Betterment hears 20/20 update
By Rachel Mendell
The Galion Area Betterment Commission met Oct. 3 to listen to a presentation of the 20/20 Vision.
Cathy George spoke on the need for drug prevention education in the area. She stated statistics including in 2006 most deaths were drug deaths, drug deaths were the number one cause of death in 20–50 year olds, and EMS records show that the most drug runs are on the west end of town. George said drugs are the cause of lower city revenue, lower real estate values, and lower test scores in schools. Because of drugs there are not enough good workers in the area for businesses.
George went on to say the 20/20 Vision Group continues work on a safe house for an area rehab program. Keller Hall has zoning issues for the project, but is still an option, she said, while another possibility for location is Fairview Manor. The safe house will staff professionals 24–7, have security systems in place and will protect the community in which it will reside. George said the amount needed to begin the project is $250,000 and $80,000 was raised at the banquet. The group is also pursuing grant funding and working with the ADAMH board.
George feels education is the key to drug prevention – getting to the kids before they get into drugs and alcohol. Although the DARE program is no longer offered in Galion, there are other programs the schools are pursuing that are more effective than DARE, she said.
In reports, Kiwanis are holding their pancake breakfast at the Galion Intermediate School this Saturday from 7–11 a.m. during the Connections Weekend event.
United Way raised about $9,000 during their event at the Moose last Friday night. Their next big event is the annual Tail Gate Party.
Polk Township reported paving projects just about done for the season.
Ohio Heartland gave away 12,000 pounds of fresh produce to 175 families in 85 minutes. Oct. 28 will be the next time families can receive produce. The backpack program has been successful with 100 Galion students taking home food for the weekend.
Home Care Matters will have their volunteer appreciation night Tuesday, Oct. 4.
The Golden Age Center has a new roof and a new freezer and is getting ready for their October mincemeat sale. Nov. 5 will be its fall festival and food clinics are being held at the center.
The Rotary Club’s dictionary project has expanded to eight school systems within Crawford County. The public is invited to the meeting on Oct. 12 when the Rotary will discuss their youth exchange program. On Oct. 26 the Rotary will discuss its Strive program that involves helping struggling C students do better in school and earn scholarships. Rotary reminds the public that the group meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Varsity Grill.
The school district reminded the Betterment Commission that Career Day is the center of the Connections Weekend. This year each class of the high school will hear from alumni on a variety of subjects; the freshmen will learn about transition and flexibility, the sophomores will learn about goal setting and focus, juniors will hear speakers on perseverance and action, while seniors will discuss adapting skills and making choices.
The library is offering a variety of workshops and activities for adults including genealogy, hands on Internet, senior workshop on social networking, card making, blogging and parties. Oct. 27–29 is the Friends of the Library used book sale.
The Crop Walk was successful, although not as many people participate now as in the past.
The historical society is hosting an organ concert Oct. 23 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the organ at Grace Episcopal. Ghost hunts continue to be successful. Full details are available on the society’s website www.galionhistory.com.
The Galion Health Department announced flu shot clinics at the Board of Health office on Tuesday.
The Theatre will offer a British Comedy Nov. 11, 12, 18, 19 and 20. The commission was invited to the annual Town Hall Meeting that was hosted by the Theatre this year.
The hospital is holding an open house for the new pain clinic Oct. 25 and announced five new health providers on board.
The Galion Y will have a bowl-a-thon Nov. 4 from 7–9 p.m. Funds will go to the Center Y Sustaining Fund that is used for membership dues.
The City of Galion will be paving Summit Street from Market to Fairview. The city is also working on a deal with a jet ambulance company that is looking into setting up in Galion. Oktoberfest was “subdued” with no major problems this year.
The Chamber announced O’Reilly’s Auto will have a ribbon cutting Oct. 5 at 11 a.m., Chris Shieffer Insurance will have a ribbon cutting Oct. 26. The USPS is offering a presentation on ways businesses can save money. There will be a new candy store going in on Columbus Street called “The Candy Bar.” A new Verizon store will be opening on Carter Drive next to East of Chicago.
The next meeting of the Galion Area Betterment Commission will be Monday, Nov. 7 at noon in the Galion Hospital cafeteria.