BVHS Weekend Column: Lyme Disease

The risk of getting Lyme disease from a tick bite is very low (about 1 in 100) if the tick is removed before it is engorged…..

LymeDisease, by  Jeffrey Eiden, MD, Family Medicine, Putnam County Primary Care



It is tick time again! Along with the warmer weather that gets us outside, hiking and tromping through the woods, comes the risk of exposure to ticks. When we think of ticks, we often think of Lyme disease. Here is a brief review of what you should know about ticks, preventing and treating tick bites, as well as some information about Lyme disease.

A tick is a small arachnid that is a parasite. Ticks require the blood of another organism to survive. They attach to a host, often a mammal, feed on blood, detach and repeat when they need another meal. Not all ticks carry diseases, but some do. There are 16 known human diseases transmitted by ticks. The best approach is to avoid ticks if possible or at least remove them soon after they attach.

Ticks are most active during warm weather. They are most often in wooded or brushy areas or in high grass. Be aware that you might encounter ticks when in this type of area. If you venture into an area that is likely to have ticks present, you should consider using a tick repellent. Most insect repellents also repel ticks. The recommendation is to use an insect repellent that contains DEET. Clothing, boots and tents can also be pre-treated with 0.5% permethrin which also repels ticks. Limiting exposed skin by covering it with clothing and by tucking pants into socks keeps ticks from finding a place to attach.

If a tick does attach, it is best to remove it as soon as possible. Get in the habit of checking for ticks after spending time outdoors. Look for ticks on clothes and shoes. Check pets also, as ticks can attach to them and then gain access to your home. It is also wise to bathe or shower within two hours of returning inside and to check over all your skin to be sure there are no ticks attached. Children should be thoroughly checked by parents.

When a tick is found on skin, remove it. The best way to remove a tick is to grasp it firmly with fine-tipped tweezers and pull away from the skin. It works best if the tip of the tweezers is as close to the skin as possible. Steady pressure should remove the tick. Avoid twisting or jerking. If the tick does not come off in one piece, remove the pieces left behind if possible. There are some “tricks” for removing ticks that are passed around, including using a match or nail polish. These do not work. Use the tweezers and pull.

Suppose you do find a tick that has attached to your skin. Remove it as above. Do not panic but do be alert for any signs or symptoms of tick-borne illness. These would include fever, chills, muscle aches and in some cases, rash. If any of these symptoms develop, contact your primary care provider for instructions.

Shifting to Lyme disease, the risk of getting Lyme disease from a tick bite is very low (about 1 in 100) if the tick is removed before it is engorged. This is why it is so important to find and remove ticks as soon as possible.

There is consideration for using a single dose of antibiotic to prevent Lyme disease after a tick bite, but this is only recommended in specific situations. The tick would need to be identified as a deer tick, as this is the only type of tick known to transmit Lyme disease. Deer ticks have black legs, which distinguishes them from other types of ticks. The tick should have been attached for 36 hours or more, as indicated by time since exposure or degree of engorgement. The antibiotic should be given within 72 hours of tick removal. The tick bite should have occurred in an area where at least 20% of ticks are infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. This is an issue in parts of New England and parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In Ohio, although we have deer ticks and some carry Lyme disease, we are not yet at area with this level of tick infection.

Another approach to preventing full-blown Lyme disease is to treat at the first sign of a rash that indicates possible infection. This rash is distinctive. It occurs at the site of the tick bite and is salmon to red-colored and circular. One-third of the time, it can have a clear area in the center that makes it look like a bull’s eye or target. The rash, called erythema migrans, tends to expand outward over several days, getting larger and larger. If you have had a tick bite and develop this type of rash where the bite occurred, you should call your primary care provider and be evaluated. Treatment at this point would typically be with a course of an antibiotic like doxycycline, amoxicillin or cefuroxime.

Lyme disease is caused by the body’s immune response to the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. The symptoms are divided into different phases, based on length of time since initial infection. The early localized phase of Lyme disease is usually about 7-14 days after the tick bite. It is characterized by the rash of erythema migrans, and symptoms typical of a viral infection, such as fatigue, fever, headache, muscle or joint pain and swollen lymph nodes. The symptoms are not often severe.

The early disseminated phase of Lyme disease occurs days to weeks after the tick bite and is caused by the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream, leading to inflammation in the affected area. There can be involvement of the heart or nervous system. Symptoms of infection in a particular organ are not common, but can be severe.

In addition to early symptoms, there can be a late phase of Lyme disease. This most commonly is seen as inflammation affecting the joint and muscles and happens in 80% of people who did not receive treatment with antibiotics for their early infection. Late Lyme disease can also cause neurologic symptoms, but this is rare.

Post-Lyme disease syndrome is a group of symptoms that can occur chronically after treatment for Lyme disease. The symptoms seen with this are headache, fatigue and joint pain. Because these types of symptoms are common, some people worry that they have post-Lyme disease syndrome even when they do not have a history of having had Lyme disease. It is not helpful to treat the post-Lyme disease syndrome with antibiotics, and it gradually resolves.

The diagnosis of Lyme disease is made based on history of possible exposure to ticks, characteristic signs and symptoms, and the finding of antibodies to Lyme disease on blood testing. The blood tests are not always helpful and should be ordered by a physician/provider after consultation and interpreted considering the patient’s story and symptoms.

As in so many medical conditions, prevention is key and early detection/treatment is the next best option. Watch out for ticks! But get outside and enjoy the warm weather whenever you can. Doctor’s orders. J

 

 

 

Don’t Drink and Drive

All too often 4th of July festivities turn tragic on the nation’s roads…..

Americans love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks. But all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation’s roads. This American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.



Over the 4th of July holiday period in 2018 (6 p.m. July 3 to 5:59 a.m. July 5):

  • 193 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. 40% (78) of those fatalities occurred in alcohol-impaired crashes. This compares to 2017 when 38% of the July 4 holiday period fatalities occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
  • 71% of those who died in alcohol-impaired crashes were in a crash involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .15 or higher

Keep your 4th of July celebrations safe by designating a sober driver, not driving distracted, and always wearing your seatbelt.
 
For More Information:

  • Lt. Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator: 419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu

Wondering About Your Covid Test Results?

Wood County Community Health Center overwhelmed with calls after pop-up testing…..

The  Wood County Community Health Center is being overwhelmed with calls about test results from the pop-up COVID testing done on June 30th. The amount of calls is interfering with health center patients being able to get through to the office for their healthcare needs.

To clarify what you should do:  Everyone was given a flyer with information about how to obtain their results from Quest through a portal or by phone. The website is QuestDiagnostics.com/home/Covid-19/Patients/ and the phone number is 866-697-8378.

Thank you.

www.WCHealthCenter.org

Eco-Friendly Car Maintenance Tips

Pollution caused by cars is a real threat. By using these eco-friendly car maintenance tips, we can help the longevity of our vehicles and our environment.

Cars are significant parts of our daily lives, but they’re also among the biggest contributors to pollution. Fortunately, we can be mindful of our impact on the environment in our daily lives by following these eco-friendly car maintenance tips and, hopefully, relieve a little of the strain on the environment.

Watch Your Mileage

Helping our cars run efficiently is one way to ensure that they are eco-friendly. You can improve this in small ways. Making sure your tires are filled and properly rotated, not storing unneeded heavy equipment in the car, avoiding using the AC when possible, and using the correct oil type for your vehicle are simple ways to do that. Check on your fuel cap as well. A broken fuel cap not only lessens your car’s fuel economy but also contributes to air pollution even when you aren’t driving.

Washing Your Car

When you’re trying to decide whether it’s better to wash your car yourself or take it to a car wash, you may want to consider a few factors. Commercial car washes are far eco-friendlier than most people think. They typically follow EPA guidelines as far as reusing and disposing of water goes. They also use less water than the typical person washing their car at home.

However, there are other reasons why you might want to wash your car at home. If you are washing your car at home, consider skipping the dish soap and investing in a plant-based car soap; this specialty soap is better for your car and less harmful to local water sources. When possible, try washing your car on gravel or grass, as these can filter the water before it seeps into the ground. 

Emissions

Most states require a car to go through an emissions test; however, even if your state or county doesn’t require them, it is worth it to go through the process. An emissions test ensures that your car produces under a certain amount of emissions, which are huge contributors to air pollution. If your car is newer and it fails an emission test, that can also be an indicator of a more serious mechanical problem.

Terrifying reports of the growing volume of pollution in the world today can be discouraging. Fortunately, if we make responsible choices as car owners by following these eco-friendly car maintenance tips, we can try to slow pollutions’ spread. Not only will the environment benefit, but you and your car will too.

 

OHIO STATE BAR FOUNDATION WELCOMES NEW CLASS OF FELLOWS

Congrats to NB born Tabitha Woodruff and BG attorney Corey Speweik…….


COLUMBUS, OH (JUNE 24, 2020) – A new group of Ohio attorneys has joined the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) through its honorary Fellows Program.
“Over the last 18 years, the Foundation has welcomed more than a thousand Fellows to its family,” said OSBF President Mark Kitrick. “Our Fellows are a diverse group of caring lawyers who have volunteered to help their communities in many excellent ways. From rural towns to big cities, large firms to sole proprietors, the OSBF Fellows Program brings them together to connect, volunteer, and create their own unique plan to improve the legal system. They work hard and selflessly to make the lives of so many Ohioans easier and more equitable.”



The Foundation is thrilled to announce the members of its 2020 Fellows Class.
• David Bressman, of Dublin, is owner of the Law Office of David A. Bressman, a personal injury law firm. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Ohio Association for Justice, and the Central Ohio Association for Justice. Bressman has been listed by Columbus CEO as one of the area’s best attorneys and has authored multiple articles on personal injury topics.

• Christopher L. Brown, of Mansfield, serves as the City of Mansfield’s Deputy Law Director, enacting and enforcing policies and decisions of the city’s law director in both a legal and administrative capacity. Brown serves as the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division District Representative for Ohio and West Virginia and chair of their Government, Military and Public Sector Lawyers Committee. In 2019, he received the OSBF’s District 10 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under.

• Chenee M. Castruita, of Columbus, is an associate at Mazanec Raskin & Ryder Co, LPA. She focuses her practice on insurance defense litigation. Castruita was named an Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for Personal Injury: Defense by Super Lawyers magazine in 2019 and is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and Women Lawyers of Franklin County. She is involved in the Junior League of Columbus and is a volunteer with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Columbus.

• Anna E. Davis, of West Portsmouth, is a staff attorney for the Fourth District Court of Appeals where she conducts legal research and drafts appellate court opinions. Previously, she was a staff attorney with Oths, Heiser & Miller and Ruggiero & Haas. She is licensed in both Ohio and Kentucky and is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Scioto County Bar Association.

• Ian F. Gaunt, of Columbus, is an assistant Attorney General in the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Section. In his role, he prosecutes civil enforcement litigation in state and federal courts, manages administrative litigation before the Environmental Review Appeals Commission, conducts rulemaking reviews, and prosecutes appeals of federal rulemaking. Gaunt is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus, has volunteered with the Actors Theatre of Columbus, and has served as a mock trial judge for the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education.

• William R. Groves, of Springfield, is chancellor at Antioch University, a national nonprofit university with approximately 4,000 students and five campuses, including New England, Midwest, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Groves previously served as President of the Board of Trustees of Planned Parenthood of West-Center Ohio. He also founded an Ohio Mock Trial program at Springfield High School.

• James Hardgrove, of Pickerington, is owner of Hardgrove Law Co, LPA. He is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in the area of estate planning, trust, and probate, making him one of a small group of attorneys in Ohio to have earned this specialist distinction. Hardgrove is a member and past president of the Ohio Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys and is a member and past president of the Tri-County Estate Planning Council. He’s also a member of Wealth Counsel, LLC, The Advisor’s Forum, and Elder Council.

• Laura I. Hillerich, of Cincinnati, is an attorney at Crehan & Thumann, LLC. Her practice is focused on litigation with an emphasis on corporate litigation, general insurance defense, and professional liability. Hillerich is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association, where she previously served as a member of their Ethics Committee. She is licensed in both Ohio and Kentucky.

• Jasmin Hurley, of Washington Court House, is an associate at Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP. She works in the firm’s Corporate Department where she focuses on intellectual property and corporate and business matters. A Veteran of the U.S. Army, Hurley held leadership roles in the Military Police as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Battalion Plans Officer. She is a combat Veteran and a Bronze Star recipient.

• John Izzo, of Dublin, serves as Graff & McGovern, LPA’s assistant director of Government Affairs. His practice is focused on representing applicants and licensed individuals and companies before their regulatory body. Izzo also handles equine law, animal law, and family law matters, and has lobbied on behalf of clients before regulatory agencies and the legislature. He is one of only eight Administrative Agency Law specialists certified by the Ohio State Bar Association.

• Amanda J. Lantz, of Springfield, is an associate at Martin Browne Hull & Harper, focusing on family law and matters related to divorce, dissolution, custody, child support, alimony, and post decree contempt. Lantz is a member of the Clark County Bar Association and serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates. She is a member of the Springfield Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the Clark County SPCA Board, and the Gala Committee for the Mercy Health Foundation.

• Jeffrey Loeser, of Columbus, is the Ohio Attorney General’s Office of Solicitor General, Opinions Unit Principal Assistant Attorney. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Actors’ Theater of Columbus and is a volunteer for Job’s Daughters International, a female youth organization fostering leadership, charity, and character building. Loeser is also a pro bono attorney for Xenos Free Legal Clinic.

• Scott Lundregan, of Upper Arlington, is the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Legislative Counsel and Director of Member Engagement. In his role, he manages the OSBA’s 43 committees and sections and helps them and the Board of Governors advance the association’s legislative agenda at the Ohio Statehouse. Previously, Lundregan served as Director of Policy and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Ohio House of Representatives, where he led the majority caucus’ policy team and advised the Speaker and members of the House on legislative priorities and their impact.

• Michelle Maciorowski, of Tipp City, practices family law at her firm Michelle M. Maciorowski Law, LLC. She began her legal career working for the Rural Legal Aid Society of Clark and Champaign Counties before eventually accepting a Magistrate position in Montgomery County. She has been in private practice since leaving the Court. In 2019, Michelle became an Ohio State Bar Association Family Relations Law Specialist.

• Naomi H. Maletz, of New Albany, is owner of Hazan Maletz Law Offices, LLC. The firm focuses on advising physicians, physician groups, and other health care organizations. She serves as vice chair for the Board of Directors of Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement, Inc., and co-chair for the Board of Education of Tifereth Israel Congregation. She previously served on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Health Care Law Committee.

• Azure’D K. Metoyer, of Columbus, serves as the staff attorney to the Honorable Stephen L. McIntosh at Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Central Ohio and the immediate-past chair of L.I.N.C., a young professional philanthropy group affiliated with the United Way of Central Ohio. Metoyer currently serves as President of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association.

• Andromeda Morrison, of Gahanna, serves as the director of Skill Games for the Ohio Casino Control Commission, overseeing the commission’s regulation of skill-based games. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Liquor and Gaming Law Committee, Access to Justice Committee, and Women in the Law Committee. Morrison is also a mentor for the Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program.

• Elizabeth Mote, of Columbus, is a partner at Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co, LPA. She focuses primarily on serious injury and wrongful death claims and other complex consumer matters. Mote serves as vice chair for the Ohio State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and is a member of Women Lawyers of Franklin County. She also serves on the Capital University Law School Alumni Board and the Columbus Academy Alumni Board.

• Stephen A. Moyer, of Westerville, is owner of Moyer Law Offices, LPA, where he focuses on business law, probate litigation, real estate law, among other areas. He is a volunteer for Faith Mission, Southeastern Ohio Lutheran Relief, and YWCA Family Shelter. Moyer also previously served as president of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Westerville Church Council.

• Will Nesbitt, of Columbus, is a partner at Koffel, Brininger & Nesbitt, where he focuses on criminal defense in Ohio state courts and federal court. He is the current criminal law committee chair for the Central Ohio Association for Justice and has been recognized as a Top Lawyer by Columbus CEO. Nesbitt is also actively involved with the Kiwanis Club of Dublin.

• Elizabeth Orlando, of Dayton, serves as the assistant prosecuting attorney for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office. She served on the Board of Directors for the Dayton YWCA and is currently the Chair of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee for the organization. Orlando has received Sinclair Community College’s Soche Faculty Excellence Award and the Sinclair Service Learning Award.

• Kelly C. Parks, of Columbus, is a founding partner of Parks and Meade, LLC. At the firm, he focuses on domestic and family law, estate planning, trusts, guardianships, and probate. He graduated from The Ohio State University and received his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School.

• Jonathan Scandling, of Rocky River, is an associate at Frantz Ward. He focuses his practice on the representation of management in all aspects of labor and employment law. Scandling is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Cleveland Employment Inns of Court. He is also regularly published in the Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Blog.

• Kerstin E. Sjoberg, of Worthington, is the executive director of Disability Rights Ohio. She serves as Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee and Chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee. Sjoberg is also a trainer for the National Disability Rights Network and Legal Aid training organization.

Corey J. Speweik, of Bowling Green, is owner of Speweik Law, Ltd, where his primary focus is in criminal prosecution and representation of municipalities and nonprofit organizations. Previously, he was also the assistant prosecutor for the City of Perrysburg and surrounding non-incorporated areas. Speweik is past president of the Wood County Bar Association and a past board member of the American Inns of Court.

• Christopher T. Teodosio, of Munroe Falls, is a partner at Brouse McDowell. He serves as president of the Andrea Rose Teodosio Memorial Foundation and as secretary of the Sir Thomas More Award Committee. Teodosio is a board member of Community Legal Aid and a member of the Blossom Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra. This past spring, he received the OSBF’s District 9 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under.

• Stephanie Dutchess Trudeau, of Cleveland, is a retired partner of Ulmer & Berne, LLP. She has been named to The Best Lawyers in America and as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in the state of Ohio and Top 25 Women Attorneys in Cleveland by Ohio Super Lawyers. Trudeau currently serves as President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF) and as a CMBF Fellow and Trustee.

• Laura L. Wallerstein, of Akron, is a shareholder at Roetzel & Andress, focusing her practice on real estate transactions, including conveyancing, financial services, property transfer, and condominium and association matters. She is a board member of the American Red Cross of Greater Akron and Mahoning Valley and a mentor for the Ohio Supreme Court’s Lawyer to Lawyer Program. Wallerstein is a past recipient of the OSBF’s District 11 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under.

• Jay R. Wampler, of West Chester, serves as Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office Assistant Prosecutor and principal attorney at the Wampler Law Firm, LLC. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association, where he serves on the Membership and Development Committee and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Wampler previously served as Hope’s Closet Board Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer.

Tabitha M. Woodruff, of Columbus, is a staff attorney with the Domestic Team at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. Since 2009, she has served in a volunteer capacity as the Legislative Advocacy Chair of the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition. In that time, due in part to her work, Ohio became the 47th state to make human trafficking a felony under state law. Woodruff is also a member of the CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence Collaborative Board.

Editor’s note: Tabitha is the daughter of Tim and Tammy Woodruff of Risingsun, formerly of North Baltimore. She is the granddaughter of Mary Woodruff of NB, and has many extended family members here also. Congratulations, Tabitha!

Tabitha Woodruff, Attorney



• Magistrate Nikole E. Xarhoulacos, of Springsboro, serves in the Montgomery County Juvenile Court, conducting hearings and presiding over the Family Treatment Court, a nationally recognized specialized docket working towards reunification, while supporting parents in the recovery process. She is a past board member of A.C.T.I.ON. Adoption Agency and the Dayton Ballet Advisory.

“Our Fellows put the needs of others first by giving their time and talent to help other Ohioans understand and navigate our legal system,” said OSBF Executive Director Lori Keating. “As a part of the OSBF, the 2020 Fellows will have the opportunity to volunteer with our grantees, present to students on important law-related topics, and directly contribute to the Foundation’s grantmaking efforts.”

A new class of civic-minded attorneys are welcomed into the Foundation each year. All Fellows must be nominated by a peer, or self-nominate, and be a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. All nominees are reviewed by the OSBF Board of Trustees before committing their time and pledging financial support to fuel the Foundation’s statewide grantmaking program.

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About the Ohio State Bar Foundation The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) grantmaking organization and is the largest bar foundation in the U.S. The OSBF works to advance the law and build a better justice system by awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants annually to nonprofit organizations across Ohio. For more information about the Foundation, or to donate to the organization, please visit OSBF.org.

New Website for Wood County Auditor’s Office

The public is encouraged to visit the new site and explore its features.  How-to videos are available on the site for additional information and instruction…..

The Wood County Auditor’s office is pleased to announce the launch of their new web site on July 1, 2020.  The link to this new property search page can be accessed at https://www.co.wood.oh.us/auditor or at https://auditor.co.wood.oh.us. 

Some key upgrades of the site include oblique imagery, integration with Google Street View and Bing Maps, and improved printing capabilities.   The property search field now autocompletes after a few characters are typed, making searches quicker and easier for users. 

The site also contains a levy estimator.  A valuable tool for tax payers, the levy estimator shows the financial impact of each upcoming levy specific to any parcel selected. 

This upgraded site is compatible with mobile devices.  Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich states, “We recognize a lot of houses do not have a home computer anymore—many people use tablets or phones as their main computer. This web site is touchscreen-friendly for those devices.”   

 After researching and weighing options, this web site upgrade occurred with no additional costs to the county.  In fact, there is a slight annual cost-savings from the previous web hosting company.

The public is encouraged to visit the new site and explore its features.  How-to videos are available on the site for additional information and instruction. 

Find Your Happy Place with Free Streaming Programs

Since it’s ad-supported, the massive library of films and TV shows is available for free without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees…..

(Family Features) If the words “happy little trees” and “almighty mountains” slow your pulse and bring a sense of calm, you’re probably already a fan of Bob Ross. Now you can take in the soothing sights of Ross creating his famous art for free from virtually any device you own.

Photo courtesy: Bob Ross Inc. Used with permission.

Ross painted more than 1,000 landscapes for the classic PBS TV show “The Joy of Painting.” Now, 25 years after his passing, nearly 400 episodes are available on Tubi, a free video-on-demand service.

Whether you’re a budding artist or simply enjoy getting lost in the art of creating, Ross is an icon who has inspired generations of fans.

“My mother first discovered Bob more than 35 years ago, and since that time he’s become a global phenomenon,” said Joan Kowalski, president of Bob Ross Inc. “I can’t think of a better time for people to listen to Bob’s soothing voice and hear his peaceful words of wisdom. I’m really happy that everyone can watch Bob create his ‘happy little accidents’ whenever they want for free on Tubi.”

The service offers more than 20,000 movies and TV shows from nearly every major Hollywood studio on virtually every platform, from smart TVs and video game consoles to mobile phones, tablets and more. Since it’s ad-supported, the massive library of films and TV shows is available for free without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees.

Viewers can indulge in genres of all kinds from Hollywood blockbusters and independent films to specialty content, children’s programming and more on the growing platform.

To find your own relaxing programming, visit Tubi.tv.

SOURCE:
Tubi

Enjoy a Safe Summer with These Water Tips

Make sure your outdoor water fixtures are safe…..stay hydrated, and more

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – Planning a summer barbeque for the Fourth of July? Besides following the CDC’s guidelines for physical distance and sanitizing, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has a few tips to keep anything water-related from spoiling the party.

Worry about one less thing with online billing.

Don’t let worrying about making bill payments on time interfere with your summer fun. On our website, NWWSD.org, you can pay via credit card or set up recurring payments so your bill is automatically paid every month. You can also sign up for e-billing to receive email or text alerts when your bill is due.

You can also track your water usage daily, and even hourly, when you sign up for our AquaHawk monitoring system.  Most customers use more water in the summer. By knowing when your usage is occurring, you can take control of your costs.  Sign up here.

Stay healthy by properly hydrating.

Proper hydration is absolutely essential for our overall health and is especially important during the hot and humid days of summer. Dehydration can be dangerous and cause muscle cramps, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and fainting.

Have your own reusable water bottle on hand for any summertime gatherings. This not only minimizes waste but will encourage you to get the recommended 8 glasses of water a day.  Besides enjoying tap water, some enjoy our WaterShed water.  Click here for locations.

If you’ll be enjoying some adult beverages or participating in any physical activity, you’ll need to hydrate even more.  More on how to stay hydrated.  

Make sure your outdoor water fixtures are safe.

Taking a drink of water from a garden hose on a hot summer day may be a fond childhood memory. But in reality, most outdoor faucets and garden hoses aren’t meant to be used for drinking water.

While using your hose to water plants, fill water balloons, or run your sprinkler are all great ideas, most don’t meet the safety standards required for drinking water. They can contain lead or be made from materials that leach chemicals into the water.

However, there are faucets and garden hoses that are safe to drink from if maintained properly. If your garden hose or outdoor faucet is NSF/ANSI 61 or NSF/ANSI 372 certified, it means the products meet certain safety standards to be used for drinking water. Learn more about what these certifications mean.

You may also want to consider installing a backflow preventer on your outdoor spigots. Learn more about The District’s backflow program here.

A simple tip to keep ice edible.

Coolers full of drinks and ice are a summertime staple. But there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to the safety of ice.

Bagged ice is considered a food product and is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ice manufacturers must produce, hold, and transport ice in clean and sanitary conditions and use clean, safe water to make their product.

However, once you dump that bag into a cooler full of food or drinks, or someone at your party goes elbow deep in search of a cold drink, the ice is no longer safe to consume.

It’s best to have a separate cooler designated for ice that goes in drinks. Clean and sanitize the cooler before adding ice and use a clean scoop or pair of tongs to grab ice to add to drinks.

When it comes to the ice in your refrigerator, the high quality, great-tasting tap water delivered to your house is great for making ice. If you have an automatic ice cube maker, keep in mind that the quality of the ice will depend on how often you clean and maintain it.