.

Ohio law requires all drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather conditions, or because a second lane does not exist, motorists should slow down and proceed with caution. The Move Over law now exists in all 50 states.

The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol, and information sharing.

 

6 State -  Move Over