(Summit County Public Health) [Akron, OH] – In an effort to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in Summit County, starting on August 27, 2021, Summit County Public Health (SCPH) will offer $100.00 Visa or MasterCard gift cards to any Ohio resident 12 and over receiving their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination while supplies last. The kick off for the $100.00 incentives will be on August 27, 2021 during a drive through clinic at 1867 W. Market St., Akron from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm. We will offer all three vaccines during the event. SCPH will continue to offer $100.00 gift cards to individuals receiving their first dose at all public SCPH clinics while supplies last. This will be a onetime incentive for first doses only while supplies last, and we will be verifying first dose status in the State of Ohio’s vaccination registry.

SCPH encourages all residents and particularly those who are unvaccinated to continue to engage in safe and effective behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

 Stay home if you’re sick, even with mild symptoms

 Be mindful in your interactions with others. Limit your chances of exposure by maintaining social distancing of at least six feet from non-household members

 Wear a mask in public

 Consider necessary travel only

 Follow good hygiene standards:

 Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds  Use hand sanitizer frequently

 Avoid touching your face  Cover coughs and sneezes

If you have questions, call the COVID-19 Call Line (330) 926-5795. The call line is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. M-F.

It is never easy to work in the restaurant industry. Even before the pandemic, many restaurants were operating in the red, and several of them shuttered their doors permanently during the lockdowns. Now that restaurants have reopened to full capacity, they have a new set of hurdles to leap over.

John Barker is the president and CEO of the Ohio Restaurant Association, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the struggles these restaurants have experienced. One side of the coin is the supply shortage, to the point where some menu items are being dropped temporarily or altogether. Barker says restaurants have had to cut costs in creative ways, even if that means having their menus be all-digital by scanning a QR code with one's smartphone.

Another issue has been the labor shortage. Now that many establishments have raised their wages, that topic has not become the issue anymore. Barker says there are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of jobs available, but they are not being taken.

Monday, 23 August 2021 05:01

Help Find Missing Elderly Man

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83 year old George Robotkay has dementia, and has been missing since last night.

Strongsville police say the 5'6, 145 pound, white man with hazel eyes and brown hair left his home on Century Oak Drive , and they are concerned for his safety.

For more information, visit the Endangered Missing Adult Alert website at: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Law-Enforcement/Local-Law-Enforcement/Missing-Adult-Alert

As the students head back into the classroom and employees venture back to the workplace, it is time for a refresher course in handwashing. Dr. Eliot Mostow is with Akron Dermatology, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to provide the basics in proper handwashing. Dr. Mostow believes the public should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, or the length of singing the tune Happy Birthday, in order to fully cleanse. Dr. Mostow also touched on proper moisturizers, for those with sensitive skin and those whose skin dries out and cracks.

Thursday, 19 August 2021 12:30

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-8-20-21: Radioactive Roads Featured

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Ohio lawmakers are considering a request to allow consumers to buy what could be a dangerously radioactive chemical product, which is used for deicing snowy sidewalks and driveways.

Aqua Salina, which is made from recyled wastewater "brine" from oil and gas wells, is already used on highways as a deicer and dust suppresant in many states, including Ohio. But, the Northeast Ohio company that makes it, Nature's Own Source, LLC, wants to sell it to other consumers as well, and says it is safe.

That assertion, however, is disputed by a number of citizens, environmental groups, and some state officials, including the Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

In a June 22, 2021 letter to the chairs of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and House Energy & Natural Resources Committee; ODNR Director, Mary Mertz expressed concerns about proposed regulatory changes that would result in her agency losing the ability to regulate oilfield wastes and tracking their flow, for example, into water supplies. Her conclusion: "HB 282/SB 171 does not ensure the protection of public health and safety or the environment." 

Whether or not the bills will advance out of the committees that have been considering it, and come to a full vote in either chamber is still up in the air.

Listen now to hear clips of testimony on both sides of the issue, as well as interviews with Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking member, 37th District State Representative Casey Weinstein (D) of Hudson, and former Athens County Commissioner, and current Ohio Brine Task Force Spokesperson, Roxanne Groff.



State Representative Casey Weinstein, (D) Ohio 37th District

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Roxanne Groff, Ohio Brine Task Force

Follow these links to learn more, and to follow the progress of House Bill 282, and Senate Bill 171.

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**Please note: This program is available as a podcast on Apple, Android, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Thursday, 19 August 2021 10:21

Bases & Balls with Jim Rosenhaus - 8/20/2021

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Time now for Bases & Balls, a weekly segment with WAKR's Ray Horner and Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus!

Today, Rosey and Ray looked at the bullpen overall, the impact of utility player Ernie Clement, and the upcoming game at the site of the Little League World Series in Williamsport against the Angels.

Bases & Balls is powered by Jennings Heating & Cooling.

Blossom Music Center, Jilly's Music Room, Musica, and the Kent Stage are just a few of several Northeast Ohio music venues that will begin requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter.
That joint announcement coming Wednesday amid increasing COVID-19 cases across the region, the state, and the country, and growing concern over the highly contagious Delta variant.
Different venues have different dates for when the requirement will go into effect, and additionally, individual acts may require proof of vaccination or the negative test prior to that particular venue's enforcement of the new rule.
Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls is the largest venue on the list and will require all guests to show proof starting October 4th.
Per a Live Nation announcement Wednesday, the group said, "Vaccines are going to be your ticket back to shows."
Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joins the Ray Horner Morning Show each Thursday morning around 7:10, and he answers the most pressing questions the residents have, especially with everything virus-related happening both locally and abroad.

Horrigan first talked about the continued development and projects happening in the greater Akron area, especially in the Merriman and Cascade vallies. On the topic of projects, the Central Interchange will be a burden for motorists until 2023, but he says August is the time to conduct these projects with the weather being so nice.

The other major topic has been the Delta variant and its spread throughout nearly every community, and Akron is no different. Horrigan has his concerns, though he does say it is "a disease of the unvaccinated." He continues to encourage the unvaccinated to get their shots, and he says they are widely available for those who want them.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 10:35

Second Trial For Accused Akron Arsonist Continues

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The second trial of Stanley Ford, the man accused of killing nine in two separate house fires in his own Akron neighborhood, is continuing this week. 
Jury selection in Summit County Common Pleas Court began Monday as testimony is expected to start August 30th.
Stanley's first trial, which began in March of last year, was delayed several times due to COVID-19, competency hearings for Ford, his dissatisfaction with his own counsel, and more. After those delays, Judge Christine Croce declared a mistrial.
The second trial, that was delayed back in March of this year, again due to COVID, is back in session now. 
Ford is charged with more murders than anyone in Summit County history in connection to two fires between April 2016 and May 2017.  
Wednesday, 18 August 2021 07:24

Hey Bobby! - 8/18/2021

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Time now for Hey Bobby!, a weekly Cleveland Indians segment with VP Bob DiBiasio and WAKR's Ray Horner.

Today, Bobby and Ray talked about the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, last week's unveiling of the Rocky Colavito statue, and the history behind the name Indians.

Hey Bobby! is powered by NECA-IBEW.

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