Take Steps To Minimize Contact With Ticks

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(Columbus) – Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to be cautious and take steps to minimize contact with Ohio’s tick species this summer, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Ticks are found throughout Ohio and sometimes carry potentially dangerous diseases.
 
When spending time outside, take precautions to prevent a tick from becoming attached to the skin. Treat outdoor clothing with permethrin-based repellents according to the label directions. Tuck pants into socks or boots and shirts into pants to keep ticks on the outside of clothing. It may help to wear light-colored clothing, which will make it easier to spot ticks. Thoroughly check clothes and skin for any attached ticks after any outdoor excursion, and don’t forget to check pets and gear, too.
 
Any attached ticks should be removed as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of contracting tick-borne diseases. To remove a tick, use tweezers or gloved hands. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out with steady, even pressure.
 
Ohio has three medically important species of tick: the American dog tick, blacklegged tick, and lone star tick. All three species have the potential to transmit diseases to humans and pets. The highest risk for contracting tick-borne disease occurs from June through August, but Lyme disease is possible year-round.
 
The American dog tick is the most common tick in Ohio and is found in grassy areas. It is most active during the summer months and is the primary transmitter of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Blacklegged tick populations have increased in Ohio since 2010, especially in forested areas. This species is active throughout the year, including winter, and can carry Lyme disease. The blacklegged tick is also known as the deer tick because it is frequently found on white-tailed deer. Lone star ticks are mostly found in southern Ohio in shaded, grassy areas and are active during the warmer months. This species can also transmit several diseases.
 
More information on these and other tick species, and photos to help identification, are found on the Ohio Department of Health webpage. To learn more about tick-borne diseases and their symptoms, visit cdc.gov/ticks.
 
Ticks can transmit disease within 36 to 48 hours after the initial bite. It is important to regularly check for ticks and remove them as quickly as possible. Outdoor recreation increases the chance of encountering ticks. Urban and suburban development also increases the risk as people are close to mice, white-tailed deer, and other hosts for ticks. Pets in an outdoor setting should have tick control.
 
It is important to note that, unlike humans and pets, wild animals such as deer are not affected by the blacklegged tick and suffer no ill effects from Lyme disease. Hunters should remember that hunting and dressing deer may bring them into close contact with infected ticks. Lyme disease cannot be transmitted by the consumption of venison.

Chillicothe Sewer Repair Project Could Take Months To Fix

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(Chillicothe) – Chillicothe Utilities Director, Brad Long says he could take one to three months to repair a damaged sewer at the intersection of Watt and Water Streets.

The intersection of Watt and Water Streets is closed as well as the section of Water Street west to Brownell Street.

The closure includes the south sidewalk from Brownell to East Fairview. Due to the severity of the damage, the repair work could take between one to three months, according to Long.

During this time the Engineering and Utilities Departments will evaluate the scope of repairs in the area.  

Questions can be addressed by calling the Water Office at (740) 773-2191.

4 Day Event To Showcase Serpent Mound

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(Adams County) – To mark the June 21 summer solstice, the longest day of the year, The Ohio History Connection is again partnering with the Shawnee Tribe and the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma to bring you programming that showcases the significance of Serpent Mound as a sacred American Indian site.

Speakers are planned at 11am and 5pm each day, Saturday, June 18 through Tuesday, June 21. Guided tours of Serpent Mound are scheduled at 2pm and 8pm each day.

Speakers at the four-day event are expected to include:

• Chief Ben Barnes of the Shawnee Tribe
• Chief Glenna Wallace of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
• Dr. Bret Ruby of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and the National Park Service
• Burt Logan, Jenn Aultman, Dr. Brad Lepper, Bill Kennedy and Megan Wood of the Ohio History Connection

Please note that the Serpent Mound observation tower, which was built in 1908, is closed for the season because of needed repairs. The project is in the planning phase, and work is expected to begin later this year.

See the schedule of events and learn more here: http://ow.ly/pSfF50JrTe4

Advanced Ticket Sales Now On for Fayette County Fair

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Fair Passes for the 2022 Fayette County Fair are available at the Mahan Building on the Fayette County Fairgrounds.

Tickets are priced as follows:
*Pre-sale weekly $35, rides not included
*Pre-sale daily, $6 rides not included.
*At the gate fair week daily will be $8
*Wrist band to ride from the ride company after entry to the fair, $15 or single tickets to ride.

Pre-sale prices are in effect until 2pm July 17th.

Prime Time Amusements will return this year with approximately 20-25 rides as was the case last year. Adena Health System is sponsoring Kids Ride Day on Tuesday, July 19th, starting at 2pm. The first 600 kids ride free and receive free entry. Kettering Health is the 2022 Gate Sponsor.

For more information, call (740) 335-5856.