All other playmakers are fit, but the Eels’ successfully-rejigged backline actually came about largely due to the return from injury of veteran centre Michael Jennings.Explaining the line-up changes after a 24-10 win over the Dragons on Sunday, Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said a lack of quality ball in a poor loss to the Cowboys last week denied Gutherson a chance to show what he is capable of in the centre position.Nevertheless, the players available for Sunday’s game made moving fullback Bevan French to the wing the best option.The return of Jennings meant playing Gutherson at centre was no longer the best option; the absences of outside backs Josh Hoffman and Kirisome Auva’a meant a wing spot needed filling and French was the best man for that job, according to Arthur.Crucially, specialist left-side centre Jennings was shifted to the right to help out half Mitch Moses on his inside as well as makeshift winger French on his outside.The move also allowed centre to return to the left where he formed such a potent combination with Semi Radradra in 2015.”We’ve used 10 backs this year and only two of those have played every game,” Arthur said.”Eight of those players have been out for extended periods and at the moment blokes have got to jump in and play a position [that is] probably not their preferred position but they’ve got to do what’s best for the team.”This was epitomised by French, who took the news of his shift to wing in his stride and threw himself into training to ensure he was ready for the task defensively.”He had the choice to sulk about it and he didn’t and that’s the sort of kid he is. He worked really hard all week at training with Jenko on that right edge,” Arthur said.”I thought they did a great job in defence and Bevan nailed a couple of big moments for us. They put him under pressure and maybe he was the difference in the game for us. He was really good.”He put his body on the line. He’s not real heavy or strong at the moment but his decision-making was good and having Michael Jennings inside him with his talk and experience probably helped Bevan with some confidence.” Despite the strong outing from all the backs, Arthur said there was no guarantee Sunday’s structure would remain once Auva’a and Hoffman are available in the near future.”Bevan’s best position moving forward is fullback but he’s still only young, still learning his trade and at the end of the day we need to put the best possible team out there every week to try and win a footy game. Gutho’s just a footballer and I don’t know where his best position is to tell you the truth, you just need to have him on the field somewhere.”The improved right edge defence came down to the efforts of both Jennings and Moses, Arthur added.”[Moses] was great. There was [one defensive mistake when] he went from marker but that was a technique thing. He’s worked really hard during the week, he’s carrying a bit of an injury which has prevented him from doing a bit of contact work but he really went about his business this week and did a lot of extras.”I think Michael Jennings is probably the key for us too, just put him on that right edge. It gives the boys a bit of confidence. Jenko’s one of the best defensive centres in the game.”Right-edge defence is an area where the team had struggled even before Moses arrived, Arthur said.”We needed to do a bit of work there but Jenko’s one of the best defensive centres in the game so why not have him there.”The result leaves the Eels in equal eighth place on the Telstra Premiership ladder (ninth on for-and-against) with a chance to make a charge with two byes in the next four rounds plus winnable games coming up against the Bulldogs, Tigers and an Origin-depleted Melbourne in Round 18.”[The win] was important for us. Real important,” Arthur said.”We probably deserve to be where we sit. We’ve played some good football and we’ve played some football we’re not really happy with. We’re a middle of the road team at the moment and I think we probably sit in the middle of the road.”
With a forgettable brawl resulting in a gutted roster, Gilas Pilipinas continues to look for ways to patch the many holes it needs to fill for the Asian Games.The PBA has already excused its players from the national pool, but is working to lend the Rain or Shine squad for the Asiad—but the team definitely needs a boost.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced UST, Far Eastern U shoot for early tourney lead View comments Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Beefed up by PBA players and naturalized center Marcus Douthit, the Philippines placed seventh in the previous Asian Games in 2014 held in Incheon, South Korea.The Gilas Pilipinas roster was depleted after figuring in an ugly brawl with the Australian men’s basketball team. Ten players and two coaches, including head coach Chot Reyes and naturalized player Andray Blatche, were suspended from international meets for a varied number of games.Although it wasn’t clear whether the Asian Games is part of the suspension, the SBP is leaving nothing to chance. But bringing over Clarkson, who holds a Philippine passport, will be quite tricky for the SBP.“Eighteen players have been submitted by SBP to the POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) to compose the Gilas team to the Asian Games, among them Jordan Clarkson and mostly Rain or Shine players,” said POC president Ricky Vargas.The local basketball federation should first get the approval of the Cavaliers and work around a schedule that will not run in conflict with Clarkson’s commitments in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It’s an option we are exploring,” said SBP president Al Panlilio in a text message.Once approved by the Cavaliers management, the Philippine Olympic Committee will seek the blessings of the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) to facilitate Clarkson’s accreditation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the country’s national basketball federation, will pull out all the stops to get Cleveland Cavaliers standout Jordan Clarkson to lend Gilas Pilipinas much needed offense and star power.SBP is hoping to be able to work a deal with the Cavaliers management so Clarkson can suit up for the national team in the Asiad scheduled Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in Jakarta, Indonesia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said he was briefed by SBP officials on the proposed plan to include the 6-foot-5 guard in the lineup.“Clarkson will be a great addition to the team in the Asian Games. I was told that they are now working on getting him in time for the competition,” Marcial told the Inquirer. LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins
McElhinneys are celebrating being voted the BEST Independent store in UK and Ireland by hosting a TWO day Family-Fun Weekend. The award-winning store, based in Ballybofey scooped the prestigious award at Drapers Independents Awards ceremony in London a fortnight ago.It was stunning recognition for McElhinneys, and to be voted the BEST Independent store in the UK and Ireland reiterates why it’s been regarded as one of the BEST department stores in Ireland for decades. To celebrate their hosting a two-day Family-Fun event, which will have face painters, stilt walkers and many more activities for the children to enjoy.They’re also having a whopping 20% discount on many items in-store, so it promises to be a fantastic weekend.Highland Radio DJ Lee Gooch will be in attendance and they’ll be lots of giveaways and prizes on over the two days.The Family-Fun weekend kicks-off tomorrow FRIDAY, so make sure to drop in to McElhinneys this weekend for the big party. MCELHINNEYS HOST TWO DAY FAMILY FUN WEEKEND TO CELEBRATE WINNING PRESTIGIOUS AWARD was last modified: October 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesMCELHINNEYSnews
JUST CHAMPION: LAGAN HARPSLagan Harps ladies took part in a cross border 7 a side competition in Monaghan Utd’s Gortakeegan on Saturday.The competition was run in conjunction with the Peace 3 programme run by the Cavan/Monaghan partnership. FAI chief John Delaney launched the competition three weeks previously.Six teams from Northern Ireland took part with six teams from the Republic. The teams were divided in to two sections with the two group winners playing for the cup. Lagan won their five group matches beating Mid Ulster 3-0, Ballyfermot 4-0, Kingscourt 5-0, Limavady 3-0 and Loughgall 3-0.They faced the hosts Monaghan Utd in the final. Monaghan had won all their group matches as well. In a closely fought encounter the match was scoreless at fulltime.Lagan had a lot of youngsters in the squad and they all showed up well. The organisers intend to make this an annual tournament, increasing the numbers to 24.Lagan eventually came out on top 4-2 on penalties. The Lagan Harps squad was: Emma Duffy, Bernie Cunningham, Emer Bradley, Nadine Crawford, Saorla Mc Garrigle, Amy Boyd, Niamh Mc Glinchey, Nikita Burke, Eimear Mc Clafferty, Emma Horgan, Emma Mc Kinley, Caroline Gallagher, Zoe Mc Glynn. FOOTBALL: LAGAN HARPS LADIES WIN ALL-IRELAND TOURNAMENT was last modified: April 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOOTBALL: LAGAN HARPS LADIES WIN ALL-IRELAND TOURNAMENT
Donegal County Council is planning to construct as many as 610 new houses between now and the end of 2020.That is in contrast to claims they constructed only three houses in the past three years.The new surge in social housing construction is due to the Govt’s Social Housing Strategy launched late last year at an estimated cost of €3.8 billion over six years. The waiting list for housing at Donegal County Council is in the region of 3,000 according to councillors.The new plan will see 45 start-ups in Donegal this year along with a number of finished units across the six electoral areas.Letterkenny with the county’s biggest housing demand will get 220 new starts with Inishowen being granted 150 new houses. There will be 100 new starts in the Finn Valley with 70 each in Donegal and Glenties.The Government has committed to spending €3.8 billion nationally to build and refurbish 35,000 social housing units over the next six years. The funding will come from central exchequer funds, off-balance-sheet funds and some public-private partnership programmes. COUNCIL PLANNING TO BUILD 610 HOUSES BY 2020 was last modified: March 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County Councilhousing
An electrifying showcase of local dance talent took place last night in Letterkenny at the Dance Addictions 2018 final.Hundreds of people packed the Mount Errigal Hotel for the annual charity competition, organised by Sarah-Marie McDevitt of Pinehill Studios.The event brought together over 100 young dancers from academies across the North West to compete for the 2018 title. The competition was strong long before last night’s event, as the final 18 acts had been chosen from over 70 auditionees before Christmas. The acts were a visual treat of costuming, energy and dance styles including hip-hop, ballet, tap, breakdance and more.MC Lee Gooch kept the excitement levels high as he introduced the groups and turned to the judges for their reaction after each performance.The judges had their work cut out for them, to say the least. On the panel was Amy Callaghan from Glenswilly, Dance graduate and Donegal Rose 2017; Katriona McNamee from Ballybofey, founder of KMN School of Dance; Raymond Sweeney from Drumkeen of Titanicdance and former performer with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Judges: Dance Addictions 2018First place, and the €1,000 prize cheque, was awarded to The Crucibles, Ballymena Dance Academy, for their theatrical contemporary act.The high-energy Elite Dance Academy quintet from Buncrana was in second place and the haunting ‘Heathens’, from Encore Performing Arts Letterkenny came in third.The Crucibles, Ballymena Dance AcademyThe Crucibles, Ballymena Dance AcademyElite Dance AcademyHeathens – Encore PAA LetterkennyPinehill Studios Super CrewChildren of all ages from Pinehill Studios kept everyone entertained with super crew showcases at the interval and closing show. Everyone was on their feet by the end of the night after being inspired by all the talented teams.Donegal Daily was there to catch all the action, check out our picture special to see the acts and the judges’ reactions here:Picture Special: High-energy acts amaze at Dance Addictions 2018Sarah-Marie McDevitt and MC Lee GoochDance Addictions, now in its fourth year, was set up by Sarah-Marie in memory of her godfather and uncle John Glackin. The first event raised funds for the Donegal Hospice in honour of the great care John received.Over €20,000 has been raised for local causes so far, and it is hoped this year will raise the biggest total yet. Funds raised from last night will go to the vital work of the Children’s Counselling Service at The Pastoral Centre Letterkenny. As the judges decided on the winners, Sarah-Marie thanked the vast team of people who helped organise the event and the many sponsors gave support.She explained the inspiration for choosing the Children’s Counselling Service as this year’s beneficiary, saying, “I want to support children in our local community who may, for whatever reason, need additional time, care and attention and to have a service readily available to cater to needs during difficult times.”Director of the Counselling Service Liam Cannon explained how the money raised would support the children’s service which was set up in November 2016. Children aged 5 and up benefit from voluntary counselling provided by trained therapists, and it is hoped that the centre can bring the service to schools in the future. Funds raised from Dance Addictions will support that vision, Liam said.Director of the Pastoral Centre Counselling Service Liam Cannon’s talk was followed by a presentation to Sarah-Marie McDevitt for her efforts organising Dance AddictionsSarah-Marie took a moment to reflect on how Dance Addictions has brought her Pinehill Studios community together with local charity groups over the years. People who work with the Donegal Hospice and Donegal Mental Health groups who benefited from past events have remained a close part of Pinehill Studios and were there to support Sarah-Marie last night.Sarah-Marie celebrated all the performers, young and old, who make up the community: “For me, Pinehill Studios is not just about the classes on the timetable. It’s about the individuals that come through the doors. It’s about seeing progression, passion, growth and the confidence of the children and even the adults.“While it is about learning, it’s more importantly about the friendships that are formed and the fun and opportunities we are able to create,” she said.Parents cheer on the young performers at Dance Addictions 2018A big thank you was made to all the sponsors: Kellys Toyota, CBM Signs, Pixelcrush, Tailored Facility Solutions, Century Letterkenny, Letterkenny Toolhire, Arena Seven, Anthony Conaghan Cars, MG Carpentry & Joinery, Pinehill Business Park, Volkswagen, Sharkey’s Waster & Recycling, Tinneys Toys, Torque Service Centre Letterkenny, Healing Flow Yoga with Jacqueline Toner Hayden School of Irish Dance, On Cue – Cultural and Performing Arts, Bricks 4 Kidz Donegal, Donegal Commercial Vehicles, TShirt Xpress Print, Karen Murphy Speech, Drama & Communications, Macs Deli, Illistrin tyres, Warehouse Bar + Kitchen, Donaghey Motorhomes Ltd Glenform Construction Ltd Dungloe Auto Factors and Tyre Center, McGinley Motors Letterkenny & Donegal Town, Evolve Menswear, Aurivo, Divers Hyundai, Hegartys Letterkenny, J.J. Reid Motors – Volkswagen Donegal, The Mount Errigal Hotel.Check out PinehillStudios.ie and Pine Hill Studios on Facebook for more updates from last night and news of future events.Drama, dance and cool crews make Dance Addictions 2018 a thrilling success was last modified: January 28th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:charityChildren’s Counselling Servicedance addictionseventsletterkennymount errigalPinehill Studios
Dimitar Berbatov celebrated his 32nd birthday by putting Fulham ahead in the London derby at Craven Cottage.The Bulgarian netted in the 11th minute, heading home Damien Duff’s right-wing free-kick at the far post.West Ham finished the half strongly and Kevin Nolan missed a good chance to equalise when he headed wide from Mohamed Diame’s cross.But Berbatov remained a threat and almost scored again two minutes before the break, when he sent a 25-yard effort wide of keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen’s right-hand post.Whites boss Martin Jol made three changes to his line-up.Philippe Senderos, Giorgos Karagounis and Hugo Rodallega started, Aaron Hughes dropped to the bench along with Chris Baird, while Alex Kacaniklic missed out altogether.Loan signing Emmanuel Frimpong is among the substitutes, as is Simon Davies.Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Rodallega, Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Baird, Petric, Frimpong, Hughes, Dejagah, Davies.Click here for our Fulham v West Ham 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘People do good in order to feel good’ According to Homecoming Revolution, a recent study by an MBA student at the Gordon Institute of Business Science sought to identify the emotions influencing the willingness of South African emigrants to transfer knowledge to people back home. “The overwhelming sense was that emigrants who were prepared to share their knowledge did so because it made them feel good about themselves, thus adding value to their lives,” the organisation said. “Thus the evidence suggests that the South African emigrant most likely to share knowledge is a highly educated person who loves sharing knowledge generally, who left South Africa to reconnect with loved ones, and who is happy to be living abroad even though he or she still experiences some feelings of nostalgia and guilt. “Taking these findings into consideration, The Homecoming Revolution believes there is a substantial market of South Africans abroad who are willing to share their skills, knowledge, money and time to benefit their home country.” Founded in 2003, The Homecoming Revolution is an independent non-profit organisation, sponsored by First National Bank, that encourages and helps South Africans around the world to return home. SAinfo reporter 24 December 2010 Acknowledging the important role the South African Diaspora can play in shaping the future of the country, Homecoming Revolution has launched an online giving community to enable South Africans living abroad to connect with thousands of good causes across the country. The campaign, It Feels Good To Do Good, encourages South Africans around the world to give their time, money, goods or skills to various causes in South Africa. Launched in November, the campaign portal is powered by GreaterGood South Africa, a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation with significant experience of working with givers and causes. “One doesn’t need to live in South Africa in order to contribute towards the future success of the country,” Homecoming Revolution managing executive Brigitte Lightfoot said in a statement.‘A platform for giving back’ “We often get feedback from South Africans, both locally and abroad, who want to make a difference but don’t know where to start; this platform provides an easy, secure and meaningful way to give back.” Rachelle Lane, a South African living in the UK, told Homecoming Revolution that she felt the need to give more back to her home country, “and I am looking into a few things that will allow us the flexibility to live here for a few years but still contribute towards building our country.” The campaign aims to capitalise on the nation-building momentum and global presence created by the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “We’ve seen how the World Cup unified the nation, and we believe the time is ripe to mobilise South Africans to commit to a common purpose and to take action towards doing good”, said Homecoming Revolution founder Angel Jones. The campaign portal – www.itfeelsgoodtodogood.co.za – enables givers to: Connect with and give to registered causes all year round, securely.Post stories about giving and volunteer experiences.Sign up to volunteer during national campaigns like Do It Day and Mandela Day.Post offers and fundraise for the causes they are passionate about.Buy alternative gifts which really make a difference.Invite friends to support good causes.
10 May 2016Germany has awarded South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor with the Grand Cross of Merit.“With the Grand Cross of Merit we recognise Naledi Pandor’s continuous efforts to deepen cooperation between our two countries,” said German Ambassador to South Africa, Walter Lindner, at a ceremony last month.“Pandor is for us a symbol of the new South Africa: modern, innovative, dedicated to scientific progress and also outstanding female leadership,” he said.The minister said she was humbled and honoured by the privilege.“In particular I am pleased that we have been able to benefit from very strong relations with the science community from Germany,” she said.Over 100 guests came to @AmbLindner‘s residence to honor Min #Pandor @CSIR @SKA_Africa pic.twitter.com/XA9rpApr82— German Embassy SA (@GermanEmbassySA) April 22, 2016Mutually beneficialAccording to the German embassy in South Africa, the minister has been actively promoting the bilateral partnership between the two countries. She was key in the design and orientation of the German-South African Year of Science.“Together we launched the 2012/13 German-South African Year of Science to celebrate the scientific collaboration and partnership between our countries,” Pandor said in her speech.“During the year-long series of events, joint ventures between institutions in our countries were expanded, science and technology among the young people of German and South Africa popularised, and South Africa and Germany were promoted as key locations for strong research-based companies.”Science and AfricaPandor said that while South Africa was a leader in research on the continent, more investment in science and technology was needed so that African scientists would not have to pursue their work in high-income countries.“The International Organisation for Migration estimates that some 300 000 professionals from the African continent live and work in Europe and North America,” Pandor said. “There are policies that developing countries can adopt to combat this one-way migration, and we look to the success of other countries in fostering return migration or circular migration.”About the awardTheodor Heuss, the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany, introduced the Federal Cross of Merit in 1951 to “visibly express recognition and gratitude to deserving men and women of the German people and of foreign countries”, the embassy said.It is given for achievements which serves to improve the country in the political, socioeconomic and intellectual fields – “an award to all those whose work contributes to the peaceful rise of the Federal Republic of Germany”. Sources: Department of Science and Technology and the German Embassy in South Africa
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Karen Mancl, Professor Food, Agricultural & Biological EngineeringA soft, smelly spot in the yard or sewage backing up into the home are obvious signs of a septic system malfunction. Other failures are not always apparent, however, and can result in untreated wastewater contaminating streams, ditches, or groundwater. In these cases, the property owner may not even be aware their system is creating a public health concern. Malfunction or failure?Systems that are not functioning properly can either be malfunctioning or failing. Malfunctioning systems are those that were properly designed and installed but are not operating as designed. Issues with malfunctioning systems can usually be easily resolved to bring the system back into compliance. A failed system is one that was not properly designed and/or installed, has been used improperly, or has reached its maximum lifetime of about 20 to 30 years. Failing systems require major renovation or replacement to be brought back into compliance. Prevent system malfunctionThe soil in the yard must accept and treat all of the water coming out of the house. To avoid a system malfunction:Avoid excess water use. Don’t use more water than the system was designed to use. Systems are designed based on the number of bedrooms in the home. A 3-bedroom home is designed to treat less than 300 gallons per day.Space out water-using activities such as laundry and showersPromptly fix water leaksBe careful when changing landscapingEnsure that excess water from sources outside the home is not entering the systemDon’t drive or pave over the systemInstall risers and inspection ports. Install small inspection ports at the end of each lateral line to check for ponding. Install risers over the septic tank to enable easy inspection and septic tank pumping.Get regular professional inspections. An annual quick inspection of the lateral lines can reveal problems. If ponding is present, check for excess water use or changes in drainage of rainwater on the lotCheck septic tanks for damage, clean filters and pump when needed. Prevent a system failureMost failures can be avoided at the time of construction. The soil, which is the most important portion of any septic system, must be carefully considered and protected during and after construction.Hire a trained soil evaluatorInstall the system when the soil is dry. Construction in wet soil can result in soil compaction and smearing that reduces the ability of the soil to absorb and treat wastewaterDo not pipe sewage to the ditch or storm sewer. This practice will only move untreated sewage to Ohio’s streams and lakes.System failure is a difficult situation that may require a property owner to make major modifications to a system or to install an entirely new system. Work with your local health department to determine your options. In Ohio, about 25% of septic systems are malfunctioning and polluting the environment. By carefully using water and having a trained service provider check and maintain the system, all rural residents can protect the health of their family, neighbors and Ohio’s stream, lakes and groundwater.To find out more about septic system maintenance check the website for the Ohio State University Soil Environment Technology Learning Lab at setll.osu.edu.