Letters: Readers offer thoughts, resources amid coronavirus
March 29, 2020
Let’s find the American Spirit
The time is now to find the American Spirit again. It is a time to put differences aside and work to help everyone stay healthy and get thru this difficult time. It is a time to reach out to our friends and our neighbors, especially the older ones, to check to see how they are doing and if you can do anything to help them.
We all have heard of Small Business Saturday – Let’s Start Small Business Spring! If you normally go out to eat at local restaurants/bars or where ever and they are having carry out service continue to spend your money and take the food home. Or perhaps you can buy local restaurant certificates for yourself and/or give one to one of the many essential workers in our community providing needed services. If we don’t, there may not be as many small businesses to go to later this year on Small Business Saturday.
I am trying to see if the Granville Village Council might create a month of water/sewer bill holiday to try to help our residence and businesses during this difficult time. If this happens, hopefully if you don’t need the money saved from this water/sewer holiday you will use it to buy gift certificates and give them to someone who might not be working now or one of the many essential workers.
Whatever we can do to help each other I am sure it would be greatly appreciated.
Matt McGowan, Granville
Available At-Home Science Resources
As we all work together to navigate these challenging times, the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program is here to help provide families with the resources they need to keep students engaged in learning. Our organization, which represents Ohio’s natural gas and oil producers, is focused on learning and education initiatives and we are proud to offer free access, via OOGEEP.org, to the same first-class science, technology, engineering and math curriculum that many teachers use in their classroom.
Available lessons cover key geology, earth science, physics, and chemistry principles, they meet state and national science standards, and are targeted for the middle and high school level. Each lesson contains additional activities and an assessment to help further challenge students at home. For younger students, OOGEEP also has activity books, an activity placemat, and a word search available.
We know parents are looking for supplemental tools to help their kids stay sharp and on a schedule during this difficult time and we hope these lessons and activities – centered on core STEM principles – are useful in fostering an at-home learning environment until schools reopen.
Kennedy Copeland, Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, Granville
A plea for protective equipment
In the few weeks since the novel coronavirus pandemic has shocked the world, senior living communities across the country have taken drastic measures to protect their vulnerable aging populations of residents as well as valuable employees. Communities have taken prompt actions to meet today’s challenges: activities are canceled, and common spaces are closed to maximize social distancing. Meal services have adapted into carryout and delivery models to limit resident exposure. And we have seen many, if not most, communities shut their doors to visitors entirely — a heartbreaking, yet necessary, practice. Staffs have adapted their schedules and their systems, working exhaustively to sanitize spaces and wash their hands raw; they all know their role in limiting infection inside and outside of our communities.
For the millions of older Americans living in retirement communities, assisted living or nursing homes, their continued health depends not only on decisiveness, coordination and luck, but also on the availability of resources … resources that are becoming alarmingly scarce. Materials that help us stem infection among our residents — personal protective equipment (PPE) — are being used at an alarmingly fast rate, and we will soon face a critical juncture. Emergency stores of masks and other respiratory protection will be largely depleted, leaving millions of older Americans and thousands of their direct-care supporters at increased risk for exposure.
I strongly urge businesses, our government, local institutions or private citizens with reserves of personal protective equipment to donate some of their supplies, including facemasks, to their region’s senior living facilities. We will continue to rise to meet this crisis, and, with the generosity of our neighbors, our seniors will have the best prospect of a return to normalcy. Thank you!
Doug Helman, executive director of Kendal at Granville
Tower garden helping foster kids
I am excited about our latest project here at the NYAP office and the incredible journey our local foster kids will get to experience by growing fresh food with their new Tower Garden. NYAP provides counseling to the kids in need and growing food from seed is a very therapeutic experience which is why this is such a special gift to our children. They will enjoy the benefits of year-round gardening thanks to this unique state-of-art aeroponic system. This purchase was made possible thanks to the generosity of an important group of people and companies collaborating together. We want to recognize them here: Licking Memorial Hospital, Park National Bank, Beverly Getter, Michelle Embrey, Joanne Breitmayar and Kathy Ford all from Coldwell Banker. Not to be missed were several anonymous individuals who kindly donated. If you are interested in learning more about this indoor garden, please feel free to contact me, Tonya Getter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Through webinars we are showing people how they can grow delicious food in a sustainable way, all while saving money!
Tonya Getter, National Youth Advocate Program in Newark
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