$5 Million In H2Ohio Grants Coming To Ohio River Basin Wetlands

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that $5 million in grants is now available for local wetland projects aimed at improving water quality in the Ohio River Basin.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is administering the Ohio River Basin H2Ohio Wetland Grant Program as part of Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative. The program is funded as part of Ohio’s 2022-2023 budget which the Ohio General Assembly passed and Governor DeWine signed earlier this summer.

“Many new and restored H2Ohio wetlands are already working to reduce algal blooms on Lake Erie, and we’re excited to continue expanding wetlands projects into other parts of the state,” said Governor DeWine. “Everyone deserves clean water, and by targeting this grant funding to the Ohio River Basin, it will help ensure that communities here have the opportunity to invest in wetland projects to naturally improve water quality for future generations.”

Wetlands help improve water quality by trapping, filtering, and removing excess pollutants and nutrients, such as phosphorus, from the water before they flow into waterways and contribute to harmful algal blooms. Right now, there are nearly 60 H2Ohio wetland projects underway or complete.

“We’ve seen such success in such a short time with our wetland projects, especially in northwest Ohio,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Opportunities to address nutrient pollution and related water quality problems in Ohio are not limited to one part of the state. We know that the wetland work we are doing can help us address these challenges. We are really excited to add to the growing list of H2Ohio wetlands and share the benefits of these projects with everyone in Ohio.”

The Ohio River Basin H2Ohio Wetland Grant Program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that provides up to $500,000 per project for wetland projects that address nutrient loading and contribute to water quality improvement. Eligible projects include wetland creation, wetland restoration on hydric soils, and existing wetland and floodplain water quality enhancements. 

A full list of criteria and program priorities can be found at odnr.gov. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2021. 

H2Ohio is Governor Mike DeWine’s initiative to ensure safe and clean water in Ohio. It is a comprehensive, data-driven approach to improving water quality over the long-term. H2Ohio focuses on encouraging agricultural best management practices, restoring and enhancing wetlands, and replacing home septic systems to reduce nutrients that contribute to harmful algal blooms. For more information on the H2Ohio initiative, visit h2.ohio.gov.

OU-Lancaster Extends Nursing Program

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(LANCASTER) – The Ohio University Foundation is announcing a transformational gift from Joyce N. Herrold, M.D., to extend the Ohio University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to the Lancaster Campus. 

Dr. Herrold’s gift, the largest documented to Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus, allows expansion of the four-year BSN program by providing support for the physical training space and equipment needed to provide students with the highest-quality educational experience on the Lancaster Campus.

“I want to thank Dr. Joyce Herrold for her generous gift, which will expand access to health care in our region,” said Ohio University President Hugh Sherman. “This gift also provides invaluable experiential learning opportunities for more students and will ultimately allow us an opportunity to better serve our regional communities.”

Dr. Herrold, a native of Lancaster, Ohio, is a 1954 graduate of Ohio University who earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. Early in her career, Dr. Herrold traveled internationally and headed a department of clinical research for a global pharmaceutical company. She later practiced oncology in California until her retirement. 

Dr. Herrold’s inspirational gift connects a family tradition of support for Ohio University, starting with the Herrold family gift in 1816 of furnishing the lumber for Cutler Hall on the Athens Campus. This gift provides the funding to construct a nursing lab within Herrold Hall, improve a classroom outfitted specifically for nursing students, and equip an open nursing practicum and observation lab, among other improvements.

“Ohio University Lancaster has been an area of focus for me for some time. It was important for me to offer support now to create a program for health care professionals to be educated in our community today and in the future,” Herrold said. “Knowing that the nursing program will be housed in Herrold Hall, named for my father and mother, Gordon and Lucille Herrold, makes this especially meaningful for me.” 

Dr. Herrold is offering her support at a time when there is a dire need for new nurses nationally because of an aging population and looming retirements of nurses on the horizon. Across the central and southeastern Ohio region, a gross shortage of nurses is already being experienced.

Before this gift, the Lancaster Campus was the only campus of Ohio University without a nursing program on site. This substantial gift allows Ohio University School of Nursing to actively pursue the opportunity to expand its already-sizable footprint of nursing education across the region. 

David Scheffler, mayor of Lancaster, acknowledges the proposed program’s impact on the region. “As the population growth continues in the city of Lancaster and the greater Fairfield County area, the demand for health care professionals will also increase,” he said. “Ohio University has provided high quality degrees for decades and this new program location ensures that nurses will now be educated right here in our community.”

Nicole Pennington, OHIO’s Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education, notes the impact Dr. Herrold’s gift will have on the growth of Ohio University’s regional offerings. “Ohio University has a long history of educating and providing well-prepared nurses across the region and beyond for many decades,” Pennington said. “As a professional who has devoted my life to nursing and nursing education, nothing makes me prouder than to be able to grow our program across our locations.”

As this expansion to the Lancaster campus is fully contingent on approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing, Ohio University’s School of Nursing will begin the process of seeking approval for the expansion of the program to the Lancaster campus immediately. 

Jarrod Tudor, Dean of Campus and Community Relations, expresses gratitude on behalf of Ohio University Lancaster for Dr. Herrold’s generosity. “Dr. Herrold has created a truly transformational event in the history of Ohio University Lancaster,” said Tudor. “Ohio University Lancaster is now well-positioned to supply the nurses needed in our immediate area because of this donation from Dr. Herrold.”

Handbag Hullaballoo Benefits Ronald McDonald House

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The annual Chillicothe Handbag Hullaballoo is coming in September benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities. While the night is fun for those attending or playing the matching raffle game virtually, it’s all about helping fund the world’s largest RMDH located near Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. 

In 2020, 48 families and 127 individuals from Pickaway, Pike and Ross Counties were served by the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. Overall, the stays tallied 828 nights at a total cost of $82,800.

The Chillicothe Handbag Hullaballoo event offsets that cost to help families stay for free, allowing them to be close to their child while hospitalized at Nationwide Children’s. Last year, the event raised more than $38,000.

The 2021 Handbag Hullaballoo will be held at the Christopher Conference Center on September 16th. The in-house event is a sellout, but a companion virtual event was launched last year due to the pandemic. Players can participate virtually for $25 each. Up for grabs, high-end, brand name designer handbags from Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach and more. Participants purchase game booklets and work to match randomly drawn words. Those who match shout “Hullabaloo” and they’re in line to win one of the nearly 30 handbags to be awarded.

For more details, contact Caitlin Wilcott at 614-227-3729.