Joy the Baker in Columbus
Joy the Baker Celebrates Release of Over Easy with a Q&A and Book Signing at The Book Loft, August 7 at 7 p.m.
WHO: Self-taught baker and food photographer Joy Wilson is the colorful personality behind the popular food blog Joy the Baker. Joy launched her blog in 2008 and has since gained international attention and received praise from top publications such as O!, Extra Crispy, Food52 and Buzzfeed. Joy the Baker was also selected as one of the 50 Best Food Blogs by The Times (London) and named Best Baking and Desserts Blog by Saveur.
WHAT: Joy is celebrating the release of her third cookbook, Over Easy, with a book signing at The Book Loft on Monday, August 7 beginning at 7 p.m. In an eye-catching display of brimming plates and bright tablescapes, Over Easy explores Joy’s favorite savory and sweet brunch recipes—from morning cocktails to full meals—in a celebration of one of the most decadent and leisurely of meals.
WHEN: Monday, August 7 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Book Loft of German Village
631 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43206
PRICE: The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can purchase Over Easy at the signing for $27.50.
Velvet to debut Honey Grahams Cereal & Milk ice cream flavor at Ohio State Fair
UTICA – Thanks to the imagination of one creative fan, Velvet Ice Cream has developed a unique and delicious new flavor, being made especially for the Ohio State Fair. Inspired by the childhood breakfast favorite, Velvet’s Honey Grahams Cereal & Milk is a limited-release ice cream is available at the Ohio State Fair, which runs July 26-Aug. 6 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The exclusive flavor will also be available in the scoop shop at Velvet Ice Cream’s Ye Olde Mill in Utica throughout the summer. More information is available at www.VelvetIceCream.com or www.OhioStateFair.com.
A team of Velvet Ice Cream executives and foodie judges chose this entry from three finalists submitted through a social media contest. Submitted by Kari Childs of Delaware OH, the winning flavor beat out more than 700 other entries and two other finalist flavors: Scotcheroo and Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie. To create this one-of-a-kind frozen confection, the Ohio ice cream manufacturer started with sweet, cereal flavored milk ice cream, then added in Honey Graham cereal swirls and flakes of honey.
“Because our Ohio State Fair flavors have been so popular in the past, we invited the public to participate in the development of this year’s flavor,” Velvet Ice Cream Vice President Joanne Dager said. “Honey Grahams Cereal & Milk is the perfect flavor for the State Fair, a place where everyone can have fun and feel like a kid again.”
Velvet Ice Cream’s Honey Graham Cereal & Milk Ice Cream, along with its more traditional flavors of cookies ‘n cream and mint chocolate chip, are available via Cox Concessions in the Ohio State Fair Dairy Products Building. Fairgoers can download the free Mobile Fair Food Finder app for Android or iPhone.
This year marks 103 years of business for Velvet Ice Cream. Founded in 1914 by Joseph Dager, four generations of Dagers have since run the company, which is located in Utica, Ohio on 25 acres of the perfect combination of wooded countryside and rolling, pastoral farmland. Still family-owned and operated, Velvet produces and distributes more than five million gallons of ice cream every year from its headquarters on the grounds of Ye Olde Mill. Ye Olde Mill also houses an ice cream and milling museum, a restaurant, playground, picnic area and catch-and-release fish pond.
Named by Frommer’s as one of America’s 10 Best Ice Cream Factory Tours, Velvet’s Ye Olde Mill welcomes 150,000 visitors each year for tours, tastings and events. The annual Ice Cream Festival, group tour experiences and school learning field trips are among the many draws to Ye Olde Mill, which is open to the public April 11-Oct. 31. Complete information about Velvet Ice Cream and Ye Olde Mill is available www.VelvetIceCream.com.
Home Security for Vacation Season
By Tom Kraeutler
The Money Pit
Home security is an important part of any trip plan, whether you’re preparing for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation. Summer is a hot season for home burglaries, with break-ins typically peaking in July and August.
Besides being protected against burglary, mechanical problems can also easily develop in a house left vacant and cause major damage that might not be discovered until you return.
To make sure that your home security is up to par and you truly enjoy your trip, run through the following home security and vacant home checklist well before you pack your bags.
Inside Your Home
1. Shut the main water valve: If you’ll be away for a prolonged period of time, it’s smart to shut down your home’s water supply. Locate and turn off the main water valve, which is usually found on the front, street-facing side of a home’s lower level (it may be located in the crawl space; if it’s difficult to get to, a plumber can add an extension to put it within reach). If your landscape irrigation comes from the same line, arrange for a bypass valve to be installed so that watering can continue as usual.
2. Drain toilets: As step two of the water shutdown plan, drain all toilets and tanks by holding down the flush lever until the water is gone.
3. Water heater off: Turn off your water heater. If it’s electric, turn of the large breaker assigned to it at the main electrical panel. For gas water heaters, turn the valve to the pilot position or turn it off completely, but only if you know how to relight it and will be away for an extended period of time.
4. Breakers off: To minimize the risk of electrical fires, turn off all non-essential electrical circuit breakers in your home’s electrical box (such as anything other than your heating system, security system, and outdoor lighting). Well before you’re under pressure to figure out which are which, take time to label circuits with small colored dot stickers, using green for nonessential and red for essential.
5. Disconnect appliances: Unplug all appliances, large and small.
6. Lower A/C: If you’ll be away for a weekend, set your air conditioner to 80 degrees to lower air conditioning costs; if you’ll be gone longer, shut it down entirely.
7. Lights on timers: Improve home security by putting lights in main living areas on timers, and setting them to simulate occupancy.
8. Don’t broadcast your absence: A burglar can easily be tipped off to your absence by an unanswered phone, so turn off the ringer and keep your everyday answering message in play. And never, ever leave a message, or post on a Facebook or Twitter page saying, “I’m away on vacation.”
9. Adjust blinds: Leave blinds and curtains in normal positions wherever possible, taking care not to expose belongings attractive to prying eyes.
10. Secure valuables: Protect valuables from theft (important papers, jewelry, etc.) in a home safe or safe deposit box.
11. Disconnect computer: Make sure your computer is turned off and disconnected from the Internet, particularly if it contains personal information. Also put away or shred telltale bills and receipts that add to the risk of identity theft.
12. Set alarm: Activate your alarm system, and be sure to notify the home security company of your days away and provide interim contact information.
13. Lock up: Ensure that all windows and doors are securely locked before you leave for vacation. This may sound elementary, but all it takes is one of them ajar to welcome an intruder and threaten home security.
Outside Your Home
14. Trim trees: Finish all major yard work before you go, with special trimming attention given to trees and shrubs near windows and entries (a burglar doesn’t need much to hide behind). Then put away all yard equipment and tools.
15. Plan maintenance: Line up help for outdoor chores such as mowing and manual watering so that overgrowth and faded plantings don’t give away your absence.
16. Improve lighting: Well planned exterior lighting design can help keep you home safe while you are away. Put all outdoor lighting on timers, and discourage intruders by adding motion-sensitive lamps in dark pockets as well as natural pathways.
17. Key tips: Remove all secret keys from their supposedly undisclosed outdoor locations, providing only one of your duplicates to the person who’ll be in charge while you’re out of town.
18. Collect mail: Have your house helper collect mail, parcels and newspapers daily. For added home security, invite a neighbor or family member to park their car in your driveway for the duration.
19. Notify police: Complete your home security plan by informing the local police department of your plans so that they can add your home to their vacation watch list. Be sure to include contact information for both your interim caretaker and you while on the road.
Cancer Doesn’t Choose Who Survives Based On How Hard Someone Fights
Let the well wishes for John McCain also be an important reminder.
By Lindsay Holmes
After Sen. John McCain’s office confirmed that the former presidential candidate has been diagnosed with brain cancer, many of his political colleagues, opponents and friends shared their condolences on social media and expressed a similar sentiment: the Arizona Republican is a fighter ― and he will continue to be in the face of this disease.
The words of encouragement were warm and inspiring, especially considering the bitter partisanship that divides Washington. There’s also a comfort in giving and receiving support for a health issue.
But the well wishes leave out an important factor: Cancer doesn’t choose who lives or dies based on how hard someone fights.
The potential problem with the word “fight” is that it puts the onus on the patient to get better, sending the message that the outcome of their treatment is their responsibility. If they fight hard enough, their tumor will evaporate. If they fight hard enough, they will be cured.
Some people took issue with the platitudes for McCain, airing their frustration on Twitter:
Support is critical for patients with cancer ― but the words you choose to convey that support matter, Len Lichtenfeld, the deputy chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society, told HuffPost.
“Cancer is a serious disease with potentially serious outcomes. Our natural instinct is to obviously want every person diagnosed to do whatever they can to overcome it,” Lichtenfeld said. “For some people that ‘fight’ concept is important. However, for many others, it’s not really the motivational driver that they need to hear at that particular moment.”
For some people that ‘fight’ concept is important. However, for many others, it’s not really the motivational driver that they need to hear at that particular moment.
Lichtenfeld said that, for some people, this particular phrasing may make patients feel like failures should the outcome not be the best possible one.
“What happens if you’re not successful or the disease doesn’t respond to treatment? What do you say to that person? That you didn’t fight hard enough, that you didn’t commit hard enough or have the willpower to overcome the disease? Of course, the answer is no,” he said. “They could have done everything, they could have gotten the best treatment possible.”
In a 2015 article in JAMA Oncology, researchers said the problem with urging patients to “fight” the disease is that it doesn’t account for other options. Some patients choose to live out the rest of their lives either not receiving treatment or doing minimal therapies in order to have a higher quality of life. They wrote:
Patients do, of course, frequently die of cancer, but they are not losers in a battle. Once someone receives a cancer diagnosis, especially advanced-stage disease, a journey begins; sometimes the journey requires patience, tolerance, and courage, but at some point, most patients with advanced disease end that journey with loss of life. Although this difficult and tumultuous journey may have come to an end, dying should not be viewed as being defeated in some kind of skirmish.
Research does show that a positive outlook in the face of cancer treatment may have an effect on outcomes. And it’s true that it’s vital: Attitude is helpful for a patient’s mental health and it helps guide a person’s treatment plan, said Robert Fenstermaker, chair of neurosurgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.
Fenstermaker also recommends that loved ones offer to go to treatment appointments with patients and help facilitate conversations with doctors.
“It’s important to be supported by family in whichever way is helpful and to not be hesitant about exploring options with doctors and nurses ― and that includes psychologists,” Fenstermaker told HuffPost. “There needs to be support at many different levels.”
There needs to be support at many different levels.
For some, that’s a “give it hell” attitude, but for others it isn’t. If you’re unclear about how to offer encouragement, Lichtenfeld said support can be communicated in ways that don’t imply there’s a battle to be won.
“Just sending someone a personal note or telling them you’re saddened by the news can make a difference,” he said. “Sometimes the simplest message is the best message.”
The Best Big Cities to Live in
With July and August ranking among the most popular months to move and big cities growing considerably faster than in the previous decade, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best Big Cities to Live in.
To take the guesswork out of finding the right city for urban dwellers, WalletHub’s analysts evaluated the 62 largest U.S. cities in terms of 50 key metrics. The data set ranges from quality of public school system to job opportunities to median annual property taxes.
Best Big Cities to Live in
1 Virginia Beach, VA
2 Seattle, WA
3 Pittsburgh, PA
4 San Diego, CA
5 Colorado Springs, CO
6 Austin, TX
7 Minneapolis, MN
8 Las Vegas, NV
9 Denver, CO
10 San Jose, CA
11 New York, NY
12 Portland, OR
13 Honolulu, HI
14 Tampa, FL
15 Omaha, NE
16 San Francisco, CA
17 Aurora, CO
18 Chicago, IL
19 Mesa, AZ
20 Raleigh, NC
Best vs. Worst
Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the highest home-ownership rate, 63.5 percent, which is two times higher than in Miami, the city with the lowest at 31.0 percent.
Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the lowest share of residents living below poverty level, 8.3 percent, which is 4.9 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 40.3 percent.
San Francisco has the lowest median debt rate (per median earnings), 16.16 percent, which is 5.1 times lower than in Aurora, Colorado, the city with the highest at 82.04 percent.
Wichita, Kansas, has the shortest average commute time, 17.7 minutes, which is 2.3 times shorter than in New York, the city with the longest at 39.9 minutes.
Virginia Beach, Virginia, has the fewest violent crimes (per 1,000 residents), 1.38, which is 13.2 times more than in St. Louis, the city with the most at 18.17.
To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
New BWC rule: rest and rehab before lumbar surgery
Agency seeks improved outcomes with spinal fusion rule
COLUMBUS —The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) board of directors approved a rule June 23 discouraging surgery and opioid use in favor of conservative therapy for workers with lower back injuries.
Under BWC’s new spinal fusion rule, the agency requires those workers to first undergo at least 60 days of comprehensive conservative care before considering a surgical option. Conservative care includes physical therapy, chiropractic care and rest, anti-inflammatories, ice and other non-surgical treatments.
“Our mission is to get injured workers back to work and back to life as soon as safely possible, and our research shows that rushing to surgery may not be the best path for workers with lower back injuries,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison.
The rule follows several studies of BWC data by BWC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen T. Woods, researchers at Case Western University School of Medicine and others that found fusion patients suffered considerably worse outcomes than non-fusion patients. Those outcomes included chronic opioid dependence, increased disability and high rates of failed back syndrome, as well as additional surgery and new psychiatric co-morbidities. One study in the journal Orthopedics found nearly 77 percent of fusion patients did not return to work within two years.
“This is a look-before-you-leap rule,” said Dr. Woods, who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. “We’re not saying injured workers can’t have surgery. We’re simply trying to educate patients and providers as much as possible about the risks involved and requiring other treatment options before choosing surgery. Our research, as well as research throughout the industry, suggests fusion surgery should be limited to patients only when it is clearly indicated.”
The number of lumbar fusion procedures performed on Ohio workers’ comp claimants dropped from 1,375 in 2002 to 563 in 2015, following trends nationwide. Even so, lower back injuries continue to be among the top injury types among Ohio workers each year.
The fusion rule’s goals are to:
- Ensure the incorporation of best current clinical practices in the utilization of lumbar fusion surgery in the treatment of injured workers;
- Ensure injured workers’ awareness of treatment options for allowed lumbar conditions and increase their awareness of potential outcomes.
- Promote, at minimum, a two-month course of comprehensive conservative care for allowed lumbar conditions unless otherwise indicated, prior to consideration of lumbar fusion surgery;
- Provide criteria for consideration of lumbar fusion surgery when the injured worker’s condition has remained unchanged or worsened despite utilization of conservative care.
Exceptions to the rule include conditions that require more immediate intervention, such as spinal fractures, tumors and infections, as well as progressive functional neurological deficits. Click here for an executive summary of the rule. Click here for “What BWC Wants You to Know About Lumbar Fusion Surgery.”
The rule does not expressly prohibit opioid use for pain management, but calls for “avoidance when possible.” Under BWC’s new opioid rule passed last year, physicians must follow best practice guidelines when prescribing the drugs or risk sanctions.
The spinal fusion rule now moves to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, a bipartisan panel of state lawmakers. If approved there, it would become effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Secretary Zinke and Colorado Senator Gardner Announce more than $50 Million for National Parks Infrastructure
NPS Centennial Challenge Program is Matching $20 Million in Congressional Funding with $33 Million from Partner Organizations to Support Maintenance Projects at National Parks
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced on Saturday, July 22 that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states. Congress provided $20 million for the projects as part of the Centennial Challenge program which will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks.
Secretary Zinke and Senator Gardner made the announcement while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, which will receive $200,000 in federal funds matched by $200,000 from the Rocky Mountain Conservancy to reduce deferred maintenance on the Alluvial Fan Trail.
“Our national parks span twelve time zones and attract more than 330 million visitors every year. Some locations, like Rocky Mountain National Park, attract millions of visitors alone. This puts an incredible stress on the aging infrastructure at our parks and thanks to Centennial Grants and the generosity of public-private partners, we are able to distribute funds to rebuild our parks,” said Secretary Zinke. “Using public-private partnerships to help address the deferred maintenance backlog remains a priority for the Department and the Trump Administration. Park infrastructure includes trails, signage, restrooms, lodges, roads, bridges and waterlines. These funds will help us continue to provide a world-class experience to visitors and ensure that these amazing places are around for future generations.”
“Today, I stood alongside Secretary Zinke as he announced critical funding grants for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park,” said Senator Cory Gardner. “We must continue to be good stewards of our National Parks and protect these treasures for future generations. I want to thank Secretary Zinke for highlighting a crown jewel of Colorado’s public lands, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the dedicated Park employees that care for this land every day.”
“Many of the national parks that Americans treasure today would simply not exist without the strong partnerships and philanthropy that have benefited the national park idea for over a century,” said Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds. “The Centennial Challenge program continues that proud tradition by matching dollars from Congress with generous donations from dedicated partners to make high-impact improvements in parks.”
Examples of the more than 50 projects the Centennial Challenge program will fund this year using partner donations and federal matching funds include:
- Centennial Challenge funds will complement a donation announced last year from philanthropist David M. Rubenstein to the National Park Foundation that will repair and restore the Lincoln Memorial in addition to expanding educational resources and public access.
- Funding from Yellowstone Forever will improve overlooks along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
- Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park will restore heavily used frontcountry trails in the park.
- The Gettysburg Foundation will help create a multi-use trail at Gettysburg National Military Park that will connect the visitor center to a historic farm that was used as a field hospital during the battle.
- Friends of Saguaro National Park, the Western National Park Association, and G. Arthur Jansson are teaming up to create an accessible outdoor classroom space at Saguaro National Park.
Since 2015 the National Park Service has leveraged over $45 million in funding from congress through the Centennial Challenge program to attract more than $77 million from partner organizations to support over hundreds of projects across the country that have improved visitor services and strengthened partnerships to reinvigorate national parks.
Park Name/State/Project/Title/Federal $/Partner $/Partner
Cuyahoga Valley NP OH Provide Orientation and Interpretation at Visitor Contact Station 1,492,333 1,492,333 Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
For a complete list of centennial challenge projects and partners please visit http://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/nps-centennial-challenge-projects.htm