Hamilton schools change meal pick-up schedule; more local events canceled

Some ways the coronavirus pandemic is having an impact in Butler County:


Meal pick-up schedule changing

The Hamilton City School District is changing the meal pick-up schedule starting March 30. Pick-up is from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Children must be present to receive free meals.

On Mondays, children will receive two breakfasts and two lunches. On Wednesdays, children will receive thre breakfasts and three lunches.

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This new meal delivery schedule will require children to make fewer trips outside of the home as well as to permit employees to remain home more days with their families.

Changes have been made to the stops. Stops are:

  • Gordon and Hunter
  • Jim Grimm Park (Old Wilson Pool)
  • Smalley and Rockford
  • Brookwood parking lot
  • Gordon Smith and Pepperwood
  • Millikin Woods parking lot
  • San Angelo and Amarillo
  • Gateway and Forest Park
  • Sky Meadows and Tuley Road
  • Crawford Woods Elementary parking lot
  • Fairwood Elementary parking lot
  • Greenwood and Heaton Park
  • Highland Elementary parking lot
  • Hamilton High School parking lot
  • Pleasant and Belle
  • Wilson Middle School parking lot
  • Benninghofen Park (Van Hook Ave)
  • Weller and Benninghofen (by park)
  • Bob Gentry Park (Powerhouse)
  • Linden Elementary parking lot
  • Pleasant and Foster Strip Mall
  • Millikin and G St.
  • Franklin and G St.
  • Glenway and Fairborn
  • Riverview Elementary parking lot
  • East and Hensley
  • Living Waters



Virtual training opportunity for Beekeeper School

As all Ohio State University Extension office are currently closed, the Extension office is offering some virtual training opportunities. The Southwestern Ohio Beekeeper School will hold a virtual class Saturday for the first two sessions of the Beginner Beekeeper. The school is open to anyone interested.

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Preregistration is required to get access to the training. There is no charge for this virtual training.

  • 9 a.m. Part 1: Honeybee Basics – The first session will cover what a beekeeper should know about honeybee biology, bee breeds, pheromones in the hive and the role they play, foraging behavior, and nutrition.
  • 10 a.m. – Part 2: Equipment Basics – The second session will detail what equipment is necessary for a beginner beekeeper, what is optional and things to think about when considering where to locate your apiary.

To register or more information, go to butler.osu.edu, CONTRIBUTED


Community Easter Egg Hunt canceled

The Lindenwald Benninghofen Park Easter Egg Hunt that was scheduled for April 11 has been canceled.

The Easter Egg Hunt was a joint effort with Lindenwald United Methodist Church, Linden Elementary and PROTOCOL. STAFF REPORT


Hamilpalooza has been rescheduled

In light of the health and safety guidelines that are currently in place and in an effort to make sure that there is the best event possible, Greater Hamilton Chamber has made the decision to postpone Hamilpalooza. The event has been rescheduled for Aug. 29. It will still be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Butler County Fairgrounds.

The chamber is currently seeking vendors and sponsors for Hamilpalooza. This event will feature over 100 indoor and outdoor vendors, plus food trucks.

For more information, go to www.hamilton-ohio.com. CONTRIBUTED


Parent, visitor, employee screening at Children’s

In a further effort to protect patients at Cincinnati Children’s, their families and the staff during the COVID-19 outbreak, Cincinnati Children’s started screening parents, visitors and employees before they enter patient-care areas at Burnet Campus on March 25.

How the screening works:

Parents, visitors and employees will have to answer two questions. The questions are:

• In the past 24 hours, have you had a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat or body aches?

• In the past 24 hours have you had a fever of 100.4 F (38.0 C) or above?

Along with answering the questions, the person’s temperature will be taken. Those who do not pass the screening will not be allowed in patient care areas.

If a single parent is with a child for an urgent visit but does not pass the screening, the parent will be given a mask and allowed to go ahead to the urgent appointment.

Screenings will begin at Liberty and College Hill campuses soon and other locations may follow.

For more information, visit cincinnatichildrens.org. CONTRIBUTED


Telehealth at Cincinnati Children’s during COVID19 pandemic

Cincinnati Children’s is now providing video visits for families who are concerned that a child might be showing symptoms of COVID-19. Parents can now use CincyKids Health Connect to talk to advanced practice nurses without leaving their home. Parents should always contact their primary care physician first. If their primary care physician is not available, they could consider using the CincyKids Health Connect app.

The COVID-19 video visit is free for children under the age of 18 years that have COVID-19 clinical symptoms. The service line is staffed with 2-3 advanced practice nurses from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. COVID-19 visits are currently only available for patients that live in Ohio and Kentucky.

These visits are intended to screen patients and assist families in knowing whether they need to have an in person visit or how to manage symptoms at safely at home. This service does not evaluate children for other symptoms not related to COVID19. Children’s has a service for other minor illnesses and injuries on the same application, and the cost of those visits are $49. Contact the primary care provider first if available. Depending on volume of video visit requests, wait time may be long, especially for COVID19 related visits.

In addition, Cincinnati Children’s has turned to telehealth to assist Children’s in caring for patients during the COVID19 pandemic. Many clinical areas are offering previously scheduled patients, those that do not need an in-person visit, telehealth appointments. Patients should contact the clinic with which their appointment is scheduled with questions. CONTRIBUTED

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