Ross EMA Director Urges More People To Get Emergency Mass Notifications

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Ross County Emergency Management Director, Paul Minney, is urging more Ross Countians to subscribe to the free emergency text service known as Emergency Mass Notification.

The text, voice or email message alert system will notify residents of natural and manmade emergencies and disasters, notifying all Ross County residents of pending emergencies. 

EMA Director Paul Minney told Litter Media’s Mike Smith that many Ross Countians have subscribed, but details how less than 40% of the population is connected to the E.M.N.

You can also subscribe to the Ross County Emergency Mass Notification System by CLICKING HERE:

Ohio Sandhill Crane Count Completed

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(ODNR) – Observers found 371 sandhill cranes in Ohio as part of the one-day April 2022 Midwest Crane Count, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The count was coordinated by the Division of Wildlife, International Crane Foundation, and Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative.
The survey was conducted in 24 preselected counties during the crane’s nesting season. Counties were selected based on the availability of wetland habitat that cranes use for nesting. The top seven counties with the most sightings were Wayne (84), Lucas (60), Geauga (56), Trumbull (47), Holmes (18), Ottawa (17), and Wyandot (17). Volunteers searched crane habitat within a 10-square mile survey block. Pickaway County only had one sighting of the sandhill crane, while Franklin County had three spotted.

Results were reported via eBird.

The count was the second of what will be an annual event to track the status of sandhill cranes in the Buckeye State. The count in 2021 found 160 sandhill cranes across five counties. Sandhills can be secretive during the breeding season, and the survey is an effort to better understand Ohio’s breeding population.
sandhill crane is a tall wading bird characterized by a long neck and bill. It is mostly gray in plumage with a red patch on its forehead. It is often recognized by its rolling bugle call. Sandhills are migratory, breeding in wetlands across the northern U.S. and Canada, and wintering farther south in North America.
These regal birds were once extirpated from Ohio. They returned to Wayne County in 1987 to breed and have been slowly expanding since. They are still listed as a threatened species in Ohio.
Volunteers interested in helping with the 2023 Midwest Crane Count can mark their calendars for Saturday, April 15, 2023. Volunteers should be familiar with crane identification by sight and sound. More information is available from the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative or the International Crane Foundation.

Wildlife enthusiasts can support sandhill cranes by purchasing an Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. Fourteen dollars of every $15 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp sold are invested in the state’s Wildlife Diversity Fund. This fund supports habitat restoration, wildlife and habitat research projects, creation of free wildlife educational materials, as well as efforts to restore and conserve endangered and threatened species. The Ohio Legacy Stamp can be purchased online through Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System and at any location that sells hunting and fishing licenses. Learn more about sandhill cranes and the Division of Wildlife’s research at

A list of sandhill cranes found in each of the 24 counties surveyed during Ohio’s 2022 sandhill crane count is shown below. The numbers below are preliminary and subject to change.
Ashland 11; Columbiana 1; Delaware 1; Erie 1; Franklin 3; Geauga 56; Hardin 6; Holmes 18; Knox 2; Licking 2; Logan 11; Lucas 60; Mahoning 1; Marion 11; Ottawa 17; Pickaway 1; Portage 3; Richland 2; Summit 2; Trumbull 47; Tuscarawas 2; Wayne 84; Williams 12; and Wyandot 17.
2022 total: 371

Columbus Symphony at Ash Cave: SOLD OUT

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(Logan)- Ash Cave will provide the perfect acoustic setting for the first-ever performance by the Columbus Symphony at Hocking Hills State Park. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will host the event on Sunday, June 26, 2022, as a fundraiser for the Ohio State Parks Foundation.

(Photo: Ash Cave at Hocking State Park/ODNR)

The bad news for those that didn’t order their tickets on time- the event is now SOLD OUT and tickets are no longer available.

“The concert will demonstrate that the arts and the beauty of nature really do go hand in hand,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “The music of the Columbus Symphony will echo perfectly off the walls of Ash Cave, creating a soundtrack for an already majestic area.”

Music selections will vary including the classics, patriotic tunes, and even music from the Harry Potter Symphony Series. 

You can read more about the event and parking information here.

All proceeds from the event will support the mission of the Ohio State Parks Foundation.  The non-profit group was formed in 2021 to preserve, protect, and enhance the 75 state parks of Ohio.  You can read about their goals and current projects here.

Ohio University Ranks #1 in Ohio for Most Med School Grads In Primary Care

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(Athens) – Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine was named first in the state of Ohio and 14th in the nation for most graduates practicing primary care by U.S. News and World Report.

The college was also ranked 21st in the nation for most graduates practicing in rural areas and tied for 78th for 2023 Best Medical Schools: Primary Care, up from 104th in 2019. The rankings comprise all M.D. and D.O. programs in the nation. 

“It was gratifying to see that the Heritage College has jumped 26 spots in the primary care rankings over the past four years, and we continue to be the top-ranked Ohio medical school in areas aligned with our mission,” Executive Dean Ken Johnson, D.O., said. “This is a reflection of our outstanding students, faculty, staff and partners and the milestones that we have achieved together in recent years – opening two new campuses, developing a new curriculum, constructing Heritage Hall and much more.”

Data from the Robert Graham Center, a division of the American Academy of Family Physicians, informed the U.S. News rankings for best medical school in primary care. The center ranked allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) medical schools by the percentage of each school’s 2013-2015 graduates practicing direct patient care in primary care fields. According to U.S. News, primary care physicians are defined as those who, as of 2021, had a primary specialty in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, geriatrics and internal medicine-pediatrics. 

To calculate the percentage of medical graduates practicing in primary care fields, U.S. News divided the number of physicians who graduated between 2013 and 2015 practicing in a primary care field by the total number of graduating physicians from each medical school. They also calculated the number of graduates practicing direct patient care in rural areas. One hundred and sixty-one schools were ranked in this category. The schools with the highest percentages of graduates practicing in primary care fields topped the list.

In the Heritage College’s most recent post-graduate match into residencies, OHIO medical graduates were above the national average for both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, matching 94.7 percent of graduates into residences. 

OHIO’s Heritage College is committed to collaboration with a focus on osteopathic medicine, training future primary care physicians and specialists to treat the whole patient, emphasizing physician-patient relationships and prioritizing prevention and wellness. The college has three campuses around the state of Ohio, including in Athens, Cleveland and Dublin.