May 7, 2015

An Introduction to Basic Bass Fishing Gear

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Steven (Steve) Papadimos oversees 14 attorneys involved in public-sector law as the chief of the civil division at the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office in Toledo, Ohio. In his free time, Steve Papadimos enjoys a variety of activities, including bass fishing.

For those new to bass fishing, the seemingly innumerable types of fishing tackle available for purchase can be a bit overwhelming. In the face of so many different rods, reels, hooks, lures, and spinners, many beginners may find themselves wondering if bass fishing is simply too complicated to enjoy. Despite the wide variety of equipment, however, you only need a few items before you head to the nearest lake for a day of fishing.

Obviously, the two most important pieces of equipment are the rod and reel. These can be purchased together or separately, but beginning anglers should choose a versatile rod and reel that can be used for both live and artificial bait fishing. Spool your reel with 10-pound monofilament test line, and you will have a nice setup that can be used in most of the situations anglers encounter.

After the rod and reel, the next items on your list should be some basic live bait tackle, including small- and medium-sized hooks, weights, swivels, and bobbers. As for artificial baits, a good place to start is with a small assortment of lures that include spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and jigs. After you spend a little time on the water, you will quickly learn what fish respond to and have a better idea of what you need to add to your tackle box for future fishing trips.

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March 25, 2014

Upcoming Ohio State Bar Association Annual Convention

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As chief of the civil division of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, Steve Papadimos supervises a team of 14 attorneys and provides representation for the county. Recognized for his service with such accolades as the Lucas County Employee of the Year award, Steven Papadimos formerly chaired the Public Law Committee of the Toledo Bar Association and holds membership in the Ohio State Bar Association.

The Ohio State Bar Association will host its 2014 annual convention starting on April 30th at Columbus’ Hyatt Regency Hotel. The convention will feature special events to honor military veterans and feature a broad selection of continuing education courses. Former US Army soldier and prisoner of war Jessica Lynch will give a special talk, “Being Motivated to Survive,” at 8 a.m. on May 1st.

Early registrants will receive a $50 discount on the registration fee. To receive the discount, attendees should register at OhioBar.org before April 4th. The association’s annual luncheon, although free for all attendees, requires a separate registration. The luncheon will feature the presentation of the Ohio Bar Medal and the official handover of the bar association presidency from the outgoing president to the new one.

February 21, 2014

Toledo Symphony Orchestra Programs for Teens and Young Adults

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In addition to his daily duties as chief of the Civil Division of the Prosecutor’s Office in Lucas County, Ohio, Steve Papadimos speaks to various audiences about the First Amendment. Steven Papadimos also contributed an article about prosecutors’ civil liability to the Prosecutor Journal of the National District Attorneys Association. Steve Papadimos takes an active interest in the affairs of his community, which includes support for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

Incorporated in 1951, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) strives to create and maintain a community of area musicians who provide superior performances as well as educational programs for people of all ages in the Toledo area. In addition to youth education programs for children and adults, the TSO provides numerous educational opportunities for teenagers and young adults.

The Young Artists Competition supports young musicians with prizes that include a chance to perform in concert with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Scholarships from the TSO and the Toledo Symphony League give promising young musicians and TSO musicians the opportunity to attend the Toledo Symphony School of Music. Additional musical education initiatives include support for music programs in the schools and free music lessons for younger community members.

February 10, 2014

A Proud Advocate of Arts and Music

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A proud advocate of the arts in his community, Toledo, Ohio, resident Steve Papadimos has shown resolve in promoting music and performing arts through his support of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. With the help of Steven Papadimos and other symphony patrons, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra maintains a diverse program of events and educational efforts that continues each season.

Incorporated in 1951, the Toledo Symphony began as a small group of part-time players, numbering only 22. Growing over time to include nearly 80 full-time musicians, the orchestra has had the opportunity to host a variety of guest musicians and conductors, including the likes of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Sarah Chang, and conductor Grant Llewellyn.

In addition to its cast of polished performers, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra has established the Toledo Symphony School of Music, where families and children can pursue private lessons in the Suzuki Method and group classes to enrich students’ learning. The Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra also provides an opportunity for talented young students to come together and perform in a professional setting.

Relying on the support of its patrons, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra seeks to continue its practice of the performing arts and enhance the cultural atmosphere of northeastern Ohio through music and music education.

October 21, 2013

The Psychological, Social, and Physical Benefits of Soccer by Steven Papadimos

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Like basketball and running, soccer requires participants to move constantly, making it an excellent way to improve health. Even better, recent studies show that soccer gives us a fun, physical outlet for social interaction, making it an all-around beneficial activity.
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Soccer gives humans the social interaction they crave due to its team-based nature. During a game, players must communicate quickly, yet efficiently, with their teammates. Team-oriented actions such as moving the ball down the field to set up and score goals and stealing the ball away from opposing players bring about a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment.

The sport’s most obvious benefit is, of course, physical fitness. Individuals who participate in soccer often engage in as many as two two-hour practice sessions per week, in addition to games and scrimmages. Those hours contribute to better cardiovascular health as well as improved metabolic function.

About Steve Papadimos:
Soccer enthusiast Steve Papadimos is Chief of the Civil Division of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, based in Toledo, Ohio.

April 1, 2013

Asian Carp and the Great Lakes Basin By Steve Papadimos

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The Silver Carp is one species of Asian carp that threatens native fish in the Great Lakes Region

 

As an avid fisherman in the Toledo, Ohio, area, I enjoy angling opportunities on the Maumee River and on Lake Erie. One of the most critical issues facing the Great Lakes region involves the migration of aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as the silver carp and bighead carp species, sometimes collectively referred to as the Asian carp.
The common carp, a Eurasian species, was introduced into the U.S. in the early 19th century and was widely distributed by the U.S. government for use as a foodfish. These carp are thought to have a destructive impact on native species as they muddy the water and take out aquatic vegetation when rooting around in riverside mud banks. The Asian carp, with a similar destructive impact, have been spreading much more aggressively than the common carp in recent years.

Over the past several decades, silver, bighead, and grass carp have become well established in widening areas of the Mississippi River basin, which includes the Mississippi River and all of its tributaries. Silver and bighead carp are thought to have escaped aquaculture ponds along the Mississippi River during major flooding in the 1990s. Grass carp, on the other hand, have been well established in the Mississippi River since the 1970s. Today, Bighead and silver carp are found in abundance throughout Mississippi River watersheds ranging from Louisiana to Ohio, while grass carp appear to be established primarily in the Texas watershed.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency researchers are extremely concerned about Asian carp reaching the Great Lakes Basin. To date, a limited number of bighead carp have been captured from Lake Erie, although no evidence shows them to have reproduced. Similarly, a limited number of grass carp and bighead carp have been caught in the Canadian portion of the Great Lakes, with no populations thought to be established there. In combating the threat posed by Asian carp on native fish throughout the Great Lakes Basin, the Army Corps of Engineers is developing a network of enhanced barriers and monitoring systems. In addition, fish toxicants and increased commercial fishing and harvesting practices are being encouraged to reduce Asian carp populations. Unfortunately, researchers believe that Asian carp have recently breached an electric fish barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. In June 2010, a 19-pound carp was discovered only a few miles downstream from Lake Michigan. To mitigate the threat posed by the Asian carp’s spread, the Obama Administration last December released a revised Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework for 2011, introducing 13 new initiatives as part of a comprehensive plan. While it is good to see bolstered efforts on this front, I question whether it will be enough, given the dramatic increase in Asian carp population and range these past few years.

December 4, 2012

Neglect and Financial Exploitation of Elders: A Growing Concern in Our Communities, By Steve Papadimos

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According to the U.S. Administration on Aging’s National Center on Elder Abuse, elder abuse is on the rise in our communities. Two of the most prominent forms of elder abuse include neglect and financial exploitation.

Neglect happens when a caregiver fails to fulfill the obligations he or she has agreed to, and the victim then suffers from lack of food and/or care. Neglect may reveal itself through bedsores, malnutrition, and unsanitary living conditions. It is important that family members, friends, neighbors, and any other caring individual who is in contact with the victim report these signs of neglect immediately, and seek help.

Financial exploitation of seniors is another disturbing problem that has come to plague the senior population. Caregivers who cash their clients’ checks without the clients’ knowledge, misappropriate funds, or pressure their clients into signing contracts are likely to be engaging in financial exploitation.

If you suspect that someone you know is a victim of elder abuse, exploitation, or neglect, please contact the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116.

Steve Papadimos has served as Chief of the Civil Division for the Lucas County, Ohio Prosecutor’s Office since 1980. As a civil lawyer, Steven Papadimos has handled numerous cases of elder abuse, and he continues to be a staunch advocate for greater public awareness of this growing threat to seniors.

October 20, 2012

From the Office of Steve Papadimos: Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse (Part Two)

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In Part One of this series, Steven Papadimos discussed two of the five categories of elder abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, and financial). Today, Papadimos examines signs of the other three types.

 

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3. Sexual abuse, which is any form of sexual contact that occurs without permission, is marked by bleeding, bruising, or pain in the genital area. Some seniors develop sexually transmitted diseases as a result of sexual abuse. Seniors who experience sexual abuse often display the symptoms similar to those of psychological or emotional abuse, including depression, anxiety, or withdrawal.

4. Neglect, which can be intentional or unintentional, may be indicated when a senior displays malnutrition, or appears over-medicated or under-medicated. More subtle signs of neglect include isolation or lack of social contact.

5. Financial abuse involves the theft or misuse of an elder citizen’s money or possessions. Signs of financial abuse include sudden changes in a bank account, unexplained or recurring withdrawal of funds, disappearance of material possessions, changes in a will, or changes in the names on the person’s bank signature card.

Although statistics vary from state to state, as many as one in ten senior citizens may be victims of abuse, and many incidents of abuse are unreported. As baby boomers reach their senior years and life expectancy continues to crime, the problem of elder abuse is expected to worsen.

Steve Papadimos is Chief of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, Civil Division, a department consisting of 14 attorneys. The Division assumes responsibility all laws concerning the public sector, including laws that protect senior citizens.

From the Office of Steve Papadimos: Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse (Part One)

October 6, 2012

Preventing Crimes Against the Elderly, by Steve Papadimos

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Triad, a national program that promotes awareness of crimes against senior citizens, hosts an annual conference intended to educate attendees on crimes committed against the elderly and ways to prevent them. These crimes range from scams and abuse to property damage and theft.

To combat scam artists and thieves attempting to steal property, seniors and their families should familiarize themselves with different schemes. Do not give out sensitive information such as credit card numbers over the phone or Internet unless the senior knows and trusts the source. Most companies stress that they will never ask for such information, so any phone calls or e-mails to the contrary should immediately be reported.

Err on the side of caution when dealing with visitors asking for entry into the home. If an individual claims to represent a gas, electric, or cable company, politely refuse admittance unless the senior made an appointment. Keep doors locked and invest in an easy-to-use alarm system, especially one that accommodates individuals with poor eyesight and/or hearing.

About the Author

Steve Papadimos has served residents of Toledo, Ohio, as their Chief of the Civil Division for the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office for over 30 years.

September 24, 2012

From the Office of Steve Papadimos: Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse (Part One)

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As Chief of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, Civil Division, Steven Papadimos carries out the duties involved in administration of a 14-attorney staff. His responsibilities include oversight of the department’s senior protection unit. Today, Papadimos reviews the types and identifying signs of elder abuse.

Although elder abuse takes many forms, most abuse falls under five general categories: physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, or financial, with each type displaying certain characteristics. Because abused elders are often unwilling or unable to report the abuse, it’s important to recognize the indicators.

1. Physical abuse, or the intentional infliction of injury, is the easiest to recognize, due to the appearance of dislocations or fractures, cuts, abrasions, or burns. Bruises on the person’s upper arms may be an indication that the senior was shaken, and marks on the ankles or wrists are a good sign that the person was forcibly restrained.

2. Psychological or emotional abuse consists of actions that cause mental anguish. Indicators of psychological or emotional abuse include decreased self-esteem, depression, extreme or sudden mood changes, confusion, withdrawal, or anxiety. Although this type of abuse is sometimes difficult to identify because seniors often experience depression and other symptoms, a sudden change may be a sign of a problem.

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