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Providing the best and most responsive county government in America.

Hello, Hamilton County

July 2005

Grants Administration Training

Volunteers Needed

The Society of Research Administrators, Ohio Chapter, is hosting their annual meeting August 7-8, 2005, at the Co- lumbus Midwest Hotel and Conference Center. This program provides solid professional development at a reason- able cost. Early bird registration if $65. Late or on-site registration is $70. The hotel cost on Sunday night is $69.

Workshops are scheduled on Sunday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. The cost of one workshop is $30 and for two workshops, $50.

The annual meeting will be held Mon- day, August 8, with sessions from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Session topics include,

Enhancing your customer service Grant budgeting basics Cheese Whiz (team building)

Finding funding through proposal development Finding funding under the rocks Developing a budget Top 10 list for research administra- tors Demystifying subject billing in clini- cal research Higher education and Ohio’s Sci- ence and Technology Support Pro- grams Clinical trials budgeting Issues with limited submission pro- grams Compliance without borders Research administration reporting in Ohio

For more information about the grants administration training, contact Cindy Weitlauf, Grants Coordinator, 946.4317.

Community Health Assessment Focus Groups

What public health, safety or environ- mental health issues need to be ad- dressed in your community?

The General Health District is seeking the answers to these and other important public health questions. County residents can help answer these questions and take an active role in the health of their com- munity by participating in a two-hour focus group.

Six focus groups will be held throughout the county beginning August 2. To partici- pate, you must be a Hamilton County resi- dent, at least 18 years of age and cur- rently living outside the city limits of Cin- cinnati, Indian Hill, Norwood, Sharonville, Springdale and St. Bernard. Focus groups are limited to eight to 12 participants.

To register, call 946.7808. A list of focus group communities is available at www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org.

Master composting series is back

Submitted by: Emily Gambrell, Public Affairs Intern, Department of Environmental Services

The course is scheduled September 7, 14, 21, 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., at the Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Road.

Attendees will each build and take home a wire compost bin, and will also have the option of making and taking a vermin- composting system (worm bin) for a fee of $10.

Compost, sometimes called hummus, is an ideal mulch, potting soil, or top dressing for a flower bed or vegetable garden. Using natural, organic materials found in your household waste is effec- tive in the breaking down process to help create compost.

The course is absolutely free! Participants are asked to take what they learn and pass it on. Fifteen hours of volunteer service is required to complete the course.

The Solid Waste Management District, Civic Garden Center, and American Compost Society are teaming up to sponsor a free, three- week course that teaches every aspect of backyard composting.

Items, such as fruit and vegetable scraps, green leaves, coffee grounds, egg shells and corn stalks provide carbon and nitrogen, which are major elements of a compost pile. By incorporating com- post into your mulching and soil process, you can reduce moisture from soil surface, control weeds, loosen heavy clay soils, and aer- ate the rooting area.

The free Master Composting Series offers you three weeks of inten- sive compost training. Participants will learn about a wide array of topics, including where to locate a compost pile, which type of com- post bin is best for you and how to build it, how and when to turn

your compost, and how to incorporate compost into your existing garden. Also learn about the fascinating biology of a compost pile and the cycle of life that occurs in decomposing organic matter.

For more information about the Master Composting Series, visit www.hcdoes.org or contact the Civic Garden Center, 221.0981.

For more information about composting or for a free Yardwaste at Home Handbook, call the Yardwaste and Composting Hotline at 946.7755.

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