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ELECTION 2018 ... Typically, in Lucas County, voter turnout on a non-presidential election year is between 26 and 40 percent. During a presidential election year, it has been around 68 percent. What type of turnout do you think we will see today? #vvoh

ON SALE NOW ... Tickets to the OHHS production of "Next to Normal." A 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, the story centers around a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that her illness and its management have had on her family. The musical also addresses the issues of grief, anxiety, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry and the underbelly of suburban life. Rated PG-13. Show dates are Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Tickets available online, at:

OH SCHOOLS OPEN TUESDAY ... OH schools Superintendent Kevin Miller tonight issued the following bulletin to parents and students: "We have all shared several unnerving days caused by messages left in restrooms at the junior/senior high school that are challenging our sense of community. Here are this evening’s updates: * The junior/senior high school will be open tomorrow and classes will be conducted as planned. * Police are interviewing a narrow group of suspects, speaking with their families, and reviewing evidence. * The building is safe and that safety has never been in jeopardy. Naturally, these incidents have led to requests for more 'transparency' and for clearer communication of the known 'facts.' As we work with the Ottawa Hills Police Department (OHPD), please understand that because these events are under investigation, some information cannot be shared. The point of this letter is to share the details we can, address and allay your fears as much as possible, and assure you that our buildings are safe. Police have narrowed a list of suspects regarding the writing that appeared in a junior high bathroom on Friday, Nov. 2, and again this morning. We investigated these situations with an emphasis on school safety and the safety of each child and adult in our school buildings. We continue to work with OHPD on the investigation. School officials and law enforcement personnel take part in threat-assessment training that involves discerning credible threats from those which have no basis. Again, we do not possess any evidence that suggests students' safety was ever at risk. We and OHPD have no reason whatsoever to believe these suspects are a threat to students in our school. If your child has information about these incidents, they need to share those details with school administrators or OHPD. Sharing information that has no basis in fact either digitally or via social media can incite panic, be grounds for school discipline, and have possible legal ramifications. We are encouraging direct communications and appreciate the feedback we have already received. In the interest of school safety, we will continue to remain in a heightened sense of security throughout the next few days. There was a police presence in our buildings today and the OHPD will continue that presence tomorrow. As you know, our junior/senior high school is used as a polling location, and we always have police officers on duty to ensure that voters are limited to the multi-purpose room. How can we as parents help? Have age-appropriate discussions with your child. Older students need to understand that there are multiple laws that can be used to prosecute a person for threatening others - no matter if it is a serious threat or meant as a joke. Threatening safety in a public school is not only a crime, but it disrupts thousands of lives. The National School Association of School Psychologists provides a good resource to help parents understand how to speak to their children, especially young children, about violence. Though these threats are not seen as credible, the website provides good talking points for parents to 'help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.' You can visit that website by clicking [the link below]. Thank you for your patience and for your trust that we always have the safety and well-being of your children at the forefront of each and every decision."

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