The Ohio Valley is filled with a variety of different people, all of whom have unique personalities. We all have different careers, stories and experiences. Although many of us may not know each other, there is one thing that we may have in common; a love for animals. Last year, an announcement was made that the city of Wheeling had formed an association with hopes to open a dog park. Sure there are plenty of parks throughout the valley, but not all dogs like being on a leash, and the bigger the dog the more they want to run. People may wonder what the difference is between a park, like Oglebay, and a dog park. Although our local parks are all dog friendly, the dog park will have a different set of rules. At the Wheeling Dog Park, pets will be allowed to run and play in an environment where they will be allowed off of the leash. The park will have an area for both large and small dogs to sniff and play. Pets need to socialize just like humans and at the dog park, both pets and humans can associate with one another. The canine park not only benefits our four legged friends, but it is also good for the elderly and disabled citizens who need a service dog by their side when exercising. It also builds tourism for people driving through the area and allows for the community to be more open to animals.
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October 19, 2014, will mark the second time that I will be running in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon/Half Marathon. When I decided to run the half marathon last year, I knew it was going to be both a physical and mental challenge. To be honest, I wasn't even sure if I'd be able to accomplish it. My only goal for the 2013 race was to cross the finish line on my own two feet, which I managed to do in a time of 2:19:46. This year, I thought I should make my goal a little more challenging. Of course I want to beat my previous time, but I also wanted to make my run meaningful.
Hearing the news yesterday about Robin Williams (who, to me, will always be Mork) hit me right square in the face hard. Some of you may never understand what it is like to fight addictions or depression, and thank your lucky stars for that, but if you have ever watched someone go through these events you can understand how lonely one can be, even when they are not alone. Robin fought hard to stay on the right path, getting cleaned up, staying in programs throughout his life. With mental illness, it's one day at a time and you take each and every day minute by minute. I'm not going to go into all of Robin's accomplishments, because the news has done this and, by God, the list is way too long for a very short blog.
Bordas & Bordas has announced an attorney's recent appointment to the Board of Directors of Harmony House Children's Advocacy Center. John Artimez, who assists with complex personal injury and insurance bad faith litigation at the firm, has been selected to serve on the Board. Harmony House offers a comprehensive, child-focused program based in a facility that allows prosecutors, law enforcement, child protective service workers, medical and mental health professionals and victim advocates to work together to strengthen the community's response to child abuse. Harmony House exists to ensure that no child is further victimized by systems intended to protect her or him. Located in both Wheeling and St. Clairsville, Harmony House has been helping children for the past 11 years.
Sunday, August 10, 2014, marks the annual Mahrajan , an event held at Oglebay Park's Site One. The Mahrajan celebrates the heritage and tradition of the members of Wheeling's Our Lady of Lebanon Church. Now in its eighty-first year, the Wheeling Mahrajan began in 1933 as an effort to raise funds to rebuild the church which had burned to the ground in 1932. Though the major restoration efforts were completed years ago, the church's steeple was not replaced until 2013, more than eighty years after it was destroyed by the fire. Today, the Mahrajan continues as a major fund raising event for the church and is an event anticipated by many throughout West Virginia and its surrounding states. More importantly, it's a way for families to come together and celebrate their heritage.
The Intelligencer recently reported on a poll finding that many Americans do no>t know how to tell if their doctor will provide high-quality care. Unfortunately, the article does not provide many solutions to help its readers discover the information that they need when it comes to making an informed decision on selecting a health care provider. Obviously, choosing the right doctor is very important. Some studies estimate that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die each year from preventable harm in our health care institutions. Unlike nursing homes, where safety data is relatively more accessible, it can be difficult to determine whether or not your doctor is the type of physician who is likely to provide high-quality care.
Just weeks after the school year ended, I found myself back in the classroom a little sooner than I had expected. This year I decided that I was going to take advantage of my position on the Wheeling Park High School speech and debate team, and the time to prepare for the upcoming season was now. Last year, I did make the team, but my priorities were focused more on sports over speaking. With my other activities like cheerleading, track, and dance, filing economist articles and learning how to pronounce world leaders' names were not in my top interests whatsoever. Entering my junior year, I know that my performance on standardized tests, sporting events and community activism will play a big role in determining my college selection. I hate to admit that my mom was right when she said that colleges love club involvement, but I never realized the weight some colleges placed on being a member of a speech team- not to mention one that has won the state tournament for the last 35 years. Unfortunately, I was not a big team contributor to that 35 th state title; I wasn't even selected to compete at the state level. This year my goal is to not only compete at states, but to place in my signature event as well.
Summer is a great time for trying new things and starting new projects. Recently I decided that I wanted to turn my small front patio into a cozier place to spend some time. Ideally, I wanted to have lots of greenery and flowers to give the patio some privacy since I live on a busy street. Only one problem - I know absolutely nothing about gardening, except that I'm really good at letting healthy plants die. Regardless, I decided to try to make my brick porch in the city a little bit more like the green haven I imagined. Over the course of two weekends, I installed lattices on one side of the porch to help block some of the noise and views of the busy streets nearby. I cleaned up some old patio furniture with a fresh coat of paint and new cushions to make it more inviting.
The world-famous Johns Hopkins Hospital recently agreed to a settlement with eight thousand patients of a doctor named Nikita Levy. Levy had been using a concealed camera to videotape gynecological examinations of his patients for an unknown period of time while working at Johns Hopkins. More than a thousand such videos were discovered on his camera at the time it was seized by hospital authorities. The Johns Hopkins case is a good example of how, in the medical community, a few bad apples "spoil the bunch." The data consistently shows that a small number of physicians are responsible for a huge proportion of malpractice and misconduct allegations. For example, the Federal National Practitioner databank shows that just six percent of doctors are responsible for almost 60 percent of the malpractice payments made over a fifteen-year period - ten times their fair share. Moreover, an even smaller subset of doctors, just one percent, is responsible for 20 percent of all malpractice payments of a similarly statistically significant of time - 20 times what you'd expect if lawsuits were targeting doctors broadly. It's also true that 82 percent of doctors have never had a medical malpractice payment.
It is hard to believe that both the 2014 Jamboree in the Hills and the Italian Festival have come and gone. Although I did not attend either event this year, I did my usual "drive by" of the Jamboree site on Friday and Saturday. As tradition in the Ohio Valley continues, the 17th Annual Debbie Green 5K will take place tomorrow, August 2. Voted as one of the top 263 road races in the world, the downtown Wheeling route is quite a challenge for all ages. Each person competes in their own age group and since life is always moving forward, I am moving up to another age group. Moving up an age group may make me feel bad (but not old!), but knowing I am doing something that many people years younger than I would not attempt, makes me quite pleased with myself! I enjoy watching the faces of some people when I say I am going to walk a 5K! Some are shocked at this senior citizen doing something so ambitious, but all are supportive.