Marion Online https://www.mariononline.com Marion, Ohio's largest source of FREE local news, obituaries, sports, event calendar, local information, and more. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:05:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Five inducted into MTC Alumni Hall of Fame, new OhioHealth Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab opened https://www.mariononline.com/news/2018/12/five-inducted-into-mtc-alumni-hall-of-fame-new-ohiohealth-human-anatomy-physiology-lab-opened/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:02:16 +0000 https://www.mariononline.com/?p=49718 Marion Technical College recently honored five outstanding graduates in the Third Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This year’s honorees included: Cynthia Hartman, Class of 1977, Director of Nursing at MTC Nathan Miller, Class of 2008, Operations Manager at the Nielsen Company Jean Obenour, Class of 1985, Owner of Custom Professional Accounting Robin Schelb, […]

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Alumni Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees and Dr. McCall. From left to right: Jean Obenour, Robin Schelb, Cynthia Hartman, Annette Walton, Nathan Miller, and Dr. McCall

Alumni Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees and Dr. McCall. From left to right: Jean Obenour, Robin Schelb, Cynthia Hartman, Annette Walton, Nathan Miller, and Dr. McCall

Marion Technical College recently honored five outstanding graduates in the Third Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This year’s honorees included:

  • Cynthia Hartman, Class of 1977, Director of Nursing at MTC
  • Nathan Miller, Class of 2008, Operations Manager at the Nielsen Company
  • Jean Obenour, Class of 1985, Owner of Custom Professional Accounting
  • Robin Schelb, Class of 2013, Marion Regional Branch Manager, United Federal Credit Union
  • Annette Walton, Class of 1980, Workforce Specialist at Ohio Means Jobs – Marion County

“These alumni seized an opportunity to get to next. They are now succeeding in the professional world and giving back to their communities,” said Dr. Ryan McCall, president of MTC. “We are proud to recognize their achievements.”

The new state-of-the-art human anatomy and physiology lab was opened in an official ribbon cutting ceremony on November 15, 2018. This 1,400 square foot classroom will include cadavers to enhance student learning. OhioHealth made a generous $100,000 donation to MTC to support the lab. In addition, OhioHealth will use the lab for physician and staff training.

Dr. Curt Gingrich, OhioHealth COO at Marion General Hospital; Luann Wilkinson, Science Professor at MTC; and Dr. Ryan McCall, President of MTC.

Dr. Curt Gingrich, OhioHealth COO at Marion General Hospital; Luann Wilkinson, Science Professor at MTC; and Dr. Ryan McCall, President of MTC.

“OhioHealth is proud to partner with Marion Technical College (MTC) to upgrade the college’s Skills Lab, offering a more comprehensive experience to students there,” said Curt Gingrich, MD, MBA, FAAFP, Chief Operating Officer at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital. “We are big supporters of education in the Marion community. Programs like this are especially impactful as we prepare students to pursue a career in health care, and hopefully see them come full circle, providing care right here at Marion General.”

Students will use the new lab starting in fall of 2019. To also assist with student learning, a RAPIDS grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education funded an anatomage table to show 3-D imaging of organs, bodies, and structures in an interactive, life-sized screen to facilitate learning.

For those inducted into the MTC Alumni Hall of Fame on Nov. 15, it was a moving evening.

Alumna Jean Obenour recalled working full-time, raising a family, and saving to take one class at a time.

“I was pregnant while taking classes.  I would sit by the door so I could step out and throw up and come back in. My professor took notes for me until I came back,” Obenour recalled.

After six years, she graduated with her associate’s degree in accounting. “I was the oldest one in my class. I wanted my dad to be proud of me. It was my starting point.”

Obenour used the degree to advance her career and eventually open Custom Professional Accounting, a local business that has thrived for decades and now has eight employees.

Robin Schelb needed a degree to advance in her career. At a business networking group, she heard that Marion Technical College offered a business degree with classes one night a week. She decided to take that next step.

“It was like standing in front of a fire hose for two years,” Schelb recalls. “I’m glad I did it. It gave me confidence in my abilities. I could never move up without a degree.”

Schelb transferred on to complete a bachelor’s degree and is now a Regional Branch Manager at United Federal Credit Union in Marion.

Each of the honorees received a commemorative statue, had their names placed on the Alumni Hall of Fame plaque, and selected a book with meaning to them to be added to the Marion Campus Library. Each book will have a commemorative nameplate and a display featuring these books and the honorees will available in the spring.

For the latest news from MTC, visit www.mtc.edu.

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Aqua Ohio concludes 2018 construction projects https://www.mariononline.com/news/2018/12/aqua-ohio-concludes-2018-construction-projects/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:50:43 +0000 https://www.mariononline.com/?p=49723 Aqua is concluding their 2018 water system improvement season for the water system that serves Marion, Caledonia, Martel and Prospect. The 2018 projects included replacement of 11,000 linear feet of aging, undersized water mains, including the installation 21 new fire hydrants and other related infrastructure. Combined with replacements made last year, Aqua Ohio says these […]

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Aqua is concluding their 2018 water system improvement season for the water system that serves Marion, Caledonia, Martel and Prospect. The 2018 projects included replacement of 11,000 linear feet of aging, undersized water mains, including the installation 21 new fire hydrants and other related infrastructure.

Combined with replacements made last year, Aqua Ohio says these projects will total over over 20,000 feet of water mains with a total investment of nearly than $11 million in area improvements.

The largest 2018 system improvements included:

Water main replacements ($2,500,000)- including:

  • St. Rt. 309 East water main relocation project-requested by the Department of Transportation
  • Spencer Street from Indiana Avenue to Claridon Avenue
  • Farming Street from North Greenwood Street to Jefferson Street-in coordination with a city sewer relocation project
  • North Greenwood Street from East George Street to East Mark Street
  • Sharpless Court in coordination with a city sewer relocation project
  • Herman Street from Uncapher Avenue to David Street
  • Sugar Street from Uncapher Avenue to David Street
  • Florence Street from Uncapher Avenue to David Street
  • Taft Street-Linda Street-Chapel Heights from Marion Williamsport Road to Linda Street.

Water Treatment Plant upgrades ($726,000) Including groundwater wells, service pumps, chemical feed improvements and safety enhancements.

Begin design of a 1-million gallon, elevated water storage tank ($2,400,000) to expand storage capacity, help improve flows for firefighting and enhance water pressure in the eastern portion of the system.

“We’re always focused on improving service reliability and water flows, especially for high demand events like fire fighting.” said Aqua’s area manager, Scott Ballenger. “This year, we were able to replace more than 11,000 feet of water mains. Some of those water mains had been in continual service for over 83 years.”

Ballenger explained that the company takes a strategic approach to water main replacement carefully balancing needs and the impact on rates. “It’s a delicate balance, but by focusing on areas where the need is greatest, we’re continually improving the system to meet water needs and standards today and in the future.”

Aqua says they typically invest between $30 and $40 million a year in infrastructure among its 33 Ohio water systems. In 2018, the company will invest $41.9 million in the systems.

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Marion Sheriff’s Office hopes new smartphone app will improve school safety https://www.mariononline.com/news/2018/12/marion-sheriffs-office-hopes-new-smartphone-app-will-improve-school-safety/ Mon, 03 Dec 2018 15:43:58 +0000 https://www.mariononline.com/?p=49709 The Marion County Sheriff’s Office now allows members of the school community to share important safety information anonymously with administrators and school officials by sending them a secure message with information about bullying, hazing and drug use as well suspicious or potentially criminal activity via a free smartphone app. Developed by tip411, the Marion County […]

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The Marion County Sheriff’s Office now allows members of the school community to share important safety information anonymously with administrators and school officials by sending them a secure message with information about bullying, hazing and drug use as well suspicious or potentially criminal activity via a free smartphone app.

Developed by tip411, the Marion County Schools tip411 app puts a powerful new safety tool into the hands of students and faculty to help them take responsibility for the safety of their halls. The Marion County Schools tip411 app can be downloaded for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by visiting the Marion County Sheriff’s Office website.

“We believe our students are our best resource in preventing a potentially dangerous situation in our schools,” said Sheriff Tim Bailey of The Marion County Sheriff’s Office. “tip411 allows a safe and secure way for students to share important information with school staff and law enforcement without the fear of retribution.”

The Marion Co Schools tip411 app and anonymous tip system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before administrators see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender. Once someone sends a tip, campus officials and law enforcement receive it immediately and can respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation.

“The tip411 system has been successful in communities across the U.S.,” said Terry Halsch, President of tip411. “We are excited to partner with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the local school districts in Marion to bring the new school edition of our innovative tip411 app to connect and engage students directly to participate in promoting safety in their halls.”

Those without a smartphone can text tips anonymously to school officials by using their school’s unique keyword. Simply send a text message to 847411, begin the message with one of the following keywords, type in the information you wish to share, and hit send. This will create an anonymous, two-way text conversation that administrators are able to respond to in real-time.

Elgin High School – EHS
Elgin Middle School – EMS
Elgin Elementary School – EES
Tri-Rivers Career Center – TRCC
River Valley High School – RVHS
River Valley Middle School – RVMS
Pleasant Local High School – PLHS
Pleasant Local Middle School – PLMS
Pleasant Local Elementary School – PLES
Ridgedale Jr./Sr. High – RSR51
Grant Middle School – GRANT
Harding High School – HARDING

Those with questions are asked to contact The Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 740-382-8244.

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Marion Public Health seeks potential board members https://www.mariononline.com/news/2018/12/marion-public-health-seeks-potential-board-members/ Mon, 03 Dec 2018 15:36:42 +0000 https://www.mariononline.com/?p=49707 For those interested in making a difference in the health of our community, the Marion County District Advisory Council is currently accepting letters of interest from people who would like to serve as a member of the Marion Public Health Board. The Board of Health has fiduciary authority over the $2.5 million dollar budget and […]

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Marion Public HealthFor those interested in making a difference in the health of our community, the Marion County District Advisory Council is currently accepting letters of interest from people who would like to serve as a member of the Marion Public Health Board.

The Board of Health has fiduciary authority over the $2.5 million dollar budget and is the policy-making, rule making, and judicatory body for Marion Public Health. The 7 member board meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:00 pm at the health department. The Board member will fill a 3-year term that will expire in March of 2022. Board members are compensated $80.00 per meeting.

Nominations for the appointment will also be taken from the floor during the Marion County District Advisory Meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm. This meeting will be held at the health department and all interested parties are encouraged to attend. The appointment will be made with regard to equal representation of all parts of the Health District. The District Advisory Council may consider the applicant’s place of residence and employment.

Interested parties are asked to submit a letter of interest and qualifications to Marion County District Advisory Council, c/o Marion Public Health – Lisa Cook, 181 S. Main Street, Marion OH 43302 or to lcook@marionpublichealth.org

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You are invited to take a ‘Walk with a Doc’ December 6 https://www.mariononline.com/news/2018/12/you-are-invited-to-take-a-walk-with-a-doc-december-6/ Mon, 03 Dec 2018 15:34:54 +0000 https://www.mariononline.com/?p=49704 Ohio State University Extension is encouraging residents to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc, a walking program that brings together doctors and patients every first Thursday of the month from noon to 1:00pm at the Marion YMCA. Physicians from OhioHealth and Center Street Community Health Center will kick off the […]

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Ohio State University Extension is encouraging residents to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc, a walking program that brings together doctors and patients every first Thursday of the month from noon to 1:00pm at the Marion YMCA. Physicians from OhioHealth and Center Street Community Health Center will kick off the event with a brief talk on a current health topic and then lead the group on a walk.

The December 6 walk will feature Dr. Charles Thompson, OhioHealth Primary Care, speaking about the importance of balancing nutrition over the holidays. He will speak for 5 to 10 minutes, and then walk with the group until 1 p.m.

“Our mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the well-being of Marion,” said Whitney Gherman with OSU Extension.

The first walk will take place December 6. No registration is necessary and walkers can go at their own pace and distance. Pedometers, healthy snacks, and other prizes given to the first 50 participants. Please bring a photo id.

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WBC to Find the “Magic” that Helps You Win and Keep Winning https://www.mariononline.com/news/2018/11/wbc-to-find-the-magic-that-helps-you-win-and-keep-winning/ Wed, 28 Nov 2018 13:50:04 +0000 https://www.mariononline.com/?p=49664 Set for Monday, December 10, 2018, Brock Meadows will review “The Magic That Helps You Win and Keep Winning … how do you bridge the gap between where you are and that heroic potential that lays inside you?” The Marion Women’s Business Council luncheon meeting will be from 11:30 to 1:00 in the Guthery Room […]

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Set for Monday, December 10, 2018, Brock Meadows will review “The Magic That Helps You Win and Keep Winning … how do you bridge the gap between where you are and that heroic potential that lays inside you?” The Marion Women’s Business Council luncheon meeting will be from 11:30 to 1:00 in the Guthery Room at Maynard Hall on the Ohio State University at Marion/Marion Technical College campus.

Meadows is a Fitness and Nutrition Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Author, and Performance Coach. As a fitness and nutrition professional with nearly 20 years of experience and an extensive background as a NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, he has coached thousands of men and women across the country, including elite and professional athletes.

A Marion native, in 2001 Meadows started his own performance training program working with athletes and local sports teams. From there he expanded his business into his own facility in Marion (Power Factory) for athletes and the general population who were looking to improve their health and fitness. With 5,000 square feet, 25 yards of turf, two other trainers, and a partnership with a local hospital providing physical therapy on site, he began pursuing his dreams of business ownership and making a difference in the very community where he grew up.

His training and expertise has grown the past 10 years to include nutrition coaching with both training and non-training clients throughout the country. His perspective that people can choose not to work out and exercise daily, but they will eat something every day, prompted Meadows to build a solution for the biggest piece of the overall health and wellness puzzle – nutrition. This different approach and unique program increased results for training clients, naturally fueled referrals inside and outside Power Factory, and ultimately revealed the amazing ability to expand his reach beyond four walls. Through a specific curriculum, personal coaching, and active engagement in a supportive environment, his nutrition business experienced massive growth.

In July of 2015, he sold Power Factory, to focus on the continued growth of his nutrition and coaching business and be a work from home husband to his wife, Nicole, and father to their two boys, Camden and Brexden. Today, in addition to his F.I.T. Nutrition Coaching platform, Meadows is an investor, franchise owner of two Orangetheory Fitness Studios, and an elite coach with Bio Force full body functional training fitness equipment. He is a best-selling author of the book “For The Win” and works with companies and individuals to increase team and personal performance. His passion is helping clients discover winning strategies that fit them personally. Taking them from where they are, to where they want to be … and, ultimately, living life at full strength

Reservations for this event are $13 and must be received by Wednesday, December 5, 2018. They can be made by sending an email to mrn.wbc@gmail.com or by calling Cindi Bentley, Membership Co-Chair, at 740-396-0197. Guests are always welcome with an RSVP.

The Marion Women’s Business Council’s mission is to inspire women to reach their full potential through mentoring, networking, education, and recognition. WBC luncheons are held the second Monday of each month, September through May. Anyone interested in joining may visit www.WomensBusinessCouncil.com for a membership application and a complete program schedule. Those interested in joining are also encouraged to attend a luncheon to find out more.

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Ohio Attorney General offers charitable giving tips for Giving Tuesday https://www.mariononline.com/news/2018/11/ohio-attorney-general-offers-charitable-giving-tips-for-giving-tuesday/ Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:03:27 +0000 https://www.mariononline.com/?p=49691 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered charitable giving tips ahead of Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, when donors are encouraged to make charitable contributions amid the holiday shopping season. “There are many worthwhile causes to support, but unfortunately, there are also some con artists who take advantage of the generosity of others,” Attorney […]

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered charitable giving tips ahead of Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, when donors are encouraged to make charitable contributions amid the holiday shopping season.

“There are many worthwhile causes to support, but unfortunately, there are also some con artists who take advantage of the generosity of others,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We want to help people ensure that their donations go to the right place.”

Charities throughout the country use the last month of the year to seek support from donors. At the same time, scammers also compete for these contributions. Con artists may pose as reputable charity representatives and collect donations by phone, online, or outside stores. They may claim to support a charitable cause but ultimately keep the money for themselves.

Signs of a potential charity scam include:

  • High-pressure tactics.
  • No details about how your donation will be used.
  • Refusal to provide written information about the charity.
  • Organizations with names similar to those of other, better-known organizations.
  • Requests for donations made payable to a person instead of a charity.
  • Offers to pick up donations immediately versus in the mail or online.
  • Requests for payment via wire transfer or gift card.

To help detect and avoid potential charity scams, donors should:

  • Carefully review donation requests. Don’t assume that charity recommendations have been vetted, even if they’re posted or shared by your friends. Check them independently. The first request you find may not be the best.
  • Develop a giving plan. Determine which charities you want to support, and then respond to unexpected or unwanted requests by explaining that you already have a giving plan in place. Invite other groups to provide you with written information so you can evaluate their requests.
  • Research charities. Find out if an organization is registered with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, verify its tax-exempt status with the IRS, and gather data from organizations such as the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Watch, and Charity Navigator. View the organization’s IRS Form 990 on Guidestar. Review program descriptions, expenses, compensation levels, and other details. Conduct a basic internet search to review a group’s accomplishments or questionable activity.
  • Ask how your donation will be used. Keep in mind that some charitable giving requests come from professional solicitors who are paid to collect donations. Solicitors should identify themselves, and if you ask, tell you what percentage of your donation will go to the charity. Also contact charities directly to find out how they use donations. Get information in writing. Compare a charity’s materials with information you gather from other sources.
  • Don’t rely solely on an organization’s name. Some con artists misuse the names of real charities or use other, real-sounding names in order to confuse donors. If you receive a message from an organization asking for a donation, confirm that the request truly is from the organization, and not an impostor, by contacting the organization directly or visiting its website. Don’t assume a cause is legitimate just because of its name. Also be wary of sharing financial information, such as your credit card number, over the phone to someone who contacts you unexpectedly.
  • Check out crowdfunding campaigns before donating. If you want to make a contribution using a crowdfunding or peer-to-peer fundraising site, find out how your donation will be used before donating. Try to determine which campaigns are legitimate and which haven’t been vetted. (Some people ask for donations for a cause but ultimately keep the money for themselves.) Also consider how much of your donation will go to the website itself or whether you will be charged any fees for making the donation.

Businesses also may be asked to support charitable causes during the holiday season, and to help protect businesses and their customers from charity donation scams, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office provides “A Charity Guide for Businesses,” which encourages businesses to evaluate charitable solicitation requests, such as requests to set up a donation table outside a store. The guide includes a sample approval form businesses can use in their vetting process.

Those who suspect a charity scam or questionable charitable activity should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or 800-282-0515. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office investigates and takes enforcement action against charitable fraud.

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Annual holiday production of “Christmas at the Palace” takes center stage November 30 https://www.mariononline.com/news/2018/11/annual-holiday-production-of-christmas-at-the-palace-takes-center-stage-november-30/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:17:21 +0000 https://www.mariononline.com/?p=49687 Taking center stage at the historic Marion Palace Theatre is the annual community production of “Christmas at the Palace” on Friday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. Written and directed by Clare Cooke, “Christmas at the Palace 2018: The Gift of Family” features […]

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Taking center stage at the historic Marion Palace Theatre is the annual community production of “Christmas at the Palace” on Friday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Written and directed by Clare Cooke, “Christmas at the Palace 2018: The Gift of Family” features the talent of hundreds of MarionMade! individuals who share the warmth and wonder of the holidays in song and dance, instrumental solos and group numbers, heart-felt vignettes, silly sketches, and more.

A Palace Theatre holiday tradition, Clare is particularly enthusiastic about this year’s theme, “The Gift of Family.”

“The idea [for the 2018 theme] came to me this summer when I was watching a performance of NEWSIES and feeling so blessed I get to work with my daughter. We’ve watched her children grow up on stage, as we’ve watched so many. “Christmas at the Palace” has over 35 different families in it…entire families, cousins, sisters, brothers, grandparents. It’s wonderful. I’ve worked with this crew for years and, we too, are a family.”

This year a cast of more than 250 community members will take the stage including North Pole residents Santa (Bruce Cudd), Mrs. Claus (Sharon Gale), Sassy the Elf (Julia Vanderhoff), UPS Delivery Man (Dustin Rawlins), and Sparkle the Elf (Sara Grote).

Dance numbers will be performed by Pleasant Spartans Dance Team, Martha Douce Dance Studio Sr. Line and Marti-ettes, Diverse Moves Dance Studio, Ryan Howard and Danielle Knight. The Men’s and Ladies’ Tap Lines include Sherril Applefeller, Bob Bender, Joe Blue, Linda Blue, Melissa Bollinger, Kim Bradshaw, Joni Carlson, Jen Chiles, Diana Dailey, Steve deWeber, Dee Ehrman, Drew Ellerkamp, Linda Fargo, Doug Ford, Brent Gorenflo, Jacob Hartman, Ralph Hill, Dean Jacob, Lynn Jamison, Justen LaPlante, Judy Little, Colleen Mauk, David Mauk, Adam Radloff, Dustin Rawlins, Peggy Rittler, Shahara Sansotta, Stan Sansotta, Nissa Stump, Chelsea Sims, Bill Tabbert, Marcia Weir, Charles Wells, Tammy Wells, Sadie Wink, and Amanda Zucker.

The River Valley High School Fab 4 String Quartet will lend their musical talents to this year’s holiday program along with vocalists Brody Cahill, Jenny Evans and Wes Peters, John W. Garnes, II, Tamela Knight, Brian Schenk and Madision Schenk, Macy Snyder, and Brooklyn Wallace. Group numbers will be performed by barbershop group The Marionaires, a cappella group NINE, and the Drama Mamas.

Tickets are on sale now for $18, $22 adult, $12 age 12 and younger. Patrons are encouraged to order in advance for the best seating and to avoid long lines at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Palace Box Office, 276 West Center Street, by phone (740) 383-2101, or online at www.marionpalace.org. Please note a $1 fee will be added to each ticket purchased by a non-PCAA member. Ticketing fees are waived for current 2018-2019 Palace Cultural Arts Association (PCAA) Members.

“Christmas at the Palace 2018” is sponsored by First Citizens National Bank and Marion OB/GYN, Dr. David & Jude Foulk. Media sponsors The Marion Star and Buckeye Country 94.3. Supported by Ohio Arts Council.

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Free counseling on Medicare options available https://www.mariononline.com/news/2018/11/free-counseling-on-medicare-options-available/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:12:25 +0000 https://www.mariononline.com/?p=49689 Open Enrollment, which runs October 15th through December 7th, 2018, is that one time each year when older Ohioans can, and should, review their Medicare options and coverage. It is important for older adults to understand that there are different plans and choices available for the upcoming year and that price comparisons can be very […]

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Open Enrollment, which runs October 15th through December 7th, 2018, is that one time each year when older Ohioans can, and should, review their Medicare options and coverage. It is important for older adults to understand that there are different plans and choices available for the upcoming year and that price comparisons can be very beneficial.

OSHIIP, a program of the Ohio Department of Insurance, can help those who have Medicare learn about changes, such as new deductibles, co-pays, coinsurance amounts, part D options, and financial assistance programs for those who may need extra help in paying for their Medicare.

OSHIIP representatives will be accepting appointments for individual counseling on Tuesday, November 13th, at the Marion County Council on Aging office, located at 125 Executive Dr. , Suite 102. They can provide free and unbiased educational and enrollment assistance for those who may want to make changes to their Medicare plans.

Interested seniors are encouraged to call the Council on Aging at 740-387-0401 to make an appointment for a free consultation with an OSHIIP representative.

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Ohio Ag Department offering 2019 funding for agricultural easement purchase program https://www.mariononline.com/news/2018/11/ohio-ag-department-offering-2019-funding-for-agricultural-easement-purchase-program/ Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:55:03 +0000 https://www.mariononline.com/?p=49667 The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announced that eight land trusts, four counties and 15 Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state. These organizations will receive allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to select, close and monitor easements under the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). LAEPP […]

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The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announced that eight land trusts, four counties and 15 Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state. These organizations will receive allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to select, close and monitor easements under the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP).

LAEPP sponsor organizations will accept applications from Ohio landowners interested in selling an agricultural easement on their farms. A total of nearly $8.5 million will be made available in this funding round. Local sponsors have been certified to accept applications in 34 counties. Interested landowners should contact the certified local sponsor in their county for application details.

The program allows landowners to voluntarily sell easements on their farms to the state of Ohio. The easement requires the farm remain permanently in agriculture production. Selected farms must be 40 acres or more, actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have the support of their local government and not lay directly in the path of development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operations.

Funding for the program is derived from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, approved by voters in 2008. When combined with easements from all programs, 449 family farms in 59 counties have collectively preserved more than 73,500 acres in agricultural production. For more information on Ohio’s farmland preservation effort visit: www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/programs/farmland-preservation-office.

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