CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Preventable home injuries for children and adolescents in the United States account for more than 2,800 deaths each year. While the number of incidents have decreased in recent years, fatalities from unintentional injuries at home continue to be a leading cause of death among children and teens in the U.S., according to Kieran J. Phelan, M.D., pediatrics director of the Center for Evidence Based Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and an author of the study that appears in the Aug. 2, 2005 issue of Pediatrics.
The study is the first comprehensive analysis of residential deaths among children and teens (younger than 20 years old) in the United States since 1985. It is based on statistics reported between 1985 and 1997 from the National Vital Statistics System Mortality Data.
The majority of unintentional residential injuries are preventable, the study's authors say. Most deaths were attributed to fires, submersion or suffocation, poisoning and falls.
Between 1985-1997, an average of 55 percent of unintentional deaths among U.S. children took place at home. Meanwhile, fatal residential injuries decreased by 22 percent during the same period. The death rate due to residential injuries was highest in children younger than 1 to 5 years of age as compared to older children, boys as compared to girls, and black children as compared to white children. The authors attributed the racial disproportion to socioeconomic factors such as substandard housing, lower levels of education, and poverty.
Strategies to eliminate disparities in residential injury-related deaths, include the development and enforcement of health-based housing standards. This alone could reduce the burden of childhood injury-related deaths in the United States, the authors say.
This study was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a New Investigator Award from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (for Dr. Phelan).
LOVELAND, OHIO - Drowning is the second leading cause of injury death among children 14 years and younger. And for every child who drowns, three receive emergency department care for non-fatal submersion injuries.
The Greater Loveland Baseball Softball Association (GLBSA) has announced a merger with the Cincinnati STIX Select baseball organization. Beginning with the 2006 season, the Cincinnati STIX plan to create a Select baseball team at each age level, beginning at 9 years old.
The Select STIX teams will offer the most advanced players the opportunity to fully develop their skills at the highest level of competitive play. The Select teams will compete in the Southwest Ohio League. Try outs will be conducted in August for those players who are interested.
GLBSA’s goal is to provide the highest quality of baseball experience for all players, regardless of skill level. GLBSA believes that it can best accomplish this goal by attempting to match each player’s level of baseball skill to the appropriate level of play. The Select Cincinnati STIX teams will be in addition to the traditional Knothole League Recreational, Competitive and Division 1 Leagues that GLBSA currently offers Greater Loveland players. By offering multiple levels of play it will keep more kids interested and involved in the sport of baseball.
GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, OHIO - On Wednesday, July 27 the Goshen Township Historical Society and the Goshen Local Schools will host an evening exploring the Cook Farm and Log Cabin. The tour will be led by Mrs. Kathryn Marr GTHS Life member and retired principal of the Goshen Marr Primary School.
The Society and the School district have begun a joint venture hoping to preserve the circa 1800 log home and several of the Depression era farm buildings as an on site historical education tool.
The tour will begin at 6:30 at the Goshen High School, Goshen Rd. and is open to the public.
LOVELAND, OHIO - The air is again predicted to be unhealthy for children on Tuesday. Small particles and ozone pollution will be at dangerous levels. Children, people with lung or heart disease, and older adults are at risk.
LOVELAND, OHIO - Mary Louise and Bill McHenry recently celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary. They had a five-year courtship and engagement prior to the wedding so technically they have been a couple for 70 years.
Trying to squeeze from them the secret to such a happy long union, they were each asked separately, but somehow came up with the exact same answers. They said they never argue, and always have gotten along, and that they like to periodically do good things for each other. One might say they think alike.
Mary Louise has lived on Rule Street in Branch Hill since she was two years old. During their courting days Mary Louise was a Loveland Gal and Bill a Goshen Guy. He lived on a farm on McHenry Road. The two of them met atop of a bank building at a dance hall in downtown Loveland. When asked what it was that attracted them to each other, Mary Louise did not hesitate for a second with her answer. She said she loved Bill's long black eyelashes. For Bill it was that Mary Louise was a good person to dance with and the fact that she had a good personality was a big plus too.
Mary Louise's Dad, who lived two doors down, built the house on Rule Street that has been home for Bill and Mary Louise for all the days of their wedded life. He originally intended the house to be for his older daughter (Mary Louise's sister) but she did not want it so Bill and Mary Louise got it for $6000 land and all. Mary Louise and Bill were married right by their house at Branch Hill Methodist Church.
The McHenry's will need to stay married for 15 more years to beat the world book of records longest marriage of 80 years.
ZOAR, OHIO - Lt. Col. David Volkman joked Saturday that since he had made all the "big bucks" getting combat pay while serving in Afghanistan he wanted to throw a big party for all those who supported him and his family while he was away. And a big party it was. An estimated 300-350 friends, family, military personnel, church family, and childhood friends gathered at Oeders Lake to eat, play games, fish, and listen to what Volkman described as the best bluegrass band in the world, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time.
Volkman was on leave from his job of teaching American Government at Loveland High School, and said he would resume teaching this fall. Many teachers and administrators also attended the party that started in the early afternoon and lasted till dark.
LOVELAND, OHIO - Some city council members, administrators, and advocates for an indoor shooting range in the city have made repeated promises to abide by all local, state, and federal regulations. They even put this mandate into the law that was approved by Loveland voters last February. Apparently they had their fingers crossed about the prohibition from operating a shooting range within 200' of a residence, or thought it couldn't or wouldn't be enforced.
Promise to abide by the law, but when the Board of Zoning Appeals says you must, strike it from the books.
That is exactly what City Council did on July 12. Mayor Brad Greenberg, Vice Mayor Joe Schickel, and Councilmembers Dan Daly and Todd Osborne voted to approved Ordinance 2005-38 which changed the zoning code prohibition from shooting firearms within 200-feet of a residence, to zero. The previous law was an outright prohibition from commercial recreation facilities within 200' of a residential zone and since an indoor shooting range fell into the definition of commercial recreation and the proposed Shooters Supply range was immediately adjacent to a residential zone, city council did away with the buffer requirement entirely. This follows a recent decision by Loveland's Board of Zoning Appeals that said the 200-feet rule indeed applied to the proposed shooting range.
The ordinance now makes commercial recreation a conditional use anywhere along the Loveland Maderia Road business corridor. This means that Shooters Supply can now go before the Planing and Zoning Commission and ask for the conditional use. The Planning and Zoning Commission can set "conditions" on the operation of the shooting range, however it is the Planning and Zoning Commission that first recommended the 200-foot buffer be deleted from the code. It is unlikely the Mayor appointed members to the Commission would now reverse themselves and place tough conditions on the shooting range. If it had been their intention to put any conditions on the range's operation, they could have done so by putting these conditions in the code language they forwarded on to City Council. Paul Elliott and Katie Showler voted against removing the residential protection. Rob Weisgerber was absent from the meeting.
Pat Cobb doesn't live immediately adjacent to the proposed shooting range, but does live only a few hundred yards away in a new home along the Loveland Maderia Road corridor. " I thought the law was to protect the people, not to accommodate a business. The way it is, if someone gets on good terms with someone on council it seems they change the law to accommodate what they want to come in. It could be your neighborhood next, because if someone has a vacant lot - look out."
On Thursday morning Cobb submitted the necessary paperwork to inform City Hall that a group of women have started a referendum petition drive to restore the 200-foot buffer.
Cobb has a quiet good-natured manner and was honestly reluctant to be interviewed and seemed uncomfortable turning in the paperwork at City Hall. She was asked how hopeful she was about gathering the necessary signatures and if the signature drive is successful, what does she feel are the chances people will defeat the code change at the polls.
"Well, there's always a chance, and I am hopeful the ladies will come through this time. Last time the men came out of the woodwork." Cobb estimated that 80 percent of the voters last February were men. "Truthfully, I hope that more women will take a look at what we're facing - the fact that this is your home. This is something a woman takes care of; her home and her kids."
The petition committee has until August 11 to collect 409 signatures of registered Loveland voters. If the election board verifies that enough valid signatures are on the petitions, the issue will be put to a vote.
Gregg Holthem, lives in the Warren County side of Loveland far from Cobb's home or the proposed gun range. At a public hearing on the ordinance, he said, "My main problem is this is not the proper place for a shooting range at the gateway to the city." He also expressed concerns about changing the code to accommodate a single business that shouldn't be adjacent to residential uses.
Vice mayor Schickel said he supports the shooting range and he did not agree the ordinance is directed at one business. He said of removing the 200-foot prohibition, "In some ways Council is getting more restrictive because there's no longer an automatic principal permitted use as long as the 200 feet rule is met."
Mayor Greenberg said it doesn't matter if this is being done for just one business and it is important that council do what they can to attract business to the city. "While people have strong emotions when there are guns, I believe there are more injuries at Castle Skateland than there ever will be at Shooters Supply." He said he had seen an ambulance at the skating rink more than once.
Loveland residents Naomi Ruben and Genevieve Konarski are also members of the petition committee.
The owners of Shooters Supply were out of town attending a gun show and could not be reached for comment.
(Publisher's Note - David Miller, Publisher of Loveland Magazine donated the services of the initial printing of the referendum petition submitted to city hall this week. Miller has printed several petitions of this type in the past and has templates in a computer file to do this easily. Otherwise, this printing could take several weeks out of the 30 days allowed for a referendum petition. This same service would be donated to any local civic group.)