This LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO is clips showing some of the damage from Thursday's wind storm.
This LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO is clips showing some of the damage from Thursday's wind storm.
Response to Power Outages, Storm Damage May Exceed State Resources
In the wake of Friday’s severe storms and massive power outages across Ohio, Governor John R. Kasich today asked the President for an Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance so that Ohio could begin receiving badly-needed generators and water from the federal government. The governor spoke to the President today to make the request, and also spoke with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate.
“I shared my concerns with the President that we have a serious situation and will need extra federal help. Massive power outages combined with severe heat create dangerous conditions, especially for the elderly and those with medical needs. The state has been working closely with local emergency management officials to meet immediate needs and going forward we need to make sure we have every available asset to protect Ohioans,” said Kasich.
Earlier in the day the governor declared a statewide emergency so that Ohio resources could begin flowing to local officials and aid their efforts to help Ohioans respond to and recover from the storms.
The governor’s request for federal assistance can be viewed here.
Residents without power can call their local 211 numbers for information and assistance, or 911 in an emergency. Information is also available online at www.ema.ohio.gov and on Twitter at #OHwx and #severeweather.
Tim O'Grady and Kay Bolin O'Grady own Whistle Stop Clayworks in Historic Downtown Loveland. Last Tuesday, Tim was at the farmers market demonstrating how to use a wheel to form clay into bowels.
Right Person Goes to Work Immediately
Granny’s Garden School is having trouble keeping up with there is all to do in the gardens right now and could use an extra pair of hands for 2-3 weeks. They are seeking someone who has some basic gardening knowledge and is available 6 -10 AM. The job starts immediately. It could lead to more opportunity in the future for the right person. It requires someone who is in good physical condition.
Interested parties should E-mail with a description of their gardening experience.
With widespread power outages and blackouts in the area, local health officials are reminding residents and food service facilities how to handle food during power outages. If power is out at your home, do not open refrigerator(s) or freezer(s). Without power, a combination refrigerator/freezer will keep food cool for 4 hours, if left closed. Upright or chest freezers will keep food frozen: Food may be kept safe by using coolers and burying perishable food items in ice or dry ice. If your power has been out for longer than 4 hours, perishable food such as meat, poultry or dairy is not safe to eat and should be discarded. Before consuming items, check them with a food thermometer. Food items over 41 degrees should not be eaten. “Never taste food to determine if it’s safe. Your health is not worth the risk,” Health Commissioner Tim Ingram says. “When in doubt, throw it out.” If your business loses power, stop serving food and close. Do not open refrigerator or freezer holding units. When power returns check all food temperatures. If cold foods are above 41 degrees discard immediately. Residents should use caution when patronizing restaurants that appear to be operating without power. “If anyone sees a restaurant that is clearly without power and is open for business, they should notify Hamilton County Public Health at 513-946-7800, or online at www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org, click ‘C’ in the alphabetical search section and then click ‘complaints’ Ingram says.
At the Restaurant, Market or other Food Service Facility
With widespread power outages and blackouts in the area, local health officials are reminding residents and food service facilities how to handle food during power outages.
If power is out at your home, do not open refrigerator(s) or freezer(s). Without power, a combination refrigerator/freezer will keep food cool for 4 hours, if left closed. Upright or chest freezers will keep food frozen:
Food may be kept safe by using coolers and burying perishable food items in ice or dry ice.
If your power has been out for longer than 4 hours, perishable food such as meat, poultry or dairy is not safe to eat and should be discarded. Before consuming items, check them with a food thermometer. Food items over 41 degrees should not be eaten.
“Never taste food to determine if it’s safe. Your health is not worth the risk,” Health Commissioner Tim Ingram says. “When in doubt, throw it out.”
If your business loses power, stop serving food and close. Do not open refrigerator or freezer holding units. When power returns check all food temperatures. If cold foods are above 41 degrees discard immediately.
Residents should use caution when patronizing restaurants that appear to be operating without power. “If anyone sees a restaurant that is clearly without power and is open for business, they should notify Hamilton County Public Health at 513-946-7800, or online at www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org, click ‘C’ in the alphabetical search section and then click ‘complaints’ Ingram says.
Pollution Level Increases
The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has extended the SMOG ALERT for the weekend. The SMOG ALERT is in effect for Saturday, June 30 through Monday, July 2 for the Loveland area, including Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky. Pollution
The Agency expects to see levels of ozone in the "unhealthy" range on the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Saturday, June 30. Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2 are forecasted to be in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" range.
The area is experiencing some of the most dangerous air quality in years. The smog index reached well into the "UNHEALTHY" range on Thursday, much higher than predicted by the county agency. Predictions for this week and Monday are much higher then they were late last week.
The Health Message is:
Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.
AFTER SEVERE STORMS KNOCK OUT POWER ACROSS 2/3 OF OHIO
Power Outages for One Million Homes, Businesses and Looming Heat Wave Mandate Immediate Statewide Response
Today Governor John R. Kasich declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Ohio after severe storms and high winds knocked out power for approximately one million power company customers across two-thirds of the state. The widespread outages could take up to a week to fully restore and, together with the current severe heat wave, could create crisis situations for the elderly, young children and those with sensitive medical conditions.
The governor’s declaration authorizes state agencies to take any necessary actions to assist local government authorities anywhere in Ohio to help respond, cleanup and recovery efforts and coordinate activities.
“I’m very concerned with the problems created by the combination of power outages and severe heat, and so I’ve declared an emergency for all of Ohio so that state resources and personnel can help local governments meet the needs and challenges that they face. Ohioans in affected areas should, if possible, stay tuned to their radios or TVs for information on where they can go for assistance. Those without power can call their local 211 numbers for information on where to turn for help. Folks should also knock on their neighbors’ doors to make sure they’re ok and look out for those who they know might need some extra help. Together we’ll get through this,” said Kasich.
Kasich has directed Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Nancy Dragani to open the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Columbus to coordinate state and local resources. Officials from all state agencies, volunteer organizations such as Citizen Corps and the American Red Cross are converging at the Emergency Operations Center to monitor response and recovery efforts within the affected areas. The state has already been in contact with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and will request federal assistance if it is needed.
State agencies supporting the response efforts include the, Ohio Departments of Transportation, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Health, Public Safety, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Dear Loveland Magazine Readers,
We at the Loveland Initiative want to say thank you to those that have helped us to help the community over the years. I want to acknowledge those that helped with our pilot program, "Set For Success." The program would not have been such a success without your help.
We want to thank The Works, Paxton's Grill, Cafe 45140, and Rascals NY Deli for providing us with a week of awesome food choices. The kids and volunteers loved everything, and we ate like royalty the whole week. Thank you for your generosity.
We want to say thank you also to the Deerfield's Women's Club and Northstar Church for their financial support, the kids were able to create shirts for our Kings Island trip that was AWESOME!
We had an awesome cast of speakers for the week that really delivered a strong message about starting habits early that can help prepare for the future. Thank you Austin Stahl, Tom Eardley, Jim Yuhas, and Kimberly Heestand for taking the time out of your schedule and investing in the life of a child.
We definitely want to thank Shawn and Chandra Custis for allowing us the space to have the program at the Loveland Artists Studios on Main. Without your generosity, we may not have been able to have "Set for Success." Also to the artists that were definitely inconvenienced with kids running around, thank you for putting up with us.
Last but not least, We want to thank Dave Miller of Loveland Magazine for taking an interest in this program and being a sponsor. The Program was held at the Loveland Magazine TV Studios in the Loveland Artists Studios on Main. Your help and generosity throughout the week was amazing. We were like house guest asking for everything and you patiently worked with us. Thank you Dave.
Again, I want to thank all of you for taking the time to invest in the life of a child, whether it was by way of food, knowledge or support.
Volunteer Contact and Training Assistant, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
Trustee, Loveland Initiative
Read Loveland Magazine Article: Loveland Initiative's Responsibility Class: “Set for Success”
This is the statement that Senator Sherrod Brown issued after today's rulling upholding the Affordable Care Act.
Supreme Court Justices appointed by presidents of both parties today made an independent legal judgment to uphold the health law. I hope today’s ruling will put an end to the partisan bickering so that we can continue our focus on jobs and improving the economy” Brown said.
“Today’s ruling means that more than 1.2 million Ohio seniors will continue to have access to cancer screenings and wellness exams through Medicare. Nearly 97,000 young adults in our state will continue to be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26. Parents of children with pre-existing conditions – like cancer, asthma, or diabetes – will no longer worry that they will be unable to buy health insurance.”
More than two years ago, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law has benefitted Ohioans in the following ways:
The law also ensures that the premium dollars Ohioans pay for health insurance are used for their medical care – rather than for executive bonuses and ad campaigns. The law requires that insurance companies spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect from consumers on medical care – or give consumers a rebate. An estimated nine million consumers could receive between $600 million to $1.4 billion in rebates from insurance companies this year. In Ohio, more than 143,000 Ohioans will benefit this year from $11.3 million in rebates. And after Ohio families have faced unchecked hikes in their health insurance costs for years, the law subjects insurance companies to new scrutiny if they raise prices by more than 10 percent. The ACA provided the State of Ohio $5.1 million to combat unjustifiable increases.
Rep. Jean Schmidt issued the following today about Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act.
I'm disappointed by the Supreme Court ruling. Two years ago, when the Democrats who then controlled the House passed the so-called Affordable Care Act, they were adamant that it wasn’t a tax. President Obama was adamant that it wasn’t a tax. Now, the Supreme Court says it’s a tax. Regardless of how it’s labeled, the law should be repealed.
I was among members of the House who voted to repeal the so called health-care reform law at the beginning of the 112th Congress. That action has been blocked by Democrats in the Senate. Clearly, Congress needs to revisit the matter.
While President Obama claims the law would help control costs, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that it could cause premiums on the individual market to rise. The Congressional Budget Office has also reported that the health care law could actually reduce job opportunities by some 800,000.
Our nation has the best doctors and hospitals in the world, but I'm concerned that this law won't ensure better care for patients. Instead, it could dictate how doctors practice medicine – and it could reduce treatment options for patients on the basis of cost.
I’m particularly troubled by the fact that President Obama’s health-care initiative would force religious institutions to offer their employees services such as birth control, sterilization procedures, and abortions, which might be contrary to a church’s moral precepts. That would infringe upon our religious liberties as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Lawsuits stressing that point have been filed by Catholic institutions.
Open Burning Suspended
The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has extended the SMOG ALERT.
Health Message: Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.
A SMOG ALERT will be in effect Friday, June 29 for the Loveland, Ohio area, uncluding Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky. The Agency expects to see levels of ozone in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” range on the Air Quality Index (AQI).
Additionally, Ohio EPA has instructed us that any open burning shall be suspended until the fire hazard, as declared by the National Weather Service, decreases.
Citizens of Clermont County who obtain their water from the Clermont County Water Resources Department are requested to voluntarily conserve water during the current dry weather period. Customers are urged to refrain from washing cars, watering the lawn and other non-essential water usage.
The Clermont County Water Resources Department continues to be involved in projects for increasing the ability to treat, transfer and store water in the northern portions of the county, where demands on the system have been the greatest.
The Clermont County Water Resources Department has sufficient water supplies to accommodate average or normal use; however, the system cannot sustain the excessive use during extended dry weather periods. If excessive non-essential water use continues, it may be necessary to declare a water emergency and impose water restrictions.
For additional information, contact Clermont County Director of Utilities Lyle Bloom at 513-732-8860.
Loveland, Ohio - The Loveland Initiative, in collaboration with Loveland InterFaith Effort is hosting its annual Back to School Fair for the 2012/2013 school year. To make this program one that meets a broad range of needs for Loveland students, they are collecting backpacks and grade appropriate school supplies. Families will also have the opportunity to find out more about the services available through L.I.F.E. and The Loveland Initiative including the Food Pantry, the Resource Center and the Cool School Enrichment Program. Rounding out the day, community partners will be on hand to share information on safety, health and nutrition.
In 2011, backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies were distributed to 234 registered students. They also received new shoes, hooded sweatshirts and free haircuts. Theyare asking for your support once again.
The goal is to make sure that every child starts off the school year with fresh new backpacks and school supplies. Dianna Davidson, Project Leader for the Loveland Initiative said, “We feel that children are more optimistic and encouraged to start the school year focusing on learning and not on too small shoes or hand-me-down bags. It is about generating excitement and joy at the prospect of returning to school.”
Backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies will benefit qualifying families who meet income and residency guidelines; who are struggling with their financial situation to make ends meet due to job layoffs and fewer benefits received in the home. Davidson said, “We fill backpacks with school supplies based on a list distributed by Loveland School District.
You can help by droping off items at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in the Parish Life Center (gym) located at 101 South Lebanon Road Loveland Ohio; on August 15, from 9 AM through 3 PM August 16 from 9 AM through 3 PM and August 17 from 1 PM through 7 PM. Deadline for backpacks and school supplies will be Friday August 17. Backpacks will be distributed at the back to school fair on Saturday August 18, from 2 PM through 4 PM. The children will be able to come and personally pick out their own backpack and leave with smiles on their faces.
Davidson said, “The Back to School Fair is a great asset to our community. We are confident that our community will come together to help the children and families in Loveland.”
You can be part of something really positive, really vital; something that really changes people’s lives and our community in a major way.
Call Dianna Davidson @  226-3795 or e-mail Dianna_maag@yahoo.com with any questions or concerns.
The Loveland Initiative is hosting its 3rd annual backpack drive to give 300 hundred Loveland school children the chance to start the year off right with good supplies. If you can donate one of these filled backpacks, the children would appreciate it more than you can imagine. If you are not able to complete an entire bag by yourself, please consider sharing this project with a friend. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!!!
Please make sure the bag is age appropriate. For example, if preparing backpack for a younger child, buy wide ruled paper, blunt tip scissors, etc. Please label bag as “younger or older”. We also serve Loveland High School students grades 9-12. Please drop off items at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in the Parish Life Center (gym) located at 101 South Lebanon Road Loveland Ohio; on August 15, from 9:00am-3:00pm, August 16 from 9:00am-3:00pm, and August 17 from 1:00pm-7:00pm. Deadline for backpacks and school supplies will be Friday August 17, 2012.
Hello, This week is Paint the Town in Loveland Ohio. I have participated in this event for the last 5 or 6 years. It isn't a plein air event, you can take photos and paint from home. On Sunday we will have a wet paint sale from 2-4 so if you are near Loveland please stop by. Loveland is a cute quaint town with outdoor cafes and a bicycle trail runs right through town so it's a busy little place. I took photos and started this 10 x 20 here at home and then spent most of Tuesday in town working on it and went down to the park there and painted the little 6 x 6 of Cone flowers.
See Barbar's Painting HERE...
This summer, Springhill Day Camp will be at Epiphany United Methodist Church at 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Road.
Five full days of adventure, friends and a chance to conquer challenges. Camp will be the week of July 23 - 27, 9 AM – 4 PM. Kids in kindergarten through the 4th grade can sign up.
The camp is open to the community.
You can get more information and register at www.springhillcamps.com/oh/daycamp.
Watch this short promo video to see how different the Springhill Camp is. They typically include activities like the climbing wall, crafts, low ropes, slingshot, water activities, euro-bungee, flying squirrel, silly games and more.
Doesn't get Votes
Loveland, Ohio - This LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO is from the July 26 City council meeting when Councilwoman Angie Settell asked for a vote to reprimand City Manager, Thomas Carroll. She was concerned about his recent actions concerning Loveland’s Amazing Race.
Settell said that Carroll’s actions ended up being an “embarrassment and black mark” against the City and that there needs to be “consequences for Carroll's unprofessional behavior on what should have been a proud day for Loveland.” Carroll sent an e-mail to Race officials ten days prior to the July 16 event demanding an unexpected and unexplained $5,000, citing the failure of Race Board member, Martin Schickel's not signing a private contract to sell his prime real estate to private developer Rick Greiwe for use in the downtown Loveland Station project. Carroll said that the Race permit would not be issued without the $5,000. (City Manager Threatens to Cancel Loveland's Amazing Race)
In an e-mail, Carroll blamed Schickel for “killing” the Loveland Station Project because he would not sign the sale contract. Carroll said it would now cost the City an additional $108,000 to refinance debt on the downtown project and he would have to lay off a police officer.
Settell said that she cannot bury her head in the sand. “I’ve had too many e-mails, discussions and calls from concerned citizens. There needs to be consequences for unprofessional behavior.” Her motion ultimately failed when Brenton Zuch moved to “Table” the motion. Discussion ended when an immediate 4-3 vote was taken, Mayor Rob Weisgerber, Vice Mayor David Bednar, Paulette Leeper, and Brenton Zuck voted to table the motion. Settell, Mark Fitzgerald, and Linda Cox voted for more discussion.
In moving to squash discussion, Zuck said that there wasn’t anybody who wanted the race to stay in Loveland more than him. He said there was “great deal of political grandstanding, opportunism, and there’s been a lot of people picking at this sore.” He suggested the issue was staying alive, “To keep hard feelings rolling and make a spectacle of this.” He said the City was on the verge of bringing the issue to a resolution and that’s what, ‘We need to focus on at this time.” He said that Settell’s motion might endanger an amicable outcome between the City and the Race.
There is speculation that the Race, after 7 years might not happen next year, or it may be moved to another city. Race registration, which usually opens immediately for the next year, has been indefinitely postponed.
However, Mark Fitzgerald wouldn’t let the subject drop. He said at the core of the matter is “equity” how people expected to be treated in doing business with the City of Loveland.” He said that for the City Manager to link the private dealings of one of the Race organizers to the issuance of a special events permit for the Amazing Race was, “Totally inappropriate.”
Fitzgerald speculated on what kind of message it would send to someone who might be a business prospect wanting to invest and bring jobs. He said that Settell’s motion is “wholly” in order, because council needed to “step up and reign in” the City Manager. “I don’t think that tabled motion will come back, and I think that’s sending a terrible message.”
After some discussion about some council members being left in the dark throughout the matter, Fitzgerald said:
“Nothing alters the fact that ten days before an event, an event that already had all the arrangements worked out, (the City Manager) came up with some bogus fee. They pay the fee. The fee ultimately gets refunded, but there’s the audacity to say, you either give me the $5,000 fee or have this individual deliver a signed contract for his property. There’s no way getting around that.”
In closing the meeting Weisgerber allowed himself the last say, “This has been handled horribly. Everybody’s pointing at the City Manager, but look around the table.” Weisgerber said he had previously asked council, “Give me a little latitude to work with the race committee.” He said he didn’t want to drag the Race committee through the mud in public, “For things they did wrong on their part as well. But, if we are trying to drag people through the mud, let’s go at it, but there’s going to be a lot of collateral damage that goes with it. But, that’s not my objective.”
Carroll refused comment after the meeting concluded. (Read Editorial: Loveland Magazine Officially Illegitimate)
Libby Fisher said:
When: Saturday June 30, 2012
Where: Larosa’s on Loveland-Madiera Rd
Time: 1pm to 4pm
The Loveland Initiative Mission is to educate and assist low-income children and their families” in our community.
Stop by and get your car washed for a good cause. All proceeds will benefit The Loveland Initiative and all its programs such as:
• Toy Store
• Backpack Program
• Cool School
• Martin Luther King Day
• Tracey Johnson Scholarship
• Dream Makers teen group
• And operating expenses
Timothy Stewart Stansbury (Age 13) and resident of Loveland, Ohio passed away on June 22, 2012 in Thorung Phedi, Nepal, after being struck by a falling rock and killed instantly while hiking the Himalayas (Annapurna Conservation Area) with his Father and younger brother.
Timothy was born in Scottsdale, Arizona on July 26, 1998, the oldest son of Rebecca Diane and Trevor Hunt Stansbury. He is survived by his younger brother and two sisters, Jonathan Paul (12), Hannah Elizabeth (9), and Rachel Claire (6).
Having just completed the eighth grade at Loveland Middle School, Timothy was preparing to begin his freshman year at Loveland High School. His best friend was Mr. Mark Geiger of Batavia.
The SMOG ALERT will stay effect through Thursday, June 28 for the Loveland, Ohio area, including Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky.
Health Message: Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.
The primary pollutant on Thursday is OZONE, but the primary culprit is US.
Our IDLING in the fast food or bank lane.
Our CUTTING GRASS before 8 PM.
Our FILLING OUR GAS TANKS before 8 PM.
Our UNNECESSARY AUTOMOBILE TRIPS.
Our NOT COMBINING CAR TRIPS.
Our NOT SHARING TRIPS WITH FRIENDS.
Our using GAS POWERED WEED EATERS AND LEAF BLOWERS.
Our WASTING ELECTRIC.
Our LEAD FOOT.
While exposure to ozone air pollution causes adverse health effects in most people, children are especially susceptible to these effects. Children spend significantly more time outdoors, especially in the summertime when ozone levels are the highest.
National statistics show that children spend an average of 50 percent more time outdoors than do adults.
A recent study conducted by the American Lung Association shows that as many as 27.1 million children age 13 and under, and over 1.9 million children with asthma are potentially exposed to unhealthful levels of ozone based on the new 0.08 ppm, eight-hour ozone level standard.
Children spend more time engaged in vigorous activity (i.e., exercise). Such activity results in breathing in more air, and therefore more pollution being taken deep into the lungs. A California study found that children spend three times as much time engaged in sports and vigorous activities as adults do.
Children have a higher breathing rate than adults relative to their body weight and lung surface area. This results in a greater dose of pollution delivered to their lungs. Most biological air pollution damage is related to the dose of pollution inhaled in relation to the body weight and surface area of the target organ.
Even when children experience significant drops in lung function, they do not seem to suffer or report some of the acute symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath, associated with ozone exposure in adults. Thus, children are not likely to receive or may not understand the biological warnings to reduce their ozone exposure by stopping their exercise or moving indoors.
Children have narrower airways than do adults. Thus, irritation or inflammation caused by air pollution that would produce only a slight response in an adult can result in a potentially significant obstruction of the airways in a young child.
During exercise, children, like adults, breathe with both their nose and mouth rather than just their noses. When the nose is bypassed during the breathing process, the filtering effects of the nose are lost, therefore allowing more air pollution to be inhaled.
Air pollution, including ozone, can result in more frequent respiratory infections in children due to impairment of the lung's ability to defend itself. Scientists are concerned that children who experience more frequent lower respiratory infections may be at greater risk of lower-than-normal lung function later in life.
When ozone levels are high, children should avoid calisthenics, soccer, running and other strenuous outdoor exercise. They should be encouraged to participate in less strenuous activities such as recreational swimming, swinging or indoor activities such as floor hockey and gymnastics instead. From wsoctv.com
“Never Clean Up Pet Waste Again”
Loveland Magazine has the pleasure of introducing Number 2 Pet Waste Removal – a new scooper service based out of Loveland, Ohio. Number 2 provides its customers with weekly service, eco-friendly disposal and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Loveland Magazine brings you thisl interview with owner, Chris Ginn.
What is Number 2 Pet Waste Removal?
Number 2 is a pooper-scooper service. We do offer other services but the core of the business is cleaning up people’s yards. I like to say when nature calls, we’re here to answer. Everything you need to know is on our webpage at www.number2petwaste.com.
Why should people purchase your services?
I’m sure the reasons are as unique as the customers. Be it health, cleanliness, convenience or peace of mind. My business helps people who want a cleaner yard and would like someone else to take care of it.
Whose homes do you service?
Well, anyone that needs it truly. 60% of homes have pets and the truth is, pet owners don’t really like spending their time cleaning up the yard. It’s unpleasant and takes time away from busy schedules. We also offer commercial services to kennels, doggy day cares, apartments, HOA’s and more. A complete list of the zip codes we service is on our webpage.
How does your service work?
We offer a weekly clean up starting at $11. This covers a single pet home with a yard under a half-acre. Each additional pet is $3. Once a yard has been cleaned the homeowner receives notification of service and their account is billed. Other rates can be seen on our webpage.
You said you offer other services, can you explain more?
We are starting to offer a litter box service for cat owners. We will provide a spare litter box for the homeowner and on the scheduled day, they place the used box outside where we empty, clean and refill it. This way, we never have to go inside the home. Also there are some À la carte options like yard deodorizations available for customers.
What is your 100% satisfaction guarantee?
I don’t believe in binding contracts. I really want the quality of our work to be the reason we hold on to our customers. If a customer is dissatisfied with our service at any point, we will schedule an additional clean up at no cost. There are a few things the guarantee cannot cover including things like dietary distress in animals and overgrown lawns.
What do you do in the winter season?
We are a year round service. Wintery weather may reduce the frequency of our visits, but it doesn’t reduce the frequency of your pet using the bathroom or the potential of pet waste being tracked into your home from outside.
So would you say that Pet Waste is dangerous?
I’m not the type who would blow whistles to cause alarm. But the facts prove pet waste is not something you want to expose yourself or your family to - especially young children. The CDC shows that it contains E.Coli, fecal coliform and other nasty things that can make humans sick. The EPA has dog waste listed as a non-point source pollutant. That is the same category that motor oil, herbicides and insecticides are found in.
What makes your service eco-friendly?
When pet waste is removed from the yards it cannot spread into ground water and lessens environmental contamination from run off. Since the feces will break down naturally overtime, we dispose of pet waste in 100% biodegradable bags so once it’s deteriorated, it’s completely gone.
Can’t I just put pet waste into my compost or garden like fertilizer?
Please don’t do this at home. Dog waste is not manure. It needs to be heated to high temperatures in order to kill off all bacteria and possible parasites that live inside it. Most backyard compost piles don’t reach the necessary temperatures to sterilize it. We recommend using biodegradable containers sent to federally regulated landfills. Landfills must abide by Water Run Off Discharge Standards set by the United States EPA.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Well as part of saying thank you to Loveland Magazine, we’d like to offer special discounts to your readers until the end of July. Just mention you heard about us in Loveland Magazine and your first week of service will receive a $3 coupon.
To find out more about Number 2 Pet Waste Removal visit www.number2petwaste.com.
Loveland Magazine was officially declared illegitimate last night by Thomas Carroll, the Loveland City Manager. At least that is how the Loveland Herald would have reported this story, because it seems anything uttered at City Hall must be the gospel truth. If City Hall says it... it must be so.
This LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO was taken in the doorway to Carroll's office last night moments after Councilwoman Angie Settell asked for a vote on issuing a written reprimand to Carroll. Loveland Magazine asked Carroll if he cared to comment on what had just transpired during the meeting.
Speaking about Loveland's Amazing Race held on July 16 and Carroll's unprofessional conduct, Settell said that what should have been a proud day for Loveland ended up being an embarrassment and black mark against our City.
Settell said there needs to be consequences for Carroll's unprofessional behavior - that could result in a lawsuit.
Carroll sent an e-mail to Race officials ten days prior to the event demanding an unexpected and unexplained $5,000, citing the failure of Race Board member, Martin Schickel's not signing a private contract to sell his prime real estate to private developer Rick Griewe for use in the downtown Loveland Station project. Carroll said that the Race permit would not be issued without the $5,000. (City Manager Threatens to Cancel Loveland's Amazing Race)
Brenton Zuck moved to "Table" Settell's motion. The result scuttled a repremand vote. By a 4-3 vote, Mayor Rob Weisgerber, Vice Mayor David Bednar, Paulette Leeper, and Brenton Zuck voted to table the motion. Settell, Mark Fitzgerald, and Linda Cox voted for more discussion.
Loveland Herald reporter, Jeanne Houck attended her first full council meeting last night in perhaps 2 years. She has been to some, but only long enough to take a photo or retrieve a few comments. Presumably the "legitimate" news organization as per the City Manager's comments [see video below] has been doing their reporting while watching meetings from the comfort of home on TV.
The illegitimate news organization, Loveland Magazine has attended nearly every Loveland Council meeting and bringing you HD Video from important discussions since its founding in 2004 - publishing more than 7,400 stories of local interest since.
Dear Loveland Magazine Readers,
I am a little surprised that The Amazing Race is asking for an apology from the City of Loveland. (An Open Letter to City Hall From Loveland’s Amazing Race)
Why does this event exist? Does it exist to provide needed monies for Charitable organizations, or for its own aggrandizement? If the former, then I highly recommend that the Race Board let go of the politicking and work as hard as necessary to provide for the charities it claims to serve. If that means cultivating additional sponsors to cover the expense of a permit, then do it.
I sincerely doubt you are going to hold the City hostage by either threatening to take the race elsewhere, or threatening to not have the race at all. The fact is there is NO other local community more perfectly suited to act as a host for this event. You aren't going to move this. And if you simply decide to end it, then shame on you for trying to teach the City a lesson at the expense of your charities.
The fact is, we have a huge gaping hole in the middle of downtown Loveland with a single aged building on it. Why Shickle is delaying on the sale is unknown; but if he cares about the City as much as all of this posturing suggests, then sell the building and let's get on with the Loveland Station development.
I wonder if any of the players here are really considering the long-term good and growth of the city? I would submit that in this case, very likely the only one who is is Tom Carroll. Tom has been pioneering the Loveland Station project for as long as I have known him, and I defy anyone to look back a decade and claim that Historic Loveland was better off then, with its blocks of dilapidated buildings, failing businesses, and so on. His sole job is to usher the City of Loveland into a more solid future. As best I can tell, that is happening. Frankly, I would gladly pay the guy cost of living 4% for that.
Does Loveland Magazine have the city's best interests in mind? Doubtful, based on the highly slanted nature of the way these stories are skewed. ("City Manager gets raise for looking for another Job") (City Manager Gets 5% Pay Hike for All of 2012) (Council Set to Raise City Manager Salary).
Doubtful that Martin Shickle does. As a business owner, his motivation is and has to be profit.
Doubtful the Amazing Race does, because they are now posturing for an apology or threatening to leave.
So to the board of directors of Loveland's Amazing Race: put your charities first. Open registration. Surcharge the registration fee if you need to or find more sponsors. You will cover the permit fee with ease.
To Martin Schickle: sell the d** building. Is there some buried treasure in there you need to retrieve first? If so, grab it and sign the deed. Let's get the Loveland Station rolling.
To Loveland Magazine: News. Reporting. Facts. Your agenda is about as transparent as a piece of Saran Wrap. Really care about the City of Loveland? Then stop trying to scuttle it.
End of rant.
LOVELAND, OHIO - This LOVELAND MAGAZINE HD VIDEO is of Kay and Tim O'Grady who own Whistle Stop Clayworks in Historic Downtown Loveland. They were at the farmers market on Tuesday to show people one of their pottery wheels and some of their wares. Tim turns while Kay talks.
By U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt,
Ohio’s Second Congressional District
It has become an annual ritual. Each summer, gas prices spike – further burdening American families and causing outrage across the United States. President Obama says there is no “magic wand” that will bring oil prices down – and that we need to discuss long-term energy strategies. Instead, we usually resort to a short-term gimmick, like opening the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Summer turns to fall, and we move on to another topic.
Unfortunately, this is no time to move on. Today, the national average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is around $3.40. And, some 13 million Americans are out of work. Establishing a long-term energy plan can help change all of those numbers for the better.
The fact is that our nation has far more untapped oil than what is in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. There is great potential to develop our own domestic energy sources on federal lands, but we keep getting in our own way. The federal government is making it more difficult to tap the sources of energy. And, once those sources are available, the government throws up road blocks to bringing that energy to consumers.
Last week, the House of Representatives considered a bill, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, that seeks to harness our domestic energy resources. It also would help put Americans back to work, lower gas prices over the long term, and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil.
More specifically, this bill seeks to stop the Obama administration from hindering domestic oil and natural gas production on federal lands – while cutting bureaucratic red tape and streamlining the federal permitting process.
It also would require the federal government to set longer-term production goals – using an “all of the above” approach to meeting our nation’s energy needs. And, it would make the Environmental Protection Agency consider the effects of its rules and regulations on domestic energy consumers.
This is a common-sense approach for the government to maintain a steady hand in promoting reliable and affordable access to energy.
HeartStone Tour de Loveland
Saturday, August 18th, 2012
•Advanced 7:30a, 74 very challenging miles
•Intermediate 8:00a, 33 rolling miles
•Novice 9:00a, 17 miles
•Family 9:30a, 7 miles
The HeartStone Tour is a fundraiser partnership between the HeartStone Foundation and the City of Loveland. Proceeds will go to assist individuals facing financial hardship caused by medical emergencies.
The HeartStone Tour is an essential fundraiser for the HeartStone Foundation, as well as a great way to spend your day cycling and having fun with family and friends.
Come join us for HeartStone Tour de Loveland and experience Loveland's hospitality, the rolling countryside, the challenging hills, and the farmlands of beautiful Warren County in southwest Ohio. Enjoy on-site food and beverages provided by our generous sponsors and volunteers both pre- and post-ride. After you finish the tour, kick back and relax to the rhythms and sounds of our live musical entertainment!
Additional Festivities around Loveland
Start the day with a bike tour to benefit the Heartstone Foundation and then visit the shops and restaurants in the historic district! Join the Loveland community for their kickoff of Bikes, Bands and Bites!
The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency (Agency) has issued a SMOG ALERT for Wednesday, June 27 for the Loveland Area, including Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky.
The Agency expects to see levels of ozone in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” range on the Air Quality Index (AQI).
Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
The Agency hopes asks every resident in the four county area will make some small change in his or her daily habits on Smog Alert days to reduce smog formation. Your actions can make a difference in our community.
Meghan Lawson was approved as the next Assistant Principal at Loveland Middle School. She is currently an English teacher and Department Chairperson at Indian Hill Middle School. Lawson has served as a Curriculum Leader, Intervention Coordinator, Student Council Advisor, and Professional Development Leader. She also designed and facilitated a graduate course for Miami University where she coaches pre-service teachers. She has her Masters of Arts from Miami University.