Remote Area Medical visits PACOC’s monthly meeting in Andover

by Lauren Locke

ANDOVER – A visit from clinic speaker Steve Arsulic and his helper Lori Herpen DeCato on behalf of Remote Area Medical was the main focus of discussion during Pymatuning Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at Andover Public Library.(From Feb. 16 edition).

Cleveland Play House Announces Bold New Works For The 2018 New Ground Theatre Festival

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CLEVELAND, Feb. 14, 2018) Cleveland Play House (CPH) is proud to announce the inspiring works for the 13th Annual New Ground Theatre Festival (NGTF). The New Ground Theatre Festival provides the opportunity for playwrights to develop and showcase their work, while offering Cleveland audiences the opportunity to see these remarkable new plays come to life.  The Festival will run from May 11th – May 19th.

Rescue Rock Off

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WILLOUGHBY - Lake Humane Society will rock the house for animals at their 8th Annual Rescue Rock Off on Sunday, March 4 at Willoughby Brewing Company located in downtown Willoughby.

Celebrate Celtic weekend at ball

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MENTOR - Reverend Thomas W. Johns and St. John Vianney Parish are hosting the 15th Annual Celtic Weekend March 3 and 4.

No Name Ball benefits historical society

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PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP – The Lake County Historical Society invites all those who love having a great time to return to Lake County’s past by attending its No Name Ball Feb. 10 at Quail Hollow Resort in Concord Township. Depending on your age, a “Big Band” probably helped parents or grandparents fall in love. This is an experience not to be missed.

Lakeland hosting spring concert

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CONCERT - The 50-member Lakeland Community College Civic Chorus will usher in the uplifting promise of the spring season with “You Reap what You Sow,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15 in the LCC Performing Arts Center, under the direction of Conductor Leonard DiCosimo. Tickets are available from any chorus member or at the LCC PAC box office prior to the performance: adults $7; seniors (65 and over) $6; students (under 18) $2.

Fundraiser for railroad museum

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PAINESVILLE - The Painesville Railroad Museum will hold a fundraiser at Harry Buffalo, 2119 Mentor Ave., Painesville, Saturday, April 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 each pre-sale and $25 at the door and include all-you-can-eat appetizers and drink.

Abstract floral design

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MENTOR-The program "Abstract Floral Design" will be presented by Wildwood Garden Club at Wildwood Cultural Center, 7645 Little Mountain Rd., Mentor, Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m.

Remote Area Medical

by Stefanie Wessell

Remote Area Medical will be arriving at the Ashtabula Towne Square on April 19, 2018 for Ohio’s FIRST free Remote Area Medical clinic with FREE medical, dental and vision services being offered Friday-Sunday, April 20-22.  RAM was founded in 1985 by Stan Brock who was working with the Wapishana Indians in Guyana, South America.  After being injured on the ranch in Guyana and discovering that the nearest medical care was nearly 26 days away on foot, Stan realized the overwhelming need for care in these remote areas of the jungle.  This led to the creation of the charitable, non-profit organization known as Remote Area Medical or RAM.  Since launching this outreach mission, it became increasingly evident to Stan that the need within the United States was just as great as the need in the jungle and RAM began offering clinics State side in addition to its international missions.  With their mission statement in mind, “To prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality health care to those in need” RAM has served well over 700,000 people with care valued at more than $114 million.  Remote Area Medical is a nationally recognized organization which has been highlighted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, BBC Radio, CNN, Dateline and Fox News, among others.
Ashtabula’s Community Host Group Leadership Team for this event, which is comprised of many area professionals, leaders and volunteers, is excited to be hosting Ohio’s first Remote Area Medical Clinic in Ashtabula.  The goal is to serve several hundred area residents per day.  No insurance is required and the event is free and open to the public. Patients only need to line up for services the evening before each day of service.  Patient admission tickets will be given out beginning at 3am and participants must be present to receive a ticket.  Services will begin at 6am each morning.  These services are offered on a first come, first served basis.  Medical services may include annual physical exams, womens health services, immunizations, diabetes screening and more.  Dental services may include cleanings, fillings and extractions.  Vision services may include screenings, eye exams and glasses made on site.  The services offered greatly depend on the professional volunteers willing to participate.  RAM is 100% volunteer powered.  Volunteers are needed in the medical, dental, vision and general areas of the clinic.  To volunteer, go to: https://ramusa.org/volunteer
Beyond the scope of volunteers and patients, a clinic of this magnitude will take a large amount of funding to be a success.  The Leadership Team for this event is requesting donations.  The Civic Development Corp will be assisting with the fund raising portion of this event.  Donations can be mailed to:  Civic Development Corp, PO Box 131, Ashtabula, OH  44005.  Please note “RAM Ashtabula” on the check memo line.  Donations may also be made on-line by visiting their website at http://www.civicdevelopmentcorp.org.  Click on the large green “Donate Now” button at the top of the page.  A one-time donation can be made via PayPal or credit card, please note “RAM Ashtabula” in the comments section.  These funds will be used to serve those uninsured or under insured in our community that are in desperate need of these services.  
For more information about the Ashtabula Clinic please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 440-990-1919.  
And to learn more about Remote Area Medical, its staff and other clinics offered, please visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-2555.