Vaccine clinics in June
Vaccine clinics this June include:
Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Lorain County Public Health, 9880 South Murray Ridge Road, Elyria
Wednesday, June 5, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Lorain County Public Health, 9880 South Murray Ridge Road, Elyria
Wednesday, June 12, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wellington Town Hall, 115 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington
Wednesday, June 19, 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ***NEW TIME***
Avon VFW, 36950 Mills Road, Avon
Wednesday, June 26, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lorain County Free Clinic, 5040 Oberlin Ave., Lorain
Clinic times and dates are subject to change. Bring vaccine record if available, photo ID, insurance card, and cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard. All children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. LCPH participates in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program to provide vaccines to children who qualify; no child in the VFC program is denied vaccines for inability to pay.
LCPH also provides vaccines for those traveling outside of the country. Travelers attending the travel clinic will receive needed vaccines, medications, and health education to travel safely and return home healthy. Call 440-284-3206 four weeks before departure for a travel clinic appointment; walk-ins not accepted.
Brush pickup begins May 6 and will be the first Monday of the month thereafter. Put brush out the day before. In the event of inclement weather or a holiday, it will be the following day.
Do not bag your brush. Place the cut ends of your branches toward the road. If you have a large quantity help us out and spread it out across your yard. When the piles get high it is hard to pull the branches out. Our chipper does not like prickers, flowers, weeds, corn stocks, any type of grapevine material, or firewood size logs. They plug up our filters and intake screens and get caught up in the feed reels. If you pay a contractor to trim or cut down your tree they are responsible for what they do; the Road Department will not pick it up.
Please be aware that anyone soliciting within the Township must first obtain a permit. Solicitors must carry a copy of this permit and identification. Groups such as schools and scouts are exempt. Currently, there is one active permit on file with the Zoning Department. This permit was given to IGS and will run through the month of May. As a reminder, Sheffield Township is a community who has seen the benefits of partnering with NOPEC. We urge all residents to check on energy supply costs before considering a change in suppliers. ~Trustee Ted Adkins
change to the Board of Trustees Meetings
The trustees and fiscal officer meet the second and third Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at 5166 Clinton Avenue. Everyone is welcome to attend. The first meeting of the month will be a business meeting. Residents will be welcome to speak at the second meeting of the month.
new Road Maintenance Worker
Welcome Michael Rosso!
Public Awareness Report: The Drug & Overdose Epidemic in Lorain County
Preservation of the health, safety and welfare of our county residents is a responsibility we take seriously. Fatal drug overdoses keep rising in Ohio with the Ohio Department of Health recently reporting a 20% increase. The impact is being felt in our community at an alarming rate.
Here in Lorain County (population 306,000), new research estimates 35,000 residents are misusing or abusing opioids*. Last year, 132 overdose deaths occurred. Some of the dead included grandparents. An alarming number of infants are being born displaying withdrawal symptoms due to drug exposure. 75% of our children being placed in foster care in the county is due to parental substance abuse.
Fentanyl is now being mixed with all kinds of street drugs triggering overdoses and death. It is alarming to report that the federal government has assigned two designations to our county because it has become one of the leading drug trafficking counties in the nation. This drug activity is harmful to our families, our children and our local economy ($200-million/year negative economic burden*).
This Public Awareness Report will provide you with the latest information on the severity of the toll the drug epidemic is having on our county. We continue to work with law enforcement and those on the front line providing treatment. This is a community crisis that we, as a community, must address for the sake of our families and the future of our county.
The Board of Lorain County Commissioners
Recycling at Home
An average American generates nearly 1 ton of trash a year, but all that waste doesn't have to go to the landfill. Rumpke has made significant investments in recycling technology to make recycling easy and convenient at your home.
Rumpke’s program, called single-stream recycling, allows all recyclables to be mixed together, and it is sorted at one of Rumpke’s advanced recycling facilities. Single stream programs focus on all recyclable materials generated by residents – not just individual items. This comprehensive approach helps divert the greatest volume of recyclable materials from landfills.
Residents can typically recycle the following items:
Plastic bottles and jugs
Glass bottles and jars
Steel cans and lids
Paperboard (like cereal boxes)
Envelopes and junk mail
Newspapers, magazines, and inserts
Telephone books and catalogs
Rumpke offers curbside recycling and public recycling drop boxes throughout its service region.
Wrap Mattresses and Upholstered Furniture in Plastic for Disposal
Due to the increasing number of bed bug infestations, all mattresses and upholstered furniture MUST be wrapped in plastic in order to be picked up. If a mattress has been ordered for removal and is out for collection on your scheduled bulk pickup day and it is not wrapped in plastic, the hauler will NOT remove the mattress. ALL mattresses, whether infested with bed bugs or not, are now required to be wrapped in plastic. It is a health hazard to the drivers, workers, and residents for the mattresses to be exposed.
The plastic isn't necessary when disposing mattresses and upholstered furniture during Dumpster Days.
Friendships are just plain good for you. In fact, social connectedness is strongly linked to a person’s overall health, including risk for chronic diseases, depression, happiness, and suicide. To better connect Lorain County adults ages 55 and over to the community, the Lorain County General Health District is launching the Buddy Connect Pilot Program—for no cost. Starting this fall, two phone calls from a volunteer buddy will help you or a loved one to connect to the community; home visits are also available. Call 440-567-4120 to sign up or to volunteer.
Need Help with your Gas Bill?
FirstEnergy’s (NYSE: FE) Ohio utilities, remind customers having difficulty paying their utility bills that they may be eligible for special financial assistance programs. In Ohio, customer assistance programs include:
• Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus)
The Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) is an extended payment arrangement that allows Ohio customers meeting program guidelines to pay a percentage of their income or $10.00 per month, whichever is greater, instead of
their usual electricity bill. Eligible customers must have a household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For more information, call (800) 282-0880.
• Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
HEAP is a federally funded grant program administered by the State of Ohio Department of Development through a network of local community action agencies. HEAP provides customers help with paying winter heating bills, and occasionally summer cooling bills. For more information, call (800) 633-4766 (Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison customers); or (800) 589-3101 (Illuminating Company customers).
• Salvation Army Emergency Hardship Programs
The Salvation Army organizations across the Ohio utility territories offer emergency assistance programs for those who have suffered a recent financial hardship and need temporary help to pay their electricity bill. Program funding is provided by FirstEnergy’s Ohio employees and customers. The distribution of funds is administered by Salvation Army agencies located throughout Ohio. Contact your local Salvation Army agency to learn more.
• Emergency Assistance
Additional help in paying utility bills may also be available to low-income residents through local county departments of human services, community action agencies, soldier’s relief commissions or veteran’s services offices. Listings for these resources can be found in the blue pages at the front of your local telephone directory, or you can call your county government or visit them online to learn more.
Ohio residential customers of FirstEnergy’s utilities looking for a convenient way to manage their electric bills also can sign up for the FirstEnergy Installment Plan, which allows customers to make consistent monthly payments to avoid the impact of seasonal highs and lows in their electricity bills. To apply or learn more about programs to help keep electricity bills affordable, visit www.firstenergycorp.com or call Ohio Edison customer service at (800) 633-4766; The Illuminating Company customer service at (800) 589-3101; and Toledo Edison customer service at (800) 447-3333. Ohio Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., serves more than 1 million customers across 32 Ohio counties. Connect with Ohio Edison at www.ohioedison.com, on Twitter @OhioEdison and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OhioEdisonThe Illuminating Company serves more than 750,000 customers across Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. Follow The Illuminating Company on Twitter @IlluminatingCo and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IlluminatingCo. Toledo Edison serves more than 300,000 customers in northwest Ohio. FollowmToledo Edison on Twitter @ToledoEdison or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ToledoEdison.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Visit FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and follow on Twitter at @FirstEnergyCorp.
Lorain County Office on Aging
The core services offered by Lorain County Office on Aging are designed to promote the health, well-being, and independence of at-risk aging and disabled adults living throughout Lorain County. Services include:
- Aging & Disability Resource Network (residents 60+ & adults with a disability)
- Information & Assistance
- Benefits Screening & Assistance
- Options Counseling to help aging & disabled adults remain safely in community settings
- Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
- Support Services to maintain health, well-being & independence
- Housekeeping Services
- Chore Services
- Home Delivered Meals
- Transportation Assistance to Health Care Appointments
- Food Pantry Services (including home delivery of commodities and fruits & vegetables)
- Senior Dining Program
- RSVP (volunteer opportunities for Lorain County residents 55+ years)
- Senior Years Newspaper
- Health Education Services
- Kinship Care Program
320 N. Gateway Blvd., 2nd Floor
Elyria, OH 44035
Services: Benefits Assistance, Support Services, Options Counseling, Information & Assistance, Senior Dining, Food Pantry Services, Chore Services, Housekeeping Services, Transportation to Healthcare Appointments, Kinship Services, RSVP Volunteer Program, Senior Years Newspaper, Health Education Services.
Service Area: Lorain County
THE NORTHEAST OHIO PUBLIC ENERGY COUNCIL (NOPEC)
Our new relationship manager for NOPEC is Pat McNamara. If any of the Sheffield Township residents have a problem with electric or natural gas, please contact Pat McNamara at 440.249.7832, 440.623.3455, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If another company solicits electric or gas quotes, ask if they have a solicitor’s permit from Sheffield Township. Pat Echko, Fiscal Officer, issues the permits. She can be reached at 440.324.9462 or email@example.com.
The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) serves members in over 200 communities within 13 counties in Northeast Ohio. For 15 years, they have saved communities and members more than $260 million in cumulative energy savings.
Benefits for NOPEC Residential Customers:
- Discounted energy rates negotiated exclusively for NOPEC customers
- myNOPEC – A free online resource for NOPEC members
- Interactive Tip House – Energy saving tips for every season
For questions regarding your electric bill or service call Ohio Edison at 800.633.4766. For questions regarding your natural gas bill contact Columbia Gas of Ohio at 800.344.4077.