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James A. Garfield Historical Site, a national treasure in our own backyard 
BY GREG GOTH
STAFF WRITER
"I have lived in the area since February 2012 and have driven down Mentor Avenue many times 
without really considering the majestic house that sits on the large lot at 8095 Mentor Ave. This is surprising because deep down I am a history buff; I have a picture of my 1 year old son at Gen Patton's grave and I once took my pregnant wife on a tour of the Verdun battlefield in France - that was not a good idea. That all changed when I was asked by Tim Shirer the Publisher of the Lake County Sentinel to accompany him on a tour of the President Garfield Historical Site to take pictures with him for an article.  Click here for the whole story
Senator Sherrod Brown closes Washington office due to COVID-19

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The health and safety of Ohioans is Senator Brown’s highest priority – that’s why after learning that a staff member in another Senate office tested positive for coronavirus, Senator Brown will join Governor DeWine in leading by example, temporarily closing his Washington D.C. office. Brown and his staff will work remotely to continue to serve Ohioans. The Senate Sergeant at Arms will close the entire Capitol complex to outside visitors today to protect them from the spread of the virus. Senator Brown and his office are following the recommendations of the CDC, D.C. Health Department, and Ohio Department of Health to practice social distancing, and will be self-monitoring. Neither Brown nor his staff are experiencing symptoms at this time.   Click here for the whole story

Senate Veteran Affair's committee approves Brown's veteran debt legislation 
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs (SVAC) passed the Stopping Harm and Implementing Enhanced Lead-time (SHIELD) for Veterans Act of 2020, bipartisan legislation that creates new protections for veterans when they receive an overpayment from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), resulting in veteran or VA beneficiary debt. The bill directs VA to improve its debt management practices, systems, and processes. Brown was able to secure language in the bill that prevents VA collecting on debt that is being disputed by veterans, and he worked to improve the overpayment notice and debt dispute processes giving veterans and their families more information and transparency. Last month, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs reported out a similar bill and Brown will work with his SVAC colleagues to fight for his provisions going forward.    Click here for the whole story
Rogers announces over $547 million in federal funds for COVID-19 and economic relief 
(COLUMBUS, OH) – State Representative John Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake) Monday announced the approval of funds by the state Controlling Board to further aid Ohio’s response to the health and economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Controlling Board Monday approved federal CARES Act funding for several items aimed at providing financial relief to Ohio’s citizens, small businesses, and non-profits that have been impacted by the pandemic:
· $125 million to create the Small Business Relief Grant Program;
· $55.2 million for rent, mortgage and utility assistance
· $38.7 million to create the Ohio Bar and Restaurant Assistance Program;
· $20 million to create the Ohio Arts and Cultural Organizations Grant Program;
· $25 million to the Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services to support non-profit organizations.  Click here for the whole story