Letters to the editor - UPDATED Oct. 9
Dangerous wild animals
New legal requirements for owners of dangerous wild animals went into effect on Sept. 5.
The new law, the Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act, requires owners of dangerous wild animals in Ohio to register and microchip their animals with the Ohio Department of Agriculture no later than Nov. 5, 2012 (Section 935.04).
For information on what meets the definition of dangerous wild animal, visit law,www.OhioAgriculture.gov/TopNew/DangerousWildAnimalAct.
Failure to register animals by the deadline can result in a first degree misdemeanor for the first offense, and a fifth degree felony for each subsequent offense.
Timely registration is a requirement for anyone who wishes to receive a permit to keep any dangerous wild animal past Jan. 1, 2014. Failure to register and microchip by Nov. 5 will disqualify the owner from permit eligibility.
In order to help ensure dangerous wild animal owners are in compliance with the new law, particularly if they have any intentions of keeping their animals past the 2014 ban date, we are asking our state partners to help reach out to owners in their jurisdiction and provide information on the timely registration of their animals.
A copy of the registration form must be printed, signed and returned to the Ohio Department of Agriculture no later than Nov. 5, 2012. It is important to note that forms that do not include microchip serial numbers will not be considered complete. If you know of any dangerous wild animal owners in your area, we are asking you to take a copy of the registration form and instructions to them. ODA's contact information is clearly marked on the form, and if they have questions about the process, feel free to direct them to the information provided.
For information visit www.OhioAgriculture.gov/TopNew/DangerousWildAnimalAct or call ODA's Division of Animal Health at (614) 728-6220.
Ralph Portier, chief of police
City of Groveport
Ghost Tour says thanks
The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society wishes to thank the following actors and guides for making our 7th annual Ghost Tour possible: Michale Adams, Jackie Christensen, Sean Cleary, Linda Dillman, Sherry Farmer, Joy Habegger, Dana and Mike Ippoliti, Bobbie Mershon, Andrea, Patrick, Maureen, Maggie, and Mary Murphy, William Prentice, Susie Rhinehart, James Shaw and Sandy White.
Also thank you to our writers and researchers: Linda Dillman, Judy Fleming, Joy Habegger, Andrea and Patrick Murphy, Jeanette Schneider, and Vicki Shaw. Thanks also to ticket seller Paul Thomas and time keeper Valerie Cavender.
Many thanks go to behind-the-scenes workers and organizers who gave time and energy to this event: Judy Fleming, Joy Habegger, Andrea and Patrick Murphy, Carol Note, Jeanette Schneider, Vicki Shaw and Paul Thomas.
Thank you to: Canal Winchester Human Services for providing a van. Slate Run Historical Farm for costume and Destination Canal Winchester for granting us advertising monies.
A special thanks to all the folks who bought tickets and made the historical journey a success. The proceeds will maintain the historical complex and Barber Museum.
CWAHS member and chairperson
CW Labor Day committee says thanks
The Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival Committee would like to thank the businesses and individuals who helped make the 2012 Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival a huge success once again, without your support the Labor Day Festival would not be possible.
We also want to thank the thousands of people from throughout central Ohio and beyond who supported the festival vendors, saluted our World War II veteran parade marshals and your support of our downtown businesses throughout the year. After all, our goals are to draw more attention to our city and its unique business district and provide an entertaining weekend for all in respect to the Labor Day Holiday.
Thanks to the following for their continued support: Diley Ridge Medical Center, Wyler Chevrolet, MG Abbott Electric, Madison Township, Violet Township, city of Canal Winchester, Mac's NAPA Auto Parts, Mike Hummel Farms, Stevenson Farms, The Peggy Wood Foundation and the Wood Family, Fairfield National Bank, Wiles, Boyle, Burkholder & Bringardner Co. LPA, Triad Architects, Heiberger Paving, Casto Management, Seniors Helping Seniors, Bird & Bull Engineers, Woodrow- Martinez Team- Coldwell Banker King Thompson Realtors, Fischer Homes, American Air Heating & Cooling, Waibel Construction, Canal Banking Center, Wildenthaler Family, Ebert Family, CW Dairy Queen, Hahn Pest Management, Mr. Appliance of Southeast Columbus, Canal Winchester Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lloyd Family, Kingy's Pizza, Bolenbaugh Hardware, Canal Winchester Schools, Denny Sherman, Dills Greenhouse, Easton Town Center, Fantasy Cupcake, Anita Albaghli, O'Charley's, Orchids & Ivy / Flower Post, Olive Garden, Shaw & Son Jewelers, South Central Power, The Movement Center, Urban Images Photography, Nowstalgic Toys and the numerous arts and crafts and food vendors for their continued participation.
Labor Day Festival committee
CW schools doing more with less and planning for future
The Canal Winchester School District is imposing restraints on spending while maintaining academic excellence.
Not only do we watch every dollar, but our board of education insists that we are constantly looking for new ways to save. The current state budget chopped more than $700 million for schools. If we as proud members of the Canal Winchester community want to maintain fine schools, we're going to have to fund our schools at the grassroots.
Doing an honest, complete job of monitoring school spending is a key first step, and we can be proud that the Ohio Auditor of State has awarded us with clean audit reports for 50 years in a row.
It takes more than honesty to run a tight ship. It takes new ideas as well. We have worked with consultants to help us develop a long term financial plan that will not only keep us accountable to taxpayers, but will ensure we keep our schools on a continued path of stability. We want to maintain and protect the great work happening in our schools for generations to come in a way that's reasonable for taxpayers.
Our district lost $1 million in state and federal support since 2010. We reduced approximately $3 million from our budget over the last three years. This action allowed us to avoid a catastrophic budget deficit budget in 2012. And thanks to the community-minded support of our local residents, passage of the levy renewal in 2011 helped us maintain stability to our schools and community.
Now, we must look to the future. Canal Winchester Schools remain committed to cost containment and responsible, long term budget planning and we have taken proactive steps to do just that. Earlier this summer, our treasurer, Joyce Boyer, presented to the board of education an overview of our financial forecast and outlined goals and initiatives we can implement to protect our ongoing financial vitality. We are excited to share these goals and plans with the community and we invite you to participate in the process. We have launched a section on our website (www.cwschools.org) that details this work. The site will include progress updates on the plan as well as easy to read financial data that will serve as an ongoing communication link between our school district and taxpayers.
Together we will work toward common goals: high quality education, efficient operations and strong community.
Canal Winchester Schools