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4/26/2016 – 10:36 am

Blanchard Valley Hospital was recently honored with an “A” grade in the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score. The score rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, accidents, injuries, and infections. The score is compiled by medical experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit.

The score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data and is the only peer-reviewed rating in the Journal of Patient Safety. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in the Spring of 2016 with 798 of those hospitals receiving an “A” grade.

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4/26/16 – 10:34 A.M.

Of the eight engineering firms that applied to complete the Eagle Creek diversion channel plans for Hancock County, three will be interviewed. Project Manager Steve Wilson talked about what qualifications were examined…

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AECOM, Arcadis Engineering, and Stantec Engineering will all interview with the county…

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Wilson says after that, the county will try to negotiate a scope of service agreement with the top selection.

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4/26/16 – 7:25 A.M.

A political mailer in Seneca County sent out just before the March primary still has people talking. The Review-Times reports a Political Action Committee called “Citizens for Seneca County” sent out a postcard urging voters to cast a ballot for anyone but County Commissioner Holly Stacy. The treasurer of the PAC listed on the mailing was Former Fostoria mayor and current Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation director John Davoli.

Davoli spoke to the Review-Times and said he didn’t approve the flyer. He said his responsibility is for invoices. Beyond that he said he had no comment.

Stacey told the newspaper, “I have concerns about someone in that position having a part in this.” While she doesn’t believe Davoli acted alone, she isn’t speculating who else is part of the group. While no one else has come forward, two financial contributors have apologized to Stacey. County Commissioner Fred Zoeller and Andrew Kalnow, president and CEO of National Machinery in Tiffin, were listed as donors to the PAC.

Stacey adds she doesn’t believe her opponent in March, former executive director of the SIEDC Rich Focht, knew the extent of the group’s plans.

Stacey won reelection in March, taking 53 percent of the vote.

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4/26/16 – 6:51 A.M.

McComb officials hope to learn about the status of a grant application in the next month-or-so. The Courier reports village council was given an update on the Safe Routes to School effort during their Monday meeting. If the village gets money from the grant, it can be used for things like bike routes, walking paths, crosswalks, and traffic signals.

Police Chief Greg Smith says they should know if they’re getting the grant by May or June.

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4/26/16 – 6:39 A.M.

Four Findlay roads will be closed at times over the next week for curb repair. The city engineering department says Marilyn Drive between Goldenrod and Lilac lanes, Goldenrod Lane between Bittersweet Drive and Carlee Lane, Lilac Lane between Bittersweet Drive and Carlee Lane, and Orchard Lane between Lilac Lane and Western Avenue will all see curb work between now and May 2.

You’re asked to avoid the areas if possible.

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4/26/16 – 5:23 A.M.

An Ada teen missing since Friday night has been found. According to the Lima News, 14-year-old Elizabeth Saracson was found in an Indianapolis home Monday. She had been staying at her sister’s house in Ada Friday when she disappeared. Authorities believe she left the house voluntarily.

The case remains under investigation.

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4/26/16 – 5:13 A.M.

A Putnam County home was destroyed by a fire Monday afternoon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports firefighters from five departments were called to 101 East Main Street in Belmore around 1 p.m. The house was already engulfed in flames when they arrived. No one was injured.

Preliminary reports say an uncontrolled trash fire may have started the blaze, but the official report has not been finalized.

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4/26/16 – 4:59 A.M.

Teenagers all over Hancock County were given warnings about heroin Monday. The Courier reports Team Recovery, a Toledo-organization that educates about the heroin epidemic, spoke at three high schools. Students at Liberty-Benton, McComb, and Cory-Rawson heard from recovering addicts, who talked about how they became addicted. The group will speak at Van Buren and Vanlue today.

While the speakers’ paths toward addiction varied, one message stood out; none of them thought they would become addicted. 29-year-old Matt Bell told students his spiral toward addiction began with his first cigarette. Bell said it wasn’t so much the cigarette that led to getting hooked on heroin, as it was the poor decision-making.

40-year-old Sarah Heslet told the teens she was the head cheerleader when she was in high school. She added that decisions like drinking on a Friday night to fit in led to other drugs which then led to opiates.

Liberty-Benton High School Principal Brenda Frankart tells the Courier the school wanted to do something informational on the subject for the students.

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4/25/16 – 9:01 A.M.

An annual cleanup effort in Mount Blanchard is set for May 7, but organizers are working to line-up volunteers now. Community service projects will take place at Island and Hurricane Parks, the baseball diamonds, and in the downtown area. Most of the projects will include picking up litter, painting, and minor repair work.

Village leaders are hoping community groups will step up once again to help. For more information contact RuthAnn Bushong or Jackie Porcello.

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