Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Changes due to the virus

By Daily Standard Staff

Chickasaw Picnic is canceled

CHICKASAW - Chickasaw Picnic organizers have postponed the annual event due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Committee members decided holding the festival during the scheduled weekend of June 5-7 would be impossible, park board president T.J. Hess said.

"We're not allowed to have a crowd, and we can't even apply for a liquor license for beer sales," he said.

"Right now, the plan is to have a one-day event on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, unless a miracle happens and we are able to have a full picnic before then. We hope to have some sort of fundraiser," Hess said, noting the picnic is the group's only fundraiser to support the village's two parks.

Fort alumni cancel banquet

The Fort Recovery High School Alumni Committee is canceling the June 23 132nd annual alumni banquet due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members will still grant scholarships as in past years. Eight scholarships totaling $10,000 will be awarded to Fort Recovery High School graduating seniors.

The scholarships will be presented at commencement ceremonies, which will be scheduled later. To donate to scholarships, mail checks to Fort Recovery High School Alumni, P.O. Box 378, Fort Recovery, Ohio 45846.

Next year's banquet is scheduled for June 19, 2021.

Library adds curbside service

The Mercer County District Library will start offering limited curbside services to patrons at all four locations beginning Monday, following local, state, and federal guidelines.

Patrons may place specific item requests by using or by calling 419-586-4442. People should take note when placing holds, items from within the libraries will arrive sooner since delivery services from outside of the area are suspended.

Patrons can schedule a pickup and/or make general requests for items by calling any library location. Celina library patrons can also use the electronic curbside service form at

"In the coming days, we hope to begin offering additional curbside services like wireless printing, notary and fax," library director Liz Muether said in a news release.

To comply with state and federal guidelines, patrons are asked to use library book drops to return all items. Additionally, patrons will be asked to remain in their vehicles and staff will place requested items in trunks or unoccupied back seats.

Limited staff have begun answering questions and taking requests via phone during regular hours at the main library and will begin doing so Saturday at the branch locations in Marion Township, St. Henry and Mendon. Curbside services will be available during normal hours of operations at all four locations.

Celina class of '60 delays reunion

The planning committee for the Celina High School Class of 1960 reunion has postponed the celebration until 2021.

Committee members cannot plan the reunion with certainty, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"With our age putting us in the 'at-risk' category, plus other physical and health factors and arranging travel, hotel reservation, etc., it became obvious that we had too many unknowns to deal with in order to plan and hold the reunion," they said.

Grand Lake Health adjusts policies

Grand Lake Health physician practices has taken new measures during the coronavirus pandemic including,

• minimizing waiting room time by reducing the time for check-in and registration and moving patients into their clean exam room as quickly as possible.

• continuing to check people's temperatures every day. When providers, staff, patients and visitors arrive each day, they will have their temperatures taken and will be asked a few screening questions. Patients are asked not to bring visitors to their appointment unless assistance is needed with mobility issues or with language barriers. Visitors must sign in, be over 18 years old and not be experiencing flu or COVID-19 symptoms. These extra measures are in place to ensure the safety of all patients and staff.

• maintaining social distancing for the foreseeable future. Patients will see signs to assist in maintaining social distances in the waiting room. Any necessary paperwork will be completed in the exam room instead of the lobby or emailed prior to the appointment to be completed before arriving.

Everyone is asked to wear a mask or face covering to their appointments, even if coming in for a wellness visit. Staff also will wear masks at all times. Those without a mask should wear a bandana or scarf.

All rooms in the offices are cleaned continually using CDC guidelines. Also, sick and well exam rooms are being kept separate.

Telemedicine visits are available through the health system's FollowMyHealth Patient Portal, so patients can meet with their provider while remaining in their home. People can call their provider's office to set up the service.

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