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Early October 2023 fields reports from Ohio Division of Wildlife

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two 
In August, State Wildlife Officer Michele Butler, assigned to Erie County, patrolled the shoreline of Sandusky Bay. She observed an angler on a pier throw a beverage can into the water after finishing it. Officer Butler contacted the fisherman and issued him a citation for littering. He pleaded no contest in Sandusky Municipal Court and paid $145 in fines and court costs.   

“Gather Your Gratitude” wellness challenge

Did you know that gratitude can lessen anxiety, relieve stress, improve sleep, boost immunity, and even support heart health? Join Ohio State University Extension for the “Gather Your Gratitude” 6-week Email wellness challenge to learn more about how OSU Extension has tied together a variety of wellness topics related to gratitude.

Ada schools and community focus on bus safety October 16-20

Ada Exempted Village Schools and the surrounding community recognize National School Bus Safety Week, October 16-20. The national theme this year is BEEP! BEEP! School bus safety starts with me.

More than 800,000 Ohio students ride on school buses each day, and nearly 15,000 bus drivers, mechanics, secretaries and supervisors statewide are dedicated to providing safe transportation for Ohio children.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tells us that students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus instead of traveling by car.

This year's national campaign is focused on reminding us that safety starts with me and the importance of motorists in keeping our students safe. Ohio law requires motorists to stop clear of the school bus until the bus driver cancels the red lights and the bus begins to move.

Cell phone emergency message test on October 4

A Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test will take place at 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4.

FEMA, in coordination with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of both Wireless Emergency Alerts and the Emergency Alert System. The WEA test alert will be sent to mobile phones nationwide.

Most, but not all, people will receive the WEA test message on their mobile phones. In order to receive the test message:

You must have a WEA-compatible mobile device. (Some older mobile phones do not receive WEA alerts.)

Your device must be turned on.

Your device must not be on "airplane mode."

Enhancements made to Safer Ohio School Tip Line

Tip line newly staffed by trained crisis response professionals

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced several enhancements to the state's free Safer Ohio School Tip Line (1-844-SAFEROH) that will make it easier for Ohioans to report school safety concerns. 

In addition to calling and texting the tip line, Ohioans anywhere in the state can now report school safety information through a new smartphone app and online web form.

"Not everyone wants to make a phone call or send a text--some are more likely to report concerns by sending a message through an app or website," said Governor DeWine. "We're making these upgrades so that it's as simple as possible for all Ohioans to quickly and anonymously report any potential school safety threats in a manner that makes them comfortable."

The new Safer Ohio School Tip Line smartphone app, available both on iOS and Android devices, and the online web form include pre-populated prompts to help users quickly upload information.

ODOT seeks public comment on Allen County projects

Harrod and Lafayette projects

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Executive Order 11988, is seeking public comments regarding the following proposed projects in Allen County.