Dr. Kose On Flu, COVID and RSV

(From Dr. Bill Kose with Blanchard Valley Health System)

As the days get shorter and cooler, community members should be aware that multiple infectious diseases will be more prevalent, including COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). If you are someone who always gets vaccinated, here’s a reminder that this is the time of year to do so. And, if you aren’t, now could be a great time to start.

This year, for the first time, it’s recommended that adults 60 and older get vaccinated against RSV.

This illness is known to be more severe in infants and young children. But recent testing has found that the number of infections among adults is higher than previously believed, and RSV can cause more significant illness among older adults – even death.

So, adults 60 and older are encouraged to get an RSV vaccine. Babies can also get this vaccine.

While the peak of flu season isn’t expected until winter, getting your flu shot now will help protect you later in the season. It’s best to be prepared.

Sometimes, you will hear someone say they have chosen not to get a flu shot because, in the past, they or a loved one got the shot, and it “gave them the flu.” But this means that, most likely, the person got another respiratory illness shortly after receiving the vaccine. It is impossible to get the flu from the flu shot. The shot is made from an inactivated virus, not a live one.

The CDC recently approved a new set of COVID-19 boosters. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available.

Medical professionals know much more now about how to treat COVID-19 than we once did, and infections tend to be milder. But older people and immunocompromised people can still get very sick. And people are still developing long COVID. When in doubt, be cautious, especially if you or a family member could be at greater risk than the general population.

We have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases at BVHS. The numbers are not enormous, but they are increasing.

The good news is that the new variants do not appear to be more lethal than previous ones. And the new vaccines are believed to protect against them reasonably well.

As of this week, every U.S. household can once again order four free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. Go to https://www.covid.gov/tests to order these tests. Additionally, if you have older at-home COVID-19 tests available, look up the brand on fda.gov. Recently, it was announced that some of these kits have a longer shelf life than had been assumed, and their expiration date has been extended.

If you test positive for COVID-19, the CDC recommends isolating yourself at home for five days, using a separate bedroom and dishes from other household members when

possible. After five days, if you have no fever and few other symptoms, you can end isolation but should wear a mask for another five days.

Getting the vaccines you need is one way to take care of yourself. Spending more time outdoors when the weather allows and ensuring rooms are adequately ventilated also helps reduce the risk of infections spreading. We also always want to remind people to wash their hands and to take other steps to keep themselves healthy, like getting enough exercise.

Contact your primary care provider if you have any questions about what vaccines you need. Vaccines will also be available through Hancock Public Health.

William Kose, MD, JD Vice President of Special Projects, Blanchard Valley Health System


Sheriff’s Office Awarded Traffic Safety Grants

The Ohio Traffic Safety Office has awarded the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office $41,204 in federal traffic safety funding for fiscal year 2024.

The funds will support the efforts in safety priority areas such as restraint use, impaired and distracted driving, motorcycle safety, and educating youthful drivers.

The funds were awarded to projects that will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal crashes and improving traffic safety systems.


Meet Shelter Dogs At ‘Move With The Mayor’ Event

(From the City of Findlay)

Join us for our next Move with the Mayor event, Wags & Walks, on Thursday, October 5th at 6pm-7pm at Emory Adams Park!

It’s a great way to meet dogs from the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County while getting outside and active.

You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own pets! This event is free to the public and attendees will receive a free item from Better Cities for Pets.

In 2021, Findlay received the official BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ certification, as part of the Mars Petcare BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, showcasing its commitment to creating a pet-friendly community.

More people than ever view pets as members of the family, and with 85 million pet-households in the United States, Findlay is on the forefront of creating a vibrant community where pets are not only welcome, but thrive. Read more on our website www.findlayohio.gov


Garner Trucking’s Brumbaugh Inducted Into OTA Hall Of Honor

(From Garner Trucking)

Garner Trucking and Findlay native Sherri Garner Brumbaugh was recently named to the Ohio Trucking Association’s Hall of Honor.

The association proudly inscribed the name of Garner Brumbaugh of Garner Trucking, Inc. as a member of the ‘Hall of Honor in recognition of distinguished service to the trucking industry’.

Garner Brumbaugh has served in several leadership roles in various state and national trucking organizations.

She has worked as a strong advocate for trucking industry issues including fair treatment of truck drivers, relief from trucking industry regulatory burdens and support for small businesses.

Garner Brumbaugh is a second-generation business owner and has transitioned her family business to being 100% woman-owned business.

Garner Trucking is one of 4 businesses she owns and operates. “I am extremely proud to be recognized by my peers as someone that deserves this honor.” Brumbaugh expresses, “The trucking industry is vital to America; we just need to tell people that we are!”


Habitat For Humanity Holding Home Dedication Ceremony

Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County will hold a Home Dedication ceremony for its second double build of the year.

Construction of Habitat’s 56th and 57th homes at 524 North Cory Street are complete and a ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 30, at 9 a.m. The event is open to the public. Event parking will be in Swale Park.

A livestream of the event will be available on the Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County’s Facebook page.

Speakers for the event include Mayor Muryn from the City of Findlay, Pastor Josh Hanson from Gateway Church; Maryann Mannen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Marathon Petroleum; both families as well as Wendy McCormick, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County and Scott Rhodes, Habitat’s Board President.

Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County is hosting the event to mark the conclusion of construction of the affiliate’s home builds #56 and #57.

The two homes were completed simultaneously and are the third and fourth homes to be built in 2023.

This meets Habitat’s commitment to construct two double builds in 2023 to provide additional workplace housing and help stabilize more families within the community.


Miracle League Of Findlay Receives Donation

The Miracle League of Findlay was presented with a $4,300 check from the 11th annual WKXA / 106.3 The Fox Charity Golf Scramble presented by Ohio Logistics.

Jerry Boyd, treasurer of the Board of the Miracle League, says they’ll use the money to send some of their players and families to the National All-Star games that are coming up.

“This year we’re sending three All-Stars to the national Miracle League All-Star event that’s being held in West Palm Beach, Florida.”



The Miracle League of Findlay provides opportunities for children and adults with special needs to play baseball, regardless of their abilities.

They held a grand reopening in 2022 after installing some new features. Get more on that by clicking here.

In the picture above are Eric “The Big Kahuna” Siewert of 106.3 The Fox, Jerry Boyd & Tim Babcock of the Miracle League, and Rex Howard of 100.5 WKXA.


Sheriff’s Office Welcomes First Female Corrections Officer

The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook to welcome its first female corrections officer.

“We’d like to welcome in our newest Correction’s Officer, Audrey Frey, on her first day as the first female Correction’s Officer at the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office,” the post said.

The full Facebook post can be seen below.


University Of Findlay Holding Career Exploration Day

The University of Findlay will hold its first-ever Career Exploration Day on Friday, September 29 from 9:30-11:25 a.m.

The college of business is partnering with Marathon Petroleum and UF’s College Credit Plus (CCP) office to help students research careers in business.

College Credit Plus students who are in business classes at Perkins and New Riegel High Schools have been invited to network with Marathon representatives, take part in team-building activities, and tour campus.

Students will interact with a panel of professionals from Marathon, meet students from UF’s business program, and learn more about career fields and what those careers entail.


Millstream Speedway Has New Owners

Millstream Speedway has been sold but how soon racing could return to the track remains unclear.

The dirt track located on Township Road 95 a little northwest of Findlay has been purchased by Matt and Beth Cogley, which they confirmed in a post on Facebook.

“First, we want to thank Greg and Mary Beth Roe for trusting us with this jewel! Secondly, we want to thank all of you who have posted your hopes for this track over the last few days. It’s great to know that we have a strong base of interest out there!”

Matt has been a Lightning Sprint racer for five years and their son Alex also raced for three years and spent time traveling with a professional spring car team.

“We may not have been a racing family for as long as some of you have, but we know the history behind Millstream and our main goal is to honor that history – and to continue to improve upon it.”

The couple said they don’t want to make promises they can’t keep, so at this point they’re making no promises about seasons or schedules.

“We have a lot of work to do on the facility before it is ready to host an event. We are calling on all of you who have expressed an interest in getting it going again to get in contact with us and get involved so that we can get her back up and running as soon as possible. We’re going to need all the help we can get!”


Ballreich Snack Foods Acquired By Grippo’s

Ballreich Snack Foods in Tiffin has announced that it was acquired by Cincinnati snack food manufacturer Grippo’s.

Ballreich’s says the deal will add capacity to the Ballreich plant and jobs to Seneca County while enabling Grippo’s to enhance its productivity, brand portfolio and market reach.

“This is an exciting new chapter for all of us associated with Ballreich’s,” said President Tom Miller.

“Like Ballreich in Tiffin, Grippo’s is an institution in Cincinnati and throughout the Ohio River Valley.”

Both companies were founded more than 100 years ago and are industry leaders in their regions.