May proclaimed as observational holiday

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — With the flip of the calendar, a few government agencies are ready to celebrate May as one of the more popular months, at least regionally, to practice observance and awareness.

During Wednesday morning’s city press conference, the month received two such proclamations from the city administration. The first concerned Mental Health and Recovery Services Board Executive Director Tammie Colon, who took the podium to celebrate May as “Mental Health Month.” A few speakers later, Lima’s Chief Building Official Amy Harpster celebrated May as “International Code Council Building Safety Month.”

But the City of Lima doesn’t get to have all the fun. Two similar proclamations are expected to be signed by Allen County Commissioners Thursday morning — one declaring May as “Foster Care Month” and the second to echo the city’s action of proclaiming May as “Mental Health Month.”

But that’s not all.

May is also National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month — a fact highlighted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Wednesday morning.

“Motorcycle safety is a shared responsibility,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in the associated press release. “Everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings and other vehicles using the roadway.”

May is recognized as at least 39 other observational holidays. Highlights include “Correct Your Posture Month,” “Date Your Mate Month,” “National Get Caught Reading Month,” “National Moving Month,” “National Mediterranean Diet Month” and “Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.”

By Josh Ellerbrock

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