LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS – For the first time ever, everyone with Medicare, regardless of income, health status, or prescription drug usage, will have access to prescription drug coverage. This new coverage begins on January 1, 2006 and you can enroll starting November 15th. By now, you should have received your Medicare and You 2006 handbook which explains in detail what prescription drug coverage means to you and which plans are available in your area.
Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans have started their advertising across the country. You may want to find out more about some of these options. It might be a good idea to save these materials for review when it gets closer to November 15, 2005.
In addition, My.Medicare.gov - the Medicare Beneficiary Portal is an internet portal allowing registered beneficiaries the ability to view entitlement, enrollment, deductible, and address of record information. Additionally, it provides beneficiaries with preventive service information and the option for web chat assistance for any technical questions.
If your Medicare Part B coverage begins on or after January 1, 2005, Medicare will cover a one-time preventive physical exam within the first six months that you have Part B. The exam will include a thorough review of your health, education and counseling about the preventive services you need, like certain screenings and shots, and referrals for other care. The "Welcome to Medicare" physical exam is a great way to get up-to-date on important screenings and shots and to talk with your doctor about your family history and how to stay healthy. Go to http://www.medicare.gov/health/physicalexam.asp
LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS - Click here to read the press release issued by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald yesterday in the indictment of White House official Scooter Libby. Download libby_pr_28102005.pdf
SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OHIO NEWS - Want to see a real castle? A haunted castle? Below you will find driving directions to the Haunted Loveland Castle.
The Haunted House, is the Knights of the Golden Trail's largest (ONLY) fundraiser. The Loveland Castle Scary Knight Tours are every Friday and Saturday in October. Admissions are: $7 Adults, $6 Children 12 an under, and $1 parking. 7PM until11PM.
FROM THE SOUTH: Take I71 north to exit 19. At the bottom of the exit turn left. At the very first light, turn right onto Fields-Ertle Road and follow Fields-Ertle until it reaches Rich Rd. Turn right on Rich Rd., then turn left onto the second street on the left (Mulberry). Go straight down the big hill and you are there.
FROM THE NORTH: Take I71 south to exit 19. At the bottom of the exit turn left and at the very first traffic light turn left onto Fields-Ertle Road. Follow Fields-Ertle until it reaches Rich Road. Turn right on Rich Road. Turn left onto the second street on the left (Mulberry) and go straight down the big hill and you are there.
LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS - Daylight saving time ends at 2 AM Sunday. So don't forget to turn your clock back one-hour. And local safety officials remind you that this is an excellent time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
To read a follow-up story about the importance of working smoke detectors in the home and an innovative program from the National Fire Protection Association, click the link below.
SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OHIO NEWS - The Loveland High School Mens Soccer Team advanced into the finals of the Cincinnati Division I Ohio High School Tournament last Wednesday by defeating La Salle 2-1. Previously they had beaten Colerain 3-1.
The final is Saturday October 29 at Mason High School against #1 seeded Fairfield, at noon.
The Loveland Womens Tennis Team have repeated as champions of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC). It is their 5th consecutive title.
Loveland and Mason tied during the FAVC tournament but the Tigers were the regular season champions, giving them the overall championship title.
Loveland's Kaitlyn Zinn was chosen as the FAVC Player of the Year and finished 3rd in the Ohio High School Sectional Tournament. Meggie Holland and Jacklyn Zinn finished 2nd in the Sectional Tournament.
In the Ohio High School State Cross Country Championship, for the second year in a row, both the Loveland Women and Mens teams advanced to the Regional Tournament. The Women finished 2nd in the District and the Men finished 3rd, on October 22, at Voice of America Park. The Regional Tournament is Saturday October 29 at Memorial Stadium in Troy, Ohio.
From there, the top four teams and those individuals that finish in the top 16 advance to the state finals November 5 at Scioto Downs near Columbus .
Junior Sarah Leeper lead the Loveland women with a strong performance in the District competition, taking a third place overall with a time of 19:01 on the 3.1 mile course. Leeper was followed by junior Lauren Beachy and sophomore Shannon Walls who finished in tenth and eleventh place. This is first time the team has finished in second place in Division 1 District competition.
Senior Mark Weden led the Loveland Men, in a time of 16:21, which was good for third place. Senior Chase Rahm (19th place), sophomores Chris Oligee (22nd place), Nick Baker (30th place) and Cullen Belleville (31st place), junior Marc Kutylowski (40th place) and sophomore Corey Bailey (48th place). This is the first time all seven runners finished in under 18 minutes in post season competition.
Tonight the Tiger Football team finishes their season by hosting Anderson at 7:30 PM. The team lost week at Winton Woods 14-34.
Does anyone out there work for CINERGY Corp., or Lowe's? Or, another company that might support the mission of After Prom?
The Parents Teachers Students Association (PTSA) of Loveland High School tirelessly works to bring our high school students a fun, safe, substance-free alternative to dangerous "party" practices after the high school prom. It is called After Prom.
From Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Statistics:
"During a typical weekend, an average of one teenager dies each hour in a car crash. Nearly fifty percent of those crashes involved alcohol" (MADD). Clearly, this has become a severe problem. "Alcohol use is the number one drug problem among young people".
How much more so do we have to be concerned about prom weekend?
After Prom is the safest place for students on prom night. When the prom is over at midnight, instead of continuing to "party" and perhaps mix drinking and driving and other dangerous activities, they have a safe, substance-free, fun place to continue the evening. Then they head to the After Prom where they are locked in with chaperones for the night. After Prom has been going on for 10 years -each year more students attending than the year before with now more students going to After Prom than the prom itself! 450 juniors and seniors attended last year.
Planning for After Prom-April 29, 2006 has already begun and I am writing grants to help pay for it. Does anyone out there work for CINERGY Corp., or Lowe's? Does anyone work for a company that might support the mission of After Prom? We will apply to them but we need the support of an employee. You do not have to volunteer more then the valuable assistance that you provide by giving your name in support to this project.
E-mail or call me and I will give you more details about After Prom.
LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS - A small group of area residents joined at the Loveland Veterans Memorial on Wednesday evening to light candles and pray for the casualties of the war in Iraq. The occasion marked the two-thousandth U.S. casualty since the war began.
It was expected that more than 100,000 people would gather at 1,354 candlelight vigils in all-50 states and DC to remember and honor the fallen soldiers. At the Loveland vigil, people stood in a circle and recited well-known prayers from many different religions and beliefs. People also talked about loved ones that have died in the war and families with young children held them tight, as they talked about the world their children are growing up in.
Prayers were said for area soldiers who are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for Clermont County native, Mat Maupin who was captured and listed as presumed captured in Iraq. Prayers were said as well for U.S. leaders and the civilian causalities of the war.
A group of women from the Grailville Resort and Conference Center who were attending the Grail's national conference also attended. One of the women was from Bangor Maine. Most of the people in attendance were from Loveland, Miami and Symmes Townships, and the City of Montgomery.