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State Representative Jim Buchy… Mitochondrial Disease Awareness
September is Mitochondrial disease awareness month in memory of western Ohio’s own Corynna Strawser. Corynna dedicated her life to raising awareness for this rare and devastating disease and in her honor Senate Bill 300 was passed to allow us to carry on her fight. Mitochondrial disease, Mito for short, is an inherited chronic illness in which read more.
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Bullying in Ohio, By Melissa Martin, Child Therapist
How do agencies and organizations in Ohio prevent and intervene with bullying? Do they help or hinder? What is the bullying policy at your child’s school? What is a definition of bullying? “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time,” according read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… “Slummering” in Maine, By Aprill Brandon
Guys, I don’t want to alienate any of my readers, but I can officially say that I now “summer in Maine” like the rich people do. So please no longer make direct eye contact when addressing me, peasants. Ok, ok, busted. We’ll actually be slumming it in a small motel by the beach for barely three days, so technically I guess you could say we’ll be “slummering in Maine.” But you read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Agritourism is a Growing Trend in Ohio
When the Ohio winter ends and the warmer months come, you see many people moving outdoors for entertainment. A growing trend in Ohio is for Ohioans to take part in agritourism. Over the last 15 or so years, this industry has really taken off and we in the state legislature are doing our part to help it continue to be successful. Agritourism can be defined as the crossroads between agriculture and tourism. read more.
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Mr. History Wants… By Susan Olling
Some years ago, we went on a factory tour at the Harley-Davidson assembly plant in York, PA.  I thought that Mr. History’s  interest in this type of hog would go no further.  However, one of the toys on Mr. History’s wish list  is a top-of-line Harley.  This list also includes a 1930s fire truck, among other internal-combustion contraptions.  I always ask him where he plans to put all of these things read more.
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Greenville City Schools… Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year, GCSD Superintendent Douglas Fries
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year.  Our administration and staff are eager to begin another year with the students, parents, grandparents, and community members throughout our district.  We hope to have everyone work together to make this another successful instructional and enjoyable year for all. I trust each of you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with your family read more.
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Ohio Republican Party… ORP Update
Focusing on jobs and the taxpayers. That's a major difference between Ohio Republicans and Ohio Democrats.  A little over 4 years ago, under Democrat Ted Strickland, our state faced massive job lost, tax hikes, and an $8 billion budget hole. Now our Republican team has delivered $5 billion in tax cuts, a $2 billion surplus and economic growth. This week Ohio Republicans continued read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Protecting Ohio’s Drinking Water
Around this time last year, 500,000 Ohioans in the Toledo area were forced to go without safe drinking water. They were warned they couldn’t drink the tap water in their own homes. This is something no family should have to go through, and that should not be happening in our state. Cities and towns across Ohio need to have the best, most up-to-date information on how to keep their drinking read more.
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All Is Not Lost, By Kate Burch
At our house, we joke about morning prayers consisting, at least in part, of sitting with our coffee and the daily newspapers, saying repeatedly, “Oh, God!” Yesterday, especial fervency was provoked by some disheartening news about Voice of America.  Started in 1942 as a means of countering Nazi propaganda, VOA is a taxpayer-funded read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… The Case of the Missing Dino Nugget, By Aprill Brandon
It’s lunchtime. Again. I know. You can’t believe it’s lunchtime again. Wasn’t it just lunchtime yesterday? And the day before that? How many times does this kid need to eat? But so goes the life of the parent of a toddler. Only, the thing is, this lunchtime is different. This lunchtime, you’re already hour 16 into your new diet. That stupid, stupid new diet you Googled and pledged an oath read more.
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State Rep. Jim Buchy… Making Ohio More Business Friendly and Improving Our Economy
Over the last 5 years the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has made changes to help it evolve from a problem, to a leader in economic development and job growth in Ohio. The growth is due to the presence of all the ingredients of a strong economy including: sound business decisions, a focus on safety and hard workers. In recent years, the BWC has been responsible read more.
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U.S. Congressman John Boehner… A Commitment to Providing Excellent Constituent Services - Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today released the following column reminding Ohio’s 8th District of the many services he provides to help constituents navigate federal agencies, cut through red-tape, and get the answers they need: “This year, the IRS dropped 8.8 million calls on taxpayers in the months read more.
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New interest in Jamestown, By Susan Olling
The recent news stories about four sets of remains found on the site of a church that dates to 1608 will probably bring even more visitors to one of the most interesting parks in the National Park Service System: Historic Jamestowne.  None of the American History courses I took, back in the mists of time, mentioned Jamestown, Virginia, the read more.
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Deliberate Harm, By Kate Burch
A couple of weeks ago, one of my Facebook friends posted a photo of two young children, one white, one black, walking in a wooded scene, with hands clasped.  The caption above the photo was, “This is where we need to be.”  I commented, “Really, most of us are there already.”  No response received. A couple of my black friends have decried the recent and current worsening perceptions read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… I just want to pay my bill, By Aprill Brandon
I don’t know if you guys have been keeping up with the news lately, but according to the headlines I’ve been skimming on Twitter, robots are poised to take over all our jobs. Or something like that. I never actually click on the links because as the mother of a toddler, all I really have time to read are listicles about how to lose 10 pounds in 10 days. (Note to the editors of Huffington Post read more.
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The White House… 50 Years Ago
Every year, I head back to the birthplace of a new America -- Selma, Alabama -- where a determined struggle for voting rights transformed our democracy 50 years ago. On March 7, 1965, Hosea Williams and I led a band of silent witnesses, 600 nonviolent crusaders, intending to march 50 miles to Montgomery -- Alabama's capital -- to demonstrate the need for voting rights in America read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Tax Relief for Ohio’s Non-Profit Veterans and Fraternal Organizations -- Two years ago we provided a property tax exemption in Ohio law for veterans and fraternals but bureaucrats in the tax department failed to recognize space used by such organizations for the not-for-profit service of the organizational members. In this biennial budget which we passed in June we included a provision that further outlines the intention of the legislature to provide that exemption to the space read more.
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Commissioners Corner… Airport news to come; July notes
From wet and cool to hot and humid, July has certainly been a mixed bag of weather. The first half of the month was a continuation of June with rain and cool temperatures almost daily, and now the last week or so, it has been more like a Darke County July, hot and humid. It really is time for us to start getting summertime weather here, so I guess we can’t complain read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Fighting to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs
Just like Medicare – which celebrated its 50th Anniversary last week – prescription drugs have helped Americans live longer and healthier lives. But for too many Americans, the high cost of prescription drugs forces them to choose between taking their full dosage and putting food on the table or keeping their lights on. And drug costs are on the rise. A report released last month by the Medicare read more.
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Death By a Thousand Cuts, By Kate Burch
Last week, our dishwasher went on the fritz and, before the repair was accomplished, the water heater sprang a leak!  There’s nothing like washing dishes by hand in cold water and taking cold showers to make one appreciate modern conveniences.  When we went to look at water heaters, we were surprised at how much the prices had increased.  The salesman and the installer shook their heads read more.
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