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Mid-week doctor: Folic acid, why take it?

Folic acid is a human-made form of the B-vitamin folate. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid to be healthy, but especially before pregnancy.

By Abigail Maas, NPRN-CNP
Certified nurse practitioner

Folic acid is a human-made form of the B-vitamin folate. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid to be healthy, but especially before pregnancy.

Folic acid helps form the neural tube and is known to decrease the risk of major congenital disabilities of an unborn baby’s brain (anencephaly) and spine (spina bifida). 

Neural tube defects are the second most common major congenital anomaly. It is important to start folic acid supplementation prior to pregnancy due to these congenital disabilities occurring in the first few weeks of pregnancy.

Here's how Ada schools will reopen in August

Board approves 13-page policy in special meeting on Monday

Ada schools announced a comprehensive fall reopening plan following a special board meeting on Monday. To read the entire 13-page policy click here.

• Click here to read the board's policy on wearing face coverings.

Caveat:  This plan is subject to change, as circumstances evolve and change, as guidelines from state, county, and local regulations change, etc.

Ada school board will require face coverings when school opens

There are six exceptions to this policy

The following is part of a 13-page Ada schools reopening plan for fall of 2020. The entire policy is on the school website and may be viewed by clicking here.

The Board adopts this policy requiring face coverings to comply with state requirements and recommendations to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update: Child care ratios to be lifted

Additional restrictions announced for Local Fairs

Governor Mike DeWine today provided the following updates related to Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor DeWine announced that child care providers in Ohio may return to their normal, statutory ratios and class sizes beginning on Aug. 9, 2020. 

Child care providers have a choice to increase the number of children and staff members to the normal statutory ratios or to maintain their current, lower ratios to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is structuring a financial incentive to providers that maintain smaller ratios and classroom sizes.  

Bluffton says: Farewell Burger King, hello Dunkin' Donuts

FROM BLUFFTON ICON - Take a final look at the now-closed Burger King restaurant at 499 State Route 103, Bluffton.

In early August the building will be removed. A national franchise company, Dunkin’ Donuts, announced plans to construction a restaurant on that property.

Demolition of the BK building will begin Aug. 3. Dunk’ Donuts anticipates a mid-November construction completion. Watch the Icon for more details coming.

ONU repeats as a Tree Campus USA

Arbor Day Foundation designation

In June, the Arbor Day Foundation honored Ohio Northern University once again as a Tree Campus USA university for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

"The Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact at Ohio Northern as it engages college students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.