Tuscarawas County rabbies vaccine clinic scheduled

The Tuscarawas County Health Department in conjunction with the Tuscarawas County Humane Society will sponsor a rabies vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to noon July 20, at the health department, 897 E. Iron Ave., Dover. 

The clinic is a walk-in event and the cost is $10 per vaccination. All dogs and cats must be on a lease or in an animal carrier and pets between 3 months and 1 year of age will receive a one-year rabies tag. Pets oder than 1 year old with proof of a prior rabies vaccination will receive a three-year tag. Proof of prior vaccination includes one of the following: a rabies vaccination certificate or a Tuscarawas County rabies tag.

For more information, call 330-343-4928 or email director@tchdnow.org.

Dover Public Library offers Didgeridoo workshop

The Dover Public Library invites tweens and teens ages 8 and up to an interactive Aussie Funk Jam presented by Didgeridoo Down Under. This special event is limited to 40 participants and funded by a 21st Century Afterschool Learning Grant with Dover High School. Interested patrons can call the library at 330-343-6123 for more information or to register.

The Aussie Funk Jam is a hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to play the didgeridoo. Didgeridoo Down Under performer Rob Thomas with instruct participants on vocalizing, creating simple rhythms, and more. A question and answer session will follow the workshop.

For more information on this and other programs presented by the Dover Public Library, visit www.doverlibrary.org. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut St., across the street from Dover High School.

Health department urges pregnant women to be tested for hepatitis B 

Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease resulting from an infection with hepatitis B virus. The virus can spread from an infected mother to her newborn baby during either a vaginal delivery or a c-section. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines state that every pregnant woman should be tested for the virus early during a prenatal visit, even if they have been previously tested or vaccinated. According to ODH, there are two reasons a baby would be considered "high-risk" for hepatitis B.

1) Baby is born to a mother known to have hepatitis B

2) The mother's hepatitis B status at delivery of the baby is unknown

Babies identified as "high-risk" should receive two shots within 12 hours after birth to help prevent the baby from getting hepatitis B. One is the first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine, and second is the HBIG (hepatitis B immune globulin). HBIG gives the baby's body extra help to fight the virus at birth. Babies not identified as "high-risk" will only receive the first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. All babies need to finish their hepatitis B vaccine series of 3 to 4 shots, depending on the vaccine brand. The second dose is given at 1-2 months of age, and the third is given at 6-18 months of age. High-risk babies who received HBIG at birth will need blood testing at 9-12 months of age, or 1 month after the final dose of hepatitis B vaccine, to check that the baby is protected and does not have hepatitis B.

Tax bills mailed, due July 19

Tuscarawas County Treasurer Jeffery S. Mamarella announced that all first half tax bills for real estate and manufactured homes have been mailed and are due by Friday, July 19, 2019.

Bills can be paid in person or mailed to the Tuscarawas County Treasurer’s Office at 125 E. High Ave., New Philadelphia, OH 44663. There is a drive-thru window open for payment convenience. There is also a drop box located on 1s Drive NE by the County Annex Building where payment can be made 24 hrs. each day. Payments can be made online at www.co.tuscarawas.oh.us. Fees apply to online payments.

If you have not received your tax statement, please contact the Tuscarawas County Treasurer’s Office immediately. Failure to receive a tax statement does not eliminate responsibility to pay real estate taxes and penalties or interest accrued, in accordance with Section 323.13 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Clearing house created to help flood victims

In working with the West Lafayette United Methodist Church Flood Relief Fund, effective immediately a clearing house has been created to determine what flood victims still need assistance. Email floodrecovery@westlafayettevillage.com or call 740-545-7834. The telephone line will be manned during regular business hours, leave a voicemail after hours. Provide your name, address, phone number and a description of what is needed. We will pass this information on to those who can assist in providing aid. Donations to the West Lafayette United Methodist Church Flood Relief Fund are tax deductible and will go directly to flood victims. Donations can be made at Home Loan Savings Bank. This is for the entire flood area victims.