News briefs – Sept. 2

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OHIO FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO HELP FIGHT WILDFIRES OUT WEST – A third 20-person Ohio Wildfire Crew was deployed out West this week to assist in fighting against the multiple wildfires in that part of the nation. Two crews and more than 45 firefighters have already spent more than two weeks assisting fire crews in the dangerous drought conditions present in the western United States.

“Ohio’s wildfire crews are well-prepared for these dangerous assignments and excel at working to protect people and property from these raging fires,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Deputy Director and State Forester Robert Boyles. “We are prepared to continue offering our support, and our trained Ohio firefighters continue to volunteer to travel and help combat this ongoing natural disaster.”

Ohio’s first fire-fighting crew for this season served in northern California at the Forks Complex in the Shasta Trinity National Forest. The second Ohio Wildfire Crew worked in the state of Oregon at the Stouts Creek Fire and then at the Bear Gulch Spike Camp at the Canyon Creek Complex in Malheur National Forest. The third crew currently deployed is fighting the Bear Fire at the Gasquet Complex in Six Rivers National Forest in northern California.

The ODNR Division of Forestry keeps a list of trained and qualified Ohio firefighters who have indicated their willingness to travel out of state to fight wildfires. When significant wildfire activity occurs in other states, ODNR activates crews to send to those fires to protect people and property. Ohio firefighters are well-prepared to continue supporting the firefighting efforts out West.

ASHBROOK CENTER TO CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY – Dr. Gordon Lloyd, professor emeritus at Pepperdine University and senior fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, will speak on the topic of “Madison’s Republic” at the Ashbrook Center’s 17th Annual Robert E. Henderson Constitution Day Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Ashbrook Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center, which is located in the AU Library on campus. For more information, contact Jennifer Nixon at 419-207-6094 or

On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. They sent it on to the people in the several states for ratification. Sept. 17 has been called, ever since, Constitution Day. The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University celebrates Constitution Day by holding a public lecture commemorating the great charter of our liberties.

Lloyd earned his B.A. in economics and political science at McGill University. He completed all the coursework toward a doctorate in economics at the University of Chicago before receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in government at Claremont Graduate School. Lloyd was editor of the book, “Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison.”

WEEKI WACHEE MERMAIDS RETURN TO NEWPORT AQUARIUM – The world-famous Mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs (Fla.) State Park will return to Greater Cincinnati this fall to enchant Newport Aquarium guests Sept. 25 through Oct. 12.

“The Weeki Wachee Mermaids tremendously enjoyed their visit to Newport Aquarium in 2014,” said John Athanason, spokesperson for Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. “Because of the overwhelmingly positive response we received last year from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky community, we have extended the Weeki Wachee Mermaids’ visit to 18 days this year, allowing them to engage with even more folks from the region.”

Included with admission to Newport Aquarium, guests will be able to see real-life mermaids clad in colorful fishtailed costumes gracefully glide through the aquarium’s 60,000-gallon Coral Reef tank, which that features nearly 200 aquatic animals and more than 50 species of fish, including a newly added zebra shark, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

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