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2/1 - Mingle With Our Mutts, Noon to 2 p.m.
2/7 - Metro Parks Winter Hike, Blendon Woods, 10 a.m.
2/16 - Franklin County offices closed in observance of Presidents' Day
from Board of Elections
Awarded Program Tracks Election Day Problems and Solutions
The Franklin County Board of Elections was recognized today by Secretary of State Jon Husted for creating a software solution to monitor and manage problems that occur on Election Day.
The Election Day Problem Tracker, a program created by board of elections Assistant I.T. Manager Dennis Landuyt, received a Bright Idea Award at the closing session of the Ohio Association of Elections Officials Winter Conference in Columbus. The award recognizes election improvements on the county level.
The problem tracker allows board employees to view reports on their computers of problems or concerns from any of the hundreds of precincts open throughout Franklin County on Election Day. When a voting location calls the board of elections for help, the request is posted in a database and visible in real time so that problems at polling places can be assigned to the correct department for a quick resolution.
"Small problems can become big trouble on Election Day if they aren't resolved quickly," board of elections Director Bill Anthony said. "The problem tracker keeps everyone in our office on the same page. It has streamlined our operations and made our elections easier to manage by instantly showing us what help is needed and where."
"It's not unusual to have an equipment glitch or for poll workers to call in sick at the last minute or for a voting location to run short of supplies at some point during the day," Deputy Director Dana Walch added. "The problem tracker not only lists such requests for help, it also tells everyone when a problem has been solved so we can move on to the next one.
The program has a few other benefits as well. It allows users to label a call as urgent when a problem demands immediate attention. It can also text information to poll worker cell phones to quickly answer questions or let to them know that help is on the way.
In presenting today's award, Secretary Husted noted the problem tracker could be duplicated for use by large and small counties statewide.
from Children Services
African American History Month is an occasion for honoring the accomplishments of African Americans and a time for recognizing the role of African Americans in U.S. history. Since 1976, each U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
FCCS will hold several educational events for internal staff in honor of this occasion, as part of its efforts to increase our staff members' cultural awareness.
The agency also seeks to educate and inspire the African-American youth it serves by sponsoring the Simba Mentoring Program which matches African American boys with African American men and the Malaika Mentoring Program which matches African American girls with African American woman. Both programs focus on Afrocentric mentoring and rites of passage. Click here to learn more about volunteering and mentoring with FCCS.
It's time! Time to think about how a Franklin Soil and Water Conservation Fund mini-grant can help your organization get a conservation practice installed during 2015.
Our Conservation Fund will provide grants of up to $1,500 to three qualifying organizations. Applications for funding will be accepted through March 6, 2015. There are two ways you can apply for a mini-grant.
Please direct any questions regarding a mini-grant application to Kyle Wilson, (614) 486-9613. Read more about the Conservation Fund Mini-Grant Program, including preferred projects and restrictions.
During inclement weather, more than 100 Franklin County Engineer "Snow Fighter" personnel work around the clock to maintain safe travel on 766 lane miles of roads and streets, and provide road salt and anti-icing chemicals to 23 communities and public agencies. Learn more about Snow Fighter Operations.
by Sacha Mkheidze
Winter is coming. Most of the birds have already left us behind as they seek out warmer places. However we are lucky enough to have a good number of year-round resident birds to keep us company during the winter doldrums. When the cold temperatures take hold, I like to bring a little spring into my life by bringing the birds to my back yard.
We are fortunate to have several species of birds that remain in Franklin County during the winter. Species such as the northern cardinal, American robin, Carolina chickadee, several woodpecker species and many others call this region home throughout the year. More information about the birds of Ohio can be found at this ODNR site. There are many ways to attract these birds to your property by feeding and providing water and shelter. Feeding is perhaps the easiest way to bring the birds to you. There are many different types of feeders such as seed feeders, suet feeders and squirrel-proof feeders to choose from. Thankfully Cornell University has created a website that will answer all of your bird feeding questions. They also have a page on feeder placement.
Another way to attract birds is by providing them with water. Birds have it rough during the winter, scarce food, not much shelter and a shortage of unfrozen water. By placing a heated bird bath in your yard, you are providing birds with a source of drinking water and a place to bathe. A wide variety of heated bird baths and bird bath water heaters are readily available at local nature shops. You would be amazed at what an attractant a bird bath can be in the winter. Lastly, you can also help our feathered friends by creating shelter for them during the winter months. Planting evergreen trees and shrubs is probably the best way to do so, but there are bird houses that serve as shelter as well. Bring a little spring into your winter life and attract some colorful birds into your backyard habitat. It is the gift that keeps on giving.
Sacha Mkheidze is a water quality technician at Franklin Soil and Water and has spent over ten years working with a variety of bird species all around the US, including a stint at a raptor research station in Duluth, MN.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is offering its final free homeownership education classes for those who are seeking to purchase a home.
Prospective homebuyers will learn about budgets, mortgages, credit and home inspections at three homeownership classes held February 4, 11 and 18 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The certificate received after attending all three classes can be used to help qualify for area down payment assistance programs. For details or to register, call 614-233-4176 or email email@example.com.
The last sessions will be held at the MORPC office at 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100 in Columbus, Ohio. Free parking is available.