Wednesday, May 24, 2017

THE GOSSIP - U2, wildfires, race study and Innis Maggiore

OHIO CREW HELPING FIGHT WILDFIRES - An Ohio wildfire crew consisting of six people and one wildfire engine from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) departed Saturday to travel to Georgia, where they were dispatched to the West Mims Fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Kingsland, Georgia, to help fight the wildfire.

"Ohio is again responding to the call for assistance with a national emergency, this time in Georgia," said Robert Boyles, Ohio's state forester. "Our crew and engine are well-prepared for initial attack, structure protection and other special assignments to protect life, property and natural resources under very challenging circumstances."

Rapid rates of fire spread, wind direction changes and hazard trees are challenging suppression efforts, although moist weather early in the week has helped firefighters. However, the weather conditions at the end of this week are hot and dry, which may cause the fire to pick back up and start running again. The cause of the West Mims wildfire was reported as lightning/natural, and the fire is more than 152,000 acres in size. Although mostly in the Okefenokee NWR, the fire also affects private residences. Numerous evacuations are in place, and some structures have already been lost. The perimeter of the fire was 40 percent contained as of Thursday. The fire is being attacked with engines, tractor plows and aircraft. When the swamp burns, it usually burns for a long time. The estimated controlled date of this fire is Nov. 1.

RESEARCH: FEAR HOLDS BACK PEOPLE OF COLOR - A study done by youth researchers cites fear as a major barrier to wellness for students of color. Youth of color represent the fastest-growing segment of the United States' child population, and, according to America's Promise Alliance, fear, in addition to less access to opportunities, place this group at an increased risk for poor health.

Linda Sprague Martinez, a research fellow with the Center for Promise, and the primary author of Barriers to Wellness: Voices and Views from Young People in Five Cities, said young researchers in five large cities talked to people of their own age to find out what makes them afraid. The top answers were: police interaction, community violence, lack of food, drug use, and not enough access to college. Sprague Martinez said racism also was cited.

"If I'm going to cross over from my side of the neighborhood to another side of the neighborhood that's a difficult choice to make because there could be a number of hazards that I would run into, or violence that I might experience just from moving from one side of the community to another side of the community," she explained.

INNIS MAGGIORE HONORED - Aultman Hospital and Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, teamed up to win top honors in the national Cancer Awareness Advertising Awards competition.

Aultman Breast Care Center’s newspaper advertisement for its 3D mammography capabilities and the advantages they provide to patients was awarded the highest accolade – the Gold Award – in the category for hospitals with more than 500 beds in the national Cancer Awareness Advertising Awards. It is a competition operated by trade journal Marketing Healthcare Today. In addition, Aultman’s overall 3D mammography campaign “Another Dimension of Prevention” was awarded the Silver.

Designed in bright colors and bold graphics, the Aultman 3D mammography newspaper ad promotes the visual clarity and detail the technology provides and the advantages it delivers. “Seeing is preventing” is the tagline that informs readers what they can expect from 3D mammography at the Aultman Breast Care Center.

STARK COUNTY HUNGER TASK FORCE PANTRY SETS HOLIDAY CLOSING SCHEDULE - Stark County Hunger Task Force (SCHTF) officials announce the emergency pantry at 408 9th St. will close Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

The pantry in the Ken Weber Community Campus at Goodwill will return to the regular schedule Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. Pantry Hours: Mondays, 9:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m. to 2:35 p.m., Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m. to 3:35 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays, 9:15 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.

Time tickets for the pantry are distributed by the Goodwill receptionists on a first-come, first-served basis.

MVNU GRADUATES 574 - Mount Vernon Nazarene University honored this year’s 574 graduates on April 29. The Traditional Commencement Ceremony was held in the morning and 251 degrees were conferred to the students. The Graduate and Professional Studies Ceremony was held in the afternoon when 323 students received their degrees.

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