Flood cleanup info given

on health dept.'s website

Local residents faced with the daunting task of cleaning up and repairing flooded basements and properties following the July 10 storms can find helpful information on a variety of flood-related topics on the website of the Summit County Public Health Department at www.scphoh.org/Flooding.html.

Through its website, the health department offers numerous hints, tips and how-tos which residents can use to carry out safe cleanups and perform lasting repairs.

Also available is a comprehensive flood recovery guide -- "Repairing Your Flooded Home" --published by the American Red Cross and FEMA which provides step-by-step advice individuals can use to clean up, rebuild and get help after a flood.

The guide can be found online on the Health Department's website at www.scphoh.org/PDFS/PDF-Flooding/RepairingFloodedHome.pdf or on the Red Cross online Disaster Safety Library at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster-safety-library.

Portage Hamfair coming

to fairgrounds on July 28

The Portage Amateur Radio Club Inc. is hosting its 27th annual Hamfair on July 28 at the Randolph fairgrounds. This event brings together vendors selling ham radios, communications equipment and all kinds of electronic gear.

In addition it includes a flea market with all kinds of electronic and communications equipment and accessories. Other features of the event include testing for all classes of amateur radio licenses and an on-grounds restaurant serving breakfast and lunch.

Vendor and flea market set up begins at 6 a.m. The gates open to the public at 8 a.m. The restaurant will begin serving breakfast at 6 a.m. License examinations for those seeking to get or upgrade their amateur radio license begin with sign-up at 9 a.m. and the exams at 10. The main prize drawing will be at 2:30 p.m.

There will also be a mobile check-in and directions available on the club's repeater operating on 144.790/145.390 MHz beginning at 6 a.m. A mobile check-in prize will be awarded at 1 p.m. and there also will be hourly door prize drawings beginning at 9 a.m.

For information on tickets, tables, flea market spaces, exams or anything else, contact Joanne Solak, KJ3O, at 330-274-8240.

Spay/neuter clinic slated

The Portage Animal Protective League is offering a spay/neuter clinic for cats only on Aug. 20. The clinic is restricted to low-income and military service individuals who can provide proof of need. Call the shelter at 330-296-4022 to reserve a space. The cost is $51 for a spay and $41 for a neuter and must be paid in cash by Aug. 9. The cost includes a rabies shot.

Jobless rate in Ohio rises

to 7.2 percent last month

Ohio's unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent in June with a loss of 12,500 jobs -- the second largest of any state that month -- after the rate had remained at 7 percent for the previous two months.

June's seasonally adjusted rate is the highest since last August. The number of unemployed workers in Ohio in June was almost 413,000, up by about 8,000 compared to May. Ohio's labor force in June grew by 6,000.

Data released last week by the U.S. Department of Labor shows that nationwide, unemployment rates increased in 28 states, partly because more Americans began searching for work and not all of them got jobs. The government doesn't count people as unemployed unless they are actively looking for work.

Although state officials do not deny Ohio's unemployment rate increase, they point out that the data also shows that more people are confident in the economy, and therefore have begun searching for jobs.

The state has seen unsteady jobless rates this year, starting with 7 percent in January, rising to 7.1 the following month and dropping to 7 percent again in April.

-- The Associated Press

Farmers markets offered

A farmers market takes place Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until Sept. 27 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. It features produce, food and plants from local farms and businesses in Portage County. Kent's Haymaker Farmers Market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon on Franklin Avenue.