Don’t Forget Tuesday, November 4th is Election Day, So Get Out And Vote!!!

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Ohio: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Poll Hours: 6:30 AM-7:30 PM

On Election Day, you must cast your ballot in your precinct at your designated polling place between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. If you do not know where your designated precinct or polling place is located, please contact your county board of elections or click here to search for your polling place online.

Bring appropriate identification with you to the polls

  • Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, to announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of the voter’s identity.

The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on an Election Day include:

  • A current and valid photo identification card issued by the State of Ohio or the United States government; or
  • A military identification (“military ID”); or
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill; or
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement; or
  • An original or copy of a current government check; or
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck; or
  • An original or copy of a current other government document, other than a voter registration acknowledgement notification mailed by the board of elections, that shows the voter’s name and current address.

A voter presenting an Ohio driver’s license that shows the voter’s former address is permitted to cast a regular ballot so long as the voter’s current residential address is printed in the official poll list of registered voters for that precinct. Voters who do not provide one of these documents at the precinct will still be able to vote using a provisional ballot. Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a Social Security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation statement swearing to the voter’s identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot.

For Voter I.D. purposes “current” means the document was issued on a date within one year immediately preceding the date of the election at which the voter seeks to vote, or has on it an expiration date which has not passed as of the date of the election in which the voter seeks to vote.

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Don’t Forget! Time Change 2AM Sunday, November 2nd, Fall Back 1 Hour!

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The end of Daylight Saving Time comes Sunday, Nov. 2. At exactly 2 a.m., local time, clocks should be turned back one hour to 1 a.m. The change will result in an additional hour of light in the morning, but an earlier sunset. The change is often called “fall back.”

After the Nov. 2 time change, people will not need to worry about changing the clocks again until the beginning of Daylight Saving Time 2015, which falls on March 8.

As you set your clocks back one hour this coming weekend, be sure to also test the smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home or office.

Twice a year, residents should test their smoke alarms and CO detectors. The spring and fall time changes are perfect reminders to test this equipment and, if your detectors are battery operated, you should change the batteries as well.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,000 people die in home fires each year, and the majority of them have no working smoke alarm.

A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape from a deadly home fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for occupants. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It never sleeps.

Residents with hard-wired systems should be testing their detector systems monthly and change the batteries annually. If you missed the spring time change, make your switch now. If you do not have smoke detectors and CO detectors in your home, you should purchase and install some detectors immediately. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions because there are differences between the various brands.

The U.S. Fire Administration suggests that smoke alarms be properly installed and maintained both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home. They also recommend interconnected smoke alarms because if one sounds, they all sound.

Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Safety Tips!

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Halloween is a cherished tradition but the excitement of the night can cause children to forget to be careful. There is no real “trick” to making Halloween a real treat for the entire family. The major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes. Many communities officially designate a “Beggars’ Night” and assign specific hours for trick-or-treat. Children and adults need to think about safety on this annual day of make-believe.

Have each child carry or wear something lit, such as a flashlight, glow bracelet or necklace, or flashing attire for visibility. Light-up shoes are also practical and ever-so-noticeable on a dark Halloween night.

Adults should plan out a route in advance and check it during the daylight for such obstacles as broken sidewalks (or no sidewalks), construction timber, or other obstacles that could trip up trick or treaters. Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods or areas.

Require well-fitting shoes to be worn; preferably sneakers. While adorable in the store as a costume accessory, kids planning to go trick or treat should wear sturdy shoes and not the princess high-heel, too-large boots, or other types of shoes often shown with costumes. Save those types of shoes for costume parties and not when a child is going trick or treat. Their feet–and most likely you who may end up carrying either the shoes or the child–will be thankful.

Avoid costumes that drag on the ground. While cute initially, costumes that drag can trip up little feet, get caught on bushes, and create a tussle that sometimes results in the child wanting to remove the costume. Remember, kids who trick or treat want to be costumed and comfortable.

With the thought of comfort, pick costumes that are bathroom-friendly as well. On this same subject, parents should pre-plan a bathroom stop along the way (a friends’ house will do and is a good time for a water break as well), or at a public facility if driving.

Be sure a child’s mask allows full visibility and breathing. Spiderman masks, for example, sometimes only have small eye slits and nothing for the nose or mouth. Parents should try on masks for size and not hesitate to cut out larger openings for a trick or treaters comfort. If possible, find a mask that “breathes” and is easy to put on and off. The types of mask that easily can slide up on the head and then pulled down are best.

Trick or treaters should walk, not run, and should never cut across lawns or driveways. Obstacles could exist that aren’t readily visible in the evening.

Only carry flexible props, such as knives, swords, ninja items, etc., that can’t cause injury if a kid accidentally falls. No play prop should resemble the real item; and consider leaving play weapons at home and not part of trick or treat night. Remember, some individuals are offended by seeing small children carry these items; and trick or treating should be a fun and positive experience for everyone.

Only trick or treat at houses that are lit. Residents who do not wish to be bothered by trick or treaters often leave off their lights as a sign; respect their preference by only going to houses that are lit.

Be sure kids don’t get over-heated and keep hydrated. Plan costumes according to weather; Be one of those creative parents who accessorizes jackets or thinks “cool comfort” for their kids.

Think “practical” over “cute” when picking a trick or treat goody bag or container. Some of seemingly-fun ones sold in stores are heavy – before any treats are added; others are too long and will drag the ground or have sharp edges that could scrape against tender skin. One of the best and simplest suggestions is have kids utilize a backpack to keep their hands free except for perhaps a flashlight.

Keep track of time and don’t trick or treat after posted times. That allows ample time for children to trick or treat, and by then, the excitement of the evening and the candy/treats means little ghouls will be tired, anyhow.

Feed your kids a healthy meal prior to going trick or treat. Your children will be happier, and it will help reduce the temptation of kids wanting to devour candy from the first trick or treat stop.

Children of any age should be accompanied by a parent, if possible. Tweens or young teens who still trick or treat may resist this notion; if they trick or treat without an adult, set firm rules and require a child to carry a cell phone that can be used in the event of an emergency. Older kids should know where they can go, what etiquette they must follow, safety rules, carry a flashlight or a lit device, and have an absolute deadline for returning home.

Purchased costumes should be made of flame-retardant material. Costumes should also be reflective of the local weather. Some parents overdress their kids so that they sweat and are uncomfortable in costumes that are very heavy or don’t “breathe.” Others freeze in skimpy costumes or those made of thin material. Trick or treating is for children; comfort and safety should come before a parent’s reluctance to have a child wear a coat over a costume.

Insist that your child goes to the bathroom BEFORE leaving the house. And, be considerate of your child’s bathroom needs by not choosing a costume that is difficult to get on and off in time to avoid last-minute bathroom needs, if at all possible.

Never allow children to eat candy before it is inspected. Any opened candy should be thrown away, and unless you personally know the families who make homemade goodies, it is recommended that you dispose of homemade treats. Immediately toss any items that are suspect in any way, and get rid of any treats that your kid doesn’t like (either through donation or throwing away). Some parents also put away some candy and save for later or set rules allowing kids to eat all they want for a designated period, then dispose of the rest.

Suggestions for residents/homeowners for making Halloween a fun night of trick or treat:

Pick up objects in the yard, sidewalk, or driveway that could create safety issues and be sure any tools are safely put away. Check hoses, flower pots, and extension cords.

Think “trick or treat safety” when decorating. Safety experts recommend using plug-in or battery powered jack-o-lanterns instead of using a live candle. If you do opt for a live flame, make sure it is away from any possible exposure to trick or treaters costumes or where they will be walking or standing.

Keep your house well-lit and inviting, or if going for a spooky home theme, make sure trick-or-treaters know your house has a welcome-mat extended.

Be sure your pets are secured and put away, or appropriate arrangements are made. Some pets become frightened; others may become territorial or even aggressive. You don’t want your pets scaring trick or treaters any more than you want kids frightening your pets. Be especially careful with cats, who might dart out of open doors.

Carefully consider treats such as healthier food alternatives than candy. Non-sweet items like crackers, chips, raisins, or popcorn could receive thumbs up from parents. Some also give the “treat” to trick or treat by way of pencil, spider ring, glow in the dark decal, etc.

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Tenth Annual Wayne National Forest Artifact Identification Day, sat, 10/25, 9AM to 12noon

Wayne National Forest Sign

Ever wonder what that strange looking rock sitting on your bookshelf is?   Well, now you can find out once and for all.

The Wayne National Forest, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, and Ohio University’s Departments of Anthropology and Geological Sciences are again hosting the annual “Artifact Identification Day” on Saturday, October 25, 2014, between 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

The public is invited to bring artifacts and fossils to the Wayne National Forest Headquarters and Welcome Center on U.S. Route 33, 3 miles south of Nelsonville, Ohio, where a team of professional archaeologists and paleontologists will help identify the items.

As always, the event is free to the public.

Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @WayneNationalFS

For more information, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @waynenationalfs and on Facebook.

Nelsonville Fall Leaf Pickup Begins Fri, Oct 24, 2014, call 753-1314 for pickup, DO NOT RAKE LEAVES INTO STREET

Nelso Leaf Pick Up

The City of Nelsonville announces they will begin picking up leaves beginning Friday, October 24, 2014 and continuing several weeks after.  Residents are asked to rake their leaves between the sidewalk and curb only and call the city manager’s office at 753-1314 when they are ready to be picked up.  PLEASE DO NOT RAKE LEAVES INTO THE STREET. Remember there is no burning of leaves permitted within the Nelsonville City Limits.

Nelsonville Harper St CLOSED Chestnut St to Poplar St, Sat, 10/18, 10AM to 3PM, please avoid this area.

Nelso Road Closed

The Nelsonville Street Department announces that Harper Street will be CLOSED between Chestnut Street and Poplar Street on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM for the Nelsonville Wesleyan Church Fall Fellowship and Wagon Ride. The wagon ride will begin on Chestnut Street, South on DeSteiguer, East on Poplar, North on Second Street back to Chestnut. Citizens are urged to use caution while traveling in the area.