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ONE Health Ohio reopens, adds to Warren West location

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WARREN — ONE Health Ohio at Warren West Community Health Center held a grand reopening Friday to the community following its nine-month closure.

The health care provider also held a 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 716 Tod Ave SW location to introduce its prescription pharmacy pad, which will provide a variety of in-house pharmacy services, such as medication management and prescription refills.

“We’re bringing a new in-house service here, which is an in-house retail pharmacy. We call it ‘The Prescription Pad,’” said Maria Kowalm, MD, chief medical officer of ONE Health Ohio.

“Today we’re celebrating a ‘welcome home’ for our community because this location of ours that opened back in 2002 has been closed the last nine months for a modernization,” Kowalm said.

As part of the modernization, ONE Health used the space more wisely to increase the number of exam rooms to provide more access to patients and serve a greater portion of the community, according to a ONE Health Ohio press release.

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VIDEO: Ohio zoo’s penguin chick leaps into ball pit

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The Akron Zoo’s newest penguin chick is adapting well to her habitat.

The zoo shared an adorable video of the penguin chick named Tercera jumping into a ball pit.

The zoo said Tercera has “officially weaned from her parents and is eating on her own.”

Her care team says she is weighing in now at just over six pounds and has already starting the “fledging process” which means she loses all her down feathers. Once that happens, she can start swim lessons.

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Ohio Department of Commerce counting on visitors to keep cemeteries ‘beautiful and safe’ for Memorial Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVG) – The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing (REPL) is encouraging people to report any cemetery maintenance issues when visiting the gravesites of fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

The division oversees the registration of cemeteries with recent burials and works to ensure the state’s cemeteries remain beautiful all year round, especially during national days of observance.

Daphne Hawk, the superintendent of REPL, says cemetery visitors play an important role in reporting any concerns when they see them so the division can keep the sites safe and properly maintained.

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Ohio State’s Coach Beyond program trains coaches to support athletes

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Of all the students who play sports in high school, between 3% and 5% go on to play sports in college and less than 1% will play professionally. Still, sports are an excellent vehicle for educating young people about life and leadership, said Samantha Bates, assistant professor of social work at The Ohio State University.

“Sport is a great context to learn about these other life leadership things that we know go into jobs, go into relationships, go into families,” she said.

Many people choose to coach sports because they want to help student-athletes learn these lessons, Bates said. Unfortunately, many feel they do not have the resources to do the job well.

Over the last three years, the Coach Beyond program has sought to provide those resources. Through a partnership between the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OSHAA) and Ohio State’s LiFEsports Initiative, Coach Beyond has trained more than 15,000 coaches across the state in positive youth development practices with an emphasis on how to support student mental health.

Those coaches are part of an effort by the Susan Crown Exchange, which funded Coach Beyond, to train 1 million coaches by 2025. Bates said including OSHAA and area athletic directors and coaches in the process is part of what sets Coach Beyond apart.

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Mount Vernon FFA earns Top 10 finish in Ohio Agricultural Issues contest

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MOUNT VERNON – The Mount Vernon FFA team has demonstrated excellence in the Ohio FFA Agricultural Issues contest, securing a 10th-place finish among statewide competitors.

The contest took place at the Ohio FFA Center in Columbus on April 27. It provided an opportunity for teams to research pressing agricultural issues and present their findings to a panel of judges and audience members.

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Local city could soon hold Ohio’s largest indoor pickleball court

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RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) — Pickleball players in the city of Riverside have their fingers crossed in anticipation of a potential new facility.

Some residents currently drive as far as thirty minutes just to play the fastest-growing sport in the county. This project would bring in one of the state’s only dedicated indoor courts.

“One of the greatest sports. And I never thought that I would learn a new sport that was better than golf.,” said Greg West, a Pickleball player.

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Ohio University’s Housing Master Plan to further elevate students’ residential experiences

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The Ohio University Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a resolution for the next phase of the Housing Master Plan – a phase that paves the way for the construction of a new 591-residence hall behind the front four residence halls on South Green that will provide an elevated residential experience for students that helps meet their evolving needs. 

The new residence hall, which will be the largest on campus, will feature pod-style residential communities with an emphasis on community and common space, a blend of single and double rooms to meet the requests of student residents, the inclusion of huddle rooms for private conversations and quiet study, kitchen and lounge space to foster community, single-user restrooms and multipurpose space on the ground floor intended to support various campus programming.

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Benefits Open Enrollment for OHIO employees scheduled to begin week of April 15

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The annual Benefits Open Enrollment period is held each year in the spring.

This year’s Benefits Open Enrollment is currently scheduled for April 15, 2024, through May 8, 2024. Any enrollment changes made during the enrollment period will be effective July 1, 2024.

Open Enrollment is the one time each year Ohio University employees can enroll or make changes in their healthcare benefits. Otherwise, changes may only be made if a qualifying family status change has occurred. Open enrollment will be held online through Benefits Self Service, as has been done in previous years.

Plan cost sharing including deductible, copays, coinsurance and out-of-pocket maximums are remaining at their current levels. As previously announced, the cost of Ohio University’s healthcare premiums benefits is expected to increase by approximately 9 percent in fiscal year 2025. The University will cover all cost escalation and will not increase premiums for faculty and staff. AFSCME 1699 healthcare premiums are increasing in accordance with their Collective Bargaining Agreement. Premiums for dental and orthodontia plans will increase slightly.

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Prayer, Bible lessons and a big red bus: How an Ohio group is bringing God to public school

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WHITEHALL, Ohio — After a morning lesson on multiplying fractions, about half of the students in a fifth-grade class at Etna Road Elementary School packed up their work and headed to the campus library.

The other half, all wearing matching red T-shirts, put on their coats, lined up single-file and boarded a red bus with the words “LifeWise Academy” painted on the side.

While their classmates back at school browsed shelves of books, the children on the bus sang praise to Jesus.

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