Donna Skoda, Health Commissioner of the Summit County Public Health Department, covered several timely subjects this morning, including emergency preparedness. Given the weather disasters in many parts of the U.S. and the world, it's important, she says, for people to have an emergency plan. The health department can help you make a list of what you would need to live on your own for at least 72 hours. Donna also talked about the Recovery Addiction Hotline, 330.940.1133, and the use of dump boxes as a way of discarding opiates and other addictive prescription drugs. And, finally, because we all could use more kindness, there's the Change Direction program that was started here by the late County Executive Russ Pry. The program's subtitle is "Give an Hour," and what that means is to pay attention to others and be able to recognize the signs when they're struggling. For more information on all of these, visit the health department's website or call 330.923.4891.
Emily Durway talked about her photography exhibit, which continues through Oct. 7 at Summit Art Space. She's one of several Northeast Ohio artists who are participating in the 23-day High Arts Festival, which includes visual and musical arts. Emily is both an attorney and a photographer, and she is in the midst of a five-year project in which she takes a photograph every day. The photographs on display at Summit Art Space are ones she took in 2016, a leap year. You can check out her 366 photos by heading to the third floor of the Summit Art Space building, at East Market and Summit St., from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you like what you see, you can vote for Emily's exhibit because all of the artists in the festival are vying for prizes. Admission is free. You also can see Emily's photos on Facebook. For more information about Summit Art Space, visit the website.