State Rep. Dave Heine (R-New Haven) was recently selected to serve on the House Committee on Ways and Means.
He was also named to the House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and the House Committee on Financial Institutions.
“Committees play an integral role in the legislative process,” Heine said. “In the 2017 session, the House Committee on Ways and Means is tasked with creating the state’s biennial budget. I will use my experience as a farmer and businessman to make sure taxpayer dollars are invested wisely while funding vital services like education and public safety.”
Standing committee assignments are made biennially after each election. On Jan. 4, House lawmakers will convene at 1:30 p.m. in the House Chamber for the first day of the 2017 legislative session.
Standing committee hearings, which typically occur at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, can be viewed live online at iga.in.gov. This site also provides committee calendars and meeting agendas.
Click here to download the complete list of committee appointments.
Glaucoma is caused by high intraocular pressure (high pressure of fluid inside the eye) and can decrease vision without warning. Glaucoma is one of the most common illnesses affecting the optic nerve. The optic nerve’s job is to transfer visual information to the brain, so when high intraocular pressure occurs, the
optic nerve compresses, causing cells to die and vision to permanently decline.
Glaucoma is known as “the sneak thief of sight” because there are virtually no symptoms before vision loss occurs. Regular eye exams are the best way to protect your eyesight from glaucoma and other diseases affecting your eyes. Vision loss begins with peripheral (side vision) loss, so you may not notice anything until significant vision loss. Although there is not yet a cure for glaucoma, it can be treated through medication or surgery by stopping the progression if diagnosed.
Types of Glaucoma
There are many types of glaucoma, but the two main types are open-angle and angle-closure.
The most common form of glaucoma (about 90%); caused by slow clogging of drainage canals, resulting in increased eye pressure; has symptoms and damage that may go unnoticed; lifelong condition
Caused by blocked drainage canals, resulting in sudden rise in intraocular pressure; demands immediate medical attention; has symptoms that are usually very noticeable.
Who Does Glaucoma Affect?
Glaucoma can affect people of all ages, but most commonly affects middle-aged and older adults. It tends to be inherited, so knowing your family medical history is important. Other risk factors that put individuals at higher
risk include: diabetes, nearsightedness, previous eye injury, extremely high or low blood pressure, and regular,
long-term steroid/cortisone usage.
How Can Therapy Help?
Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) play a significant role in helping individuals with low vision (resulting from glaucoma and other eye issues). Occupational therapy for someone
with low vision may include altering daily tasks, assisting with eye drops and other medications, removing/
altering safety hazards in the home, etc. to help maintain their independence. If you or someone you know has
low vision, ask your doctor if therapy could benefit you.
National Glaucoma Month… Did You Know?
Over 3 million Americans have glaucoma but only half know they have it. Glaucoma can cause blindness if left untreated.
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Leo High Cross Runner Named to Indiana All-Star Team
Recently, Lindsey Marriott, senior at Leo Jr. Sr. High performed at the cross country state finals in Terre Haute. Lindsey competed in her third state final. With her placement at State, Lindsey was named to the Indiana All-Star team that represented the State of Indiana against teams from Ohio, Illinois and Michigan. She earned this honor being one of the top 12 fastest seniors in the State! Lindsey is the first female cross country runner in school history to be named to this team!
Congratulations to Lindsey Marriott!
The 21st annual Stuff-A-Bus radiothon, sponsored by FUN 101.7 WLDE, will be collecting non-perishable food items on November 20th, 21st, and the 22nd for Associated Churches Neighborhood Food Network.
Founded in 1944, Associated Churches of Fort Wayne & Allen County is a non-profit organization with over 135 member congregations joining together to help children, families, and individuals. Primary ministries include the Neighborhood Food Network, A Baby’s Closet, Military Families, Rising Stars, and Associated Churches Active in Disaster, visit www.AssociatedChurches.org.
Republican Nominee for State Representative in House District 85 makes good on campaign promise to voters.
Heine promised voters during the spring primary campaign that he planned to retire to focus his time on serving the people in House District 85. He received very positive messages from voters and area business owners who said they wanted someone who would listen to their concerns, be accessible and be their voice at the statehouse.
“When walking thousands of doors during the May primary campaign, I told folks that I was running for State Representative to serve them and represent the conservative values of the district. I promised them I would retire so I could dedicate all my energies to representing them. I can’t remember anyone who did not seem to appreciate that. I look forward to having the time to be able to meet with and listen to the concerns of our local business leaders and all citizens to help make District 85 the best it can be.” Heine said.
Heine faces a Democratic opponent, Kathy Zoucha, in the general election on November 8th 2016.
Dave Heine, won the Republican primary election on May 3rd, 2016. He currently owns and operates a family farm in New Haven and retired from the building materials industry after 37 years. During his career with New Haven based, Do It Best Corp., a 3 billion dollar corporation, Dave served as Vice President and Corporate Officer. Dave has served the community in numerous roles including; Board and Vice Chairman of the Lutheran Foundation, Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, School Board and Chairman of Central Lutheran School, Church Council and Chairman various Boards over 35 years at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Precinct Committeeman, Chairman New Haven Republican Committee, multiple youth sport coaching roles and more. Dave has been married to his wife, Tammy, for 36 years. They have three children and two grandchildren. Dave and Tammy are lifelong members of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven. For more information about Dave and his campaign, please visit www.daveforstaterep.com or www.facebook.com/daveforstaterep or follow him on Twitter: @daveforstaterep
Ms. Patricia I. Meadows received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and master’s degree in education administration from the University of South Carolina. She began her teaching career 23 years ago as a physical education, health and US History teacher. She also coached volleyball and basketball. The past 15 years Ms. Meadows has been an administrator in East Allen County Schools. She moved to Leo Jr. Sr. High as an assistant principal from New Haven Middle School. She truly enjoys working with students to help guide and prepare them for the “walk of life” after their school career. She finds it very rewarding to see the transition of the student walking in the building as a 7th grader to walking across the stage at graduation!
WELCOME MS. PATRICIA MEADOWS!
At a recent meeting, the EACS Board of School Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Folks recognized Leo Elementary School for being named a Promising Practices School by the Indiana Department of Education. Leo Elementary School was recognized for their success in the Making it Happen initiative, The Promising Practices! Making it Happen initiative celebrates and recognizes schools across the state of Indiana for their effective implementation of innovative and/or inclusive educational practices. To help celebrate Indiana’s bi-centennial, the IDOE will recognize 200 promising practices for 200 years of Statehood!
Leo Elementary has a High Performance Teaming (HPT) classroom. The classroom incorporates creativity, communication, critical thinking and collaboration with a focus on building relationships. Students begin the year with a 6-week PBL on team-building, working collaboratively and maneuvering around the technology-enhanced classroom.
In photo: Leo Elementary Promising Practices team L/R: Mr. Bill Diehl, principal, 6th grade teachers: Christy Sharp, Jennifer Hale, Austin Will and Kevin Elrod. Team members not present: Dorcas Curry, Kurt Dager, and Michael Starewich. Board members and Dr. Folks on back row.
TERRY JO LIGHTFOOT SEEKS RE-ELECTION FOR EAST ALLEN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
Terry Jo Lightfoot is seeking re-election as a board member of the East Allen County School Board, District 7E. Lightfoot is currently the Secretary of the EACS School Board. In 2012, she was awarded the highly regarded Outstanding Boardmanship Award from the Indiana State School Board Association. She has been recognized by Indiana’s NewsCenter for Women in Superior Leadership. During Lightfoot’s term on the board, East Allen County Schools has accomplished much to further high-quality education:
• Preserved East Allen County School’s unique communities
• East Allen County School Corporation became an “A” district
• Hired Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ken Folks, who is a leader in education statewide
• Achieved a record number of “4 Star” schools: Leo Jr.-Sr. High School, Leo Elementary School, and Cedarville Elementary School
• Achieved the National “Blue Ribbon” schools at Cedarville Elementary School, 2014, New Haven Intermediate, 2013, and Leo Jr.-Sr. High School, 2008
• Graduated the first class of East Allen University with a 100% graduation rate, the majority graduating with two-year associate degrees from Vincennes University
• Partnered with the Associated Builders and Contractors program to establish more vocational opportunities for students
• Implemented 1:1 technology K-12
• Maintained a balanced budget
• Established a new safety program for students and staff Lightfoot is an active member of her community.
She serves on the Town of Leo-Cedarville Park Board, Cedar Creek Lion’s Club, Parkview Regional Hospital Patient Family Advisory Council, Leo Alumni & Friends Association, and Leo United Methodist Church Children’s Music. She has a Masters Degree in Education in Music and Physical Education and currently works in Insurance sales at Worman-Lightfoot-Hoch Insurance. Lightfoot is committed to continuing the success of the East Allen County School Corporation by supporting facility updates and the further advancement of educational opportunities while preserving the values and traditions of each distinctive community within the school system.
Leo Band Recognized at the State Level
Leo Jr. Sr. High School is a recipient of the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) All-Music Award for 2015-2016! The EACS Board of School Trustees and Dr. Ken Folks recognized these talented musicians at a recent board meeting.
Congratulations to the young musicians, and the entire music staff for the outstanding musical accomplishments this past year. ISSMA presented the music department a special banner to display in recognition of these outstanding achievements. Leo Jr. Sr. High School is one of only ten high schools in Indiana to receive a Total Department Award!