“Tecumseh!” Cast Member Assumes Lead Actor Role

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Photo of (Jamie Pla) Courtesy of Scioto Society

The Scioto Society has a new face in the lead role as “Tecumseh!”, going to a returning cast member now in his second season.

Jaime Pla has earned the role as the Shawnee chief, as the outdoor drama returns to the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre after being sidelined last summer due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Scioto Society’s social media site says; “Jamie Pla was born to a Puerto Rican family in Phoenix, Arizona. Surrounded by a quiet suburbia, he found excitement and escape through stories. Cartoons, film, television, games, novels, he was enraptured by it all. As he grew older he had the opportunity to travel the world and learn new, exciting stories from other cultures that fueled his passion. He committed to his passions and graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Acting. Now an actor and writer, he’s dedicated his life to storytelling in its many forms.”

The drama opens the 2021 season on June 17th and will run through September 5th.

Ohio Supreme Court Hears Arguments Surrounding Newark Earthworks

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WATCH: The Supreme Court heard the arguments from counsel for the Ohio History Connection at the beginning of their 3 hour session Tuesday morning.

The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday concerning a lawsuit where the Ohio History Connection is seeking imminent domain of the Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark.

The Ohio History Connection wants to take possession of the Octagon Earthworks, which they are leasing to the country club, but want to create into a public park.

The Octagon and seven other earthworks, including Chillicothe’s Hopewell Cultural National Historical Park, are under consideration for designation as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. However, to obtain the designation, the Newark Octagon site cannot be under the control of the country club.

The Ohio History Connection wants to buy out the remaining lease held by the Moundbuilders Country Club, but  the club had declined to negotiate in 2018, which led to the court case for imminent domain. Moundbuilders Country Club lost in a lower court ruling.

The Moundbuilders Country Club currently limits public use access to the site to 4 full days a year and Mondays, or partial Mondays, depending on the season.

FDA Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

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UPDATED 3pm (4/13/21)

(COLUMBUS)—Today (4/13/21) Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud, and Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D., are advising all Ohio vaccine providers to temporarily pause using the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. 

This is in response to a statement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine following extremely rare blood-clotting events of six people in the U.S. after receiving the vaccine. Those problems occurred within 6-13 days of the six individuals receiving the shot.

Over 200,000 Ohioans have already received the J&J shot, and the Governor says he’s been told by the White House that the pause on using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will likely be “days instead of weeks.”

The CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Wednesday to further review these cases.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Health are following this situation closely.

The directive from the FDA and CDC appeared on FDA’s Twitter.

“We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution.”

Federal officials say further “As of 4/12, 6.8m+ doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC & FDA are reviewing data involving 6 reported U.S. cases of a rare & severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the vaccine. Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered.”

CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases.

“Until that process is complete, we are recommending this pause. This is important to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events and can plan due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot.”

In Ross County, Adena Health System is stopping its Johnson & Johnson COVD-19 vaccines following Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) guidance.

Spokeperson Jason Gilham said “We will be continuing our mass vaccination clinic appointments for this week Wednesday through Friday using the Moderna vaccine and scheduling those individuals for their second appointments. Anyone scheduled at the Adena PACCAR Medical Education Center mass vaccination clinic this week will receive a call from ODH regarding the change from Johnson & Johnson to Moderna vaccines with the option if they want to keep their appointment.”

Members of the Ohio National Guard administer Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination at Adena’s PACCAR Medical Education Center. Photo courtesy Adena Health System

Fayette County First Dose Vaccine Clinic Set For April 16th

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The Fayette County Health Department will be hosting a first dose vaccination clinic on Friday, April 16th and is by appointment only.

Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available, but Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for 16+, while Moderna is available for those age 18+.

The Moderna Clinic will be conducted between 8:30am-12:30pm followed by the Pfizer clinic between 1:30pm-5pm.

The Vaccination Clinic for Moderna – 1st dose (18+). Schedule here: https://bit.ly/modernafcph

Pfizer – 1st dose (16+). Schedule here: http://bit.ly/fcphpfizer

*Parental or legal guardian consent required for 16 and 17-year old patients. You may also call (740) 335-5910 to schedule.

Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment. 

Once you receive your vaccination you will be asked to stay at least 15 minutes.  If you have any allergies or previous reactions to vaccine you may be asked to stay for 30 minutes. 

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Once your appointment is set, you will receive an email confirmation. You will also get a reminder email 24 hours before your appointment.

Alcohol Awareness Month

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(COLUMBUS) — April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control (DOLC) is encouraging Ohioans to “raise a glass responsibly” through a month-long outreach campaign. Content and resources for this campaign were gathered from the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).

All April, the Ohio Liquor Facebook page will address alcohol awareness in a positive and productive light by sharing educational resources, promoting mindful consumption and offering non-alcoholic alternatives to many popular cocktails.

“Alcohol Awareness Month is a time to be thoughtful about alcohol consumption,” said Jim Canepa, DOLC superintendent. “This campaign reinforces our goal of promoting social responsibility with alcohol.”

DOLC continues to put social responsibility at the forefront of the conversation in the current edition of the quarterly Forty-Two+ magazine, available at all agency stores and also available online. The Division also conducts regular alcohol server trainings to ensure permit holders are consistently equipped with the education to ensure alcohol is not sold to anyone who is intoxicated or under the age of 21. “We have a responsibility to keep all Ohioans safe. While we permit and license businesses that sell alcohol, we are also responsible for educating them on the dangers of alcohol and overconsumption,” said Ohio Department of Commerce Director Sheryl Maxfield.

Overconsumption of alcohol can lead to potentially serious health complications and interfere with all areas of life, including work, school, and relationships. For many struggling with alcoholism, denial is a common trait.

People can often underestimate the amount they drink and even refuse to admit they may have a problem. Denial is also common among friends and family members who are uncomfortable acknowledging the gravity of the situation.

With warmer weather ahead and as we enter prom, graduation, and cookout season, this time of year creates a great opportunity for parents to have conversations with their kids about making safe and smart decisions about alcohol. Kids are influenced by so much these days – friends, teachers, celebrities, pop culture – yet parents are the leading influence on their relationship with alcohol. 

 In fact, Responsibility.org reported that throughout the last 10 years, 62% more kids reported talking to their parents about underage drinking. Kids also had these important conversations with educators, counselors and other adults.

For additional resources about safe alcohol consumption, including conversation starters and educational programs, visit rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov