Hiram Man Beats Lyme Carditis

Posted June 17, 2015 in General Updates

Rates rising steadily in Ohio

Though more common in the Northeastern and upper Midwestern United States, the incidence of Lyme disease — typically transmitted through a bite from a tick (though not all ticks or tick bites transmit Lyme or other tick-related diseases) — has been rising steadily in Ohio over the past several years. Fortunately for Robert Lewis of Hiram, the disease was quickly diagnosed by Salim Ahmed, MD, an electrophysiologist with the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute at Hillcrest Hospital.

Dr. Ahmed, who joined the Hillcrest medical staff in July 2014, had seen several cases of Lyme disease while in medical school at Columbia University in New York City. When Robert drove himself to the Hillcrest emergency department (ED) last September, Dr. Ahmed was called in to consult on his case. Read more.

Democrats gather for banquet

Posted May 29, 2015 in General Updates

ASHTABULA — “All politics is local,” said Duane Feher, county Democratic Party chairman — that’s the party’s theme in the year leading up to the primaries and presidential election.

“Harry Truman — when he ran for office in 1948 … he said ‘the way to win the White House is to win the courthouses, the town halls and the local school boards,’ “ Feher said. And this off-year holds many of those races, which will become a renewed party focus — the “kickoff” to the 2016 races.

County Democratic Party members met at Grotto Hall along North Ridge Road East Thursday evening for the 49th Annual Ashtabula County Democratic Party Banquet, a chance to hobnob with constituents, Democrat candidates and fellow municipal party leaders, as well as state Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper.

Read more from The Star Beacon.

Local WWI veterans honored on road signs

Posted May 27, 2015 in General Updates

A portion of Route 20 has been renamed to honor local World War I veterans.

The efforts came as part of a push from State Rep. John Patterson, D-Jefferson, and Sen. Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, who have said they wanted to designate a portion of Route 20, between Ashtabula and North Kingsville, as the “World War I Veterans Highway.”

The Ohio Department of Transportation erected the official signs Tuesday, officials said.

“Today’s highway naming brings honor and respect, long overdue, to those men and women who sacrificed so much in that great war,” Patterson said in a news release Tuesday. “Although the veterans of this war are no longer with us, we must preserve the memory of their sacrifices for future generations.” Read more.

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