Chris Pugh Group Editor’s Notebook

Here was last year’s winning FCBank contest photo by Tessa Shetler.

FCBank will feature local photography again in its 2016 wall calendar.

The company with a location in Bellville is holding a contest for pictures in its market area.

This year’s theme is “Water Landscapes.”

“We received fantastic entries last year of local landscapes, which were featured in the 2015 calendar,” President of FCBank President Andy Dale said. “Images of our local water landscapes will not only provide a calendar of photos to our customers that they can cherish, but will also show the beauty of our communities.”

The contest is active through Aug. 9 by submitting photos to Winners will be announced Aug. 14.

PERI GROUP TO MEET – The Crawford County PERI Chapter No. 85 will meet at noon July 9 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crestline, 410 N. Thoman Street. The speaker will be David Bacon, an attorney who will speak on estate planning and estate taxes, followed by a short business meeting.

Call 419-562-8254 or 419-468-4388, by July 5 to make meal reservations.

HYGIENE A MUST AT FAIR LIVESTOCK EXHIBITS – The Ohio Departments of Health and Agriculture are urging good health habits when visiting livestock exhibits throughout the summer.

“With fair season upon us, we want to remind folks that some illnesses, such as influenza viruses, are commonly carried by livestock and can be directly transmitted between animals and humans in the same way those illnesses are often transmitted between people,” said ODH Director Richard Hodges.

According to a press release distributed by the organization, here are precautions individuals should take when visiting fairs:

* Always wash hands with soap and water before and after petting or touching any animal

* Never eat, drink, or put anything in your mouth in animal areas

* Parents and caregivers are encouraged to leave strollers outside the animal exhibits and carry small children

* Older adults, pregnant women, young children, and people with weakened immune systems should consider avoiding animal areas

“With Ohio being home to 94 county and independent agricultural fairs, we are fortunate enough to have plenty of access to some of the most fun, safe and wholesome educational activities for the whole family. These commonsense precautions we can all take will work to ensure the fairs remain that way for all Ohioans,” said ODA Director David T. Daniels.