Rabid bat captured in Clark County

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 12:21 PM
Updated: Friday, June 14, 2013 @ 6:51 PM

Number of Clark County rabid bats

2006 – 9

2007 – 5

2008 – 3

2009 – 0

2010 – 1

2011 – 0

2012 – 5

2013 – 1

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The Springfield News-Sun provides in-depth coverage of public health concerns, including tracking reports of rabid bats.

A bat found in a Springfield family’s home last week has tested positive for the rabies virus, health officials confirmed Wednesday.

The family captured the bat Friday and turned it over to the Clark County Combined Health District for testing by the Ohio Department of Health.

It’s the first bat to have tested positive for rabies in Clark County this year, health district spokesman Vince Carter said. Since 2006, 25 bats in Clark County have tested positive for the virus.

Carter said the bat was located in the 45505 ZIP code, which includes the northeast portion of Springfield and parts of Springfield and Moorefield twps., but declined to give a more specific area, citing health information privacy laws.

Rabies is a virus that travels through the central nervous system to the brain, according to the health district. “Once it reaches the brain, the disease nearly always causes death,” the health district said in a news release.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, most human exposure to rabies is caused by bites from infected animals. No bites were reported from the bat found this year.

Bats are the most common carriers of rabies, according to the health district, but other animals are known to carry it.

However, bats have been the only animal to test positive for rabies in Clark County since 2005.

The health district said the presence of an infected animal in the area means local residents should be concerned about the possibility of more and take proper precautions.

“We’re concerned about them coming in contact with humans,” Carter said.

Children and adults should avoid handling, feeding or unintentionally attracting wild animals with open garbage cans or litter. Residents should also have their dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated.

Those who believe they’ve been exposed to a bat should seek immediate medical attention at a local emergency room or urgent care and explain that they may have been exposed to a bat.

It’s best if the bat is captured so that it can be tested. If a resident believes they cannot capture a bat on their own, they should call a wildlife specialist or the health district at 937-390-5600.

Smoking not allowed at this local outdoor swimming pool

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 7:09 PM

The city of New Carlisle has banned smoking at its local pool, continuing the jurisdiction's promotion of a healthy environment. 

This ban is in accordance with the passed resolution implemented in late May 2016, prohibiting smoking around playground equipment, swimming pools, bleachers, and so on. 

Mayor Mike Lowry explained to News Center 7's James Buechele what prompted the change to provide smoke free areas. 

"We tried to-as a whole, at parks and especially at pools, promote a healthy lifestyle," said Lowry. "It's about getting kids out, getting families out to have a healthy lifestyle of getting exercise." 

Local residents appear all for the new ban and are providing good feedback. 

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Janelle Loundenback, mother of four and avid pool goer is, "extremely excited" about the change. 

"Now when we're here at the pool we don't have to worry about getting second hand smoke, or kids stepping on cigarette butts and so forth. It just makes us a little more comfortable," said Loundenback. 

"I think it's a great idea, because it's definitely a child friendly place and there's really no need for anyone to be smoking," said Sarah Benable, nurse and mother of two. 

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Although Benable does not smoke, there are plenty of adults who do, but Lowry assures they will not be disregarded. 

"I know there are a lot of people out there that do smoke," said Lowry. "If they do come to the pool they can still smoke they just have to step out, out the front door, 15 feet away from the pool itself." 

Smokers who violate the rule will be asked to leave, but will not receive fines or penalties.

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Clark County village makes plans to build veterans memorial

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

A Clark County community wants to build a monument that shows its appreciation to local veterans.

The Village of South Charleston was approached by Southeastern High School students a few years ago with a proposal to build a veteran’s memorial.

A committee member, Leonard Kadel, said those students kept coming to commission meetings with the proposal.

Then another village resident with a similar idea stepped forward and created a partnership between the community and the high school.

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“It’s just a way to honor veterans and veterans from all of the different wars,” Kadel said.

The committee organizer is an Air Force veteran who served four years in Texas.

“Being a fellow veteran, it means a lot to me,” Kadel said. “The young people in this community are fantastic.”

Southeastern High School sophomore Charlie Bertemes brought the idea back to the school’s student council.

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“I’d like to have a large circular area, with multiple flags around and a nice monument in the middle,” Bertemes said.

The committee liked the idea as well and contacted a local veteran and advocate.

That veteran, Randy Ark, is largely responsible for the veteran’s memorials in Springfield.

Ark will be helping the village by advising them on how to proceed with the memorial.

The Vietnam veteran said memorials are needed.

Recently he had been at the Springfield memorial when he met a woman who saw her uncle’s name on the monument.

“Veterans bring their relatives here. It was like that couple that was just here. You know, she saw her uncle on there,” Ark said.

He would like to bring that same feeling to the Village of South Charleston.

The community is still in the process of raising money for the memorial but would like to have it built by the end of the year.

Springfield Memorial Day parade honors fallen military members

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 1:11 PM
Updated: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

Springfield’s Memorial Day parade is touted as one of the country’s biggest and residents who attended Monday said they believe it’s due to the strong support for the military in the community.

More than 2,600 people marched in downtown Springfield on Monday for the annual parade and more than 120 groups participated, including multiple fire departments, high school bands and businesses.

It ended with a service at Ferncliff Cemetery to remember those who were killed while serving. The theme for 2017 was, “Honor, Duty and Country.”

“The community really buys in and they really enjoy it,” parade Commander Jon Stewart said.

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He took over the planning from his father, Jim Stewart, last year. Both his father and brother were in the Marines, he said, so this is his way of honoring them.

“They’ve sacrificed for all of us,” he said.

This year Stewart tried to increase the pace of the parade.

“We talked to a couple groups about speeding up so they don’t stop and delay the parade,” he said.

He also created a check-in station to make sure all vehicles in the parade had a sign with the name of a military member.

“They’re actually honoring a veteran. It’s not for promotion, it’s for honoring,” he said.

It’s a tradition local veterans are grateful for.

“It means everything that the community takes time off to recognize all the veterans that have served,” Springfield resident Doug Barletto said.

He served in the Navy for six years, he said, and now that he’s retired, attends the Springfield Memorial Day parade every year.

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“Just about every organization in the city and the surrounding communities participate in it,” he said.

And for residents like Lisa Fain, it brings the community closer.

“It’s just a really good feeling to see your community come together and clap and be happy,” Fain said. “We need more of it.”

She grew up going to the parade with her father, she said, a World War II veteran. This year her daughter marched in the parade with the Clark-Shawnee High School band.

“It’s awesome,” she said.

Stewart said he wants the community to remember the true meaning of the day, remembering the military members who have died.

“We’re able to have those celebrations because of the people who sacrificed for us,” he said.

Anyone who wants to participate in the parade next year can reach out to Stewart on the group’s Facebook page, Springfield Ohio Memorial Day Parade.

Hundreds pay Memorial Day tribute to nation’s fallen in Dayton

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 1:54 PM
Updated: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 5:06 PM

Edgar J. Moorman wore a red, white and blue flag-like vest, sat in a wheelchair at the Dayton National Cemetery and held an American flag to honor all of his fellow soldiers who didn’t come home.

The 98-year-old World War II and Army veteran who fought in the South Pacific islands, was grateful for the hundreds who turned out at the Memorial Day ceremony Monday to remember fallen service members.

“It’s of great significance,” he said. “It’s good that they speak of the actual thing about honoring those that gave their lives instead of the cookouts that are going on. I’m just glad that I was able to reach age 98.”

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Veterans, family members and others gathered Monday at the historic cemetery that will mark its 150th anniversary this year. A Civil War veteran was the first interred on the grounds on Sept. 11, 1867.

Five of Moorman’s 12 children joined him under a tent surrounded by more than 48,000 white gravestones, each with an American flag planted next to it.

“It’s the true meaning of Memorial Day,” said Patrick Moorman, 53, of Miamisburg and the youngest child of the WWII vet. “My dad appreciates representing his generation to those that aren’t around.”

On this Memorial Day, U.S. forces remain in years-long combat in Afghanistan and in the Middle East. The nation has lost more than a million in conflict since the Revolutionary War.

It’s important not only to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, Air Force Col. John D. McKaye said, but also to “remember those who bear sacrifices unseen.”

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“Those who return to us and are scarred by what they’ve seen and endured in war,” he said.

Today’s missions challenge service members not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, said McKaye, commander of the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

That includes making sure they have the tools to be successful on the battle and home fronts, he said, such as helping them develop the ability to make safer choices, build life skills, reduce self-defeating behaviors and improve resiliency.

“It’s up to us back home to ensure their sacrifices and the sacrifices of the ones they leave behind do not go unheeded or unheralded,” McKaye said at the ceremony.

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An-all volunteer honor squad started two years ago to provide full military honors for the estimated 1,000 veterans buried every year at the cemetery, said Dennis J. Adkins, a Montgomery County judge active in setting up support activities on the historic grounds.

Until then, only about 10 percent of veteran burials received full honors, including a rifle salute. The squad started wearing Union Army soldier caps Monday and will continue to do so through Sept. 11 to mark the cemetery’s anniversary.

“They’re out here in all kinds of weather — rain, sleet, snow, 100 degree weather — they’re out here at every service, sometimes doing six, seven, eight services a day,” Adkins said.

Cemetery Director Douglas Ledbetter told the crowd it was time “to put memorial back in Memorial Day.”

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“We not only honor the sacrifice of our veterans, we think of the mother who hears the sound of her child’s 21-gun salute, we grieve for the husband or wife who receives a folded flag, we grieve for a young son or daughter who only knows mom or dad through a photograph,” he said. “And as we share their grief, we also honor those among us, true heroes who place nation above self and give their all for each of us.”

Therese A. Young, 81, of North Hampton, wore a white Gold Star wives cap in memory of her husband, Edward, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam and died at age 72 in 2008.

Young said her husband’s death was caused from cancer due to Agent Orange, a defoliant U.S. forces sprayed widely in Vietnam.

“His country was so important to him and when everybody else can recognize that, I think I’m happy with that,” she said.