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Local People: Knox Community Hospital adds Amy Flammer, MD to staff

 

MOUNT VERNON - The Department of Specialty Care—OB/GYN at Knox Community Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Amy Flammer. She joins Drs. Paul Prior and Kristen Witham, and certified nurse midwife Amanda Poorman at the office on the hospital campus, 1320 Coshocton Road.

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Dr. Amy Flammer - submitted photo

A native of Golden, Colorado, Dr. Flammer received her education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and School of Public Health.
She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. Dr. Flammer is fluent in Spanish as well as German, and has a special interest in reaching out and serving the Latino women of the county. She views women’s health as a specialty that is the perfect mixture of continuity of care with patients, as well as procedural and surgical interventions to improve quality of life.

Dr. Flammer and her husband are looking forward to residing in Knox County and raising their son here.

To make an appointment or for more information, please call 740-397-2155.

 

 

Around Ohio: Teen drivers remain one of state's most at risk groups

MOUNT GILEAD – Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in teens, more than other types of injury, disease or violence. As National Teen Driving Safety Week is October 21-27, it’s the perfect time for teens and their parents to discuss the dangers new drivers face so they can make safe and responsible decisions.

Surveys show that teens whose parents set firm rules for driving typically engage in less risky driving behaviors and are involved in fewer crashes.
Young drivers who are 15 to 19-years-old were involved in 15 percent of all traffic crashes in Ohio from 2014 to 2016. An action on the part of the teen driver contributed to more than 72 percent of these crashes. These crashes resulted in 286 fatalities and 41,511 injuries. While crash causes may vary, following too closely/assured clear distance contributed to a majority of the crashes caused by teens. Another 21 percent of crashes were brought about by failure to yield, running a red light or running a stop sign.

“Poor decisions while driving can stay with teen drivers for the rest of their lives,” said Lt. G. S. Grewal, Mount Gilead Post Commander. “That is why responsibility, awareness and safety are so important for our youngest drivers.”

Teen drivers are encouraged to plan ahead when traveling to eliminate rushing from one location to another. Also, safety belts save lives and teen drivers should encourage everyone in their vehicle to buckle up, every time.

For a statistical map regarding teen drivers and a county-by-county breakdown of where Patrol citations have been issued to at fault teens, please visit
http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/TeenDrivers_Bulletin_2017.pdf

Local Business: New Town Center Market coming to front of Apple Valley

HOWARD - Town Center Petroleum, which operates convenience stores and drive thru locations known as Town Center Market Stores, announces a new location being built at the main entrance to Apple Valley Lake (off of U.S. 36 and Apple Valley Boulevard). The company currently owns and operates 4 locations in the Mount Vernon area.

"This new site design is what we like to call Town Center Market Stores 2.0," said Chris Curry, who is the Vice President of Operations and Chief Technical Officer for the company.

Curry continued, "All of our new sites going forward will feature a beautiful and spacious convenience store with food service and a drive thru window for easy access. This new location will also feature a state-of-the-art touch free car wash which will be available 24 hours a day."


In addition, the site will also offer a large beer/wine drive-thru that will allow customers hauling their boats to easily pull through to grab all of their lake essentials. The company's motto is to have the nicest and cleanest stores around. 

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New Town Center Market renderings submitted by Chris Curry

The new location will offer Shell fuel which offers rewards and loyalty options to customers either though the fuel reward program or as a partner with Kroger stores. Customers will be able to redeem their Kroger Plus Points at any of the Town Center Market locations while filling up with Shell fuel. They will also offer kerosene recreation gas at the new location.

The location will also offer food from Krispy Krunchy Chicken and Hunt Brothers Pizza. Currry said, "We will also have a roller grill offering and possibly fresh soups throughout the year. In addition we will feature a large selection of fresh deli sandwiches and snacks that will be brought in from multiple vendors. We want to create a true destination location where our customers can come in and grab all of their supplies in one stop."

The plan is to open to the public sometime in early to mid 2018.

"We are excited to bring our new store design to the residents of Apple Valley & Howard and the entire Knox County area," said Curry.

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Community invited to MVFD Open House

 

MOUNT VERNON - The Mount Vernon Fire Department invites the community to a Fire Prevention Week Open House on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 4-7:00 p.m. at the Main Fire Station at 200 West Gambier Street. Attendees can meet MVFD Chief Chad Christopher, Fire Prevention Officer, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, and the Firefighters.

Safety Talks will be offered and valuable safety information will be handed out. The event will also feature tours and apparatus Displays, kiddie handouts, bounce house, bicycle safety information and balloons. A drawing will be held to win free home fire equipment and kids can enter a drawing for a new bike.

 

Sen. Brown calls for action on legislation to update schools, create jobs

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dan Good on a news conference call to urge Congress to take action on legislation to update Ohio schools and create jobs for Ohio workers. Brown’s bill, the School Building Improvement Act of 2017, would provide direct grants and school construction bonds to update schools and create an estimated 1.9 million jobs nationally. School repair, renovation, and construction would be completed with American-made products.


“Students can’t learn in schools that are crumbling around them,” said Brown. “If we want to prepare students for 21st century jobs, we need to invest in 21st century classrooms. That investment will also support good jobs, putting Ohioans to work rebuilding schools with American-made materials.”

The School Building Improvement Act:

Provides competitive grants for school repair, renovation, and construction. These grants focus assistance on states and communities with the greatest financial need, encourage green construction practices, establish equitable access for public charter schools, contain state matching criteria, and outline permissible criteria for spending.

Provides Qualified School Infrastructure Bonds (QSIBs).

Requires the use of American-made iron, steel, and manufactured products.

Brown was joined on the call by Dr. Dan Good, Superintendent of Columbus City Schools. This week, Columbus City Schools have been forced to close early due to excessive heat and a lack of air conditioning in many of the school system’s older buildings.

“Our nearly 52,000 students here in Columbus City Schools deserve 21st century learning spaces,” said Dr. Dan Good, Superintendent/CEO. “We welcome Senator Brown’s proposed investment in public schools, putting $100 billion where it is needed and where it can have the greatest return - creating safe and welcoming learning environments for Columbus’ young people, conducive to their positive learning and growth.”

The legislation would also require the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to provide a report on projects funded by the legislation within two years of enactment and creates a comprehensive study of the state of public schools’ physical condition at least once every five years.

Brown’s bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), has been endorsed by Rebuild America’s Schools, American Federation of Teachers, Californians for School Facilities, Council of the Great City Schools, International Union of Operating Engineers, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National Parent Teacher Association, and North America’s Building Trades Unions.

In January, Brown joined his Senate colleagues in releasing a framework for rebuilding and repairing the nation’s infrastructure while creating millions of construction jobs. As part of the plan, Brown included Buy America language to ensure American infrastructure is built by American workers, using American iron and steel.

The proposal outlines how a $1 trillion package of infrastructure investment delivered over the next decade would improve the nation’s transportation, water, housing, broadband, and community infrastructure while creating thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs in Ohio.

Brown has also introduced legislation, supported by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), that would apply Buy America rules to all federally-funded infrastructure projects. Brown is urging the President to take steps to implement his bill as part of the President’s executive order announced earlier this year.

 

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