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Local News Stories   For Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Group Seeks Public Opinion on Delayed Leukemia Study
The Ohio Citizen Action Group is asking area residents for their opinion to the question: is the Taft administration taking too long on the Marion leukemia study?  According to the organization, the Taft Administration said in July 1999 it was beginning "a search for possible environmental or other links among nearly 70 Marion County residents diagnosed with leukemia" and "release formal results of the entire case review no later than January 1 [2000]." 

The study has come about in connection with the on-going investigation at the River Valley campus.  Some believe that the environmental contamination is not limited to the campus area, but extends into the Marion community.  However, the study has yet to be completed and released to the public.  To give your opinion, and to get ideas as to how to help, e-mail Simona Vaclavikova, the Columbus area director, by clicking here.

For full press release, click here.

Historical Society Offering Children's Program
The Marion County Historical Society will present “A Blast from the Past,” a hands-on history workshop for children ages 8-12, on Saturday, May 19, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM in the Heritage Hall Auditorium, 169 East Church Street, Marion.
  The program is a preview of the Society’s “A Blast from the Past” program, which will be offered on alternate Thursdays from June 21 through August 16.

The May 19 session will deal with Native Americans in and around Marion County.  Christie Raber, Curator of the Wyandot County Historical Museum, will lead the discussion.  Jane Rupp, Marion County Historical Society Director, will lead the children in a craft project relating to the Native American theme.

Children ages 8-12 and their parents are invited to take part in this preview.  Admission is free.  For additional information, contact The Marion County Historical Society at 740/387-4255 or

Celebrity Golf Outing Wednesday
The Marion County Youth Foundation's annual Charity Celebrity Golf & Dinner Outing is coming up Wednesday at Whetstone Golf Course.  Golfing kicks off at noon and dinner is scheduled for 7p.m.  This year's outing is to include Pittsburgh Steelers' Jack Ham, OSU Basketball All-American and Indiana Pacers' Clark Kellogg, and former OSU football quarterback Jim Karsatos, among others.  

Cost for the event is $75 per person for golf and dinner or $25 for dinner only.  For more information, click here.

Kids’ College Offers Summer Opportunities
The lazy, hazy days of summer don't need to be a bore for children. Kids' College at Ohio State Marion offers a break from the summer doldrums, lots of hands-on activities, and an opportunity to learn something new.  The workshops are sponsored by Ohio State Marion's Office of Community Relations. Children who have completed second through sixth grades are eligible to enroll. The workshops will be taught on the Marion Campus, 1465 Mt. Vernon Ave. 

Courses are to include topics such as “All the Way from Safe Surfing to Web Design,” “Let's Get Physical,” “Food, Fun and Flair,” “Around the World in Four Days,” “The Power of Plants and Animals,” and “Weather Phenomena and Natural Disasters.”

Space is limited and registration can be made by calling Bronwen Babich at (740) 389-6786 extension 6341. The cost for each session is $65; or a student can enroll in two sessions for $100. Also, two students can enroll in the same session for $100. 

For more information on the courses offered, click here.

Pleasant Weather Expected for Weekend
It will be mostly cloudy Wednesday with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, the National Weather Service said.
High temperatures will be near 80. Lows will be in the upper 50s and 60s.

More thunderstorms were expected on Thursday along a stationary frontal system stretching across southern Ohio. Temperatures on Thursday were to remain in the 70s.  The front will finally drop south and east of the region early Friday with high pressure building into the state.

Dry weather with plenty of sunshine is expected into the weekend. Temperatures will be pleasant with highs in the 70s and overnight lows in the 50s.

District Board of Health Meeting
The Marion County District Board of Health is meeting Wednesday, June 20, at 7p.m. in the Public Health Wing of Marion General Hospital.

Course to Introduce Children to Emergency Steps
The Marion County Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering its Basic Aid Training (BAT) for children ages 8-12 on Thursday, June 21, from 9:30a.m. to 3:30p.m.  This safety education program introduces children to the emergency action steps and first aid procedures.  Also featured is
information on preventing injuries, such as bicycle and car safety, water safety, and avoiding drugs and other harmful substances.  BAT emphasizes that prevention is the key to reducing the risk of injury.  Cost for this course is $15 and registrations can be made by calling 387-8685.

Road Closings & Delays
US 23 between State Route 4 and State Route 231 is closed down to one lane in each direction while the bridge deck over the Little Scioto River is replaced.  The project is expected to be completed by 5p.m. October 31.

Adams Street from Greenwood Street to Hartford Street will be closed to traffic from 7a.m. Wednesday, June 20, through 4p.m. Friday, June 22 and again from 7a.m. to 4p.m. Monday, June 25 while the City Sewer Maintenance Department repairs a sanitary sewer.

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