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Rescue crews ready; residents adapt

From left, a typical squad truck. The interior of East Wayne Fire District’s squad truck, which has been equipped to transport patients with novel coronavirus symptoms. The truck will be used by both Kidron Volunteer Fire Department, EWFD and mutual aid departments. EWFD’s Isaac Hull shows how a squad truck at Station 1 has been equipped to respond to patients with COVID-19 symptoms.


Dalton and Kidron: your first responders are ready.
Schoolchildren are continuing with learning – and lunch.
While restaurants are adapting, unfortunately some businesses have had to temporarily close.
Government officials have acted swiftly to try to protect residents from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by shutting down schools, businesses, and activities and discouraging gatherings. Despite these disruptions, life must go on – and, locally, people are doing their best to adjust.

East Wayne Fire District and Kidron Volunteer Fire Department are working together, according to posts shared on both agencies’ Facebook pages. A squad truck housed at Station 1 in Dalton is dedicated to responding to patients with coronavirus symptoms and is ready to be used by either agency, and mutual aid departments that request it. Equipment and procedures are in place to keep emergency personnel safe.

Residents are reminded in the case of an emergency to be honest with dispatchers and answer all questions — especially pertaining to COVID-19 symptoms — so as not to delay patient care and transport time and to help keep responders — and ultimately their families safe.

Learning at home
Central Christian School Superintendent Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi wrote in an email that the school’s goal during the extended closure is “to support families by providing a sense of routine, connection, curriculum, and faith formation for students.”

She noted a “deep sense of loss” students may experience as important activities and events have been canceled.

“Meeting together in daily chapel is an important distinctive of our school,” Jantzi wrote. “Since last Friday, we’ve maintained that valued connection through two livestreamed and recorded school chapels this week. Since Monday, teachers have been video conferencing to plan the best ways to deliver new participatory instruction rather than distributing review packets. Flexibility will be needed in our dispersed instruction to accommodate the unique situations of each family. We are taking the long view. We know that students and families will recover the loss of our face to face learning opportunities. In the meantime, we will support families as we all go through uncharted waters.”

Dalton Local Schools has been sharing on its social media accounts many photos of students learning at home.

“Our teachers continue to develop lessons and activities for students,” Superintendent Jim Saxer wrote in an email. “Some teachers (and grade levels) are using packets, while others are transitioning learning to online platforms, like Google Classroom. Our instructional aides and tutors are supporting the teachers and working to support the students they work with. … Our Technology Department has cleaned our Chromebooks and is lending them to families which need a device. Our Food Service Department is working each day to provide lunches for our students. Every day, every student in our District can get a lunch for free. Our Transportation Department is helping to deliver lunches to our students each day. Our Custodial/ Maintenance Department is working hard to clean and disinfect every square inch of all our buildings. Finally, our Administrators and Super-visors are working to ensure our District Plan remains intact, yet is flexible to change based upon the guidelines set by the Ohio Health Department, Gov. DeWine, and the Ohio Department of Education. I am thankful for the dedication of our staff to support our students and their families. In addition, I am thankful for the support of our families, … I am receiving emails from families thanking the District for continuing to support their children’s education, as well as provide a lunch, and a Chromebook. It is times like this, I am reminded, I am Proud to Be a Bulldog!”

Food on the go
The Dalton Dari-ette changed procedures Monday to include accepting call-in orders only at 330-828-2563. More information is on its Facebook page.

Kidron Town & Country store offers to shop for senior citizens with free delivery for them and carside pickup. The restaurant offers delivery and carryout to all customers. The restaurant’s hours are 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Call 330-857-2131.

Dennis Horst, Dutch Kitchen’s general manager, wrote in an email that Dutch Kitchen is welcoming orders. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday for bakery, carryout and the gift shop. Visit and call 330-683-0530.

“We have the majority of our menu items for to-go and we still have bread, fry pies and many other items in the bakery to sell. None of us know how long this will take before we can get back to normal but if we support each other it will make this time much more tolerable. Continue to pray for God to provide and protect us all,” Horst wrote.


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