Loveland, Ohio - The Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services has issued a SMOG ALERT for Loveland and the rest of Southwest Ohio region for Friday.
115 AQI - Unhealthy for Sensitive GroupsOzone
Health Message: Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.
Are healthy children part of the "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" category?
Healthy children are considered to be a sensitive group for ozone and particle pollution. This is because children are usually more active outdoors than adults, and they breathe more air per pound of body weight, so their exposure to air pollution is greater than adults. In addition, their lungs are still developing. It's variable, but most children's lungs don't finish developing until they finish growing, usually around the age of 18. Studies indicate that air pollution can affect this development. Also, children are more likely than adults to have asthma, which can be aggravated by air pollution. This may lead to health impacts such as increased medication use and increased visits to health care providers, including emergency rooms. (Source: USEPA)
Things you can do to reduce air pollution – on a smog day:
Don’t idle your vehicle.
Don’t use gas or diesel-powered equipment, including lawnmowers and barbecues.
Turn off non-essential lights and electronics.
Don’t use pesticides.
Avoid using chemical products. If you do use them, make sure you seal the lids tightly.
Keep your furnace, air conditioner and humidifier well maintained.
If you need to use an air conditioner, set it at a moderate temperature. When you leave the house, turn the air conditioner down.
Turn off non-essential lights and unplug appliances when not in use.
Don’t burn things in your yard. It’s especially harmful to burn garbage, plastics, cardboard, wrapping paper, particleboard, styrofoam, and painted or treated wood.
Use hand-powered garden tools. Avoid using gasoline or diesel-powered equipment such as lawnmowers and leaf-blowers.
If you do drive, plan ahead. Make one trip with several stops, instead of separate trips.
Don’t idle. If you stop for more than 10 seconds, turn the engine off. Ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine .
Avoid aggressive driving. Tests show that rapid stops and starts can increase fuel use by about 40 per cent – and only reduce travel time by about 4 per cent.
Drive more slowly. Reducing your speed from 120 to 90km/hr will decrease fuel consumption by about 20%.
We are in "desperate need" of SUMMER clothes for infants, women, men, boys, and girls of (all sizes). Please contact Terri Rogers via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or at 677-1057 for instructions for dropping your off CLEAN and GENTLY USED items.
Gently used clothing (from infant to adult), shoes
Toys, household Items (dishes, pictures, etc)
New underwear and socks
Items we cannot take:
Car Seats-(only new) we do not have necessary tools to ensure its effectiveness if not given new.
Baby Items-(strollers, swings, etc…) that do not have model number- in order to check against recall website.
Loveland, Ohio - Montgomery Cyclery is opening four new stores, and one of the locations will be in the Brown Building in Historic Downtown Loveland. The Brown Building on West Loveland Avenue and Karl Brown Way is owned by the Loveland Firefighters Association and its current tenants include the Loveland Music Academy, Edward Jones, the Loveland Moose Lodge, and Rozzi Fireworks corporate office. Across the street is The Self Development Place, and Tano Bistro and Catering.
The East corner of the Brown Building boarders the Loveland Bike Trail.
Montgomery Cyclery has current locations in Downtown Montgomery, Beechmont, West Chester, and Erlanger. They have been in business since 1965.
This will be Loveland's second bicycle store; Cycle Sport is in the Shoppes of Loveland center at 10657 Loveland-Madeira Road near StarBucks.
Loveland, Ohio - Loveland Magazine was the only media outlet to attend Tuesday's meeting of the Loveland Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), and can bring you this exclusive LOVELAND MAGAZINE VIDEO of David Willacker's proposal for a Circus Park, and to install a flying trapeze in Historic Downtown Loveland.
Willacker made a proposal to install the 100' long, 40" wide, by 30' tall trapeze on vacant tax-payer purchased land at the Corner of West Loveland Avenue and St. Rt. 48 (Second Street). The land is the grassy area next to where the City recently installed parking spaces. The CIC holds the deed to the property.
Willacker may have the installation of the trapeze complete by next week if further negotiations between him and Assistant City Manager Gary Vidmar can result in a contract satisfactory to both sides. The CIC voted unanimously last night to proceed if their concerns over liability issues are resolved. The CIC is a quasi-governmental, City controlled corporation, that owns the piece of land. City council members make up the majority, voting block of the CIC.
Willacker said last night that there is no other trapeze like his in the Tri-State, and the nearest to Loveland one could find a similar device is on the East Coast - near the boarder of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For $45, anyone age 3 to 99 will receive 90 minutes of flying trapeze lessons. Willacker's trapeze will also be used for corporate "team building" events, corporate entertainment, and a circus school. He said that he will bring many other circus acts to Loveland that will be free for the public to enjoy; where they can learn some of the tricks of the circus trade.
Presumably, Willacker will receive use of the tax-payer owned land, just for the fun of it. No price was discussed at last night's question and answer session between Willacker, council members, city manager, and assistant city manager. And, no rental or lease price is mentioned in a memorandum about the proposal prepared by Gary Vidmar and issued by City Manager Tom Carroll on June 24. ( Download Cincinnati Circus - Memorandum 72)
Willacker said in a cover letter to the City about his Circus Park Proposal, "And, did I mention it's free for the city?"
The City Manager and Councilwoman Paulette Leeper expressed hope that the trapeze could be used for a Council team building exercises.
Loveland, Ohio - This LOVELAND MAGAZINE VIDEO is exclusive coverage of the Loveland Arts Council's annual "Paint the Town - Wet Paint Sale" and the awards presentation that was held last Sunday afternoon in Historic Downtown Loveland.
Each year artists from all over Greater Cincinnati are invited to spend the week creating art based on the sites and scenes of the Loveland area. Many of the pieces of art created during the week will be on display at Paxton's Grill located at 126 West Loveland Avenue.
Retailers required to sell only cribs that meet CPSC's new crib standards
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today marks the day that consumers will see a new generation of safer cribs for sale at local and national retail stores. Safer cribs will mean a safer sleep for babies across the country. On December 15, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve new mandatory crib standards, establishing the most stringent crib safety standards in the world. Starting today, all importers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers must offer only cribs that meet the CPSC's new and improved full-size and non-full-size crib standards.
Some of the new mandatory rules for cribs include: (1) stopping the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs; (2) strengthening mattress supports and crib slats; (3) requiring crib hardware to be more durable; and (4) making safety testing more rigorous.
"A safe crib is the safest place for a baby to sleep. It is for this reason that I am so pleased that parents, grandparents and caregivers now can shop with confidence and purchase cribs that meet the most stringent crib standards in the world," said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "From the start, our goal has been to prevent deaths and injuries to babies in cribs, and now the day has come where only stronger and safer cribs are available for consumers to purchase."
CPSC has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs since 2007. Drop-side cribs with detaching side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additional deaths have occurred due to faulty or defective crib hardware. The new standards aim to prevent these tragedies and keep children safer in their cribs.
Starting on December 28, 2012, child care facilities, including family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, as well as places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, and rental companies must use only cribs that comply with the new crib standards.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) required the CPSC to update the old crib standards, which had not gone through a major revision in more than 30 years, to ensure that the standards provided the highest level of safety possible.
For more information on crib safety and the most up-to-date information on how to create a safe sleep environment for your baby, visit CPSC's crib information center at: www.cpsc.gov/cribs
Deerfield Township, Ohio - Socialville-Fosters Road in Deerfield Twp will be closed for a culvert replacement project starting Tuesday, July 5, for six (6) weeks. The closure will be located between Timber Lane and Live Oaks Drive / Summer View Drive, ending on August 12, 2011, weather permitting.
The detour for the closure will utilize Snider Road, Western-Row Road, US 42, and Butler-Warren Road. For more information, contact the Warren County Engineer’s Office at (513) 695-3302.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. John W. Brown is a member of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit beginning a deployment of the Pacific region that will include a major exercise in Australia.
“The exercise, called Talisman Sabre 2011, will allow Marines and sailors to work with partner military units from Australia to sharpen combat skills and exchange ideas and tactics,” according to a press release by the Army & Air Force Hometown News Service.
The Okinawa, Japan-based Marine expeditionary unit is made up of more than 2,000 Marines and sailors conducts amphibious operations, as well as crisis response and contingency operations throughout the Pacific region. Their most recent efforts were in support of Operation Tomodachi, where they provided humanitarian aid and disaster relief following the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in northeastern Japan.
Brown is a section leader assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The lance corporal has served in the military for three years.
He is the son of John and Paula Brown of Jackson St., Camp Dennison, Ohio, and graduated from Indian Hill High School, Ohio.
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) today announced a new comprehensive beach safety Web site www.odh.ohio.gov/healthybeaches. On the site Ohioans can check to see if a bacteria advisory or harmful algal bloom advisory has been posted at the 62 monitored Lake Erie beaches or at an inland lake state park beach. Stonelick and East Fork, the beaches Loveland area residents might frequent, are included in the lakes monitored by the State ODH.
The site was developed with funding from U.S. EPA’s BEACHES grant and is a part of ODH’s expanded bathing beach monitoring communications efforts. Earlier this year, ODH started at healthy beaches Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/ohiohealthybeaches) and sponsored a healthy beaches poster contest.
Each year between Memorial Day and Labor Day, selected public beaches are sampled for E. coli bacteria. The presence of these bacteria in beach water is a good indicator of pollution that could be potentially harmful to swimmers. If the sample results are greater than the U.S. EPA recreational standard, an advisory is posted to warn swimmers of the risk of illness associated with water contact. The advisory remains posted until the sample result is below the recreational standard.
The State of Ohio also does monitoring for harmful algal blooms, which are cyanobacteria (also known as blue green algae). Once a harmful algal bloom advisory is posted, the State will periodically sample until the toxins produced by the bloom are below acceptable thresholds or the end of the beach season in Ohio.
Deerfield Township, Ohio - Deerfield Township will close Old 3C Highway, between Socialville-Fosters Road and Old Kings Mills Road, on July 5, from 10am to 2pm. It is being closed for building demolition near the roadway at 7943 Old 3C Hwy.
Make a donation of $35 and become a member of Granny's Pick-a-Bouquet Club. As a member of the club you may pick ten bouquets of up to 35 stems between now and frost. You may pick any flowers you wish (except sunflowers) any time (except during school hours). Picking at Granny's is like going out in your own backyard where flowers are grown in mixed beds.
Visit the photo galary on Facebook for examples of what is in bloom at a given time. Right now, that includes: Zinnia, bee balm, pink campion, hydrangea, perennial bachelor button, roses, fever few, sweet pea, purple cone flower, canna lily, bell flower, red and blue salvia, blanket flower, hyacinth bean flower, dahlias.
MASON, OHIO - Kings Island's Eiffel Tower, fireworks, and patriotic music set against a backdrop of the park create an Independence Day celebration unlike any other in the Tri-State.
This year's Fourth of July Weekend fireworks extravaganza will be TWICE THE BLAST than before on TWO NIGHTS (July 2 & 3), with some displays soaring to heights of more than 800 feet.
EXPANDED FIREWORKS ON JULY 2 & 3.
FIREWORKS START AT 10PM EACH NIGHT.
PARK OPEN UNITL MIDNIGHT JULY 2 & JULY 3.
*Note the park operating calendar for July 3 and July 4 has changed. The park will now close at Midnight on July 3 and at 10pm on July 4.
Prior to the 10PM fireworks, guests can enjoy the light show, Snoopy's Startlight Spectacular. Starring PEANUTS characters and their summertime adventures, this colorful pagent has more than two million LED lights.
As a special TRIBUTE TO THE ARMED FORCES, all military personnel past and present GET IN FREE on July 1-4. Plus, military personnel can purchase additional tickets for up to six (6) family members for just $29.99 at the park. Simply present your military ID or other documentation at any ticket window at the Kings Island Front Gate entrance.
MONTGOMERY, OHIO - Montgomery’s annual Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 4 beginns at 10 AM. Parade participants will depart from various assembly locations along Cooper Road, proceed east to Montgomery Road, then travel north to Montgomery Park, where a family-oriented festival will be held from 11 AM until 2 PM. As in years past, the parade features floats, vintage cars, military units, elected officials, and plenty of marching bands to celebrate the occasion.
Residents who would like to get involved can enter a unit in the parade or volunteer to assist in staging the day’s events. To participate in the parade, complete a registration form or call Julie Machon at 792-8316. Volunteers are needed to help organize and judge the parade units, and to drive their personal convertibles as an official transport for government officials participating in the parade. For info call DeAnna Gross at 792-8329.
LOVELAND, OHIO - “I wish I’d known about this before I bought the house.” Patrick Hooper heard this phrase over and over again while working as an excavation estimator for a tristate-area plumber. “Both homeowners and commercial property holders were shocked to, learn that their property’s sanitary infrastructure was compromised and, hear how much it was going to cost to repair the problem,” Hooper said. “Even though it’s a system we depend on every day, nobody thinks about the state of their sewer line until they have a problem.”
That’s why Hooper and his wife, Erin, established Mainline Inspection Services (M.I.S.) in May. By providing comprehensive video examinations of sewer lines, downspouts, floor drains, sump pump lines and other pipes, M.I.S. enables its customers to make educated decisions about major investments and repairs.
“Replacing or repairing a main sewer line can cost thousands of dollars,” said Hooper. “That’s why we want our customers to know what shape a property’s sanitary system is in before they invest in real estate or decide on repairs.” He continues, “It’s not easy to tell a homeowner that the house they bought last year has had roots destroying its sewer line for years. Discovering a problem like that before they sign on the dotted line is news I have no problem sharing.”
M.I.S. examinations determine the condition of the sewer line that extends from a building to the city tap, which is typically in the street, but can also run to the rear or even to the side of a structure. Using a 200-foot-long fiber optic camera, Hooper is able to assess the state of the pipes and identify areas of concern, including tree-root infiltration, broken or collapsed pipe, offset pipe (where joints in the line have become misaligned), bellied or low sections of pipe (where paper, water and waste collects), and more.
“My goal for this business was to turn those ‘I wish I’d known…’ conversations into ‘I’m glad I know…’ customer consultations,” Hooper concludes. “Making that goal a reality is more exciting and fulfilling than I could have imagined.”
To learn more about the company, contact Patrick Hooper at 513-349-3357 or visit www.mainlineinspection.com.