Town Hall meetings scheduled to discuss the 3/4% income tax renewal in Toledo

Sept. 20 - District 6 - Regina Coeli - 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 - District 4 - (1415 Jefferson) Nexus - 6 p.m.

Oct. 12 - District 3 - East Toledo Family Center - 6 p.m.

Oct. 12 - District 2 - Bowsher High School - 6 p.m.

Local Red Cross Recruiting Needed Volunteers

The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio  is recruiting volunteers to join its workforce to help families affected by an increase in disasters  caused by severe storms across the country. Volunteers constitute about 90 percent of the American Red Cross workforce. Volunteers make it possible to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, most of them home and apartment fires.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a trained Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer, please visit the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org or contact Regional Volunteer Specialist, Diane S. Dixon, CVA, at 419-329-2741 or by email at diane.dixon@redcross.org

Time to target Lime Disease prevention

With increasing numbers affecting more people than West Nile, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined, Lyme disease can cause arthritis-like joint pain, debilitating headaches, muscle weakness and paralysis, irregular heartbeat, severe fatigue, and central nervous system complications. 

September is FASD Awareness Month

FASThe U.S. Surgeon General advises pregnant women and women who are considering becoming pregnant to abstain from alcohol consumption in order to eliminate alcohol-exposed pregnancies. Yet, recent studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that one in ten pregnant women reports alcohol use. It is estimated that 40,000 babies are born each year with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in in individual who was exposed to alcohol before birth. Prevalence studies in 2014 report that as many as one in 20 children has an FASD.

A growing baby is exposed to the same concentration of alcohol as the mother during pregnancy. No amount of alcohol use is known to be safe for a developing baby before birth. Exposure to alcohol from any type of beverage, including beer and wine, is unsafe for developing babies at every stage of pregnancy. FASDs are completely preventable if a developing baby is not exposed to alcohol before birth.

FASDs can impact a child’s physical, mental, behavioral, or cognitive development. The most visible condition along the continuum of FASD, fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), is characterized by growth deficiencies, central nervous system disabilities, and specific facial characteristics. Prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), as well as a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual issues. Read the Governor's Proclation.

Be a foster parent

Are you someone who loves kids and wants to make a difference in a child’s life? If so, consider becoming a foster parent through Lucas County Children Services (LCCS).  LCCS needs all kinds of individuals to care for all kinds of children, but has a particular need right now for families able to care for groups of brothers and sisters, and for caregivers experienced in working with children with developmental and behavioral challenges. To learn more about becoming a foster parent, call LCCS foster care recruiter Celine Woods at 419-213-3336.