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Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, after which she created a cross-divisional accessibility committee that addresses accessibility and inclusion throughout the entirety of the museum. The group meets monthly, and its work so far has included application to an IMLS grant, review and rewrite of the staff access handbook, education of new hires during orientation, all staff training on accessibil-ity, rewrite of the museum accessibility statement, and audit of the outdoor areas of the museum for accessibility concerns.

The accessibility committee’s audit of the grounds of the museum and their level of accessibility has provided key resources for the museum as it moves forward with construction projects like the accessibility ramp built near the front entrance. Birkofer’s attention to ADA requirements and visitor experience for everyone has marked her as a passionate advocate for visitors with accessibility challenges.

Birkofer has organized trainings through Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, working with Dr. Jennifer Smith at the hospital’s Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. This training focused on best practices for front-line staff to handle difficult situations, create a dialogue with visitors, and understand best practices.

The Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Conference brings experienced and new professionals together to explore practical methods for implementing accessibility in cultural environments. For more information about the conference and its awards program, visit the Kennedy Center’s website at http://education.kennedycenter. org/education/accessibility/ lead/conference.html.

Birkofer’s efforts support the museum’s accessibility statement: The Cincinnati Art Museum strives for inclusivity by increasing accessibility to its collections, programming and resources. The museum seeks to eliminate barriers by accommodating the individual needs of all visitors.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is supported by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to Artswave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Cincinnati Art Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of Cincinnati, as well as our members.

Free general admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is made possible by a gift from the Rosenthal Family Foundation. Special exhibition pricing may vary. Parking at the Cincinnati Art Museum is free. The museum is open Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Jill Dunne, Cincinnati Art Museum

HCM makes Green Township greener

HCM Wealth Advisors/Hengehold Capital Management, at 6116 Harrison Ave., installed 30 kilowatts of solar power on its roof in June. They are joining the scores of other businesses, including the Cincinnati Zoo, and homes in Hamilton County who are interested in using more sustainable energy resources.

The 88-panel system will help them shrink their carbon footprint and save on electricity. HCM will be avoiding nearly 30 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and will be able

to cut their electric bill by about half. In their first year alone, they’ll save the equivalent of 29,000 pounds of coal or 65,000 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle. That’s enough miles to circle the earth at the equator 2.6 times per year. The emissions saved from the system over its lifetime will be equivalent to the electricity use of 133 homes, or 86,000 gallons of gasoline consumed, or 97,000,000 smart phones charged.

Buying a solar power system like purchasing several decades’ worth of electricity all at once. Because the price of electricity is always going up, this acts as an effective hedge on electricity price increases, yielding positive returns in the future.

“As a Wealth Management firm, we always have one eye on the horizon, looking out for future risks and benefits,” said Mike Hengehold, the Founder and President. “Investing in solar energy is in line with our vision for the future of a sustainable and thriving world. Not only are we working to keep our clients’ future secure, we want to make their children’s and grandchildren’s future secure as well.'

If you have any questions about the solar power installation, feel free to reach out to Kevin Hengehold at

Kevin Hengehold, HCM Wealth Advisors

Local Army Reserve unit conducts warfighting training

Fort Bragg, North Carolina – Culminating recently over two and a half weeks, 40 Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 633rd Quartermaster Battalion (QM BN), “Iron Horse,” spearheaded the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise (QLLEX).

The 633rd QM BN is under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Wesley B. Sargent and Command Sergeant Major Denver W Stone.

The Soldiers of the Iron Horse Battalion, located in Sharonville, Ohio, drove over 600 miles to complete this mission, one of the largest and most complex petroleum support training events for Army Reserve units. The Soldiers of the 633rd QM BN coordinated this mission with Army Reserve units from across six different states, comprised of 325 Soldiers with expertise in petroleum supply, transportation, and laundry and shower operations.

“Sustain the Fight!”, the 633 QM BN motto, perfectly captures the unit’s role in this training event. The “Iron Horse” Headquarters Detachment managed the overall effort, forecasting fuel needs and coordinating the supply of over 700,000 gallons of jet fuel to two Marine air stations, three Army air stations, and one Air Force base. This fuel was utilized to conduct global and regional operations that provide security to our Armed Forces at home and abroad.

While fuel resupply was the primary focus of QLLEX, Soldiers also conducted near-peer warfighting training which prepare them for future missions. The Soldiers experienced adverse conditions during this training while living in an austere environment providing them with a realistic experience of deployment conditions. Nearly all of the Soldiers involved in this training evolution took over two weeks off from their civilian jobs to enhance their abilities and skill sets, further preparing them for operations in defense of the nation.

The 633rd QM BN Soldiers were commended for their performance during this training and are more than ready to engage in mission essential warfighting tasks in the future.

For recruiting information, contact your local recruiter or visit

Specialist Trevor Knapp & Captain Maria C. Perez, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 633rd Quartermaster Battalion

Get schooled on sharing the road with school buses: Top 5 things motorists can do to keep bus riders safe

There’s an entire ecosystem of safety around school buses. This includes road signs, traffic laws, the size, weight and construction of the bus, and the skill of the driver. It also includes the other motorists.

For most motorists, driver’s education classes are a distant memory. With school back in session, it’s important to know the rules when it comes to sharing the road with school buses.

Passing a stopped school bus while its lights are flashing is illegal in Ohio and all 50 states. In its 2019 national stop arm survey, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services tallied 95,319 stop arm violations in just one day, which equates to more than 17 million illegal passes over the course of a 180-day school year.

This lack of attention by other motorists is causing close calls and injuries to children. It is crucial that we all stay alert as students prepare to board or exit the bus.

Here are the five most important rules motorists need to follow to give bus riders a safe start to school: 1. Maintain a Safe Distance. School buses stop frequently. Leave plenty of distance between your car and the bus in front of you so you can safely apply the brakes once yellow lights start to flash.

2. Stop for Stop Arms. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm mean a child is entering or exiting the bus. On two-lane roadways, come to a complete stop (in either direction) until the stop arm and red lights are deactivated.

3. Never Pass From Behind. Passing a stopped school bus from behind as it loads and unloads children is illegal in all 50 states.

4. Give Riders Plenty of Room. Children are hard to see within the 10-foot area surrounding a school bus. When stopping, help keep children safe by giving them plenty of room to get on or off the bus.

5. Know Your State Laws. State laws regarding when to pass a stopped school bus on a roadway with four or more lanes can vary. In Ohio, on a twolane roadway, drivers traveling in both directions must stop for school buses. But, on a road with four or more lanes, only vehicles on the same side of the roadway are required to stop. By law, drivers must remain stopped until the bus is in motion or the bus driver signals that traffic may proceed.

Everyone in the community plays a crucial role in ensuring students get to and from school safely each day, so watch for school buses. Be alert, be aware and help keep children safe.

Kenn Jones is the senior location manager in Cincinnati for First Student. As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student completes five million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. Kenn encourages Enquirer readers to explore the Parent Resources available on First Student’s website (

Kenn Jones, First Student Inc.

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